A Life Renewed (Secrets of the Queens #1)

By: Olivia Rae

Publisher: HopeKnight Press LLC

Release Date: April 14th, 2020

Genres: Christian Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance

Pages: 320 pages

Where You Can Buy It: Amazon

Add On: Goodreads

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.


In 1554, Lady Jane Grey, “The Nine Days’ Queen” was executed for high treason.
But what if, instead of feeling the blade on her neck she secretly survived?

Escaping execution, Lady Jane hides as a peasant girl in a principality in Germany. She loves the simple life and never wants to return to England. But her benefactor, a power-hungry German prince, wants to march on London and place her on the English throne again, thereby increasing his dominance in Europe. If she doesn’t agree with his plan, her beloved childhood nurse will be put to death. Desperate for help, Jane must put her trust in the mysterious spy Asher Hayes.

Asher Hayes is done rounding up Protestants for “Bloody Mary” and wants nothing more than to live a quiet life as a farmer and expunge the blood of many from his hands. Except Queen Mary isn’t done with him yet. She throws his father, mother, and sister into prison on false charges in order to force him to accept one last mission – find and kill Lady Jane Grey. But when Asher discovers Lady Jane isn’t a threat to the throne as he believed her to be, he faces a devastating decision – does he sacrifice his family for the woman who reigns in his heart?

My Review

This book was definitely a unique twist on the historical event of the execution of the 9 day queen, Lady Jane. I enjoyed reading Ms. Rae’s unique twist on this event. Although, I felt like this book was lacking something at times, it was overall a decent story. I loved Jane’s character and I loved her perspective throughout this entire novel. I had mixed feelings about Asher and everyone else in this book. I felt like a few of the characters fell flat and though I loved seeing Asher’s change of heart, I felt he was lacking something throughout this whole book. Overall I enjoyed reading this book, I always love seeing what unique twists authors can come up with when it comes to certain historical events.

*I received this book from the author through Celebrate Lit in exchange for my honest opinion. All thoughts are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.*

About the Author

Olivia Rae is an award-winning author who spent her school days dreaming of knights, princesses and far away kingdoms; it made those long, boring days in the classroom go by much faster. Nobody was more shocked than her when she decided to become a teacher. Besides getting her Master’s degree, marrying her own prince, and raising a couple of kids, Olivia decided to breathe a little more life into her childhood stories by adding in what she’s learned as an adult living in a small town next to a big city. When not writing, she loves to travel, dragging her family to old castles and forts all across the world.


To celebrate her tour, Olivia is giving away the grand prize packaged of an autographed copy of the book and a $25 Amazon gift certificate!! Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the here to enter.

Blog Stops

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For Him and My Family, May 9

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For the Love of Literature, May 10

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, May 11

Betti Mace, May 12

Inklings and notions, May 13

A Brighter Destiny, May 13

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deb’s Book Review, May 16

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Happily Managing a Household of Boys, May 18


Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, May 19

Books I’ve Read, May 19


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