Today is the release day for my debut novella A Woman of Honour. I’ve received some reviews and thought I would share them with you.
A Woman of Honour is available at
The Wild Rose Press
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My first review comes from a Goodreads member who answered by post in the Authors Requesting Reviews discussion board
Goodreads members can click here to read the review.
Bev Walkling's review
Jul 13, 14
5 of 5 stars
bookshelves: action, free-book-from-author, set-in-scotland
Read in June, 2014
I was very pleased to receive an advanced copy of Woman of Honour from Marlow Kelly to read and review. The cover was very appealing and it was set in Scotland which is always of interest to me. It definitely drew me in right away and was fast paced and well written. Woman of Honour is a novella so it is a fairly quick read.
The story opens with our hero (Duncan Cameron) and heroine sharing a dark dungeon of Dunstaffnage Castle and completely unable to see each other or tell what the other individual looks like. In fact, their acquaintance begins with a fight as neither knows who the other is or whether they can be trusted. When the dust settles, Duncan discovers that the unknown woman he has fought with has been dressed as a boy and has plans to enter a convent. Isabel, (our heroine) does her best to ease Duncan’s headache caused by a head injury and in doing so makes herself more and more appealing to Duncan.
How they escape from their captors and make their way to safety involves lots of twists, turns and surprises. This was a fun read with likeable characters . For those wondering at the spelling of “Honour” in the title, Marlow is Canadian and that’s how we spell honour here.
Although I found the cover very appealing, I’m not really sure that the artist fully understood what Isabel looked like. The cover girl is quite buxom and even with strapping would have had a hard time passing for a boy. I think this is a great job for a debut story and would recommend it to all who enjoy a sweet innocent romance set in the Scotland of yesteryears.
My second review comes from Robyn Roberts at Once Upon a Romance Reviews.OUAR are currently revamping their site and have assured me this review will be published on the new site once it goes live. I will add the link once I receive it.
I have copied and pasted this review in its entirety.
Reviewer: Robyn Roberts
Title: A Woman of Honour
Author: Marlow Kelly
Publisher: Wild Rose Publishing
Release Date: August 2014
Genre/Sub-genre: Historical Romance (Highlands)
Year/Setting: 1307 Scottish Highlands
Overall rating: 4.25
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle/Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: None
Author’s Website: www.marlowkelly.com
Duncan Campbell awakes in a dark cell with another captive. In mere seconds, he realizes that he’s with a woman. Isabel Douglas is disguised as a man and has been captured and put in the dungeon cell with Duncan. Duncan realizes his enemy, the MacDougalls, have captured him. He knows they won’t let him leave alive and the fact that he’s in a cell with another person makes Isabel’s situation dire.
Isabel is determined to fulfill her commitment to become a nun. She is on a mission that will take her to the monastery where she can fulfill her mission and take her vows. Duncan determines (in his mind, without telling her) that she will not become a nun. He would like her to be his wife.
Together, they plan an escape and Isabel knows her only chance to get out alive is to follow Duncan. He seems to know what he is doing and while he’s high-handed, he seems to keep her best interest at heart. As they flee and become closer, Isabel will need to decide between duty and love.
I couldn’t put this story down. It kept me up until the wee hours of the morning. I loved Duncan from the first page and kept hoping he and Isabel would get together. It took me a little bit to totally warm up to Isabel, but once I saw the true depth of her character, strength and resolve, I fell in love with her, too. Marlow Kelly weaves a fascinating tale of life and fighting between families in the Highlands. I look forward to more from her in the future.
I want to take this opportunity to thank Bev and Robyn for taking the time to read and review my work.