The Soldier's Cross

The Soldier's Cross

by Abigail Hartman

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BN ID: 2940012918628
Publisher: Ambassador International
Publication date: 06/02/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 296
File size: 898 KB

About the Author

Abigail J. Hartman writes historical fiction and fantasy from her home in South Carolina. Being taught at home for all her schooling years, she has had ample opportunity to branch out into the subjects she enjoys most: history and literature. The Soldier’s Cross is her first novel.

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Soldier's Cross 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
HomeSchoolBookReview More than 1 year ago
It is A.D. 1415, and fifteen year old Fiona lives on an English estate near Wales with her father, Sir Madoc who is in ill health both physically and mentally, and her older brother Giovanni. Fiona’s God-fearing mother, who had taught Giovanni to love the Lord, died when the girl was very young. Though the family is religious, and Fiona faithfully attends Mass, she often laughs at Giovanni’s concern for her soul. Once an acquaintance of her father’s had asked for her hand in marriage, but Madoc soon forgot it and Fiona never knew about it. For the most part, she is happy, but her world begins to crumble when Giovanni marches away to join in the English invasion of France by King Henry V. Then her father dies. Finally, her brother’s body is brought home as a casualty of the fighting at the Battle of Agincourt. Finding that his silver cross which had been given to him by their mother is missing, she disobeys the king’s travel ban and journeys across the Channel to war-ravaged France in search of it. Along the way, she is caught trespassing on the estate a young French nobleman and promises to give three years’ service to escape punishment. Then upon finally running away, she spends several more years recovering and working in a convent. What will happen to her? Will she ever locate her brother’s cross? And will she be able to find the peace which she thinks that it represents? Author Abigail J. Hartman was taught at home for all her schooling years, so she has had ample opportunity to branch out into the subjects she enjoys most, which are history and literature. The Soldier's Cross, written when she was fourteen, is her first novel. There are a few minor references to drinking things like mead, wine, and ale, but the story is generally wholesome. From a historical standpoint, it gives a good picture of what life was like in early fifteenth century England and France. However, there is also an important spiritual component. Abigail writes that in the novel “I was able to bring together some of the things I love best—the written word, history, and, above all, my God.” Why the 1400s? The false security in which the majority of Christendom lay is contrasted to the work of John Wycliffe in England, where Fiona grew up, and of Jan Huss in Bohemia, where her French master’s wife was from. And Abigail says, “The danger of ‘peace’ is as present now as it was in Fiona’s day.” Those who like historical fiction set in medieval Europe should enjoy the book.
Rebekah_Rhoswen_Wrose More than 1 year ago
I've only ever written book reviews on a site where the review format was very structured, so, please, bear with me if I start to ramble a bit. It is probably shocking to some that I had not read this book yet, as I have known the authoress via else site since before she wrote it. And I am now both sorry I hadn't and glad I now have. I really enjoyed it! Even knowing the authoress and knowing how well she can write, I was a bit surprised at how well she got her story out there, and the maturity within the writing and the story both. The setting was very well done, and Fiona's quest kept me wondering what was going to happen next. I did feel the start was a little slow, but not too bad. My biggest disappointment was when the Gosple was presented to Fiona, as it failed to mention that it is God's LOVE for us while we were yet sinners that caused him to send Jesus down to die for us to take our sins away. This is the very heart of the Gosple, and I felt it should have been included. It was during that part, and perhaps because of what I pointed out, that I felt, as necessary as that scene was, it was a bit heavyhanded and preachy- and rather slowed the story down. Not that I would have had that part taken out...just done differently, as it was indeed necessary. Over all, I absolutely enjoyed this book, and would highly recommend it. And the ending was just what I was hoping for! :-D