*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review*
First Impression: Such a magical cover and intriguing premise about supernatural gifts bestowed on mankind by God.
Characters: Connected families, their relationships, and their enemies are all unfolded in a tale that evokes Downton Abbey crossed with the Salem Witch Trials. The characters are simple in nature, yet rich in spirit. I found myself wishing for a simpler time when people had convictions.
World Building: I imagined scrolling castle hills and markets of time gone by. I appreciate the character driven story line as the scene.
Writing Style: Giesbers writes with ease and wistful dialog. Bible verses are quoted throughout in character conversations, which is great for anyone interested in real world application of biblical passages.
What I Enjoyed: The heartbreaking tension between grief and joy was displayed with innocence throughout Aries. I adored the relationships and social commentary warnings hauntingly appropriate for today's climate.
Deal Benders: Although the characters were drawn in a simpler time, I would have like to see more depth. Sometimes it felt they were a little one-dimensional, even if each in their own dimension.
Overall Rating: 4 stars because I appreciate well-done historical fiction and whimsy.
For Fans Of: Downton Abbey, any historical or christian fiction.