Review of The Abbess of Whitby: Historical Fiction by Jill Dalladay

Leah Courtney
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It's no secret if you've visited Good Books for the Journey before, that I love historical fiction. I recently have read and thoroughly enjoyed the first two books in a series about the kings of Britain in the times of early Christianity. It's a time period I hadn't read about much before finding these books. But I've really enjoyed getting to know more.

Review of The Abbess of Whitby; historical fiction; early Christian Britain

In The Abbess of Whitby, we find Hild. She's chosen as the maid for the goddess Eostre during the time of the high king Edwin. She has a high position in the king's household as one who serves his wife. We follow the life of Hild during the day to day life of the people under Edwin. Hild is married off to a rough man after she questions whether or not Edwin had a part in killing her father. Through great hardship, Hild finds herself befriending Aiden who teaches her about the Christ.

I loved reading Hild's story. Because this author as the previous one mentioned, bases the novel on real characters and events, I was able to follow along with what was happening to characters I had learned about from the other series. It was interesting to read the different authors' interpretation of historical events. And when I came across characters mentioned in the other books, it was like meeting old friends.

The book is very well-written. The character development is very complete, and I felt as if I got to know Hild well. I love the time period, and, because the author does such a good job of weaving in real characters and events, I learned more and more about the historical period.

I thoroughly enjoyed The Abbess of Whitby. I give it 5 stars and a PG rating. (There is talk of battle and bloodshed.) You can find the book on Kregel here and on Amazon here.

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