Tuesday, 12 September 2017

A Promise to Keep by Loretta Livingstone

Book Two in the Out of Time series

Amazon UK £2.99 / £10.00
Amazon US $3.80
Amazon CA $22.76

This title is shortlisted for the September Book of the Month

Contemporary / 1200s

There is an introduction which gives a resume of what happens in Book One, then a one-page prologue, both of which concern Marian Hart. Chapter One begins with Shannon Hart, her daughter, the heroine of the book. Thinking a quick trip to the 12th century will be an adventure, Shannon disobeys her mother’s instructions and steps through the beech tree into the past and promptly sprains her ankle.

The next two chapters concern Giles and his wife Isabella who are genuine medieval characters with complicated and dangerous lives. For me this proved a very mixed beginning and by the time I reached Chapter Four I had almost forgotten Shannon.

However, we and the characters remain in the 12th century where Shannon adopts the name Rohese, suggested by her aunt Hildegarde, the local Abbess. She too is a traveller from the future. If you are a fan of time- slip ploys, then you will thoroughly enjoy this story as Rohese, full of 2012 bounce, collides with the not-so-gentle gentlemen of 1197.

The mix of medieval speech patterns with modern slang is fun or mildly disorientating, depending on your point of view, but the medieval world is nicely described, well researched and the characters, especially the abbess, are entirely believable. If you want an enjoyable romp with a modern take on medieval life, then read A Promise to Keep. It will not let you down.

© Jen Black

Loretta Livingstone: a guest on Let's Talk of Many Things Blog talking about those embarrassing book signings.

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