Historical Fiction Book Review: On Eagles' Wings

Publisher's Description

"Take the next stagecoach to Wyldhaven, where the coffee's perked hot, the sheriff likes his apple pie fresh from the oven, and adventure invariably waits just around the next river bend.
Boardinghouse owner Dixie Pottinger has done her best to avoid the attractive Dr. Griffin. But now that her mother-in-law is sick and he’s going to be coming around more to care for her, Dixie knows she must inform him about her past. She works up her courage and feels great relief when she finally tells Dr. Griffin that she’s a married woman…maybe…if her husband, Steven Pottinger, survived the bullet put into him before she fled.

Dr. Flynn Griffin can’t believe he’s been having feelings for a married woman! His honor requires that he immediately put those feelings to rest. As for the man who had abused Dixie so badly that she retreated into hiding… If he was still alive, he better never show up in Wyldhaven, because Flynn had plenty of ideas on how to teach the man lessons in gentlemanly conduct.

Little does Flynn know that Steven Pottinger is about to become his patient. Gravely injured by an accidental gunshot, Steven lies on the brink of eternity. Never in all his life has Flynn been tempted to break his Hippocratic Oath.

Until now."

My Review

On Eagles’ Wings, by Lynnette Bonner, is the second book in the Wildhaven Series. Even though I have not yet read the first book in the series, upon beginning On Eagles’ Wings, I was quickly delighted by the characters and the setting. This book easily drew me in like a stand-alone-novel.

What I enjoyed most about this book was the strong focus on community and the people that make a small town intriguingly vibrant and unforgettable. There were several characters to meet and to hold dear, each of them well-developed with individual storylines that contributed seamlessly to the overall plot of the novel. Ms. Bonner is a talented writer who has taken multiple threads of mystery, suspense, danger, courage, romance, faith, and redemption and has creatively woven each of them into an engaging story that entertains and inspires. Furthermore, with a winter setting and charming Christmas scenes, this is also a terrific book to savor during the holiday season. 

On Eagles’ Wings is a wonderful piece of historical fiction, and I eagerly recommend it.

My Reflection

I appreciated that Ms. Bonner incorporated difficult themes into this novel without minimizing or trivializing them. The characters struggle through real, heart-wrenching trials that test their faith exceedingly. Yet, even as the struggles grow darker and more desperate, the light of God’s grace and mercy shines through with hope, forgiveness, and restoration. Even in loss and uncertainty, even in joy and prosperity, the Lord is near to all who put their trust in Him.

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*I was given a copy of this novel by the author. A review was not required. The review I have written, whether positive or negative, contains opinions that are entirely my own.


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