Book Reviews

Book Review: Hill of the Angels

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Title: Hill of the Angels
Author: Sue Mayfield
Genre: Historical Fiction
Pages: 180
Published: June 16, 2016

Rating:  5 stars PicsArt_06-03-01.44.45

“How different our fortunes might have been if neighbour had not gone to war against neighbour, brother against brother.”

 

This is no ordinary war story!

This is the story of:

– The strong bond of friendship severed by war.

– The horrors of war according to the woman’s perspective.

– How war hardens the most tender of hearts.

– Intolerance to the beliefs of others and extremism in religion lead to nothing but hatred.

– Man is no god to judge people and punish them.

 

I was not expecting a less-than-100-page-book to be packed with so much – a good plot, insightful story, a spectrum of characters with their different mindsets and personalities.

The chapters of this book alternate between the two main characters – Abigail Booth and Grace Fowler as they share their side of the story. With their hearts filled with innocent joys, they are unaware of the hatred brewing in the hearts of the town people.

The war is about to erupt. The supporters of King won’t shy away from slaying the supporters of parliament and the same goes for the supporters of parliament. Torn apart by the contrasting beliefs of their families, their hearts bleed for each other. Separated from each other, they struggled to keep themselves and their families alive. Never did they forget their shared secret – the Hill of the Angels, the place of their solace.

These girls pose intriguing questions. Why hate others and wage a war on people of God when we can pay attention to the things that matter most in the eyes of God – our hearts.

 

“‘Man looketh on the outward appearance’, Father read from his Bible, but the Lord looketh on the heart.’
I wondered what my heart looked like. What God saw when he looked at me.”

 

The writer has done a great job in creating a world that shows two totally opposite sides of a religious society without deeming anyone right or wrong. The opposing beliefs as long as they are practiced with tolerance are fine. The problem arises when followers of one belief start to play god and punish others; when the ones in power fuel the flame of hatred instead of extinguishing the fire.

Although at times one cannot refrain from choosing a side but when it comes to war, I am with Abigail Booth when she said:

 

“I was for no one. Only for peace.”

I would recommend this book to those who love reading historical fiction.

An ARC of this book was provided by SPCK Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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