About the Book
Book: The Secret Life of Lady Evangeline
Author: Jan Davis Warren
Genre: Christian Historical Romance
Release Date: September 22, 2020
Everyone believes Lady Evangeline is dead, so why not let them? Her survival depends on it.
After escaping from assassins and healing from her injuries, Evangeline Stanton finds refuge in a crumbling abbey. Her physical scars are nothing to the wounds left by the death of her daughter and abandonment of her husband. She spends most days disguised as Sister Margaret Mary, but when necessary, she dons the disguise of the recently deceased bandit, the Fox, to steal from the rich and help the starving children and widows who come for aid.
Lord Henry Stanton still grieves the death of his beloved wife, Evangeline. Raising their young daughter is now the most important role in his life, even though the child serves as a daily reminder of the love he and his wife once shared. He may never shed the weight of his guilt for not protecting Evangeline from the band of outlaws who killed her, as well as the lies sown by his sister-in-law, which he allowed to separate him from his wife just before her death.
When Henry’s ailing father-in-law sends an urgent request for help to manage his lands, he has no choice but to take his daughter with him to Castle Brighton. But the nun who comes to care for the sick man catches Henry’s notice from the first moment he catches sight of her. When the life of their precious daughter is threatened, can they overcome the lies and secrets of the past and join forces to save their daughter before it is too late?
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"I shall find out the truth, either through my guise as Sister Margaret Mary, or, if need be, with my sword as the Fox."
Set in 1186 England, this is the intriguing story of Evangeline Stanton, who has been forced into a life of danger, deception, and heartache. She believes that her baby died at birth. she harbors deep misgivings about the man who was once her husband, and she is unable to tell her aging father that she is still alive. Assuming identities as a nun named Sister Margaret Mary and a female Robin Hood known as the Fox, Evangeline works to help those less fortunate by taking from the rich to give to the poor. Will these charitable efforts put her in grave danger? Can she find solace living as a nun or will she forever be searching for a true and lasting peace?
Author Jan Davis Warren has created some fascinating characters in this exciting book filled with misconceptions, suspense, and intrigue. A sword-wielding heroine with a loving heart, a guilty husband grieving for the wife he couldn't protect, and an evil villain named Millicent all make The Secret Life of Lady Evangeline a wonderful medieval tale. Add an inspiring message of faith and loyalty and this is a story that you won't soon forget!
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Celebrate Lit. A favorable review was not required and no compensation was received. These are my own thoughts.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
About the Author
Jan Davis Warren is a mother, grandmother, and a young-at-heart great-grandmother. Her wonderful husband passed away the same year she won the ACFW Genesis Award for Romantic Suspense. That win and many others are encouraging reminders that God wants her to continue writing even in the tough times. Learn more at www.janwarrenbooks.com.
More from Jan
Hello Dear Reader,
That you are reading this means you come from some hearty and courageous ancestors. Over thousands of years, they survived good times and bad, plagues, famines, wars, and all manner of tribulations. No matter how many different places around the globe your ancestors ventured, or where they lived and died, you are living proof they existed.
This thought never crossed my mind while writing and winning awards with contemporary romantic suspense, westerns, and even sci-fi. It wasn’t until Lady Evangeline stirred me with her story that I was lured into writing about the Middle Ages. I was even more surprised when I won RWA Faith Hope & Love chapter’s, Touched by Love historical category and the overall award with The Secret Life of Lady Evangeline. Thus began my next exciting adventure, for I had never written a medieval.
While doing research for the time period, I was humbled by the revelation that I’m alive because of ancestors further back than my genealogy has thus far revealed. They survived not only the medieval era, but many other difficult, even horrific times over the centuries before my birth. You and I are truly blessed by our ancestors’ perseverance. We are alive at such a time as this for a reason. Help us Lord to be the light so others might find You and through You life eternal.
Jan Davis Warren
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