About the book: Isabella, Princess of Poland, is raised to a life of great wealth and leisure in the Polish Royal Court, destined to marry a king. But fate or divine providence intervenes when she meets Johan Hirschberg, a young Anabaptist who works in her father’s stable. This chance meeting leads the young couple into a forbidden love. Together they flee Poland and embark on a dangerous journey that brings them, after great peril, to the small parish of a troubled priest named Menno Simons. Catholic Bishop, Franz von Waldek, paid by King Sigismund, Isabella’s father to find the princess at all costs, pursues them across Europe. Isabella does not know it, but if von Waldek captures her, she will have to make a choice that will change the course of European history forever.
Publication Date: April 15, 2019
Publisher: P&J Publishing
Genre: Christian Fiction, Historical Fiction
Series: The Paradise Chronicles #3
My thoughts: I love picking up a book by Patrick E. Craig. I know I’m going to read a story that’s rich in character and detail. I know I’m going to read a story that will stay with me long after the last word is read. The Mennonite Queen is a powerful story told by a master storyteller.
Now with the above being said when I first started this book I wasn’t sure I was going to like it. It takes place in the 1500s and that’s not really a time period I enjoy reading about. Yet, I was soon absorbed in the stories of Isabella and Johan, two opposites who quickly became one of my favorite fictional couples. Their stories are powerful and ones that I think everyone can relate to on some level. It was just impossible for me to not like these characters.
The author did a wonderful job of keeping my interest in the story. His descriptions made me feel as if I had been whisked away to 1500s Poland, Germany, and Hungary and was a part of Isabella and Johan’s journey. I loved all the historical detail he put into the book because it made the story so much richer.
This isn’t your typical Amish fiction-style read. It’s much meatier, edgier, and grittier. It’s a book that I’m sure men and women alike will enjoy and one that will find its way to your keeper shelf. I know it will be on mine!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and was not required to write a review. All opinions are mine.
About the author: Best-selling Author Patrick E. Craig is a lifelong writer and musician who left a successful career in the music industry after two albums on Warner Brothers Records and years of live performances in one of San Francisco’s most popular music groups to follow Christ in 1984. He spent the next twenty-six years as a worship leader, seminar speaker, and pastor in churches, retreats, seminars and conferences in the Western United States. In 2013 Harvest House published the first of his Apple Creek Dreams series, A Quilt For Jenna, followed by The Road Home and Jenny’s Choice. A Quilt For Jenna recently moved into the #1 bestseller in Amish Fiction on Amazon. His new book, The Amish Heiress is the first in his new series, The Paradise Chronicles.