The plot of Dena Hunt’s new novel centers on the same-sex attraction between two characters, but at its core, the book explores the question, “what is love?”
Distinguishing love from lust and infatuation proves to be a challenge for more than one character in The Lion’s Heart, As I read the novel, I often found myself wondering who was the real victim in the situation. In the end, the answer was surprising.
Although two main characters in the novel share a same-sex relationship, the book is unequivocally Catholic. The reader is not beaten over the head with Catholic moral teaching, but instead is gently led by characters and events to understand that actions have consequences and that sacrifice and forgiveness can bring healing.
The truths revealed through the story of Max and Paul’s relationship is less about same-sex attraction and more about all human relationships. This is not a novel for a niche market, but a compelling story, well-told, that will lead any reader to soul-searching.
Dena Hunt, award-winning author of Treason, is skilled at telling stories that keep the reader intrigued and provide much food for thought.
The Lion’s Heart is currently available on Kindle and is published by Full Quiver Publishing.
The fine print: I received a review copy of this book, and no other compensation, in exchange for my honest opinion. All thoughts expressed here are my own.
4 thoughts on “Book Review: The Lion’s Heart”
Just started this last night. Was intrigued by the topic of it, so we’ll see…
I look forward to hearing what you think about the book. Stick with it until the end. You might get frustrated with some recalcitrant characters, which I am sure was totally intentional on the author’s part. But it’s worth it.
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