TUESDAY TEA-The Warrior’s Vow by Christina Rich with a giveaway!

Please join me in my garden to discuss The Warrior’s Vow by Christina Rich. I’m serving Raisin Cake and your choice of chamomile or mint tea. Christina has generously offered to giveaway one copy of The Warrior’s Vow to one commenter! Please see the information about the giveaway at the end of this post. The cover is absolutely stunning!

 

The Warrior's Vow by Christina Rich. Please enjoy some Raisin Cake!

The Warrior’s Vow by Christina Rich. Please enjoy some Raisin Cake!

About The Warrior’s Vow:

He Was Hers to Command

Swept away from her home and into the desert, Abigail is as much a prisoner as she is a princess. A ruthlessly ambitious captain of the palace guard intends to force her into marriage and rule Judah through her. Yet the badly beaten soldier Abigail rescues offers another choice—if she dares trust him.

She is royalty, yet Jesse is surprised by the gentle compassion Abigail shows him as he heals. In return, he will help her escape to Jerusalem, protecting her life with his own. But Abigail’s rank and Jesse’s deadly past makes any future impossible, unless forgiveness forged by love can triumph over all.

MY THOUGHTS:

What an enjoyable book! It was interesting to see these delightful characters develop in their journeys toward truth and understanding.

Though romance is my favorite genre, this is the first time I’ve read a romance novel set during the historical times of the Bible. The Warrior’s Vow, by Christina Rich, brought the people of that period alive for me. It is interesting to get a sense of life during those times through the well-chosen words used by the author.

This is a well-developed story, emphasizing that the choices people make defines their characters. I enjoyed the progression of Abigail’s evolving strength, belief in God, and commitment to Jesse. Jesse is such an honorable man…my kind of hero. A great story!

After reading this book, sunrises will be even more meaningful to me. I’ll definitely be reading more books by Christina Rich. Her debut novel, The Guardian’s Promise, is on my to-be-read stack, and I will be reading it soon! I don’t think this reverse order will detracted from the stories, though characters from the first book are mentioned in the second.

My favorite quote from The Warrior’s Vow: “I cannot see the plans God has for me. All I can do is seek His guidance and trust that He is faithful in all things.”

A link to The Warrior’s Vow on Amazon

*The author generously gave me a copy of this book. This review is my honest opinion.

Now for the recipe……I did top the cake with a cream cheese frosting (mixed with a touch of honey, because that seemed fitting with Biblical foods). I put the walnuts on top rather than mixing them in with the batter. Click below to see the recipe.

Raisin Cake 

 

My husband is great help with finding recipes for me. He is my taste tester, and he gives this cake a “thumbs up.” He found this recipe at www.cookingwiththeBible.com, a site that has many interesting recipes and information about foods mentioned in the Bible. Though I picture the Raisin Cake mentioned many times in the Bible to be raisins pressed together to allow for storage, this Raisin Cake from Cooking With The Bible seems more appropriate for serving at our tea celebration.

THANK YOU for celebrating Christina Rich’s newest novel, The Warrior’s Vow, with me today on #TUESDAYTEA! Hope you try both the book and the Raisin Cake!

GIVEAWAY: To enter this giveaway for one copy of The Warrior’s Vow, please include your email address in your comment so that I can contact you about where to send the book if your name is drawn. The winning name will be drawn from the submitted names from a tea cup. The giveaway is open from July 8, 2014, until midnight on Sunday, July 13, 2014. Please check the Legal Page of this blog for the legal requirements.

THANK YOU SO MUCH, CHRISTINA!  You can read more about Christina on her blog/website.

 

 

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10 Responses to “TUESDAY TEA-The Warrior’s Vow by Christina Rich with a giveaway!”

  1. Anna Weaver Hurtt Says:

    Sounds like a great read! Please drop my name in the hat. 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway!

    Writer_weaver(at)yahoo(dot)com

  2. Sherida Stewart Says:

    Hi, Anna! Your name is in the drawing. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Sarah Richmond Says:

    Thanks so much for the review. THE WARRIOR’S VOW is the kind of book I love to read.

    http://www.SarahRichmond.com

  4. Sherida Stewart Says:

    Sarah, yes, I’m glad you like this kind of book. Hope all is great with you! You’re in the drawing!

  5. Melanie Pike Says:

    I read “The Guardian’s Promise” and absolutely loved Christina’s amazing ability to weave fiction into historical fact. While reading it, I had to read about the history in my Bible so I could fully understand what all had been happening at that time. I’d love to have my name tossed into the ring/hat for a copy of “The Warrior’s Vow”! Thanks for the opportunity. 🙂

  6. Sherida Stewart Says:

    Hi, Melanie! So glad you enjoyed Christina’s first book. It’s next on my list to read. You’re in the drawing!

  7. Cathy Nason Says:

    Christina is a new-to-me author, and I am excited to read her books. Your idea of drawing names from a tea cup is precious 🙂 Also, I have never heard of the Biblical food site and am anxious to go there. Thank you for your “book winning” chance!

  8. Sherida Stewart Says:

    Welcome, Cathy! You are in the “tea cup” and hope you like the Biblical food site!

  9. Donna Phillips Says:

    Hello, thanks for sharing the reason cake! It sounds wonderful. So does Christina’s new book! Please throw my name in the tea cup.
    Lostie815@hotmail.com

  10. Sherida Stewart Says:

    Hi, Donna! Yes, your name is in for the book. Hope you make the raisin cake and enjoy that interesting website. I need to read more of the recipes. I’m sure you’ll enjoy Christina’s new book. Did you read her first one? I’ll be reading The Guardian’s Promise soon. I need more reading and writing time! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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