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Reviewed by Kimberlee J Benart for Readers' Favorite
The Tournament by Susan Lowenberg is a Christian romance set in twelfth century England during the reign of King Henry II. The widowed Earl of Kentare has died, leaving seven young daughters behind. The King orders a tournament to choose a landless knight to wed the eldest, Lady Sabina. Four knights quickly take the lead, but Sabina is attracted to only one of them: the charming Sir Brice. Her next eldest sister, Amabel, favors the “gentle giant” Sir Laurence; and one of her younger sisters, Clare, favors the friendly Sir Matthew. No one favors Sir Giles, whose bad character is already known. Which of these knights will become Earl of Kentare and hold the fate and happiness of Sabina, her sisters, and the entire demesne in his hands?
In The Tournament, Lowenberg presents a classic tale of faith, hope, and love in an engaging and action-packed narrative that moves at a good pace and leaves you eager for the next chapter. There are enough surprises and twists and turns along the way to pique your interest until the very last page. Lowenberg expertly draws each of the main characters in clear brushstrokes of dialog, thought, and action. You quickly form your own opinion as to who you hope will win the day. Sabina does as well. Her moral struggles provide as much of a test in humility, and the meaning of true surrender to God’s will, as the jousting does to the physical strength and skill in arms of the knights. An entertaining read with a positive message of faith and family love.