About the Book
Book: Worthy of Legend
Series: The Secrets of the Isles #3
Author: Roseanna M. White
Release Date: September 13, 2022
Genre: Historical Fiction, Christian Historical Romance
After a summer of successful pirate-treasure hunting, Lady Emily Scofield and her friends must hide the unprecedented discoveries they’ve made, thanks to the betrayal of her own family. Horrified by her brother, who stops at nothing to prove himself to their greedy father, Emily is forced to take a stand against her family–even when it means being cut off entirely.
Bram Sinclair, Earl of Telford, is fascinated with tales of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table–an interest he’s kept mostly hidden for the last decade. But when a diary is unearthed on the islands that could lead to a secret artifact, Bram is the only one able to piece the legends together.
As Bram and Emily seek out the whereabouts of the hidden artifact, they must dodge her family and a team of archeologists. In a race against time, it is up to them to decide what makes a hero worthy of legend. Is it fighting valiantly to claim the treasure . . . or sacrificing everything in the name of selfless love?
I don’t have words. Well, I have words, but I don’t think I have adequate words to do this book justice. My goodness is Worthy of Legend by Roseanna M. White a seriously fantastic story. I loved every single second of this novel. Bram and Emily are the BEST characters ever. I adored Bram’s need to be a knight in shining armor. For Bram, it’s not about the glory of saving the day, but rather the drive to help someone in need. It’s like he physically hurts when someone else hurts. I don’t even care that he is a handsome man (he is, by the way) because his excellent Protector character trumps his physical attractiveness. Emily, OH MY HEART! I hurt so badly for this woman. I will not say one thing about her story because I will accidentally spoil something, but just know Emily’s story will hurt your heart. She is, without a doubt, a heroine who deserves a happily ever after. And the villain, Emily’s brother, is SCARY. He freaked me out. I was so paranoid every time he was on scene. There’s a moment with a puppy — yeah, I don’t think I breathed the entire chapter. White can really craft some stellar characters, both good and bad.
I’m not going to discuss anything about Emily’s story, but I do want to mention my struggle with her character. Emily’s character was a mirror for me and I struggled hard with what I saw. Emily is good. Like impossibly good. Like Jesus-would-be-proud-of-her good. She made me squirm. Emily’s brother is broken and evil, and her father is super selfish and abusive. These are people you do all you can to stay far, far away from. But Emily has done all she can to figure them out, to see the good in them, to love them. Even through very bad things, Emily wants to love her family. Why? Because she knows that is what God does. He loves the broken, hard, hurt people. Emily would actually choose to lose her life for her brother and/or father. She is sacrificial. I had a difficult time because I don’t know how to be this way with the people who have hurt me. I don’t know how to push through and love them anyway. They scare me. They make me want to run away and hide. I don’t know how to rise above these feelings. I get it…the expected answer is to pray more and ask Jesus to guide me. I get that. I’ve done that. I’ll continue to do that. But I’m not like Emily and that’s been a really difficult pill to swallow because I do want to be more like her character.
Worthy of Legend is a seriously great story. Definitely, this novel makes my top-ten list for 2022. This is a beautiful story of adventure, love, forgiveness, and redemption, and I cannot recommend it enough. Worthy of Legend is a story you will not want to miss.
I received a review copy of this novel in eBook form from the publisher, Bethany House Publishers, via NetGalley in order to review. In no way has this influenced my review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.