Reviewed by Joe Wisinski for Readers' Favorite
Freed by Love, a novella by Ronnda Eileen Henry, is a love story set in medieval-like times. The protagonist, Lady Violet, is unlucky in love, having lost two husbands to death. She marries again, but a relative of her husband harasses her by pursuing her romantically, even though he’s also married. Her third marriage also ends. I won’t say how because it’s an integral part of the plot and I don’t want to spoil the mystery. Suffice it to say that the circumstances surrounding the end of the marriage put Violet in potential jeopardy. Fortunately for Violet, she receives help from an unexpected source, an enigmatic character whom she meets by accident. He assists her both emotionally and in practical matters, but still, her future seems dark.
Ronnda Eileen Henry’s Freed by Love is a charming love story. The medieval era setting made it especially interesting because I learned something about life in those days, specifically how some couples came to be married and the regrettable ways women of the times were treated. I don’t want to give away too much, but there’s one character who I didn’t know for sure was a “good guy” or a “bad guy.” The author skillfully left some doubt about his objectives and it wasn’t until close to the end of the novella that I found out his actual intentions. Freed by Love left me with feelings of optimism and hope. Anyone who enjoys a good love story and some plot twists will enjoy this book.