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There are so many well written characters and exciting things that happen in this book but I can not talk about most of them without spoilers because the book is filled with lots of surprises and mysteries and I don't want to ruin the enjoyment for you. It is important that you not know what happened to Izzie until she starts to learn what happened to her. Even knowing character names or where they went can give away pieces of the puzzle. I promise that the story is well worth the read. There is romance. There is heart-break. There is action and adventure. There are definitely some bad guys! Faith plays a very strong part in the story. The story starts in England but ends up spanning two continents and Native American legends from the New World even get woven into the story.
Now I just hope Tammy Lash writes quickly so I can read more about Jonathan, Izzie and all the other characters I met in " White Wolf and the Ash Princess".
Sex - none
Language - none
Violence - some horrible things happen (non sexual) but not graphic in detail
Religion - religious views of characters impact how they respond in a number of situations and are discussed accordingly by the characters
There are fantasy elements to this novel, but they are extremely subtle. For the most part, this story reads like an historical romance, though the romantic elements are also extremely subtle and woven into the story in such a way that make it almost seem that they aren't really there, or that the story doesn't need them. There's a hint of steampunk, a glimmer of Christian Inspiration, and a whole lot of adventure. It's one of those books that just sort of has a bit of everything. And while it boasts no dragons or magic or dark lords of evil intent on conquering the world (or... are there...?) it still captured my heart completely.
The characters truly step off the page. Though books written in first-person present tense are not usually my favorite, I found that I did not mind riding around in the main character's head. Perhaps it is because Izzy feels more like a real person than a caricature, as can often be the case with first person present tense stories. She is a character who is unsure of who she is, she has holes in her memory and cannot remember anything prior to coming to live at Gudwyne cottage—though she knows she was burned in a bad fire at some point before then, she has the scars and the memories of being cared for after they happened, but she does not know how or why she was burned. And yet, her uncertainties do not define her. She is not crippled by her doubts and fears, but works to overcome them, and even uses them to spur herself on when faced with adversity.
Jonathan is Izzy's self-appointed guardian. Though he is only 8 years her senior, he has been taking care of her since she was seven years old. Back then, Izzy gave him permission to keep her past a secret, to hold her memories for her. But now, Izzy is eighteen and starting to feel the weight of those secrets... she wants to know who she was and what happened to bring her to the Gudwyne's, but Jonathan seems unwilling to loose the secrets he has been holding for the past eleven years.... so Izzy sets out with her young friend, Tubs, to find the answers to the secrets Jonathan refuses to tell her. However, in spite of her curiosity, she is unprepared for the truth. When she sees a glimpse of what has been hidden from her, Izzy is not sure she will ever recover... or see Jonathan the same way again.
But events are transpiring swiftly, and before she can begin to cope with the fragments of her stolen past that are returning, she finds herself thrust into a new adventure across the ocean to the New World, where the rest of her history and heritage lie waiting for her to claim them, as well as her rightful place among her true people.
There were moments in this story that made me laugh out loud. Izzy has a no-nonsense, self-deprecating sense of humor, and her stray thoughts are often truly amusing.
There were moments in this story that got me a little choked up. And there were moments in this story that had me sobbing uncontrollably and incapable of reading further until I could clear my eyes of the tears that made the pages swim into an unreadable jumble of blurry letters.
There were surprises, and adventures, and a beautiful Christian message of forgiveness and salvation woven throughout the story in a way that was both gentle and not-at-all-preachy or allegorical. If you like stories such as The Sign of the Beaver, Hind's Feet on High Places, Pride and Prejudice, and The Ilyon Chronicles, this book is one I think you would definitely enjoy: it has elements of all of these.
I absolutely loved Izzy's journey and how she grew so much. Definitely a transformation from who she was in the beginning to who she was in the end. I also found her story to be encouraging and inspiring. Many times, I found myself relating to her with her book dare and the searching of who she is because I found myself in a very similar spot when reading. Her story gave me courage to not necessarily look for the answers I was searching in her story, but as would she say: The Good Book. (Not to say I didn't immensely enjoy this story though and that I DID find some of my own personal questions answered.)
Tubs was awesome! Definitely one of my favorite characters. However, I have to say I especially liked Johnathan. I'm not sure what it was about his character, but I felt like I could relate to him. Plus, he was so sweet and couldn't help but grin at some of his antics when him and Izzy were younger.
Now, I have to say that the author got me with that title. Without giving spoilers, it didn't mean what I thought it did and LOVED how it fit the story so beautifully.
The Native American culture was beautiful. Truly, this story is special and unique. My favorite part was hearing the legends. I eagerly look forward to reading more about it in book two!
Overall, this was an excellent read that I would recommend to historical YA readers. A very thought-provoking story about forgiveness, love, and growth.
*(Special thanks to the author for sending me a copy of this book, though I was not required to write a review.)*