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About the Author

Linda Windsor is the best-selling, award-winning author of more than thirty novels, with more than a million books in print. Her most recent work includes Healer and Thief, the first two volumes in the Brides of Alba series, and the early Irish Celtic Fires of Gleannmara trilogy. 

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Product Details

  • Series: The Brides of Alba Series
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: David C. Cook; New edition (June 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1434764761
  • ISBN-13: 978-1434764768
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #906,145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Linda Windsor is the author of twenty-nine contemporary and historical novels. Her first sixteen were secular historical romance for Zebra/Kensington Publishing, NY as Linda Windsor and Linda Covington. In 1999, she switched to the inspirational market, once she was assured that Christian characters were not only flawed, but did indeed have hormones. Her late husband used to tease that there was a little of Linda in each of her heroines. Windsor contends he must have been referring to her sense of humor, resourcefulness and stubborness. NOT the figure.

Her inspirational historicals have placed in the secular historical category of some RWA contests and Affaire De Coeur polls. Both her inpirational historicals and romantic comedies, dashed with suspense, have won a few National Reader's Choice Awards, Aspen Golds, Barclay Golds, and numerous other RWA contests as well as the CBA Christy Award for the Irish Celtic RIONA, #2 of the Fires of Gleannmara series.

Windsor resides in a "painfully" restored (as in never do that again!) historic home on the Eastern Shore of MD. She still enjoys singing and playing music (keyboard and guitar) after a ten year stint in an 80's professional band. Today she plays the organ in her church and frequently does special music with guitar at church and for various charities.

Then there are home improvements. She can paper, paint, refinish furniture, and renovate, but... Let's suffice it to say, this Red Hat Lady and AARP member doesn't enjoy them as much as she used to.

Windsor is currently contracted for a three book historical trilogy titled Brides of Alba. HEALER, book one, will hit the shelves this June.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Katie Garvin on June 22, 2012
Format: Paperback
Rebel is a great conclusion to this wonderful series! I honestly didn't expect to like the Brides of Alba series as much as I have--but I'm almost crazy about them! I LOVE anything medieval-ish, and this series takes place in the late 6th century, so...yep, Linda Windsor is now a new favorite author of mine!!

I really grew to love the two main characters! Both Alyn and Kella caught my interest as children when I read Healer, so I was eager to read about them in Rebel now that they've grown up. Kella surprised me in a very big way (though I won't say how to prevent giving away a spoiler ;-), but after I got over my surprise, it really helped to shape her character and show her growth throughout the novel.

And while I really loved the characters, what I loved most about Rebel--this whole series, really!--is the historical detail that Windsor goes into! Not only is there a lot of suspense, adventure, and even some sword-play, but there is also a large amount of history woven in. And very tastefully done--I never grew bored or felt the details too tedious. A few times it got complicating, but the information at the beginning of the book helps a lot!

The way Alyn and Kella's wedding is brought about was really neat, and I just loved watching them fall in love with each other. While the book is gruesome in places, I don't think it's too mature of a read for teens--as long as they don't have a weak stomach. While there are a few scenes between a husband and wife, Windsor did a great job of keeping the book clean. All in all Rebel lived up to the expectations I had for it. I can't wait to see what Linda Windsor will write next!

I reviewed this book for the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance. Thanks to the publishers, David C Cook, for sending me a review copy. It was not required that I give a positive review, but solely to express my own thoughts and opinions of this book, which I have done.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By baseballblondie on July 21, 2012
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Alyn O'Bryne has returned to his homeland after spending the last six years studying in the East. He arrives at Arthur's court to find things in an uproar due to the death of Merlin. Feisty Kella O'Toole, a foster-sister of Alyn's, is the queen's scribe. She's holding a secret that can jeopardize her standing at the Court. When word arrives of an attack on the border guard and her father is missing and her fiance is dead, Kella is determined to do whatever she can to find her father. Alyn agrees to run an errand for the queen - see the Grail genalogies safely delivered to the pristesses of the Grail Church. With the land in an uproar bethween the Grail and Celtic churches over the teaching of the Roman Church, Alyn comes to realize that God has a far bigger mission for this unworthy priest. Will he heed God's call? And will Kella find the forgiveness that she longs for?

This is the third and final book in the Brides of Alba Series. Like the other two, this one is action packed and filled with lively characters. I had been waiting anxiously for this book to come out and was glad to be able to read it. I love the way that the author makes the history of Britain's early years come to life along with the struggle of the early Christian church. Very similar in nature to her Irish series, Fires of Glennmara, this series looks at Christianity in early Scot/British history.

I recommend this book to those who are intrigued by all things Celtic, fans of historical romance, and Christian fiction.

My thoughts and opinions are my own.

Rating - 5 stars
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Susan Snodgrass on June 11, 2012
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Linda Windsor is a very wonderful writer. This series, The Brides of Alba, has been so incredibly interesting. Her historical research is extremely fascinating and impeccable. I love this period in history and she writes in a way that the reader is drawn completely into the story. It was a good romance, too.
Her earlier series, Maire, Rionna and Deidre, was very compelling also. I will read everything Linda Windsor writes.
Her inclusion in the back of the book of her historical facts, research and bibliography was greatly appreciated.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By VicG on July 13, 2012
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Linda Windsor in her new book, "Rebel" Book Three in The Brides of Alba series published by David C. Cook returns us to the days of Arthur

From the back cover: Arthurian Scotland shines in this tale of regret, redemption and unexpected grace.

With Merlin dead, the succession undecided, and the Celtic church on the defensive, intrigue sweeps the court of the High King Arthur. Kella O'Toole is consumed with the news that her fiancé is dead and then she must defy Queen Gwenhyfar's orders to search for her missing father. Alyn, a disillusioned priest who questions his calling, agrees to help her. After a perilous journey, they encounter a threatening viper's nest of treachery. A story of love and faith this brilliantly researched and vividly imagined novel is the memorable climax to the Brides of Alba series.

Legends have their basis in reality and Linda Windsor has done extensive research to tell the story of "Rebel". Want to know how Church history plays a part in the Arthurian tale then this book is for you. Does the word, "druid" bring up an image of a black-cloaked figure with long finger nails chanting mystical incantations? In reality a druid is a professional, a doctor, judge or teacher. Here is something that Ms. Windsor talks about and that is her daughter got involved in Wicca and did not want to hear about Christianity. The way Ms. Windsor was able to reach her daughter and bring her back was through telling her about all the research for this book. Possible you have a friend also involved in New Age philosophy or even Wicca then give them this book. Christianity shines through these pages and on top of everything this is also a tale of adventure and romance. Ms.
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