Forged in Love

A Romance Novella

Christian - Romance - Historical
100 Pages
Reviewed on 08/13/2017
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Author Biography

Ronnda Eileen Henry is originally from Michigan and was raised in California and Virginia. She read a lot of history, biography, science fiction, and regency romances when she was young. Her favorite authors are Jane Austen, Aleksandra Layland, Isabella Berdyna Zysk, and Shakespeare. Retired now, she lives in Florida.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Forged in Love is a romance novella written by Ronnda Eileen Henry. Penny was quite happy being unmarried and living with her parents in the small village of Pennington-by-Greta. Penny would have liked to have found a husband and have her own family, but it had never happened and she had just celebrated her fortieth birthday. All in all, Penny had a good life. She enjoyed both the baking she was famous for and her part time job as the Village Clerk. Her evenings were enjoyable ones spent with her parents, either reading, playing chess or working on a quilt with her mom while her father read to them.

Henry was a forty-four-year-old military bladesmith who had finally decided to retire, a welcome decision seeing that the decades-long border conflict between the neighboring regions had finally been settled. His apprentice recommended what could be the perfect opportunity for this career bladesmith. His father was retiring and was interested in selling his smithy. Henry gave the opportunity some consideration, and, after visiting the premises, decided that the smithy in Pennington-by-Greta would be a good next move for him. The villagers soon began talking, as villagers do, about the newcomer to their midst and the interest his status as a single gentleman would garner with the local widows. Some thought that it was a shame that Penny was a confirmed spinster, as she would be perfect. Penny heard the villagers say that Henry was a confirmed bachelor, and she thought he’d make an ideal friend. After all, there’d be no tension about marriage or the like. The situation seemed perfect.

Ronnda Eileen Henry’s romance novella, Forged in Love, is a sweet romance about a man and a woman who were destined to be soul mates, that is, if they weren’t so committed to the idea of being single -- or were they? Henry and Penny are marvelous characters that you can’t help but feel an almost instantaneous affection for. They’re both readers, play chess and have so much in common, even their supposed love of the single life. I particularly enjoyed the episode where Penny is delighted to learn how to forge her own paring knife under Henry’s patient tutelage. This gentle and literate romantic comedy is beautifully written, and the plot is engaging and sweet. Forged in Love is most highly recommended.

Edith Wairimu

In Ronnda Eileen Henry’s lovely historical romance, Forged in Love: A Romance Novella, two friends in their singlehood unexpectedly fall in love. Following the end of a long border dispute between the two kingdoms of Holsby and Formby, Henry, a forty-four-year-old bladesmith, leaves military life and settles down in Pennington-by-Greta, a quaint village in the rural hinterlands of Formby. When Penny, a cheerful forty-two-year-old woman hears of the new smith who will be settling in their village, she is glad to learn that he is a confirmed bachelor. When Henry arrives and begins to run the village smithy, he develops a friendship with Penny, who feels at ease around him. An attraction slowly develops between them but none is sure what the other feels. A sudden twist changes the course of their friendship when Penny finds a foundling at Henry’s door.

Forged in Love contains other unpredictable turns that make the story captivating. Ronnda Eileen Henry develops charming characters who are well-developed throughout the plot. Penny is attracted to Henry’s quiet nature while Henry admires Penny’s friendliness and optimism. The story focuses on the two main characters, following their friendship as it develops. Supporting characters add to the novella’s main themes. Others add humor to the plot. The story flows easily and it kept me engaged. Its pace is well-suited as it allows for significant details to be included in the plot but it is still brisk enough. Forged in Love: A Romance Novella is a beautiful, unique romance story that contains well-developed characters, a serene setting, and engaging scenes.