I don’t know how she does it, but Stephenia H. McGee’s new release from Revell is so vivid and real in my imagination that it feels more like a movie than a novel! “The Secrets of Emberwild” is a beautiful, sweeping, and unforgettable story that I adored from start to finish, and if you enjoy Christian Historical Fiction it should definitely be high on your to-read list as well.
A unique element of this story is the incredible way one character is brought to life – his strong (ornery!) personality, his quirks and thoughts and feelings, and his regal bearing are so clear in my mind’s eye. But the interesting part? This character is a horse!! Yes, Arrow the young stallion is as important a character as any person, and his sometimes larger-than-life presence takes over the story in delightful ways. I love this, because so often the animals in novels are nothing more than props or accessories for the human characters.
Of course the people in the story are well-drawn and realistic too, and the plot of the story is compelling enough to make it difficult to put down. So even though I’m not a true ‘horse person’ as many claim to be, this story was utterly enchanting and I enjoyed every page.
I highly recommend “The Secrets of Emberwild” to enthusiasts of both Historical Romance AND equines of all shapes and sizes.
I received this book courtesy of Revell Publishing, in participation with a Revell Reads Blog Tour. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.
Thank you so much for the lovely review. I’m thrilled you enjoyed your time with Arrow at Emberwild. He was so fun to write.