Period Pearl: A Constant Heart by Siri Mitchell


  Born with the face of an angel, Marget Barnardsen is blessed. Her father is a knight, and now she is to be married to the Earl of Lytham. Her destiny is guaranteed ... at least, it would seem so. But when her introduction to court goes awry and Queen Elizabeth despises her, Marget fears she's lost her husband forever. Desperate to win him back, she'll do whatever it takes to discover how she failed and capture again the love of a man bound to the queen.

     First of all, the historical information given in this book is fascinating and told in a way that makes you always want for more to be said on the subject. (I usually skip these parts in other books). There are things about the Virgin Queen's court and the queen herself that are not generally known and are fascinating to discover even when they are outrageous and unbelievably sad.
     Now this book is about a romance between a married couple.I believe and have found in the past that this is a kind of romance that is deeper and more difficult to handle for the author than the kind that leads to the altar. That is why I was so amazed by this book. The romance satisfied me and more.
     The heroine of the book is trying to do her best to keep her husband satisfied and successful at court, even if the effort literally kills her. Things change, however, when her husband starts to fall in love with her and she with him.
     I loved the romance between the two characters, it was so tender and so real and of course the fact that they were married made it even more romantic. Especially the scene where they are flirting with the help of the language of food..... I have never read about a couple quite like them.
      And finally, after I had finished it, I found it had contained in it a great deal of spiritual messages, but they were woven through it so gently and the plot was so fascinating, that I almost missed them. The main message is about each of us being who God made us to be and putting His priorities as our priorities. It is actually very strongly put. Also, the vanity of the queen quite shocked me, as I had known her to be a very beloved queen by the people, but finally I realised the facts mantioned in the book are the result of what begins as a "little sin" of vanity and slowly becomes this monster that finally, most probably, killed the queen. (Through the poisoning by  the dyes applied to her hair and face.)
      I recommend this book very highly as a christian book, as a historical novel and as a beautiful romance and I have become a great fan of the author, Mrs. Siri Mitchell.

Rating: 5/5
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