Tuesday, October 21, 2014


Rebecca Hazell - The Tiger and The Dove - Book Three CONSOLAMENTUM a Historical Fiction 

About the book
In the finale of Sofia's memoir, Consolamentum, both dramatic and poignant, her dreams of home are shattered when her own family betrays her. Raising her child on her own, mourning the loss of her beloved knight, and building a trading empire, she seeks safe haven for her child and herself. Her quest takes her from Antioch to Constantinople to Venice. A surprise reunion in Venice leads her to France where she runs afoul of the newly established Holy Inquisition, possibly the greatest challenge she has yet faced. Can a woman so marked by oppression, betrayal, and danger ever find her safe haven, much less genuine happiness?

The novel is available both in paperback and Kindle versions and through your local bookstore by special order.

The Review - In my own words

This book like the other two books of the trilogy is very well written. I have learn a lot of history of the world, like Constantinople, The Mongols, Persia, Italy, but I am talking very medieval, I have learn more for example The Mongols, they never take a shower because the water was sacred for them, the main person of this story Sofia, almost die because she took a bath when she was a prisoner, a slave in the hands of the Mongols. The way the Mongols protect their skin from the cold weather was from rubbing fat from animals on their body, the blubber , so those people stink, and Sofia with time got used to the smell, and was very hard for her stay with out a bath for years.
I also learn that Polo was playing by Mongols in those years, I am talking 1239.
The Mongols treat very good the animals, they do not whips the animals because the animals served them.

I can be here all day telling you how much I learn with this historical book, besides I enjoy the novel, the main character of this story Sofia : when she thought she was safe arriving at her uncle Basil house and her aunt ,she was very far from the truth.
Basil was the brother of Sofia's father, he live in Constantinople with his wife and children.
Sofia arrived, she was so happy to be with family but Sofia's suffering have not end here.
Basil was a merchant, as soon he learn that Sofia is a merchant and have money, he want to have control of everything Sofia own.
Sofia told them all about Joscelin, she told them all the story, what happen to them, but Sofia learn that her uncle want to locked her in a house in the country, he is going to take all her money and he is going to have all the control.
Sofia is again a prisoner, now in the house of her own family.

Her uncle Basil prepared everything, they packed and she is transferred to the country house, with guards in all the doors and windows.
Every day Sofia is planning something to scape, but every day is more difficult because her belly is growing.
Every day Sofia wait for a letter of her Jocelyn, but she never received any letter.
Came the day Sofia scape with help, she had her baby and is a beautiful girl.
Sofia start a new life, but always waiting for her love Joscelin.
The years past and Sofia became a great merchant like she always has been, one day she received the visit from her uncle, he was very feeble, his wife had dies and he did not have much money, so Sofia help him and he start again with new business. He confess to Sofia that all the letters her love send her, he was keeping them, Sofia continue looking for her love, she never lost hope that one day she was going to find him.

Sofia's daughter is Ana, now she is 10 years old, all the family has moved to Venice, and after 10 years she find Joscelin. Sofia married her love, he is a French Knight, he served the King, after their marriage, they move to France.
Now in this new married life, Sofia is going to find more big problems.

I invite you to read this beautiful historical novel, so you can find out what happen to this newlywed couple, what new adventure wait for Sofia, Joscelin and Ana.


About the author
Rebecca Hazell is a an award winning artist, author and educator. She has written, illustrated and published four non-fiction children’s books, created best selling educational filmstrips, designed educational craft kits for children and even created award winning needlepoint canvases. She is a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage, and she holds an honours BA from the University of California at Santa Cruz in Russian and Chinese history.

Rebecca lived for many years in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 1988 she and her family moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia, and in 2006 she and her husband moved to Vancouver Island. They live near their two adult children in the beautiful Cowichan Valley.

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