About the book:
Gavin MacKenzie is hired to restore the ancient Castle of Braigh. He discovers a hidden village of outcasts that have created their own private sanctuary from the world. Among them is Serena Boyd, a mysterious and comely lass who captures Gavin’s heart. The villagers have an intriguing secret, while Serena harbors a deadly past that could destroy her future. When a fierce enemy launches an attack against them, greed leads to bitter betrayal. As Gavin prepares a defense, the villagers unite in a bold act of faith, showing how God’s love is more powerful than any human force on earth.
Jennifer Hudson Taylor is an award winning author of historical Christian fiction set in Europe and the Carolinas and a speaker on topics of faith, writing and publishing. Her work has appeared in national publications, such as Guideposts, Heritage Quest Magazine, Romantic Times Book Reviews, and The Military Trader. She serves as the Publicist at Hartline Literary Agency. Jennifer graduated from Elon University with a B.A. in Journalism. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys spending time with family, long walks, traveling, touring historical sites, hanging out at bookstores with coffee shops, genealogy, and reading. Jennifer’s fiction is represented by Literary Agent, Terry Burns with Hartline Literary Agency.
I really enjoyed this book. The setting is described in beautiful detail and its clear the book was thoroughly researched. The characters are easy to relate to and I found myself genuinely caring about what happened to them. The "outcasts" in the Village of Outcasts are particularly interesting and enjoyable. Serena quiet strength and kind heart is endearing. The superstitions of that time are also clearly portrayed in the book.
What occurred to me while reading this was how we, as the Church and the Bride of Christ, are a bit like the Village of Outcasts. We live here on this earth, but we are citizens of heaven and never truly fit in. We are different; set apart, and we need the fellowship of the other "outcasts."
Overall, this is an excellent book and I would highly recommend it.
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"Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. " Hebrews 10:23-25