In rural Italy, a priest keeps a dark secret beneath his chapel — a prisoner. Only the elder holy man knows who this prisoner is and even the priest does not know how long he has been there — hundreds of years, perhaps, or even longer. His fear is that anyone in his parish would ever come in contact with his mysterious and unholy charge.
But what happens is even worse than he could have imagined. His lovely young daughter, whose innocence and devotion to god he prizes over all else, trails her father into the cavern and catches a glimpse of the prisoner, a beautiful being like the most handsome of men and yet not. She looks in his eyes and sees pain and wisdom and eternity. Unable to keep away from this silent creature chained to an altar stone, she lives in fear that her father will catch her. One day he does and sends her off to America to be raised by her aunt in Boston. But she never forgets her silent love.
Cover Him with Darkness is a thrilling story of an archangel banished from heaven and the human woman with whom he falls in love.
Review: I need to start this review with a short fan girl squeal and an OMG. This book is just so amazingly good!! I think I might even put in a: “you need to read this book!!” Ok, now that I’ve got that out of my system, I can get down to business and really review this book.
When I saw that this book was up for review the title grabbed me and made me intrigued so I clicked the title to see what it was about. When I read the sample I was completely hooked and I wanted to know more. Janine Ashbless…..wow, words like amazing, talented, so freakin’ good are just too tame for her work. I never read her work before and I now that I have I WILL be getting the next installment of this series.
I’m going to start out with what this story is not. It is not blapsphamous, it’s not about God, it is not about heaven or hell. It is about love, about accepting someone for who they are and loving them because of their flaws. There are touches of the subjects of God and heaven interspersed within the story. If this kind of subject matter leaves the reader questioning whether to read the book or not, they probably shouldn’t.
Milja is the female protagonist in this book. She is young, both in age and in spirit. She has a soft heart, and she has conflicting feelings over the creature being chained beneath the church. She follows her heart even when it gets her into a whole heap of trouble, which it so does, and I really like that about her. She’s afraid of what might happen, but she does it anyway because she listens to what her heart says and does the right thing.
The prisioner under the church, the reader eventually finds out who he is and why he was imprisoned. He is a smokin’ hawt creature that has been let loose. He isn’t scary or bad or evil. He’s misunderstood. People need a scape goat for their mistakes and I think he’s it and he knows it. He won’t be a scape goat again I can tell you that.
I love that he communicates with Milja through her dreams and lets her know how he feels about her through his actions. I love that Ms. Ashbless doesn’t shy away from religion and how men who are supposed to love God and honor and respect him do atrocious deeds in his name. She created a story that is entertaining, romantic, funny moments and sad ones as well. It hit all the flavor notes for me and left me panting for more.