"I found To Birmingham Castle to be delightful! I couldn't put the book down! Good job, Alicia - I can't wait for the next book." ~Anita Strother, homeschool Mom.
"A fascinating read for history and literature buffs alike!" ~Joshua Hoppman, homeschool graduate and cinematographer.
"Young men of today need to be encouraged that this type of honor, humility, and bravery is is both godly and acceptable - even today." ~Elliott Bailey, Sunday School Superintendent of First Baptist Church of Edgewood.
"This first book [To Birmingham Castle] by Alicia Willis is well enough written that it may leave you thinking that it is not her first at all. Carrying all the trimmings of a good read, you will find engaging and diverse characters, a suspenseful and enjoyable plot, and true protagonist to cheer for.This book is well worth your time." ~Michael Camp, Music Leader of Victory Baptist Church.
"This is a great series, full of action and courage. They are family-friendly, and I would highly recommend them." ~Nathan, homeschool freshman.
"This [To Birmingham Castle] was truly an exciting and well-crafted story. It reads like a classic. The language was beautiful - impeccable dialogue of the "thou wilt" variety, but very easy to understand. I took my time reading it and basked in the medieval English world of Robert, Strephon and Brandon, each a wonderful companion to have along. I was sorry when it ended - this is the kind of book that could on and on and not get wearisome. The characters were very real - they were committed to doing the right thing but did make mistakes, so they were easy to relate to. There were so many inspiring and heroic parts! It portrays the true, heart-touching meaning of chivalry: men who defend the defenseless from the dangerous world around them, who display sacrificial love like Christ did. This would be a great read for all ages; boys especially would get a whole lot out of the description of knighthood. I wish my brother and I had had this book when we were studying medieval times in our school years!" ~Kelsey Bryant, avid reader.
"To Birmingham Castle is one of the BEST medieval books I have ever read! I think Alicia did an amazing job with everything! I could not stop reading it, and I can't wait for the next book." ~Jeremiah Hoppman, homeschool senior.
"To Birmingham Castle is a wonderful, exciting book. I love the descriptions of medieval ladies and knights. I would recommend it to all homeschool families!" ~Sarah, homeschooler.
"The Comrades of Honor Series is amazing, and I would consider it some of the best historical fiction on the market! Each book is compelling and filled with excitement. They will keep you on the edge of your seat the whole way through! Wonderful!!!" ~Lydia,homeschool graduate.
"To Birmingham Castle was a wonderfully written book! I highly recommend it. Miss Willis did a wonderful job of portraying accurate history throughout her book (something that is commendable). The story was very enjoyable to read and kept me anxious to read more. Lots of adventure, honor, and integrity woven throughout. Definitely a good read!" ~Sarah Heckendorn, homeschool graduate, self-published author.
"Books set in the Middle Ages are some of my favorite. Ever since I was eleven I have had a great interest in this time period. When Alicia offered me a copy of her book [To Birmingham Castle], I was very excited about getting to read a book set in the Middle Ages by a homeschooler. This book is a little harder to read for a very impressive reason-- Alicia not only writes about the Middle Ages, she wrote it in an older English style. However, those who read the KJV, or a lot of G.A. Henty will have no trouble at all. The story itself was wonderful and exactly the kind I like, adventurous with good Christian morals without being too preachy. Even though it was a long book, I never found myself bored. Alicia kept the story moving and didn’t let it drag, like so many long books do. One of my favorite things about this book is how true to medieval life it was. Alicia is not like so many authors that ascribe modern thinking and ideas to all of her characters. I especially loved the way that she had Robert (the main character) be kind and caring for those of lower station, yet still manage to somehow give the feeling that Robert knows they are a station lower them him. The friendship between Strephon and Robert was by far my favorite part. The close friendship of these two was wonderful as well as believable. I would think that boys and parents of sons will find their friendship and loyalty a refreshing change from the normal male fictional friendships. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves historical fiction, adventure, stories with wonderful principles, and stories of strong friendships. I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. I was under no obligation to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are entirely my own." ~Sarah Holman, published author, Homeschool Authors administrator
"I am so happy I found someone who chooses to write good books without all the occultism that is so prevalent today among even (sadly) so many conservative Christian families! It is hard to understand how many families are very careful about the things they read/watch and what their children are exposed to- but then readily allow them to meddle with books videos, toys and topics that are clearly occult... I just felt that it was like a breath of fresh air to see your novel." ~Rebekah Dan, self-published author.
Endorsements for From the Dark to the Dawn: A Tale of Ancient Rome Coming soon!
"Alicia Willis transports readers back to the troubled clash between the crushing might of Imperial Rome and the vengeful determination of the Celtic occupants of ancient Britain. From the Dark to the Dawn: A Tale of Ancient Rome will delight readers of historical fiction."
-Douglas Bond, author of Hostage Lands, Hand of Vengeance, and many other books of historical fiction and non-fiction.
"From the Dark to the Dawn is a remarkable tale of Christianity in the midst of oppressive Ancient Rome. Alive with historical detail, action, and vivid descriptions, it presents the life-changing power of God's love and forgiveness in a way that will strengthen your faith, encourage, and inspire you."
-Caitlin Hedgcock, author of The Baker Family Adventures.
"A well-crafted tale set in a fascinating epoch. Alicia Willis delves far deeper than the "guts and glory" stories that many write about Rome and gets you into the brains of her characters. Her meticulous research is obvious, and the story itself is God-glorifying, entertaining, heartwarming, and heartwrenching. Well done!"
-John J. Horn, author of the Men of Grit series.
"Alicia Willis sketches a stirring tale that delivers a powerful message of friendship, forgiveness and God's grace. An authentic period piece, it leaves you with a greater awareness that God's ways are higher than our ways and we are on this earth for His purposes. Anyone with a bend toward historical fiction will thoroughly enjoy this book. Definitely a moving, worthwhile, and edifying read!"
- Josiah Jost, Actor/Writer with Jostie Flicks and Jost Family Band.
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