Historical Fiction, Review

Age of Faith by Tamara Leigh

about the books

The Unveiling by Tamara Leigh (Age of Faith book 1)

The Unveiling by Tamara Leigh (Age of Faith book 1)12th century England: Two men vie for the throne: King Stephen the usurper and young Duke Henry the rightful heir. Amid civil and private wars, alliances are forged, loyalties are betrayed, families are divided, and marriages are made.

For four years, Lady Annyn Bretanne has trained at arms with one end in mind—to avenge her brother’s murder as God has not deemed it worthy to do. Disguised as a squire, she sets off to exact revenge on a man known only by his surname, Wulfrith. But when she holds his fate in her hands, her will wavers and her heart whispers that her enemy may not be an enemy after all.

Baron Wulfrith, renowned trainer of knights, allows no women within his walls for the distraction they breed. What he never expects is that the impetuous young man sent to train under him is a woman who seeks his death—nor that her unveiling will test his faith and distract the warrior from his purpose.

The Yielding by Tamara Leigh (Age of Faith book 2)

The Yielding by Tamara Leigh (Age of Faith book 2)Henry wears the crown, but the Wulfriths are no less defiant—and no more amenable to forging alliances through king-decreed marriage.

Convent-bound Lady Beatrix Wulfrith is determined to aid her sister in escaping marriage to their family’s enemy. Unaware of the sacrifice that awaits her, she leads their pursuers astray only to meet with an accident that forever alters her destiny and takes the life of a young knight whose brother vows he will not rest until the lady is brought to justice.

Lord Michael D’Arci is a warrior and a womanizer whose foul mouth and impatience bode ill for all who trespass against him. Falsely accused of ravishment years earlier, he refuses to believe Lady Beatrix’s accusations against his deceased brother. However, when he finds himself at the mercy of that same woman who clings to her convictions and faith even when it threatens to prove her undoing, his quest for justice wavers.

The Redeeming by Tamara Leigh (Age of Faith book 3)

The Redeeming by Tamara Leigh (Age of Faith book 3)Lady Gaenor Wulfrith is a woman scorned. And King Henry’s pawn. After three broken betrothals, she is ordered to wed her family’s enemy, a man she has never met and has good reason to fear. Faced with the prospect of an abusive marriage that will surely turn worse when her sin is revealed, she flees her family’s home with the aid of a knight—a man who could prove her ruin.

Christian Lavonne, the only remaining heir to the barony of Abingdale, has thrown off his monk’s robes—and God—to minister his lands. Determined to end the devastation wrought by his family’s feud with the Wulfriths, he agrees to marry his enemy’s sister, a woman no man seems to want. When he learns she has fled with a knight who has broken fealty with the Wulfriths, he pursues her, knowing that when they meet his own sin will be revealed and he will be as much in need of redemption as the woman who may carry another man’s child.

The Kindling by Tamara Leigh (Age of Faith book 4)

The Kindling by Tamara Leigh (Age of Faith book 4)Helene of Tippet is not her father or her brother’s keeper. Yet when she is enlisted to use her healing skills to aid a fallen knight, the secret she holds close threatens to visit her family’s sins upon her. Now she is in danger of loving where she should not-a man of the nobility, and one who has cause to despise her if ever he learns of the blood that courses through her veins. Dare she reveal herself? Dare she trust a warrior so bitter and intent on revenge? Dare she love?

Sir Abel Wulfrith, a man bred to battle, has the scar to prove one should never trust a woman. But when he is wounded by his family’s enemy, he finds himself at the mercy of one who could prove his undoing. Now he faces a battle against which no strategy can prevail, no blade can defend, no heart can escape unscathed. Can he forgive Helene the sins of the father-more, the sins of the brother? Can he reclaim his faith? Can he love?

The Longing by Tamara Leigh (Age of Faith book 5)

The Longing by Tamara Leigh (Age of Faith book 5)For years, Lady Susanna de Balliol has borne the blame for betrayal-well-earned, though not as believed by the man she can never forget. Now her nephew must prove his legitimacy or lose his claim to his father’s lands. When Susanna is forced to flee with the boy following an attempt on his life, will the one man who knows the truth of her nephew’s birth grant them sanctuary within his walls? More, will he aid the woman whom he believes cost him the love of his life?

Eleven years-a long time to have loved and lost. Certain he will not love again, Everard Wulfrith has committed his life to the command of Wulfen Castle. But when the girl whose betrayal he can never forgive appears to him as a grown woman and demands he atone for his sins, can he lay bare his past to aid her nephew? And what of his unexpected feelings for the scandalous Susanna de Balliol whose indiscretions may very well put his own to shame?

