Of All Faiths & None
It is great to tell you that 'Of All Faiths & None'
1. Has won the Historical Fiction category of the International Impact Awards, received an Honourable Mention in the Paris Book Festival, awarded a Silver Book Award from Literary Titan; and has won numerous awards in the 2022 Outstanding Creator Awards.
2. Has been submitted to the Best Indie Book Awards.
3. Has received 5* and 4* reviews on Goodreads and Amazon as well as Reedsy Discovery, The Literary Titan, Readers' Favorite, and the Online Book Club.
4. Was described as "A well-researched, honest, and grim portrayal of the effects of the Great War." - Kirkus Reviews and a stunning tale." Reedsy Discover (#183 – Sept 16, 2022)
What the Critics Say
Literary Titan ★★★★
The author brilliantly showcases the horrors of war and how it capitalizes on the arrogance and vanity of humans while humanizing war casualties so that they are not merely seen as numbers or statistics but as soldiers who are also brothers, sons, and spouses.
I profoundly enjoyed Of All Faiths & None by Andrew Tweeddale. I recommend this impassioned historical romance novel for the author’s ability to highlight the tragedies of war and how it is the ultimate equalizer, impacting everyone regardless of faith or lack of it. It is a well-told tale of love, faith, and war, and is perfect for fans of historical fiction.
This book is beautiful. The plot is just close to perfect. I have my reservation for not tagging it a perfect. I love the story. I find it difficult to accept that this narrative is fictional; this is because of how real every event in the book is. The descriptions in this book are wonderful; the author captured the settings explicitly well.
Readers' Favorite ★★★★
Tweeddale effectively conveys the horror of that war and its effect, both physical and psychological, on the soldiers (and nurses) who fought in it and their families in England. History buffs and lovers of bittersweet romance will appreciate this novel.
The Outstanding Creator Awards +93%
This ambitious novel that took 18+ years to write does a lot of things right. It is well-written, well-formatted, and well-researched. It also really shines at times.
"Divided into 10 parts, attorney Tweeddale’s well-researched debut novel expertly balances complex personal and political dynamics before and during the Great War. The author effectively integrates artistry, ancient stories, legends, war journals, and letters that add historical accuracy and emotional honesty to the work. The setting descriptions mirror both the characters’ emotional states and the darkness of the times, which give the novel a sense of dimension." - Kirkus Reviews
Booklife (Publisher's Weekly)
It’s not the size of the castle but what others think of it,” architect Edwin Lutyens muses early in Tweeddale’s assured debut, a historical saga that, for all its sprawling cast and changing-times thoughtfulness, proves unusually fleet in its storytelling. Lutyens’ observation concerns the act of hubris/genius that serves as the story’s foundation, shipping magnate Lord Julius Drewe’s desire to build an English castle circa 1910, as Europe seems destined for a war. The narrative expands outward from there, as the government requests Drewe’s business move into uniforms and weapons, the castle project faces delays and cutbacks, and—most crucially—the two men’s children grow up and find their way in an inconstant world, facing romances, cultural shifts, their elders’ expectations, and the storm looming over the world.
Tweeddale writes with crisp clarity, efficiently introducing characters, conflicts, and leaps forward in time, with a welcome focus on scenecraft and sharp dialogue. Though it covers years and many lives while unobtrusively offering readers crucial historical and social context, Of All Faiths & None is a novel of memorably dramatized moments: a father sputtering “You idiot, you damned idiot!” when a son enlists in 1914; a young woman humoring her brother and mother by attending a lecture on “Patriotism & Theosophy,” as a black sheep son considers the question of whether any war can be moral; a nurse rashly married to a soldier realizing, from his letters, that they have little to say to each other.
Of course, that castle—the real Castle Drogo, in England’s Devon county—casts a shadow over all this. Tweeddale follows it from design to founding stone to the burying of family dead there. Tweeddale deftly blends fact and fiction in a story that moves fast yet still makes clear, with each chapter, how time and tragedy change us all. The ending is bittersweet yet satisfying, sure to please lovers of historical epics.