Giveaway & Book Review | Cloth of Grace by Rachel Bonner

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Book Description

What if your secrets are so dangerous they could destroy the one you love? 
Is honesty always the best policy?
 

Leonie may have run away but Prospero will find her. He loves her and he wants a future with her by his side whatever the consequences. Only when he does find her, he ought to tell her who he really is, outside the monastery. That’ll make her run again. Dare he risk it? But if he doesn’t tell her, someone else may… 

Marriage to Prospero is what Leonie wants most and the one thing she knows she can’t have. If he found out what she was really like, what she’d been, what she’d done, he’d despise her and she couldn’t bear that. Better to leave now than live a lie – but it’s harder than she expected. If only… 

Gabriel is starting to discover the secrets inherent in Leonie, secrets that not even she knows, secrets that will tear the world apart. And the secrets he is keeping are tearing him apart. How can sacrificing those he loves possibly achieve peace when everything he discovers risks the death of millions?

Amazon UK : https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07NBH7J2T
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Other retailers : https://www.books2read.com/threadofhope
Google Play : https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=bMCSDwAAQBAJ
Price : £2.99

My Review

Cloth of Grace is a lovely Christian fantasy story that is, at times, action-packed and, at other times, spiritually inspirational. This uplifting combination makes for a read like no other.

The Setting

The novel is set in a Christian-centered world divided up into family Houses. When a person marries someone from a different family house than their own, they must choose which House to give their allegiance to, so, in essence, you cannot formally align with more than one House. The overriding conflict in the story is that the main character Leonie has discovered who her birth parents are, and now she must choose which House she wants to swear her allegiance. No matter what choice she makes, it will impact many lives. It is also a world where paranormal abilities are commonplace, and Leonie is unusually powerful.

Characters

Leonie – she has recently married Perry and learned the identity of her birth parents. Sometimes she appears frail and uncertain, and other times, she is strong and independent. She is conflicted because she is unsure what House to choose to swear allegiance too.

Perry – he is on the path to redemption after a misspent youth, and his marriage to Leonie has provided him with the final stone that will make his way complete. He loves Leonie unconditionally and without fail and that love has brought him closer to God.

Andrew – his love of Perry has left him sad and incomplete, but Leonie’s love, acceptance, and friendship help him come to terms with what loving Perry will look like going forward. The three of them are stronger together than they are apart.

Themes

Cloth of Grace does a wonderful job of exploring many tenets of the Christian faith.

Forgiveness – The story explains that forgiveness is an action rather than a feeling. You can choose to forgive, but it is okay to be still angry. Forgiveness comes with understanding rather than acceptance.

Temptation – The story shows that Jesus does not force people to choose a righteous path. Instead, he offers the option to live by his example. As our choices become more like his, we become better people, and that improves the world. To choose as Jesus’ chooses requires resisting temptation, and doing what, you know in your heart, is the right thing.

Redemption – This theme is not directly discussed as the others are. It is more inherent in the choices and consequences of those choices that each character faces. Perry made questionable choices in his adolescence but is facing the consequences of those choices and making amends. Through his love for Leonie and his love for God, he has been walking the path to redemption.

Reflections on heaven – “I sometimes think that heaven is simply that place where you are aligned with God’s will. Like in the Lord’s Prayer – your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. And we’re so constrained by time – today, yesterday, this week, in an hour – we can’t truly imagine being outside time like I’m sure God is and I think heaven is.”

To Read or Not to Read

If you enjoy fantasy and love a book that reaffirms your Christian beliefs, then this is a good series for you.

I was provided with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


Other Books in the Series

Weave of Love – Choices and Consequences Book 3

Amazon :                            https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07VLMV52C

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Other Retailers :               https://www.books2read.com/weaveoflove

Google Play :                      https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=p42wDwAAQBAJ

Price :                                    £2.99

What if the choice you have to make has devastating consequences for others?

How can anyone know the right thing to do?

Leonie chose to sacrifice everything to save other people. Now those around her have to face the consequences – and those consequences are not what they expected.

Prospero must deal with his own guilt. He was the one who gave Leonie the tools she needed – her life was in his hands. To make the most of what she did, he will have to face up to all the family issues he has avoided for so long. Whatever he chooses to do, someone he loves will be hurt. For Leonie’s sake, is he now strong enough to make the choice he couldn’t make before?

