A Call to Faith and Freedom
By Shirley A. Roe
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At a time when there appears to be a renewal of spiritualism in modern society, Shirley Roe's novel "A Call to Faith and Freedom" supports the knowledge that spiritualism and mysticism are indeed centuries old. This novel of a carefully observed portrait of sixth-century Scotland is not only entertaining but also educational, as she shares her extensive knowledge of Celtic faith with her readers in this exciting and action filled story of two Celtic clans. Her characters are so real that the reader sees the world through the eyes of Moreall, Armand, Ian and the many others. Description of hearth and land is deeply detailed and one feels as though she is walking step for step in the lives of these loving and brave people. This is a story of love, jealousy, treachery and war but also of faith and a closeness to nature. The Celtic beliefs in their goddess are threatened by a form of Christianity that is harsh and in many ways evil. The Angles are determined to settle Northumbria and eradicate the Celtic faith. Moreall and Armand, in their own individual ways, give their lives to a battle to save what is most important to their people. From this tiny bit of history, Shirley Roe, with her unique story telling style, has carved a story that draws the reader in and doesn't let go until the final sentence. For lovers of historical fiction and for those yet to be initiated, this book is a must.