Wednesday, March 19, 2014

book review: The Ruby Ring

RubyRingCoverLargeThe Ruby Ring by Karen Rees

THE BATTLE BEGINS The year is 1524. William Tyndale makes the fateful decision to produce an English Testament without Church permission. He knows that a vernacular scripture will free the common people from spiritual domination by a corrupt and ignorant Church. If Tyndale is caught, he'll die at the stake. So will anyone found assisting him. Owen Alton, a London grocer's heir, catches Tyndale's vision. But if he helps Tyndale, he'll be disinherited and lose Jane Horne, the minor-knight's stepdaughter he loves. Jane has defied her family in her desire to wed Owen. If he now should leave her for Tyndale.... As if she didn't have enough troubles, Jane discovers the shocking secret behind her mother's ruby ring.

Although historical fiction should never be a replacement for the facts of history laid out exactly as they have occurred, I have found it quite useful for bringing to life the times and happenings of history. It also  generally encourages further study of the historical characters or topics! Needless to say, I am excited when Christians come up with historical fiction which can be trusted in all aspects as to the content. 
I must admit that I don't find historical fiction as necessary for older readers, and The Ruby Ring is for that audience. Yet those of us who absolutely love to read will at times be drawn to classics and other fiction. So why not a good historical fiction title? 

Disclosure of Material: I received this book free from the publisher through the book review program, which requires an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s CFR Title 16, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”