HFVBT Review: Road from the West by Rosanne E. Lortz

Posted 14 October, 2011 by Molly(Cover To Cover Cafe) in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Title:Road From The West
Series:Chronicles of Tancred, Book 1
Release Date:Sept 2,2011
Rating:4/5 Books

About the Book:
Haunted by guilt from the past and nightmares of the future, a young Norman named Tancred takes the cross and vows to be the first to free Jerusalem from the infidels. As he journeys to the Holy Land, he braves vast deserts, mortal famine, and the ever-present ambushes of the enemy Turks—but the greatest danger of all is deciding which of the Crusader lords to trust. A mysterious seer prophesies that Tancred will find great love and great sorrow on his journey, but the second seems intent on claiming him before he can find the first. Intrigues and passions grow as every battle brings the Crusaders one step closer to Jerusalem. Not all are destined to survive the perilous road from the West.

About the Author:
“Rose” is a medieval enthusiast, a history teacher, a book addict, a mom to two baby boys, and a native of Portland, Oregon. She graduated from New St. Andrews College. in 2005 with a B. A. in Liberal Arts and Culture and worked as a high school teacher for several years teaching classes in English, history, literature, and music. She married David Spears in December of 2009 and they were blessed with twin boys, Adam and Oliver, in November of 2010.

My Review:
How to start this review off???? Hmmmm…well, at first, honestly, I could NOT get into it. I just could grasp the story. Then, I sat down a second time, PUSHED my self and dived in again. My thoughts the second time around? An overall good story.

Roseanne E. Lortz shows her obvious talent in the form of history. She dives into the crusades with a passion for that era and turns her readers out a novel and start to a series that is VERY gripping. Once I was past the first chapter or two, I was wholly captured and before I knew, the story was sadly over. I loved the way she created the characters in this story. They truly touch your heart and bring you the center of the story.

I’ve never really gotten into the crusades period before. It’s a time of history that I just couldn’t get into. But, with this story, Roseanne captures in a way that you will remember. With Tancred, she adds the message of redemption and longing, hope and faith. With amazing characters, rich,heartfelt details,and an accounting of taking back Jerusalem,Roseanne brings us to the heart of the battle.

So, though in the beginning it took me TWO tries to get through it, I am leaving out lots in this review. There is so much to say about it…faith, devotion, redemption, love, honor…..so much more, including the spoilers, so I’ll stop. I will say this, READ IT. If you are a history lover, a Christian, or just wanting to know more about a time in history that many people don’t look back on, then get a copy NOW. Ms. Lortz’ passion for her history knowledge shines through. She brings a life-like story to her readers, creating a 4 Book worthy start to a fantastic new series. I can’t wait for the second book in Tancred’s story! FANTABULOUS work, Ms. Lortz!

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