The Vexing by Tamara Leigh (Age of Faith book 6)

The Vexing by Tamara Leigh (Age of Faith book 6)Answering her father’s summons to return home, Lady Beata Fauvel must evade capture by noblemen who seek to wed a great heiress. But when she falls into the hands of Queen Eleanor of England, she discovers her sovereign has plans of her own for the lady known France over as The Vestal Widow. Now Beata must not only escape the knight entrusted with ensuring she does not wed without permission, but survive a storm-tossed sea and revelation of a long-buried secret that could destroy her family. And what of a heart that wants what it cannot have? Will it only ever beat for the queen’s man?

For years, Sir Durand Marshal has faithfully served his queen as penance for betrayal of the Wulfrith family. When he rescues a woman pursued by vassals of the French king, he is charged with delivering to England the nearly scandalous lady who has only a name in common with the one he once loved. Though he never expects to feel anything beyond annoyance for the outspoken Lady Beata, he finds himself drawn to yet another woman denied him. Can he fulfill his duty to his liege? Or will he forsake his redemption and forever ruin his reputation—more, the lady’s?

The Awakening by Tamara Leigh (Age of Faith book 7)

The Awakening by Tamara Leigh (Age of Faith book 7)Even if she must sell herself in marriage to the highest bidder, Lady Laura Middleton is determined to provide her daughter a home and protector. But when Queen Eleanor presents her cousin with four suitors, among them is one who believes Laura betrayed him ten years past. Despite her attempts to discourage his pursuit, he is determined to have her for the dowry needed to save his lands. Should he prevail, how is she to shield her daughter from the enemy who lurks within his walls? And what of her heart? If she reveals the truth of her betrayal, might he love her again?

Beware the Delilah, my son. Beware the Jezebel—advice Baron Lothaire Soames should have heeded as a young man. Now in need of funds, he faces marriage to the woman he lost to scandal. Though he vows to find another way to return prosperity to his lands, his former betrothed proves his only hope and he grudgingly vies to become her worthiest suitor—only to be struck by how little it takes his heart to pick up where it left off. Can he forgive what cannot be forgotten? More, will she forever yearn for the man who fathered her child?

The Raveling by Tamara Leigh (Age of Faith book 8)

The Raveling by Tamara Leigh (Age of Faith book 8)Sir Elias De Morville is no ordinary man of the sword, possessing both the heart of a warrior and a troubadour. When he sets out to rescue a boy who may be his son, more than ever he must prove worthy of the Wulfrith dagger that ranks him among the greatest of knights. And more difficult it becomes when not only must he protect the enigmatic woman who aids him, but guard against attraction to one forbidden him—she whose deceit could bring his family to its knees.

Honore of no surname is of the world only insofar as she ventures into it to pluck unwanted children from dark places. When a foundling is stolen from the abbey, her greatest hope of recovering him is a knight to whom she dare not reveal her face nor the identity of the rebel priest whose flight from King Henry they aid. Finding herself cast in the role of Sir Elias’s wife, she struggles against a heart that longs to be his in truth. And prays what seems a necessary deception does not lay ruin to him.

 

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my thoughts

Who can resist a tale of knights in shining armor and damsels in distress?! Medieval times are often romanticized but if it’s wrong, I don’t want to be right! However, as with all my reading, I prefer a healthy dose of reality in historical romance and Tamara Leigh marinates her medieval stories in authenticity.

Although surprisingly common, stories with ladies disguised as men are rarely done well. The Unveiling is an appealing exception to that rule! Lady Annyn Bretanne is clever and fierce while Baron Garr Wulfrith deserves all the heart-eyes with his gray hair, intelligence, and bold masculinity.

The Yielding (Age of Faith) by Tamara Leigh quote + review on Faithfully BookishLady Beatrix Wulfrith exudes strength despite her petite frame and vulnerable predicament in The Yielding. Her unwavering faith is inspiring and even cynical Lord Michael D’Arci is impressed by her steadfastness. Honor demands diligence as these adversaries find their way to the truth.

The backlash of Lady Gaenor Wulfrith’s forced betrothal is only the tip of the disastrous iceberg her life crashes into. Despite his family’s reputation, Christian Lavonne is an honorable and exceedingly chivalrous man determined to secure peace and eradicate evil. Repentance, forgiveness, and a wary trust pave the way forward in The Redeeming.

