The "Secret of the Rose" series was highly recommended to me by a friend. As one who is not typically a fan of Christian fiction, I began to skeptically read the series and was won over before I was even half-way through the first book. Not only does Phillips intertwine within the books elements of historical fiction, romance, adventure, and suspense with the skill of a seasoned author, but he consistently brings to focus spiritual Truths that are priceless. His characters are inspiring, and the principles are golden. I only wish that there were more books in the series, for it is hard for me to put down these books. I highly recommend this series, especially for Christian readers looking for practical, albeit fictional, examples of living the Christ-like life in the modern world.