Today is my stop on the blog tour for Weave Of Love by Rachel J Bonner. Big thanks to both Rachel Bonner for providing me with a copy of the book for review, and thanks to Rachel of Rachels Random Resources for inviting me to take part in the tour!
Weave Of Love is book three of the Choices And Consequences series, and you can check out the first two books below:
Book One – Strand Of Faith
A girl. A monk. An unthinkable sacrifice.
When the choice is between love and life, how can anyone decide?
In a post-apocalyptic future, a girl and a monk, both with extraordinary mental powers, have compelling reasons not to fall in love. But their choices will have consequences for the rest of the world.
After the troubles of his youth, Brother Prospero has found comfort and fulfilment in the monastery. Then he discovers something that forces him to reconsider his whole vocation. How can it possibly be right to leave a life of worship and service for human desire? And if he does leave, will the pressures from his past destroy him?
Orphaned and mistreated, Leonie has found sanctuary and safety at the Abbey. When she comes into contact with Prospero everything spirals out of her control. Everyone she’s ever loved has died. She can’t do that to him. But how can she walk away from the first place she’s truly belonged?
Abbot Gabriel is faced with an impossible choice. He can do nothing and watch the world descend into war. Or he can manipulate events and ensure peace – at the cost of two lives that he is responsible for. Is he strong enough to sacrifice those he loves?
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Book Two – Thread Of Hope
What if your secrets are so dangerous they could destroy the one you love?
Is honesty always the best policy?
Leonie may have run away but Prospero will find her. He loves her and he wants a future with her by his side whatever the consequences. Only when he does find her, he ought to tell her who he really is, outside the monastery. That’ll make her run again. Dare he risk it? But if he doesn’t tell her, someone else may…
Marriage to Prospero is what Leonie wants most and the one thing she knows she can’t have. If he found out what she was really like, what she’d been, what she’d done, he’d despise her and she couldn’t bear that. Better to leave now than live a lie – but it’s harder than she expected. If only…
Gabriel is starting to discover the secrets inherent in Leonie, secrets that not even she knows, secrets that will tear the world apart. And the secrets he is keeping are tearing him apart. How can sacrificing those he loves possibly achieve peace when everything he discovers risks the death of millions?
And now for my review on Weave Of Love!
What if the choice you have to make has devastating consequences for others?
How can anyone know the right thing to do?
Leonie chose to sacrifice everything to save other people. Now those around her have to face the consequences – and those consequences are not what they expected.
Prospero must deal with his own guilt. He was the one who gave Leonie the tools she needed – her life was in his hands. To make the most of what she did, he will have to face up to all the family issues he has avoided for so long. Whatever he chooses to do, someone he loves will be hurt. For Leonie’s sake, is he now strong enough to make the choice he couldn’t make before?
The crisis predicted by Lord Gabriel has come and gone. But his task isn’t over. Leonie’s very existence may be out in the open but Gabriel discovers that the past is never what it seems – and nor is the present. How can he use what he now knows to bring together those who have been enemies for as long as anyone can remember? If he fails in this, everything he’s had to do so far will be in vain.
Being the third book in a series, Weave Of Love starts off with a super helpful recap of what went down in books one and two; so whether it’s been a while since you read it’s predecessors, or have decided to jump straight in with book three, you can get yourself up to speed on the basics of the characters and what’s been happening in the lead up to this book. Personally, I love books that do this because I read a lot of different series and there can be a lengthy gap between reading each book. My poor goldfish like memory seriously appreciates the reminder of who’s who and what’s going on!
Handy POV switches throughout the chapters help us keep track of what all our different characters are up to, and what’s going on inside their heads. I really like Leonie as a character; having been through so much trauma in her life, she is still strong inside and continually fights against the odds. Not to mention the relationship between herself and Prospero is so sweet, with the way they look out for each other all the time.
There was such a sharp contrast with Prosperos childhood home and with the way Leonie had been brought up – It made for interesting reading as she got used to the large family and the ways everyone interacted with each other, and to see how easily they all adopted her in as one of their own. The storyline of Leonie fitting in with Prosperos family whist she recovers is regularly interspersed with check ins with Lord Gabriel and his own struggles, raising the tension in the story as he works to deal with bringing sworn enemies together whilst avoiding total disaster.
I adore the world that Bonner has built up in this series; it’s a very unique but interesting world, complete with an intricate social system and clearly defined communities, with the religious undertones adding a fresh twist to it.
About The Author
Rachel J Bonner is the author of the compelling and enthralling four book Choices and Consequences series. The first book in the series, Strand of Faith, was published in November 2018. Book 2, Thread of Hope, released on 2nd May 2019, followed by Weave of Love on 24th October, and Cloth of Grace at the end of February 2020.
Getting a degree in engineering, followed by a career in accountancy is probably not a conventional path to becoming an author, particularly in fantasy or romance. Rachel says that, although accountancy isn’t anything like as boring as everyone thinks, writing is a lot more fun. When not writing, she can be found walking in the beautiful countryside near where she lives, which has influenced much of the scenery in her books, or shooting things with her local archery club. Shooting targets only, honest. Nothing to worry about. (Okay, sometimes we shoot Polo mints. Or cabbages. Still nothing to worry about.)
She also enjoys swimming, eating chocolate chip cookies and growing aromatic herbs, especially thyme and rosemary. It’s no coincidence that her heroine likes the same things.
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