Book Review: Faithful in Love by Cecily K. Wolfe

Happy Friday! Today’s review is by one of my favorite indie historical fiction authors. This story is sweet and heartwarming, but has a bit of grit to it, too. The characters, setting, and themes are so well done that they are almost tangible. You’re going to want to add this one to your reading list for when life has you down, injustice seems rampant, and you just need something safe and cheerful to read.

About the Book

Faithful in Love (Cliff Walk Cousins Book 1)Title: Faithful in Love (Cliff Walk Cousins #1)

Author: Cecily K. Wolfe

Genre: Christian Historical Fiction, Clean Romance

Synopsis: Blessed from the moment of her birth, Faith Davenport is adored by everyone and has led a life guided by her charitable, Christian parents. At ease with her family’s expectations and her own strength of belief, she finds creative joy in exploring her Uncle Will’s architecture business.

Nico d’Amici is thrilled with the opportunity to apprentice to Will Travers, well-known for his practical and unique architectural designs, but discovers a deeper emotion when a friendship with Travers’s kind, beautiful, and intelligent niece intensifies. Faith’s best friend, her cousin Thomas, intervenes, but his efforts to keep them apart are nothing compared to accusations of theft that threaten not only the friendship between the three of them but Nico’s very freedom.

Can Faith live up to her name as an example of trusting in God’s strength as she fights what may be a losing battle to save the man she loves from prison?

Publication Date: October 29, 2020

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

My Review

Cecily Wolfe writes the most beautiful, engaging characters.

Although this is the first book in the Cliff Walk Cousins series, it follows characters from Wolfe’s previous Cliff Walk Courtships trilogy. Or rather, it follows the children of the protagonists from that series. There are a lot of random Easter eggs sprinkled throughout this book for those who read the first trilogy, but I think everything would still make sense without that background.

Now, back to the characters, and the meat of this review. This book focuses on Faith Davenport and Nico d’Amici, who (unsurprisingly) fall in love despite being from dramatically different stations. This is a common theme in Wolfe’s historical fiction, and one that I have yet to grow tired of. When Nico is unjustly accused of a crime he didn’t commit, things spiral out of control for the two. As things go from bad to worse, Faith’s loyalty and belief in Nico is tested.

Watching Faith and her family stand up for Nico when no one else does is so refreshing. It seems to be rare these days to read about characters who look out for others simply out of the goodness of their heart and their belief in what is true. We actually see more interactions between Faith and her family rather than Faith and Nico, which provides an interesting palette for the story to unfold. Overall, Faithful in Love is a very enjoyable and easy-to-read book. I look forward to the rest of the series!

The Verdict

I highly recommend this for all fans of Historical Fiction or light Christian Romance, and anyone looking for an encouraging story about love and faith overcoming injustice. Four stars.

I received an ecopy of this book from the author and happily provide my honest review.

May today bring you comfort and peace, Readers. I took today off of work to celebrate finishing the semester. If the weather cooperates, I will be hiking when you read this, if you read it the day it is posted! If the weather turns too cold and rainy, I’ll be drinking coffee and enjoying Christmas music.

Do you have any fun plans for this weekend? Do you enjoy hiking?

Until the next chapter,

Jana

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