I read The Hawk and the Jewel back in October and wrote a paragraph on it during my reading review that month. I’ve finally gotten around to writing the full review, so here it is!
The Hawk and the Jewel (Kensington Chronicles #1), by Lori Wick.
Goodreads blurb… The first in the newly repackaged Kensington Chronicles series, The Hawk and the Jewel sweeps readers from the tapestried halls of Victorian England to the alabaster courts of Arabia. Everyone thought little Sunny had perished with Lady Gallagher in storm–tossed seas off the Arabian coast, but the beautiful toddler had been found, taken to the palace of Darhabar, and raised as the ruler’s own child. Now the emir, Ahmad Khan, is sending her home, and Sunny’s uncertain, new life is completely in God’s hands.
Review: My overall impression of the book was just satisfaction. I picked it up to read a clean, quiet romance, and I definitely got that out of it. Some parts were a little bit odd. The main character, Sunny, is in her young teens and her behavior is a little inconsistent at times, but I suppose one could chalk that up to the circumstances she finds herself in.
This is a Christian romance, and although it was fairly good in that aspect, I usually have to complain a little about how unrealistic these types of books make Christianity sound. But since I’ve come to expect that from Christian writers, I’ll live with it.
I will say, for the most part, I enjoyed the hero, Brandon. He could have been developed more than he was, though.
The story line/plot was quite good and easy to follow. As a quiet, relaxing book to read, it was almost just right.