Thursday, December 10, 2015

The Abbess of Whitby by Jill Dalladay (Book Review!)

The Abbess of Whitby

By Jill Dalladay

(received in exchange for an honest review)


Genre- Fiction / Christian / Historical

Published by- Lion Fiction

Copyrighted- 2015

Number of pages- 252

Age Group- Adult

Description of book- paperback, listed price- $14.99, ISBN: 978-1-78264-154-4

Hild is a woman, who over the course of her lifetime, has the chance to help change her world.

When she is young, she is to serve as a maid to the goddess Eostre for a year.  As time changes she learns of God from her queen’s priest.  Throughout her life she goes from one situation to another with the old world clashing with the new world of God.

When she is older and her husband has passed away, she is able to become a Christian and help build communities for God.  She is even entrusted with her old enemy’s child.

This book has an “Author’s Note,” maps, family tree, and a list of characters.

About the Author-
Jill Dalladay currently lives in Whitby.  She is a former head teacher, classicist, and historian.

My Thoughts-  I thought this was a great informational book.  I like reading historical fiction, because I can learn about the time period and the lives of the people. 

There were many things I liked about this book, but there was one main thing I would change.  I would have changed the list of the characters at the beginning.  I appreciated it, but it was still confusing.  Perhaps it was because I didn't know what all of the positions were like, thegns.  Perhaps a brief history of each family group would have helped.

I really appreciated the different maps and the family tree.  All the extras always help me learn more about what I'm reading.  The other extra of the book that was great was the "Author's Note."  I always wish that the "Author's Note" could be in the front of the book.  I would like to be able to learn more about the background of the novel before reading it.
Hild's life certainly had its ups and downs, but I thought it was great how she was able to become a Christian and help those around her.  She is certainly to be admired.  She knew what she believed and didn't let those around her stop her.  Jill Dalladay did an excellent job of portraying her.

I highly recommend this book.  This book would be perfect as a living book for someone in high school who wants to learn more about seventh-century Britain. 

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received The Abbess of Whitby, by Jill Dalladay, for free from the Kregel Publications’ Blog Tour.  All links were current when posted.  I was not required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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