You may be familiar with the story of Samuel anointing David as king. Samuel cautiously had the village elders tell Jesse to attend a sacrifice (he didn’t want King Saul to know he was doing this!) and to bring his sons. God had instructed him to do this and that He would reveal which of the sons to anoint.
As Samuel saw the sons, beginning with the oldest, each time he thought “Wow! He sure looks like the kind of man we would want to be our king” and yet God kept telling him that particular son was rejected because God looks at the heart, not physical appearance.
So finally, there weren’t any more of Jessie’s sons at the feast, and God hadn’t accepted any of them. So Samuel was puzzled at this and asked Jesse “Is this really all your sons?” and then Jesse admitted there was one more, off tending the sheep.
As you probably know, that youngest son who hadn’t even been invited to the feast was David – the man God had selected as the next king because he was a man after his own heart.
Can you imagine how David must have felt when he had to watch the sheep while everyone else was at the village celebration? Did his dad actually forget he was watching the sheep until Samuel asked if there were any more sons, or did he really think David insignificant enough to not be included?
If you have ever felt neglected or insignificant, rest assured that you are greatly valued by God. He will never forsake you or forget you.
Stepping into the Light
by Candee Fick
Series: Within the Castle Gates #1
Publication Date January 7, 2019
Genres: Historical Fiction, Clean Romance, Fairy Tale Retelling
Setting: Scotland Middle Ages - 400 to 1600
Main Character Ages: 18-24, 25-34
Written for: Adults
Sometimes the most heroic live in plain sight.
Tragedy stalks Gunn Castle, most recently when the heir to the Gunn chiefdom died, leaving the land vulnerable to attack. But security has come in the promise of a marriage alliance with the Clan Sinclair, the Gunns' powerful northern neighbors.
The search is on to gather the eligible maidens…except mysterious accidents befall all who join the laird’s widow at the castle. Meanwhile, messengers have been spotted along the southern border, and Clan Sinclair may be walking into a trap.
With war looming and a madwoman in their midst, the only hope for a peaceful future may lie in the hands of a disfigured Gunn recluse and the overlooked second son of Clan Sinclair.
If you like medieval romance, the Scottish Highlands, and cheering for the underdog, then you'll love the first installment of this new series from Candee Fick.
I would like to thank Candee Fick for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Evan was the unwanted second son. Forgotten. Neglected.
Maggie hid behind her hair, knowing that the scar that traveled from her neck to her cheek was repulsive. She had seen that message in the faces of everyone she came into contact with.
How sweet Evan was to look past the scars into the woman Maggie was becoming. His encouragement that her that scars were a sign that she had survived was so encouraging. Scars are not a sign of failure. They are a sign of overcoming!
This is the author’s first foray into the world of historical fiction. She wrote a great touching, romantic and inspirational story. Loosely basing the work on the story of Snow White, she balances following the overall storyline of that tale and making the story her own. It was not so much a copy that as I read I thought “oh, and then this is going to happen in just this way”. It was a creative re-telling that was interesting and very well done.
I really liked the way Scottish dialect was integrated into the entire narrative and not just the dialog. Yet it wasn’t overdone, so it was not hard to read. Instead, it gave a lyrical sense overall.
This is a great start to a new series. If you enjoy medieval romance, be sure to pick this one up.