Monday, May 18, 2020

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour: A Life Renewed by Olivia Rae

Book:  A Life Renewed
Author: Olivia Rae
Genre:  Christian Historical
Release Date: April 2, 2020

In 1554, Lady Jane Grey, “The Nine Days’ Queen” was executed for high treason.

But what if, instead of feeling the blade on her neck she secretly survived?

Escaping execution, Lady Jane hides as a peasant girl in a principality in Germany. She loves the simple life and never wants to return to England. But her benefactor, a power-hungry German prince, wants to march on London and place her on the English throne again, thereby increasing his dominance in Europe. If she doesn’t agree to his plan, her beloved childhood nurse will be put to death. Desperate for help, Jane must put her trust in the mysterious spy Asher Hayes.

Asher Hayes is done rounding up Protestants for “Bloody Mary” and wants nothing more than to live a quiet life as a farmer and expunge the blood of many from his hands. Except Queen Mary isn’t done with him yet. She throws his father, mother, and sister into prison on false charges in order to force him to accept one last mission – find and kill Lady Jane Grey. But when Asher discovers Lady Jane isn’t a threat to the throne as he believed her to be, he faces a devastating decision – does he sacrifice his family for the woman who reigns in his heart?

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I enjoy reading Historical Fiction and this one has a twist to it, as it is based on a real "character" from History. Lady Jane Grey was not someone I learned about in History class, but she is an interesting Historical Lady. She was Queen of England for 9 days in the 1500's. 

The book begins and it takes me a couple of chapters to really get interested in the book. Lady Jane Grey is in Germany and loves living the "simple life" and doesn't want to return to her homeland of England, as she fears execution. In order to continue to escape execution she puts begins to befriend in spy Asher Hayes. Asher Hayes is trying to coax her back to England, but then he realizes she isn't as bad as others have made him think. He begins falling for her and gains a romantic interest in Lady Jane Grey. Will Asher betray his family so he can pursue a relationship with Lady Jane Grey? Is there a romance on the horizon?? 

I wasn't so sure about the book in the beginning, but the Author, Olivia Rae, did bring the characters and the story line together very well. I actually enjoyed this book very much and I look forward to reading the next books in this new Series. FANTASTIC Book! 

Olivia Rae is an award-winning author who spent her school days dreaming of knights, princesses and far away kingdoms; it made those long, boring days in the classroom go by much faster. Nobody was more shocked than her when she decided to become a teacher. Besides getting her Master’s degree, marrying her own prince, and raising a couple of kids, Olivia decided to breathe a little more life into her childhood stories by adding in what she’s learned as an adult living in a small town next to a big city. When not writing, she loves to travel, dragging her family to old castles and forts all across the world.

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The Challenge in Writing About a Real Historical Person
I like creating a story out of a kernel of information. The idea of my new book, A Life Renewed came when I took a trip to England and learned about the tragic life of Lady Jane Grey. Her life was so disastrous, I just wanted to give her a second chance at happiness. So that’s exactly what I did when she escaped her execution instead of dying as she did in real life.
My greatest challenge in writing this book was picking a heroine that actually lived. I had to do a lot of research in Lady Jane Grey’s life and her family. It was very interesting. Lady Jane was what we would call a progressive protestant. The conflicts between the Catholics and Protestants (The beginning of The Church of England) was very real and very deadly at that time. What many people don’t know is that Henry VIII was actually against many other Protestant religions (Calvinists, Lutherans, etc.). He feared their religious influence as much as he did the Catholic’s. His son Edward was more progressive, like Jane. If he would have lived, Jane’s outcome would have been totally different. After Jane’s death, Queen Mary went on a mission to turn England back to Catholicism. In her reign she killed over 300 Protestants. Hence later in history she was known as “Bloody Mary.”

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To celebrate her tour, Olivia is giving away the grand prize packaged of an autographed copy of the book and a $25 Amazon gift certificate!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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Caryl Kane said... Best Blogger Tips

Wonderful review! Thank you for sharing.

Emma said... Best Blogger Tips

This sounds really interesting! What-ifs are fun to think about.

James Robert said... Best Blogger Tips

My family loves reading so hearing about another great book I appreciate. Thanks for sharing and also for the giveaway.

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