While wounded warrior Sir Abel Wulfrith harnesses his fury into determination to regain his health and strength, Helen of Tippet must guard her secret and her heart for the sake of her son. The Kindling tackles bitterness with unconditional love and faith.

Every young lady who has ever had a crush will relate to Lady Susanna de Balliol and her young-love heart-eyes for Everard Wulfrith. Now that she’s older and responsible for the well-being of her nephew, she’s willing to do endure the wrath of the man who blames her for his lost love to seek his aid in The Longing.

Between her outspoken nature and her unorthodox marriage, classifying Lady Beata Fauvel as an interesting character is an understatement (methinks The Vexing is aptly named). Sir Durand Marshal has made a royal mess of his life in previous books yet his sorrowful and genuine repentance makes his own story all the more entertaining and sincere.

Mousy Lady Laura Middleton from the second book is finally taking life by the reins in The Awakening. She is a mom on a mission yet Baron Lothaire Soames is the last man she ever expected to face in her husband hunt. This story demonstrates the power to either hurt or heal is most potently held by those we love.

The Raveling (Age of Faith) by Tamara Leigh quote + review on Faithfully BookishKnown as the “Troubadour Knight,” Sir Elias De Morville wields words as well as his sword and (as words of encouragement just so happen to be my love language) he owns a special place in my reader heart. Honore of no surname has a mother’s heart and I love her for it! Elias and Honore are thrust together by circumstance and adventure in The Raveling.

I have immensely enjoyed reading and rereading the Age of Faith series over the last few years and highly recommend it for delightful binge reading. One of my favorite aspects of this series is the way each plot is skillfully intertwined with the other installments. The characters’ lives interconnect in genuine relationships forged by struggle, strife, and love. Tamara Leigh’s stories are guilty pleasure reading without the guilt and are among my all-time favorites.

These books were either purchased by me or borrowed through the Kindle Unlimited program. The opinions expressed are my own.

 

about the author

Tamara Leigh signed a 4-book contract with Bantam Books in 1993, her debut medieval romance was nominated for a RITA award, and successive books with Bantam, HarperCollins, and Dorchester earned awards and places on national bestseller lists.

In 2006, the first of Tamara’s inspirational contemporary romances was published, followed by six more with Multnomah and RandomHouse. Perfecting Kate was optioned for a movie, Splitting Harriet won an ACFW Book of the Year award, and Faking Grace was nominated for a RITA award.

In 2012, Tamara returned to the historical romance genre with the release of Dreamspell and the bestselling Age of Faith and The Feud series. Among her #1 bestsellers are her general market romances rewritten as clean and inspirational reads, including Lady at Arms, Lady of Eve, and Lady of Conquest. In winter 2018/2019, watch for the new AGE OF CONQUEST series unveiling the origins of the Wulfrith family. Psst!—It all began with a woman.

Tamara lives near Nashville with her husband, a German Shepherd who has never met a squeaky toy she can’t destroy, and a feisty Morkie who keeps her company during long writing stints.

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6 thoughts on “Age of Faith by Tamara Leigh”

  1. I like Medieval fiction although, I have very high standards for it which means I don’t always like the medieval novels I end up reading.
    Its probably because, straight off, I’m British, so any novel set in Medieval Britain is ‘my history’ and its one of the historical periods I know most about, and honestly, I just think Medieval novels are seldom done well.

    I’m going be honest, a lot of Medieval novels make me want to cringe. Or shout. If someone says they were ‘inspired’ to write a Medieval novel by going to a Renaissance Faire, or their research consisted of watching movies, I want to scream as well. I am reading The Raveling right now, and actually, I think it might be my favourite of the series so far (except for some of the early chapters). I was not so keen on some of the earlier books, but I think the later ones were better.

    I just sort of think you have to really know about a period or a country to write about it well.

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  2. Sorry, another comment from me. I was thinking the other day why there does not seem to be much straight out historical fiction set in Medieval times in the Inspy/Christian genre.

    Most Christian Medieval stories are either Romances or Young Adult stories featuring fictional characters in fictional situations, rarely historical figures or events, or they are Fantasy.
    Not that there’s anything wrong with any of that stuff, but its just that I’ve found most (not all) of the stories which do actually focus on historical figures and events seem to be by European authors. I’m guessing its just easier to write about fictional people doing fictional things, and fictional places/events rather than trying to ground the story in real events? Or it allows authors more freedom?

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