The Bonfires of Beltane

The Bonfires of BeltaneThe Bonfires of Beltane by Mark E. Fisher
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This story is set WAY BACK in time, before the Middle Ages, in ancient Ireland. The hero, Taran mac Teague, rebels against the Druids and their demonic gods. He’s banished from his clan’s island and set adrift to die at sea. But he calls out to the God he’s only heard rumors about, and he arrives on the mainland. He meets a stranger named Patrick who talks of a God who loves His people, a God who doesn’t require sacrifices, a God who sent His own sacrifice for all. We follow Taran as he travels with and learns from Patrick for years before being able to return to his own clan and bring the message of salvation to his people.

St. Patrick suffered much and yet survived to bring salvation to a barbaric people. The story is well-researched and written in story form that is easy to follow. There are a lot of words that I didn’t even try to pronounce. I read it as an e-book and I wish I’d had a paperback copy so I could have flipped back to the glossary at the back. For a better understanding of the language, I recommend a print version. But either way, it’s well worth reading!

Published by Pegg Thomas

Pegg Thomas lives on a hobby farm in Northern Michigan with Michael, her husband of *mumble* years. They raise sheep and chickens; keep a few barn cats, and Murphy the spoiled rotten dog. A life-long history geek, she writes “History with a Touch of Humor.” Pegg is published in the Barbour historical romance collections. Pegg also works as Publisher of Smitten Historical Romance, an imprint of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. When not working or writing, Pegg can be found in her barn, her garden, her kitchen, or sitting at her spinning wheel creating yarn to turn into her signature wool shawls. Pegg won the Romance Writers of America's Faith, Hope, & Love Award for 2019, was a finalist for the 2019 ACFW Editor of the Year, and a double finalist for the 2019 ACFW Carol Awards.

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