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Opal Whilstead knows she has a reputation: a reputation as a bright, giving, upright woman—smiling and laughing her way through hopeless spinsterhood. It’s been so long since she’s had serious feelings for a man, but now she finds herself taken with the Commander Exemplar of Diachona’s army.

And she regrets it.

Not only is the Exemplar a widower still longing for his wife, but he’s the father of the reigning king. Even if a man of such prestige could find love again, he’d be unlikely to search for it among the kingdom’s old maids. Besides, Opal dreads being found, due to a grievous secret she carries…


“What a riveting story! Great life lessons but not preachy, and the sweetest romance of an unlikely couple. Understated excellence you won’t want to pass up. Grab it now!”

“I expected this might be a love a story but it is so much more. Very skillfully rendered, a real masterpiece of redemption and romance.”

“The characters are well-drawn, and the love between Staid and his children is real and deep. I also like the slow way in which he and Opal came to love each other. The writer has fully mastered ‘show, not tell’, allowing the characters to be themselves and in such a way discover their shared values of service and loyalty. I also found the fictional setting intriguing. The setting felt real, sketched in but not dominating the narrative.”

Author Note: Reviving the Commander, first in the Crowns Legacy series, picks up about a year after the Movement of Crowns series ends—because characters make demands that an author must follow! Even if you read the Crowns Legacy series first, it stands well enough on its own to make sense. Going back to read what happens earlier in the history and the related characters’ lives (in the Movement of Crowns series) will be like reading enlightening prequels.