Friday, July 29, 2011

Glastonbury Tor~Book Review

 

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This is a book review for Glastonbury Tor by LeAnne Hardy

From the Publisher

His mother wanted him to be a monk…
His father wanted him to be a man…
A priest tempts him to pursue power…
But Colin must find his own way.


After his mother’s tragic death, seventeen-year-old Colin Hay is so consumed with anger that he tries to kill his cruel father. Running from these tormenting desires and his home, he seeks the protection and cleansing of the Glastonbury monastery, at a time when King Henry VIII is closing monasteries all over England.

But Colin’s past has followed him to Glastonbury. As he now pursues forgiveness and salvation, Colin is conflicted by the doctrines he learns at the monastery and the grace he receives from a local family with a forbidden English Bible. And then there is a quick-tempered priest whose lust for power threatens to compromise Glastonbury Abbey, and to destroy the astonishing treasure it holds—the Holy Grail.

My thoughts

This story takes place in 16th century England, during the reign of King Henry the VIII. Colin has just attempted to murder his father. This man who is so horrible to Colin’s mother and a no good drunkard.  He is a mean and self serving man. In spite of the doctors warning that Colin’s mother bear no more children, she becomes pregnant resulting in a still born birth of Colin’s sister and her own death during child birth.

Colin who thinks his father is dead, flees to the nearest church to confess his crime. His older brother Walter comes in search of him and urges him to leave. Their father is not dead but very very angry at Colin for attempting to kill him.

Walter urges Colin to go to the monastery as their mother had always wanted. So he heads out for Glastonbury Abbey.  On his journey to the abbey he stays with a family who owns a copy of the English Bible.  It was forbidden to own a Bible during this time period.  Only a priest can read from the Bible. This is a dangerous time for many and King Henry the VIII is moving against the Catholic church and closing monasteries all over England. 

Colin enters Glastonbury Abbey as a novice and is faced with danger, has to confront evil and decide what true faith means. 

This story is full of mystery and intrigue. LeAnne Hardy weaves a well written story that holds your interest until the very end!

About the Author:

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LeAnne Hardy has traveled the world responding to God's call to be a missionary, a call that has taken her to Africa, South America, and Eastern Europe. The diverse settings and plots in her books have been inspired by her real-life encounters there. Many of the stories and scenes from her books come from her family's experiences on the mission field or are based on true stories of others.

disclosure: I received Glastonbury Tor from Kregel Publications in exchange for my honest review. No other compensation was received. All opinions in this post and on this blog are my own.

 

 

1 comment:

LeAnne Hardy said...

Thank you for your kind review. I'm glad you enjoyed the book. I hope your readers do too.