About

Welcome to Romances of the Cross, the blog of an eccentric and opinionated British History  Graduate blog devoted (mostly) to Christian Historical Fiction. Admittedly, the title is a little deceptive, as I do not just read romances, but I have the excuse that in the Middle Ages 'Romance' was basically just a generic term for Fiction. I do also, occasionally review non-fiction titles, but these are still very much a minority.

My site features reviews, thoughts, opinions, occasional articles and (hopefully) interesting nuggets of information on fiction, reading, history, and about anything else related to the above written by myself, or shared from other people's wonderful sites.
 
It may be wise to warn readers in advance that my reviews tend to be honest (sometimes brutally so) and it must be said that if I dislike a book, or something about it, I will say so and why.
I have received flak for this in the past, but hopefully, this will not put most people off, and I do not strongly dislike the majority of the books I read.
Besides my personal enjoyment and opinion, I will usually comment on the historical content in novels, as well as their Christian and where appropriate moral content.

A brief guide the the ratings I give books is below. I use stars of course, bit I sometimes wonder if quills would be better...

1 Star- A book that for some number of reasons I really could not stand, or had serious issue with, and would not recommend under any urging, force or impulse.

2 Star- Again, a book that I did not like and had severe deficiencies, but a slightly higher rating because I did not absolutely hate it, or there were one or two things which were good, but not enough to recommend the book

3 Star- This is the rating I seem to give most often (call me stingy if you want). It means that the book was generally OK and enjoyable, but not the type of thing that I would necessarily read again, or that I just didn't think it was fantastic for reasons I will usually specify. It isn't a bad rating I think, just sort of average. 

4 Star- Generally very impressed, and with a rather good book, only one or two usually minor issues prevent me giving in the highest rating. Still highly recommended.

5 Star- Absolutely loved a book, had no issues with it at all, would thoroughly recommend to everyone, and may even enthuse about it at any given opportunity.

10 comments:

  1. Awesome blog! Followed, would you like to follow back?

    -Leah K.
    www.apassionatafortheking.blogspot.com

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    1. Hello Leah, and thankyou for visiting and following. So glad you like my site and I might just follow you.

      I rewrote this about page, and I don't think its quite finished yet as I still have a bit more I might want to put up that was in the original.

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  2. So nice to meet another Christian historical fiction fan who likes their history to be broadly accurate!

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    1. Welcome Iola, and thanks for commenting and following.

      Sometimes I think my expectations of Historical Fiction can be a little too high! I can be rather hard to please

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  3. How do I send you a book to review?

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    1. Hello Vanessa
      I get most of my review titles through Netgalley, and I also have a number of ebooks. So the best way to send me a book would be to email it as a PDF or some other electronic format, or let me know if it is on Netgalley.
      That really is the best way of doing things as I live in the UK and international Postage tends to be so costly nowadays. However, if major publishers have a UK division it might be more workable.

      Were you planning on sending anything in particular?

      Thanks for visiting

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    2. Hi BM,

      I'm enjoying your comments on my Centurion's Daughter blog. Do you have a mind to review my novel? I can send you an ebook if you like.

      If you're busy no problem, I understand.

      I'm not fazed by a brutal review. Just check out the 'Satanic mind bender' one on Amazon. ;-)

      Cheers,

      Justin

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    3. Yes, I would love to review it. I've been 'kicking myself' in the proverbial sense, that I did not snap when the Kindle version was free last week. It will be added to my TBR pile, which I am trying to make progress with this summer.

      I did see that review. Not sure if I could really grasp what the person in question was talking about for the most part. That said, I've been taught that 'nothing in history was inevitable', not even the downfall of the Western Empire...

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  4. Many thanks. How do I get it to you? Do you prefer epub or azw3 format? (that's what I have)

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    1. Just email me. I will send you a message if I can find yours. I don't like putting it up on public forums. I really should put a contact form on this site, but I'm not sure if you can get them on Blogger.

      I think I prefer epub as I am more familiar with them- but can the other format be loaded onto Kindle? If so that would be better. Thanks very much!

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