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Book Review ~ Reviving the Commander: Crown Legacy #1 By Nadine C. Keels

About the Book

First in the Crowns Legacy series.

She isn’t a beautiful young maiden hoping to erase the Commander’s memory.

Opal Whilstead knows she has a reputation: a reputation as a bright, giving, upright woman—smiling and laughing her way through hopeless spinsterhood. It’s been so long since she’s had serious feelings for a man, but now she finds herself taken with the Commander Exemplar of Diachona’s army.

And she regrets it.

Not only is the Exemplar a widower still longing for his wife, but he’s the father of the reigning king. Even if a man of such prestige could find love again, he’d be unlikely to search for it among the kingdom’s old maids. Besides, Opal dreads being found, due to a grievous secret she carries…

This book is inspirational historical fantasy: fictional history that takes place in a completely fictional world.




Utopian Romance


4 Stars


Two hearts who have lost the hope of love in their present circumstances, meet, and then a miracle happens in the most unlikely way.

Opal Whilestead has become content in her spinsterhood, and the Commander Exemplar has reclined himself to being a widower, to raising his young son, and being the best support and advisor that his son, the King, would ever need. Faithfully following the path set before them in fulfilling duty to empire and family, they’re both rewarded with something beautiful and special that they didn’t expect—setting their hearts on fire again and bringing life and warmth into their once mundane activities. In the midst of this, sorrows are comforted, wounds healed, sins forgiven, and friends and family gained.

This is not the typical romance story where butterflies lead all the way. It is so much more. Each character, primary and secondary, grows and is introduced in excellent pacing with the subplots.

Another lovely work of art by Nadine C. Keels.

*Though I offer this review to the public, it’s my opinion and simply that. A ‘thank you’ to the author for a free copy in exchange for my honest opinion.


About the Author

Nadine. A French name, meaning, “hope.”
With her lifelong passion for life-enriching fiction, Nadine C. Keels enjoys reading and writing everything from short stories to novels. Her fiction works include Love Unfeigned and The Movement of Crowns Series, and select pieces of her lyrical poetry can be found on her spoken word album, Hope. Lyricized. Through her books and her blog (Prismatic Prospects), Nadine aims to spark hope and inspiration in as many people as she is privileged to reach.


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