Thursday, March 05, 2009
Gallimore by Michelle Griep
You know how much I like to recommend the out-of-the-ordinary, so here’s another one. I’m not one for time travel stories, but I loved this medieval/modern-day story. The knight-hero in the story is so realistic, and I loved the romance between Colwyn and the contemporary heroine, Jessica Neale.
Jessica Neale is done with love. God let her husband die in a terrible car accident and she’s basically given up on things like happiness and love and hope. But one night while on a vacation to England, she sustains a blow to the head in a storm and wakes up in a strange place where everyone apparently belongs to some medieval fair in which they dress and act like people from the fourteenth century. She wants out of this elaborately staged play, especially when she ends up clapped in the stocks in the public square.
Colwyn, knight of Gallimore, must come to her aid several times, against his own wishes at first, but he soon thinks she may be telling the truth. She might really be from the future. She’s also the feistiest and prettiest woman he’s ever met, and he realizes he can’t leave her without a champion in a strange and dangerous world.
Jessica and Colwyn’s adventures in and around the Castle Gallimore are entertaining and poignant, as the heroine learns that God isn’t finished with her yet, and she isn’t finished with life—or love. I highly recommend this unusual romance set in medieval England.