Castle of Refuge ~ Review with Giveaway

astle of Refuge
A Dericott Tale#2
By Melanie Dickerson

Four years ago Audrey's hopes were dashed, leaving her scarred for life following an incident with Maris, her older sister. No longer of value in her father's estimate all thoughts of a marriage alliance with the future Lord Dericott are ended before beginning. With Maris's imminent return and a unwanted marriage offer Audrey does the only thing she can - she flees the only home she has ever known. 

Life as the daughter of a viscount has left Audrey ill prepared to face the life she suddenly finds herself in. And soon she finds herself in desperate need but nowhere to turn for help and at the mercy of strangers.

Edwin has assumed the role of Lord Endicott, but the injury he sustained protecting his family has left its mark. Feeling he is no longer a whole man, Edwin struggles to regain some of what he has lost. His future appears bleak but for the kindness he can extend his tenants. When a sick young woman is found - he offers her the safety and protection that his title and home can provide.

Castle of Refuge is a story of healing and seeing beyond the outer physical appearance to the true-self of a person. Now this story is not without its dramatic, page-turning moments, of which there are several. How often do we hide behind what we see in the mirror - thinking this reflection is a true representation of what lies beneath the surface? Both Audrey and Edwin grow through this story learning to not limit themselves by perceptions but rather to push forward to test themselves to grow. 

This is the second book in the Dericott Tales series and it can be enjoyed without the backstory of book one Court of Swans. Having that information, which lets you understand more of Edwin is helpful but you can go back and read it later, which believe me you will want to do. Overall I highly recommend this book to both teen and adult readers.

I was provided a complimentary copy of this book with expectations but that I provide my honest opinion - All thoughts expressed are my own.

About the Book:
Title Castle of Refuge
By Melanie Dickerson
From Thomas Nelson

Ever since she was a child, Audrey wanted her life to be extraordinary. But as the daughter of a viscount born in late fourteenth-century England, the only thing expected of her was to marry—until an act of malice by her sister, Maris, four years ago damaged her face and her prospects. Though Maris was sent away, twenty-year-old Audrey is still suffering the scars of her sister’s cruelty. When her father announces his plans to marry off his damaged daughter and bring Maris home, Audrey decides to flee in search of her true destiny.

However, life outside her home is dangerous, and she soon finds herself attacked, sick, and in desperate need of help. She is taken in at Dericott Castle to be nursed back to health. While there, she decides to keep her identity a secret and work as a servant in the castle. But she doesn’t count on falling in love with the young and handsome Lord Dericott, who lost his arm several months earlier and bears scars of his own.

Meanwhile, Edwin—Lord Dericott—is curious about the new, well-educated servant’s identity. All he knows is that he’s quickly becoming smitten with her. When the man Audrey’s father wanted her to marry comes looking for her, she and Edwin must make life-changing decisions about what to believe and whether or not love is truly worth trusting.

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