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Faithful Heart (The Von Wolfenberg Dynasty #3) by Anna Markland. ARC Review.

…When all hope seems lost…
Destined from childhood to follow his vocation to become a priest, Konrad has lost his faith and no longer believes in God. It’s a precarious predicament in a medieval world dominated by the Church. Disillusioned by war, he wanders Europe in search of himself. Seeking redemption through a crusade against slavery, he becomes a pirate with the goal of seizing ships that carry human cargo.
Zara is a successful woman of commerce, mistress of a Venetian fleet. Konrad is drawn to her, but her vessels often transport slaves. She will stop at nothing to protect her beloved ships.

Konrad Von Wolfenberg was destined for the priesthood until he was required to go to war.  After the horrors of war and some devastating sights he is questioning his faith.  He has left his family home to try and find his new way in life. 
In a port city he decides to throw his lot in with pirates,  with only one goal in mind. 
Zara Polani is the owner of a fleet of merchant ships in all but name.  She runs the business, but because she is just a woman, the fleet is in her brother's name.  He unfortunately has the body of a man but the mind of a child. 
She occasionally takes on unsavoury cargoes,  business is business after all. 
This is a truly grand adventure.  Our hero faces up to the real,  not very attractive world as it is.  Not everyone he meets is honourable and what colour a man is, or which faith he follows has no bearing on whether he is good or evil.  Our heroine also has lessons to learn.  The respect she has earned from her employees is not reflected by everyone.  She must make some major changes if she is to be the woman she wants to be.  The wife of the man she loves. 
Our author really draws us into the character's lives.  We feel every joy and all the sadness.  A marvellous story to get lost in.  I loved it. 


Anna Markland is a Canadian author with a keen interest in genealogy. She writes medieval romance about family honour, ancestry and roots. Her novels are intimate love stories filled with passion and adventure. Following a fruitful career in teaching, Anna transformed her love of writing and history into engaging works of fiction. One of the things she enjoys most about writing historical romance is the in-depth research required to provide the reader with an authentic medieval experience.


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  1. Thank you Petula. I could use this review for a blurb!

    1. Well, I like to explain the book without spoilers as well as telling people what I liked about it. Surely that is what a review is for.


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