Brothers Path by Martha Kennedy
In 1524 to 1531 times were tough in a small village near Zürich, in Switzerland. It was the time of the Protestant Reformation. Much like the bloody Spanish inquisition and the Christian crusades, it was a struggle for religious freedom.
‘The Brothers Path’ tells the struggles of the Schneebeli family. The book begins with the birth and death of Rudolf and his mother. The six brothers are left to navigate the tumultuous times. We witness each brother’s journey to work and raise their families or take other paths, while also trying to stay alive. Some embrace the Protestant religion, one becomes a priest, staying in the Catholic religion but none come out unaffected by the Reformation!
I didn’t know about this other religious struggle in history. I love to read and learn about different places, periods and struggles in history so this book was a great read for me. Some of this book is hard to read, it’s like watching a train wreck in slow motion however, the characters are well drawn out and you can’t help needing to follow them to their fates. At times I felt like I was their struggling along side. A very memorable novel that will stay with me. Recommended for historical fiction lovers.
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About Martha Kennedy
Award winning author, Martha Kennedy has published three works of historical fiction. Her first novel, Martin of Gfenn, which tells the story of a young fresco painter living in 13th century Zürich, was awarded the Editor’s Choice by the Historical Novel Society Indie Review and the BRAG Medallion from IndieBRAG in 2015.
Her second novel, Savior, also an BRAG Medallion Honoree (2016), tells the story of a young man in the 13th century who fights depression by going on Crusade. Her newest novel, The Brothers Path, a loose sequel to Savior, looks at the same family three hundred years later as they find their way through the Protestant Reformation.
Kennedy has also published many short-stories and articles in a variety of publications from the Denver Post to the Business Communications Quarterly.
Kennedy was born in Denver, Colorado and earned her undergraduate degree in American Literature from University of Colorado, Boulder and her graduate degree in American Literature from the University of Denver. She has taught college and university writing at all levels, business communication, literature and English as a Second Language.
For many years she lived in the San Diego area, most recently in Descanso, a small town in the Cuyamaca Mountains. She has recently returned to Colorado to live in Monte Vista in the San Luis Valley.
To learn more about Kennedy’s award-winning novels, Martin of Gfenn and Savior,check out her Amazon author page: amazon.com/author/martha_ann_kennedy
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