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  • Fantastic

    This book is for you if you are a fan of strong female characters with lots of growth, enemies to lovers, and political intrigue. While some bits about the mysterious virus that plagues the realm hits a bit close to home. This is a fantastic start to a new fantasy series. I loved it and devoured in one day. I received a copy from Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

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  • I’d Give It 10 Stars If I Could!

    Review of To Unite a Realm By Mary Beesley What a marvelous book! “To Unite a Realm”, by Mary Beesley, is one of those books that immediately grabbed my attention and kept it until I read the very last word on the very last page. And then I went back to the start and read it again. Obviously, I loved it! Vera Wilson is from Cromarty, in Campbell territory, where the people are scholars, chemists and technicians. She herself is an accomplished artist and the youngest daughter of the chamberlain (leader) of the Campbell people. The Chief of the United Realm, which includes Campbell and other territories, is Bear Gray. He and his son, Angus, together with a group of warriors, have come to Cromarty to pick up a shipment of vaccine against red velvet, a deadly contagious disease. Vera’s friend, Trista, deliberately sabotaged the entire vaccine shipment by turning off the refrigeration. After questioning by Bear, with the assistance of an eun, a large bird that has the ability to sense lies, Trista is beheaded by Bear in the courtyard in front of the entire gathering. With rage and hatred burning in her heart, Vera and her family, together with representatives from all of the other conquered lands, are attending a mandatory gathering at Belle Borg, a beautiful city that is the home occupied by the Alta Glenn people only during such an annual gathering. While there, she is told by her father that she must agree to marry Angus Gray or he and her mother will be expelled from their leadership position. Vera is furious at her father since he has known this since the Gray’s were in Cromarty and didn’t bother to tell her. She reluctantly agrees, but has serious reservations, especially as she has heard that the Alta Glenn people live in tents in the mountains. To her shock, the marriage ceremony takes place within days and she learns that as the people leave Belle Borg to return to their homes, she will be travelling to the Gray’s home in the mountains on horseback. She has never ridden a horse before and has no idea of the discomfort she is in for. As the story progresses, Vera learns about other matters that are the opposite of what she has always been told. She must face the dilemma of determining where the truth lies, while attempting to come to terms with her new life. In the midst of this, she must earn the trust of her husband, his family and the Glenn people and deal with a red velvet crisis The world building in this book is adroitly done, with detailed, but not overwhelming, descriptions of the various locations where the story takes place. The secondary characters are well fleshed out and make a significant contribution to the story, which has multiple depths to it that tug at your emotions. For anyone searching for a well-told story, I would highly recommend this book. It has drama, intrigue and of course, romance, although the romance is only a part of the overall story. I would say that this is a story of a young woman finding herself amidst less-than-optimal situations. I really hope that Ms. Beesley writes a sequel to this fantastic book! I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

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  • Highly recommended

    Reviewed by Courtney Felix for Readers' Favorite To Unite a Realm by Mary Beesley is about a young woman named Vera Wilson. She's the daughter of the Chamberlain of Campbell. She and her family hate the Grays of Alta Glenn, especially Angus, the son of Chief Bear Gray. Her hatred only intensifies as they kill one of her friends right in front of her. What could possibly be worse? When her family is faced with the decision to live or die, Vera chooses what she hates most to save her family from certain death. Marrying Angus Gray was the last thing she ever thought would happen in her life. With her hatred strong and intact, she sets off on an adventure to her new awful home with her new horrible husband. But as time passes, Vera uncovers a carefully crafted web of lies spun by none other than her own family. Her precious family, who she has sacrificed everything for, are rising from the flames of deception. Mary Beesley's To Unite a Realm had me hooked! I could feel the love/hate relationship between Vera and Angus. It's been two weeks, and I'm still thinking of the storyline. It has even changed my perception of my own husband. When I'm feeling especially grumpy or slightly angry, this book always comes to mind now. To Unite a Realm has completely changed my outlook on life and the situations I am faced with. While I couldn't figure out the period the story was set in, I could still clearly picture the cities, scenery, characters, and outfits in my mind. I could smell the scents and feel the emotions of the characters. At one point in the book, I was crying my eyes out, completely heartbroken. In another, I was dancing and laughing along with it. To Unite a Realm by Mary Beesley now holds a very special place in my heart and mind. I loved going on this adventure with Angus and Vera and sincerely hope there is another with them in the future.

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