shortlisted for Book of the Month
"Drawing the reader with delightful ease into the everyday life of the twelfth century, with characters who are believable, nice descriptions and engrossing scenes, there is much to like about this charming novel."
Out Of Time series Bk 3
Romance/ Fictional saga
"1195 'I should have had nothing to do with those accursed Angevins. I should have run like hell in the opposite direction.' Giles de Soutenay can scarcely be blamed for his disappointment. Promised an heiress by Queen Eleanor, he is dismayed to discover that, although young and attractive, his bride has all the warmth of a stone effigy. For the newly widowed Isabella, the reality of a new husband is no cause for celebration. She will do her duty but no more. She will give de Soutenay no reason to complain but he will not have her heart, for any belief in love and tenderness died during those brief years of her first marriage. However, she has reckoned without Giles' perseverance. After the snows of winter, spring brings hope, until the arrival of a stranger threatens Giles and Isabella’s blossoming happiness. A stranger who might tear them apart before they have truly found each other. Only if Giles can learn patience and Isabella can learn trust can they hope to find lasting love."
The previous two Out Of Time novels by Loretta Livingstone have been highly enjoyable reads - and this third instalment has been no exception to the rule.
Chronologically, Blossom On The Thorn takes place earlier than the previous two novels, and this one does not have the time-travel element, but it is a splendid novel even without that fantasy inclusion, (although one of my favourite characters, Abbess Hildegarde, who came from the twentieth century is mentioned.)
Drawing the reader with delightful ease into the everyday life of the twelfth century, with characters who are believable (the baddies as well as the goodies), with nice descriptions and engrossing scenes there is much to like about this charming novel. There is love and tragedy, hope and fear, trust and betrayal - in short, this was a well written thoroughly entertaining read. A beautiful heart-wrenching love story of two very likeable characters, Giles and Isabella. Add to that, the cover design is stunning.
This is one of those novels where you want to plant yourself in a deckchair in the sun, a glass of wine to hand and lose yourself into its pages.
Did I say this one is not a time travel novel? Actually, it is, in a way, because the story is so absorbing you find yourself there, in the 1100s watching the characters as they move through their lives.
I loved this novel! I do hope we can expect another...?
© Mary Chapple
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