About the book:
Chosen as Eostre's handmaid, Hild will serve the fertility goddess for a year before being wed. Her future is predictable--until King Edwin claims her as kin and she learns that her father was murdered.
Her first love is given a command in Edwin's forces and vanishes from her life, wed to her sister. The court is baptized, ending the old religion and Hild's role. Life looks bleak. She can't stop wondering who killed her father.
Suspecting Edwin, she challenges him, only to be married off to safeguard his northern frontier. Struggling in a loveless marriage, she is intrigued by the Iona priests making pilgrimages to spread Christ's love. When home and family are lost in Oswy's sack of Edinburgh, she finds herself in enemy hands, but meets the charismatic Aidan.
Inspired and guided by him, she builds communities to live and teach Christ's love. She attracts followers. Even her old enemy, King Oswy, entrusts his child to her, gives her Whitby, and seeks her help to reconcile divisions in his kingdom.
She never ceases battling against old superstitions resurrected by storm, plague, and solar eclipse, but at last she receives a bishop's blessing--from a man she trained herself.
"The Abbess of Whitby" by author Jill Dalladay is a very interesting story. Someone has killed Hild's father and when that takes place her life will never be the same. King Edwin has decided what she will do and when she will do it. The problem is that she thinks King Edwin had something to do with what happened to her father. She meets Aidan and he shows her how to teach about and how to live for Christ. People start to listen to her. This is the story of a strong woman who change her future as well as others. I give this book a 4/5. I was given this book for a review by Kregel Publications and all opinions are mine.