The heroine of this book - Margaret of Ashford - put me in mind of heroines from books fifty years ago, circa 1960's, which I found ironic since the s..Show More »tory takes place 600 years ago in 14th century England. In most historical series being produced today, the protagonists are deeply flawed, bitter people who see little good in the world, but trudge on nonetheless. Margaret, on the other hand, is bursting with goodness and her adventures only further add to the flames of virtue around her. Think Maria in The Sound of Music and you have the right idea.
That said, you can decide if that is a strength or a weakness of the novel. For me, it was a strength. I find myself in turbulent times at the moment and I really, really liked a narrator who I could put my faith in and root for through the many machinations of the sometimes miraculous plot twists. I laughed too; the writing is good.
So, if you find yourself yearning for a simpler protagonist - like in the good old days, but not that old, thank you very much - recommend.
This is the second book in the Margaret of Ashford series and the quality (and the miracles) keep up nicely. My favorite characters - Mother Hilda and..Show More » Brother Malachi - are along for the adventure as Margaret must rescue her new husband, Gilbert, from a french count, possessed by evil forces!
As I commented after listening to the first book, these characters do not have the dark, complex bitterness that's typical of main characters today. Margaret, the protagonist, is all good. Listen to this series when you are in the mood to see evil vanquished and love triumphant. You will not be disappointed.