The crisis predicted by Lord Gabriel has come and gone. But his task isn’t over. Leonie’s very existence may be out in the open but Gabriel discovers that the past is never what it seems – and nor is the present. How can he use what he now knows to bring together those who have been enemies for as long as anyone can remember? If he fails in this, everything he’s had to do so far will be in vain.

Thread of Hope – Choices and Consequences Book 2

Amazon :                             https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07NBH7J2T

Associates :                         https://amzn.to/2BWkROL

Other retailers :                https://www.books2read.com/threadofhope

Google Play :                      https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=bMCSDwAAQBAJ

Price :                                    £2.99

What if your secrets are so dangerous they could destroy the one you love?
Is honesty always the best policy?


Leonie may have run away but Prospero will find her. He loves her and he wants a future with her by his side whatever the consequences. Only when he does find her, he ought to tell her who he really is, outside the monastery. That’ll make her run again. Dare he risk it? But if he doesn’t tell her, someone else may…

Marriage to Prospero is what Leonie wants most and the one thing she knows she can’t have. If he found out what she was really like, what she’d been, what she’d done, he’d despise her and she couldn’t bear that. Better to leave now than live a lie – but it’s harder than she expected. If only…

Gabriel is starting to discover the secrets inherent in Leonie, secrets that not even she knows, secrets that will tear the world apart. And the secrets he is keeping are tearing him apart. How can sacrificing those he loves possibly achieve peace when everything he discovers risks the death of millions?

Strand of Faith – Choices and Consequences Book 1

Amazon :                             https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07GKZT8LF

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Other Retailers :               https://www.books2read.com/strandoffaith

Google Play :                      https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=bQyBDwAAQBAJ

Price :                                    Normally £2.99

But for the cover reveal and launch of Cloth of Grace Strand of Faith is available free from Bookcave but requires a subscription to my newsletter.

BookCave: https://mybookcave.com/d/573d5cd1/

A girl. A monk. An unthinkable sacrifice.
When the choice is between love and life, how can anyone decide?


In a post-apocalyptic future, a girl and a monk, both with extraordinary mental powers, have compelling reasons not to fall in love. But their choices will have consequences for the rest of the world.

After the troubles of his youth, Brother Prospero has found comfort and fulfilment in the monastery. Then he discovers something that forces him to reconsider his whole vocation. How can it possibly be right to leave a life of worship and service for human desire? And if he does leave, will the pressures from his past destroy him?

Orphaned and mistreated, Leonie has found sanctuary and safety at the Abbey. When she comes into contact with Prospero everything spirals out of her control. Everyone she’s ever loved has died. She can’t do that to him. But how can she walk away from the first place she’s truly belonged?

Abbot Gabriel is faced with an impossible choice. He can do nothing and watch the world descend into war. Or he can manipulate events and ensure peace – at the cost of two lives that he is responsible for. Is he strong enough to sacrifice those he loves?

About the Author

Author Page :     https://www.amazon.com/author/racheljbonner
Website :             https://www.racheljbonner.co.uk
Twitter :               @racheljbonner1
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Rachel J Bonner is the author of the compelling and enthralling four book Choices and Consequences series.  The first book in the series, Strand of Faith, was published in November 2018. Book 2, Thread of Hope, released on 2ndMay 2019, followed by Weave of Love on 24th October. The story concludes with Cloth of Grace, released on 29thFebruary 2020.

Rachel has a degree in engineering, which she followed with a career in accountancy which is probably not a conventional path to becoming an author, particularly in fantasy or romance.  Rachel says that, although accountancy isn’t anything like as boring as everyone thinks, writing is a lot more fun.  When not writing, she can be found walking in the beautiful countryside near where she lives, which has influenced much of the scenery in her books, or shooting things with her local archery club.  Shooting targets only, honest.  Nothing to worry about. (Okay, sometimes we shoot Polo mints. Or cabbages. Still nothing to worry about.)

She also enjoys swimming, eating chocolate chip cookies and growing aromatic herbs, especially thyme and rosemary.  It’s no coincidence that her heroine likes the same things.

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