Thursday, December 11, 2008

Michelle Griep's Gallimore ~ Reviewed

by Michelle Griep (Author)
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Black Lyon Publishing (December 15, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1934912115

Product Description:

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:

Be still my heart!! Gallimore is a book that you simply cannot pass by! Part romance, part historical, part fantasy….oh dear readers!! You do NOT want to miss this!!

Can you tell I finished Gallimore’s final pages just this moment?! Just this moment read the last M’lady in its most precious utterance? What can I say? You begin with a heart-wrenching terrifying prologue that lingers in the broken heart of Jessica Neale as she boards a plane for London. On the plane, Jessica meets a stranger who turns out to be a local from the area she is traveling to, a stranger who offers to help keep her safe during her travels. When the stranger’s directions take her into the English countryside in the midst of a horrific thunderstorm in search of the remains of a fourteenth century castle…well the story that unwinds from that moment will steal your breath away!

What is real? What is imagined? Has true love fled Jessica’s life forever? Journey from present to past and back again with such beautiful reality that you will never forget the castle Gallimore! In addition to the adventure, the romance the intrigue that makes this story so memorable, there is a spiritual truth subtly bound within the story that will give you pause to examine your own walk with Christ. Truly, this is an unforgettable story! This was a WONDERFUL book! I cannot wait to read the next novel by Michelle Griep!! I highly recommend Gallimore to everyone!

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Reviewed by Kim Ford

Bonus Review:

I entered the unbelievable world Michelle Griep created - hook, line and sinker. This book is unlike anything that I have ever read. I am so thrilled by Michelle's first book that I cannot wait to see what adventure she takes me on next.

"There's no place like home!" Dorothy says after entering the magical world of Oz. Jessica Neale is beginning to know how Dorothy felt as she entered a world so unlike her own. How did she get here and where exactly was here? Where was home? Unlike Dorothy, there was no yellow brick road to follow, no hope of seeing the wonderful Wizard of Oz so she could get home, and no friends to help her along the way. Jessica was alone in a scary, dark, new world - "Gallimore" was its name. It wasn't her home…no matter how much these people wanted her to be part of it. Oh, she would play along with their charades, dress up in the costumes, and play the parts just to stay alive long enough to find her way back home - the home where her little boy waited for her.

Jessica was all dressed up and looked like a character in a fairy
tale. Usually fairy tales had happy endings, but she wasn't sure where this tale was leading her. It hadn't been cheery so far…downright scary if she were to admit it. But, she wasn't going to let this town get the best of her. "Her heart ached to hug her own little boy. The desire to go home wrapped around her like the fabric of traline she fussed with. But where was home, and where was she?" Jessica had to stay focused. She had to figure out a way to get home and into the arms ofher little boy.

Nora St.Laurent - Book Club Servant Leader

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