Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Grace Westcott: Book Review for The Raven Saint

Grace Westcott
5 stars

Grace Westcott is a young woman devoted to helping the poor and serving God. When she and her servant go to help a family with a sick little boy, she finds herself in great peril. A mercenary and a few of his men ambush and kidnap her. Because of her kindness, she was tricked by her servant to help a family whose son wasn’t ill.

Grace is taken aboard Le Champion by the mercenary Captain Rafe Dubois - a Frenchman. The captain takes Grace to her cabin and leaves her there in the care of Father Alers. Grace learns the reason for her kidnapping; she is to be sold to a Spanish Don in Colombia. She pleads with the Captain to let her go, but he won’t.

She’s determined that one of the reasons that God allowed this to happen was so that she could lead someone to Christ. She gives warnings to the captain and his men, but they all seem to fall on deaf ears. She becomes distraught and confused – praying constantly through her struggles. She’s afraid of what might happen in her future and of her growing feelings for the captain. Will she find the true meaning of why she’s aboard a mercenary’s ship?

My Thoughts on The Raven Saint:

A couple of random things come to mind when I think of this book: romantic, ever-changing, and adventurous.

In comparison with the other two books in the Charles Towne Belles series, I would say this is the best one. The characters of Grace and Rafe were perfect; the chemistry between them was well sewn together. I was satisfied with the ending of this series, but I longed to read more about the two main characters (the only drawback).

I don’t want to reveal what Grace learns from her journey (let’s keep that a secret), but I will say… it wasn’t what she was expecting. God makes a change through her - as well as the others around her. He took what she thought was a bad situation and turned it into good. Overall, it has a wonderful message that will make you think differently about others.

I’ve read most of MaryLu’s books, and this is either my first or second favorite. I really feel conflicted about this. It’s between this and The Falcon and The Sparrow. I truly think this could be my favorite, though.

If you like scalawag pirates, a story laced with romance and an adventure on the high seas – grab this book! You won’t be disappointed.

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God bless!


Diane said...

I just got this out of the library. Next on my TBR list! :O)

Grace said...

You won't regret it! If you liked the others in this series, then you should enjoy this one. =)