Sword of Forgiveness by Debbie Lynne Costello – Celebrate Lit Tour

About the book:

SwordOfForgiviveness When her father died, she had promised herself no man would own her again, yet who could defy an edict of the king?

After the death of her cruel father, Brithwin is determined never again to live under the harsh rule of any man. Independent and resourceful, she longs to be left alone to manage her father’s estate. But she soon discovers a woman has few choices when the king decrees she is to marry Royce, the Lord of Rosencraig. As if the unwelcome marriage isn’t enough, her new husband accuses her of murdering his family, and she is faced with a challenge of either proving her innocence or facing possible execution.

Royce of Hawkwood returns home after setting down a rebellion to find his family brutally murdered. When all fingers point to his betrothed and attempts are made on his life, Royce must wade through murky waters to uncover the truth. Yet Brithwin’s wise and kind nature begin to break down the walls of his heart, and he soon finds himself in a race to discover who is behind the evil plot before Brithwin is the next victim.

  Sword of Forgiveness (winds of change #1)

My Thoughts:

The first time I read this book was a couple months after it first came out in 2015. I can’t recall now just how I stumbled across it, but I can tell you that I loved it! Fast forward to 2019 and I was given the opportunity to sign-up with Celebrate Lit Tours to share my thoughts on this wonderful story.  Yes, I of course happily read the story again and I enjoyed it as much the second time.

I enjoyed the suspense, the tender romance, and the character intrigue. The story moves along at a good pace and kept me turning pages well past my normal bedtime. The imperfect characters were relatable and the setting in the northern borderlands of England made for an engaging setting.

I encourage you to pick this story up, especially if you are looking for a medieval period story to lose yourself in. I give this story 4 stars and I hope that you get the opportunity to enjoy reading it for yourself also!

(I purchased a copy of this book for my own collection. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

About the Author:

DEBBIELYNNE'S PIC Debbie Lynne Costello has enjoyed writing stories since she was eight years old. She raised her family and then embarked on her own career of writing the stories that had been begging to be told. She and her husband have four children and live in upstate South Carolina. She has worked in many capacities in her church and is currently the Children’s Director. She loves the Lord and hopes people will be uplifted and inspired by her writing. Debbie Lynne has shown and raised Shetland Sheepdogs for eighteen years and still enjoys litters now and then. In their spare time, she and her husband take pleasure in camping and riding their Arabian and Tennessee Walking horses.

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Click on the title below to snag your copy:

  Sword of Forgiveness (winds of change #1)

  Sword of the Matchmaker (winds of change #2)

 The Perfect Bride (winds of change #3)


First Line Friday’s (6/16/17): Sword of Forgiveness

Welcome to Friday!  Do you have a book ready to read this weekend? I have the perfect suggestion for you today.  If you you enjoy reading stories with castles, knights and ladies then you won’t want to miss today’s feature!

Today I’m pleased to be featuring Sword of Forgiveness by: Debbie Lynne Costello



Cumberland, England, 1398

Brithwin gazed at her father’s grey, lifeless face as she crossed the room. Other than a pinprick to her conscience, there was no sorrow. She faltered. Was his chest rising and falling? A dull roar filled her ears, drowning out her pounding heart.


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