Friday 28 January 2022

Lepanto’s Lady - Laurie Schmitt

Champions of the Rosary
ISBN 9781645851578
eISBN 9781645851585

This was the second volume by Laurie Schmitt I have read but it will not be the last. I read the first two that are available electronically just week’s apart. I hope the third has an eBook edition released shortly. I have read about the battle of Lepanto in several textbooks, history and church history books over the years. I have also read about Saint Camillus de Lillis previously. I have also read about the Barbary slave trade. This book ties those themes together in a wonderful historical fiction novel. This story also received the Nihil Obstat: from Rev. Jesse Burish on October 25th 2020 and the Imprimatur from the Most Rev. William Patrick Callahan on the 26th. This book was incredibly hard to put down once I began it. It is a story that catches the reader's attention and does not let go. 

The description of this book is:

“Every October 7, the Catholic Church celebrates the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. What many may not know is that this title was bestowed on the Blessed Mother after the Battle of Lepanto in 1571—the most epic sea battle in the history of Christendom.

Lepanto’s Lady is based on the real-life events of the Battle of Lepanto and introduces readers to Rosa, a young girl from Amalfi who must use her strength and cunning to stay clear of slave traders and ruffians as she travels alone in search of her father, who has been captured by enemies.

Can Rosa manage this treacherous journey with the help of newfound friends? How will she find and save her father? Lepanto’s Lady is a riveting tale that demonstrates the undeniable power of the Rosary.”

I loved the way this story is written. The characters are masterfully crafted. The pace is excellent. And the ploy though it might seem out of myth and legends is based on real events. The book is written for tweens and teens, but can be enjoyed by anyone who wants a faith filed adventure. The chapters in the story are:

 1: Amalfi Coast
 2: Valle dei Mulini
 3: Holy League
 4: Celebration Day
 5: Pirates
 6: Disguised
 7: Monastery
 8: Dancer
 9: Discovered
 10: The Holy Cross Sails.
 11: Battle at Sea
 12: Bound for Home
A Historical Note for Readers.

The final section of the story informs readers about the real battle. The legend of a female warrior and others who were actually in the battle. The cast of historical characters is:

Pope Pius V
Don John of Austria
Miguel Cervantes
Camillus patterned after St. Camillus de Lellis 

As mentioned this is an excellent read and it was hard to put down once I got going. Parts of the story may be fictional but it revolves around real events and a true miracle. It is wonderfully written. It is an excellent novel for Middle Grade readers right on up. I am in my 50’s and absolutely loved it. And I added to both my son’s and youngest daughter’s reading lists. I have mentioned this story and the other by Schmitt to several friends. This is an excellent read no matter your age. A story filled with family, faith, and a deep love of church.

Note: This book is part of a series of reviews: 2022 Catholic Reading Plan

Other books by Laurie Schmitt:

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