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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

My review of Gallimore by Michelle Griep

This book was amazing! If you can't afford to buy another book then ask your library to order a copy and borrow it, but whatever you this story ASAP! You'll be glad you did!

About the book:

Jessica Neale's faith is lost the day of her husband's death, and with it, her belief in love. In a journey to find peace, she encounters a gentle, green-eyed stranger who leads her to the ruins of the medieval castle, Gallimore.

On his way to battle, Colwyn Haukswyrth, knight of Gallimore, comes face to face with a storm the likes of which he's never seen, and a woman in the midst of it who claims to live centuries in the future. The Lady Jessica of Neale is an irksome, provoking bit of woman to be sure. And she's about to turn his beliefs on end.

The product of a family rooted in pain and evil, Colwyn has focused on naught but himself-until Jessica. To a mysterious prophecy stitched on a tapestry, through the invasion of Gallimore itself, Colwyn and Jessica are bound together by a lesson in forgiveness and love-a bond that might be strong enough to survive the grave.

My review:

WOW! Gallimore is the most amazing time travel medieval romance novel I've ever read! I read most of the story in one day. I couldn't put it down. This story is ten times better than The Time Traveler's Wife and it's comparible to the best fantasy fiction on the market today. Michelle Griep has the plotting, pacing, and heart pounding suspense wrapped up in a tale that is one of the most intense, page-turning novels I've read this year.

Griep has a gift for describing details that bring the setting to life, and she doesn't give anyone in the story a break. Not even the reader. The sites, smells, and heartache of that day were all brilliantly portrayed in Gallimore. Griep can describe the grossest things better than most male authors. I could see it all as I read. And the battle/fight scenes will blow your mind. Her skill for writing this type of story is impressive because to have a truly fabulous medieval novel there has to be conflict, terror, and impossible feats of chivalry to make the story compelling. Griep has all this perfectly crafted in Gallimore.

I'm so impressed. Truly. I was in another world the entire time I read this story and it was a fabulous experience. What an escape. I felt their emotion, all of the characters' fears, their joy, their longing for love. It was amazing. I can't say enough great things about this story. The spiritual thread was incredible, too. And the gritty themes and edgy aspects of the romance were scrumptious.

The end of the story brought it full circle and concluded in one of the most satisfying endings you can imagine. Not many books leave me smiling and sighing at the end. Gallimore was perfectly executed from start to finish. I saw no weaknesses whatsoever. This is being added to my best fiction of 2008 list.

Gallimore was published by Black Lyon Publishing and was released in December 2008.


Kelly Klepfer said...

I thought you might like it. : ) Awesome review, Michelle. MG forwarded to me...I'm sure there were a few tears in her eyes. : )

So glad you loved it. She has another one that's completed and with her agent that's just ready for a home. This time it's Vikings and another bizarre trip full of adventure, terror and awesome characters.

She's quite the story teller, however, she has been known to threaten me with maces and swords and all sorts of bodily harm. : ) I'm just hoping it's all fiction, know what I mean? : )

Merry Christmas!!!!

Beth F said...

Ok. I've *got* to read this! Thanks for the enthusiastic review.

Lindsey said...

This is definitely on my to-read list, too! Can't wait! :-)

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