Wednesday, February 22, 2012

A Darkly Hidden Truth by Donna Fletcher Crow - REVIEWED and a GIVE AWAY!

About the Book: (from the publisher)
Felicity Howard, a young American studying for the Anglican priesthood at the College of the Transfiguration in Yorkshire, has to learn more about church history if she and Father Antony are going to unravel their second mystery. Past and present mix as the words of Julian of Norwich and the arcane rights of the Knights of St. John of Malta lead to a present-day killer. And as the friendship grows between Antony and Felicity, will Felicity choose a life dedicated to God as a nun or one with Antony?

My Thoughts:
Those high brick walls weren’t there to keep the nuns or monks in. They were there to keep the noise, the rush, the worry out.” (p.133)

Once again, Felicity finds herself in the midst of a murder investigation, well not entirely in the midst of…for she is seeking her true calling in life, and she thinks she should be a nun. The nun-in-charge of the novice program (trying to simplify here) tells Felicity that the process for being assured that your calling is indeed from God and not an attempt to run away from the world’s problems, takes YEARS. And Felicity is one of the most spontaneous decision makers ever invented! In short, patience is not one of her virtues.

So, this story follows Felicity’s search for her direction in life, alongside a murder mystery/theft/romance/family relationship reconciliation…it other words, Donna Fletcher Crow has created a multi-dimensional story line that takes the reader deep into England’s church and the inner-workings of faith, obedience to Christ, and the human heart’s search for meaning and direction. All along the way significant pieces of church history (icons) are being stolen, and the price of keeping the thief hidden is often paid in life’s blood.

As Felicity discovers the will of God for her life, she also uncovers a family relationship that had seemed to always elude her. Toward the end, she also discovers the very well-hidden thief and murderer as well as the real love of her life! There is much to be enjoyed in this story, and if you like a multi-layered mystery, you will enjoy this book immensely!


About the Author:
Donna Fletcher Crow is the author of 36 books, mostly novels dealing with British history. The award-winning Glastonbury, an Arthurian grail search epic covering 15 centuries of English history, is her best-known work. A Very Private Grave, Book 1 in the Monastery Murders series, is her reentry into publishing after a 10-year hiatus. Book 2, A Darkly Hidden Truth, will be out this fall, and she is at work on Book 3, An Unholy Communion, scheduled for 2012.
The Elizabeth & Richard Mysteries is a romantic intrigue series using literary figures as background: Dorothy L Sayers in The Shadow of Reality and Shakespeare in A Midsummer Eve's Nightmare.

Her newest release in the ebook field is Lord Danvers, a Victorian true crime series: A Most Inconvenient Death, Grave Matters, and To Dust You Shall Return.

The Daughters of Courage, Kathryn, Elizabeth and Stephanie is a pioneer family saga based on the stories of Donna's own family and other Idaho pioneers in the Kuna, Nampa and Boise area.
Donna and her husband live in Boise, Idaho. They have 4 adult children and 10 grandchildren. Donna is remembered by Idahoans with long memories as a former Queen of the Snake River Stampede, Miss Rodeo Idaho and runner-up for Miss Rodeo America. She is an enthusiastic gardener.


Donna Fletcher Crow said...

Thank you so much for the great review and for the chance to meet your readers, Kim! I'll promote the giveaway, too.

karenk said...

thank you for the opportunity to read this fabulous story :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Sheila Deeth said...

British history, churches and mystery. Sounds like these novels have it all. I haven't read any "yet" but they're definitely on my list. sheiladeeth at gmail dot com