Thursday, May 27, 2010

The Protector - First offical review

Book Review from Eye on Romance
Overall: 10
Sensuality: 3
Inspirational Element: 10
This is an Official Review by a Inspirational Romance Writer Official Reviewer
Review for Protector, The
Author: Carla Capshaw

Date of Review: 05/22/10
Reviewer Comments: Have you ever wondered what life was like for gladiators in Rome? Then join Carla Capshaw as she takes us into the depths to these men and women who were persecuted for their belief in a Christian God. Ms. Capshaw breaths life into these people who lived so many years ago and makes her readers feel as though they know her characters.

Quintas Ambustus was a wealthy merchant with a wife, a son and a life he enjoyed. Then one day he returned home from a voyage to find his son dead, his wife had committed suicide and he had been denounced as a Christian. Quintas was thrown in jail, his property confiscated and he was sold as a slave. Fortunately, he found himself at a gladiator training school under the ownership of a fellow Christian who was willing to let Quintas buy his freedom.

Adiona Leonia was wed to an elderly man at the age of twelve. Her life with her husband was a nightmare and as a result, she has vowed to hate all men and to never marry again. Adiona surrounds herself with an ice-cold, harsh persona as protection from all the slights that people throw at her. She lets very few people see inside her outer covering. One of her closest friends is Caros, the owner of a famous gladiator training school. When she meets his newest student, Adiona begins to question her views that all men are evil and untrustworthy.

Unfortunately for Adiona and Quintas, things don’t go smoothly for either of them. Quintas buys the persona that Adiona projects and doesn’t want to be another man who is rejected by her. Someone is threatening Adiona’s life and wants her dead. She can’t figure out whom and must rely on Quintas to protect her. And underlying everything is the fact that Quintas is a Christian and Adiona is not. Will they ever be able to work out their differences?

Carla Capshaw is a master at her craft. She blends so many elements into a story and does it seamlessly. She gives her readers the historical detail of life in Rome in 81 AD and makes us feel as though we are there. The historical context is necessary for her story and lends just the right background to the tale that she wants to tell.

In addition to the historical detail, Ms. Capshaw blends the Christian faith into her story. She doesn’t preach at her readers, but allows her faith to come through the experiences that her characters have. Quintas prays frequently and his faith in God is apparent in the way in which he lives his life. He doesn’t force his religion on the other characters, but he is not shy about discussing it with them either.

She also blends in the suspense of finding out who is after Adiona as well as the building romance between Adiona and Quintas. We have to wait until the end to find out how everything will work, but it is an adventure worth taking.

Ms. Capshaw writes so smoothly. Her story flows from the first page and I could feel her passion for her topic. This book was a joy to read. I loved the companion book The Gladiator and this one lives up to the expectations I had after reading that story. A true delight!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

The Duke's Redemption - Newest reveiws

Originally posted by Carrie Fancett Pagels, Ph.D.
The Duke’s Redemption, By Carla Capshaw, Love Inspired Historical. Available through and also It is cheaper through CBD at this point in time. Truly, for the value, this is a steal at $5.00. Add it to your cart right now if you are a colonial fiction fan!

This is a historical romance rather than a historical book with romantic elements. Set during the American revolution primarily at a plantation near Charleston, Capshaw does a good job at explaining how people had to travel during that time and using that in her story line (Elise is a spy). Having lived in Charleston for many years , I was a little disappointed she did not include even more of the geographic features of the area. However, this book delivered more than I was expecting, since the Love Inspired Historical line is fairly new. This book definitely could compete with those from the bigger Christian publishing houses.

Capshaw has some unusual turns in this book and it is not as predictable as some books I have recently read in this genre. I especially like that she was not afraid to include, and process, an element of history that needs more light shed on it – mainly, what happens when your male relative fathers a child into slavery. Cathy Gohlke also addressed this beautifully in her book, “William Henry is a Fine Name”.

This was a great night time read, is a page turner, with good pacing and plot. If you enjoy reading historical fiction (particularly colonial), this will not let you down - surprise you with the English hero but not disappoint you!

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