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Book Review | Night of the Owl (The Novels of Ravenwood, Book Four) by Judith Sterling and @WildRose

Title: Night of the Owl (The Novels of Ravenwood, Book Four)

Author: Judith Sterling

Genre: Historical Romance, Time Travel Romance

Book Blurb:

PhD student Ardyth Nightshade has renounced men and pursues her twentieth-century career with single-minded focus. When fate whisks her to medieval England, she meets her match in a man whose passions mirror her own. Can she sacrifice ambition for a love she never sought?

Hugh, Lord Seacrest confounds all who know him. He refuses to marry without a meeting of minds and hearts, and no lady has even approached his ideal…until Ardyth. But she's an odd one, with unique skills, shocking habits, and total conviction she needs no man. She also harbors secrets, and in the midst of rumors, plots, and murder, trust is fragile.

A woman outside of her time. A man ahead of his. They must take a leap of faith to forge a bond that will shape history.

My Review:

Ardyth Nightshade is through with men. She’s much rather lose herself in research at her family’s medieval estate than give her heart to another man. When the caretaker leads her to a historical set of stairs, she finds herself back in time, more specifically to Medieval England. Good thing she’s fluent in both Saxon and Norman languages, cultures and customs. Before long, she’s whisked away to the estate of Lord Hugh Seacrest. From the moment she meets Hugh, sparks fly. He’s not at all what he seems and the more she’s around him, the more her feelings grow. Even though they’re worlds apart, fate seems to pull them back together. When his life is in peril and a man of the cloth is murdered, she becomes a suspect. Will she confess the truth to Hugh and more importantly, will she admit to him and herself she loves him, or will she go back to her time period with a broken heart?

Night of the Owl is a sweeping, romantic time travel adventure and the best book of the series. In the same vein as Jude Deveraux’s A Knight in Shining Armor, Judith Sterling weaves an intoxicating romance between an independent modern-day heroine and a medieval ahead-of-his-time hero. The intricate historical backdrop is impressive and added to the richness of the story. She brings such detail to this historical time period, I could smell, taste, and feel everything the characters experience. There’s a certain amount of drama and suspense to the plot which I enjoyed. An old enemy rears his ugly head but was satisfied with the outcome. The ending was incredible. My heart beat a staccato and I might have swooned a bit. Okay, a lot.

Why is this a 5-star romance? What makes this so entertaining is Ardyth’s inner dialogue with herself as she’s trying to navigate through her new life. Who knew undergarments and toothbrushes would be revolutionary? I laughed, nodded and agreed with her throughout the book.

If you love time travel romance, like Outlander, you’ll fall in love with Night of the Owl. Don’t worry about it being the fourth book in the series. It’s a standalone and the author fills in the backstory, so you know what’s going on. Highly recommend!

Favorite Character/Quote: Ardyth. I connected with her right away and when she’s in Medieval England, I kept rooting for her to let go of her past and embrace all that love had to offer. She’s the star of this romance and wanted to read more about her and Hugh’s life together.

My Rating: 5+ stars

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Author Biography:

Judith Sterling is an award-winning author whose love of history and passion for the paranormal infuse everything she writes. Whether penning medieval romance (The Novels of Ravenwood) or young adult paranormal fantasy (the Guardians of Erin series), her favorite themes include true love, destiny, time travel, healing, redemption, and finding the hidden magic which exists all around us. She loves to share that magic with readers and whisk them far away from their troubles, particularly to locations in the British Isles.

Her nonfiction books, written under Judith Marshall, have been translated into multiple languages. She has an MA in linguistics and a BA in history, with a minor in British Studies. Born in that sauna called Florida, she craved cooler climes, and once the travel bug bit, she lived in England, Scotland, Sweden, Wisconsin, Virginia, and on the island of Nantucket. She currently lives in Salem, Massachusetts with her husband and their identical twin sons.

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Reviewed by: Mrs. N

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