Reviewed by Edith Wairimu for Readers' Favorite
Kerys of Ansgar, in Courage of Ansgar - A Windflower Saga Novella by Aleksandra Layland, is not your usual candidate when considering a fitting consort for the king. She is laid back, independent and, most of all, she detests arranged marriages. When her uncle, Lord John the Duke of Ansgar, calls and asks her to represent the Ansgar lineage in the selection of a possible future wife for King Edmond, she is quite taken aback, but finally decides to attend the preparations and later the selection. She is happy enough as a spectator and, frankly, she already has a lot to handle with exams coming up at the university she is attending. The days drag on and everyone around her starts to notice a sparkle in her eyes. Is it possible that she could have fallen for the king after all, or is there someone else?
Courage of Ansgar - A Windflower Saga Novella by Aleksandra Layland is a refreshing, light read with an engaging thread of events. The simple language punctuated with moments of suspense and romance formed the perfect combination for me. Aleksandra Layland included only enough detail and left out unnecessary scenes. This made the book easy to read and relatively short. The rich history incorporated into the story adds additional elements of romance. Kerys's character is admirable. I loved that the author brought out her independence and ability to make up her own mind, despite her traditions. Her focus and determination to make something of herself were also inspiring. I highly recommend Courage of Ansgar to readers with an interest in historical romance stories.