Eighteen year old Izzy’s limited world begins to feel cramped after she completes her self-appointed book dare. After reading two-hundred and fifty books, a thought that had been once tucked away as tightly as the books on her library shelves becomes too irresistible to ignore…’Who am I?’
Memory loss prohibits Izzy from remembering her life before age seven when she was injured in a fire. Jonathan Gudwyne and his head housekeeper rescued her and took Izzy in as their own, but who did she belong to before they took her in?
Crippling panic keeps Izzy from wandering beyond the stables, but Tubs, the Gudwyne’s young stable boy, encourages Izzy to go beyond the property’s rock wall to a world that promises possible answers, but also great danger. A scorched castle in the woods and a mysterious cellar filled with secrets sets Izzy on a path to the New World, where she will not only have to face her own terror but face the people responsible for her scars.
It is here, in the untamed wilds of the seventeenth century that she finds love and a home in the most unexpected of places.
Title: White Wolf and The Ash Princess
Series (if applicable): White Wolf
Author: Tammy Lash
Recommended Age: Since there is some snuggling between a husband and a wife as well as some violence, perhaps 14+ would be best.
Genre(s): Christian, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Adventure, Young Adult, Romance, Christian Fiction, Historical Romance
I tried my hardest to keep spoilers out, but I think some may have slipped in. Read at your own risk xD
For the first hundred pages, I was on a roller-coaster ride of emotions! I feel like I’m under-qualified to write this review because the words were not coming – literally. I feel bad because I was supposed to finish this earlier today, but it took me longer to read it since the last couple of days have been wacky, with my dad and sister out of town and trying to handle my little baby sister with my mom as well as my siblings.
It really took me a bit to figure out what I wanted to say about this wonderful book and how to say it. Hopefully I was able to express my love for it the way I wanted to. 🙂
So, this is a forgiveness story, and although Izzy eventually learns to trust God, the book does not come off as preachy at all (although I am fond of those most of the time) and would be something great to read for those who prefer books like this. The story was really intriguing. Like, I did not expect the twists and turns. I figured out what character was going to die way before it happened but the effect it had on me still made me nearly cry(, because I couldn’t cry in front of my siblings).
I kind of like Izzy, but I really didn’t like how she treated Jonathan. It ends up making sense later when I realized this was like a forgiveness story, but still. Anyways, it was really cool to see her character change, and see her grow closer to the Lord. It was really interesting to discover more information about her past, and about herself. It’s really hard not to spoil anything about her..
Now, Jonathan. I had a love-hate relationship with him at first. I had some assumptions in the beginning about him, ones that weren’t good, and I’m glad everything turned out all right with him. I really enjoyed reading about him as the story went on and he’s probably a favorite character of mine.
I really got attached to Miss Margaret because she was the mother figure. Although she sometimes annoyed me, most of the time I was just wanting to give her this big hug. ❤ It was really hard to watch her go. Like, I really my eyes watered and it was just really emotional.
Tubs was just my favorite character and I just fell in love with him (not literally though). I was fond of him from the beginning and I’m still upset about what happened… but I must get over it. I really liked it when we finally found out his real name. It was kind of a funny twist on the whole thing. My only issue with him was that, although he was thirteen years old, he acted a bit younger for his age. Now I know guys can be goofy, because I’ve seen it with my own eyes at my youth group in the past, but it just was a little weird for me.
The writing was a little confusing at times and the way things were worded also confused me. I didn’t get a huge historical feel from the book until way later, that’s not a bad thing (at least for me). 🙂
The only issues I had were when Jared mentioned himself being a cannibal. I understand he was the villain, but it was really unnecessary. The romance was a bit uncomfortable, a snuggle scene in bed, but otherwise clean. The cover partially doesn’t make sense to me since I thought Izzy had darker skin? I’m rating this book five stars because I see no need to deduct any for the few content warnings.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I think anyone looking for a new forgiveness read that does not come off as preachy should pick this up.
Content Warnings: A couple kisses between a husband and wife that were semi-detailed; same husband and wife snuggles a bit. Again, a character mentions himself being a cannibal. Death, some violence (gunshots, injuries ,etc). A character reappears as an angel, telling the main character it was not her time to go (I didn’t really have a problem with this, but others might).
**I received a copy of this ebook from the author (thanks, Victoria and Tammy!) in exchange for an honest review. I was not obligated to write a positive one. Check out my Disclosure and Policies page.**
The Author: Tammy Lash
Tammy lives in Lower Michigan with her husband and her three children. Izzy’s home in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (Munising) is where she and her family enjoy exploring. Tammy enjoys hiking, kayaking, beach wandering, “hunting” for birch bark and hopes to someday find a porcupine quill. White Wolf and the Ash Princess is her first novel. She is published in Keys for Kids and has been in children’s ministry for over twenty years.
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