Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Seasons in the Mist

Author: Deborah Kinnard
Publisher: Sheaf House
April 2010
ISBN: 978-0-982-4832-1-3
Genre: Inspirational/time travel

Bethany Lindstrom is a graduate student studying medieval history. She has finally achieved her dream of living and studying in England for three months, and eagerly boards the plane. While traveling, Bethany meets Sheila Tyrrell, a Cornish woman, who quickly straightens Bethany out about calling Great Britain England, since there is a difference.

Sheila is kind enough to invite Bethany home when Bethany’s ride doesn’t show up, and Bethany is quick to accept when she discovers Sheila lives in a house on the historic register. But when on a tour of the estate, Sheila tells Bethany stories about “the gray lady” which Bethany is quick to discount, since she doesn’t believe in ghosts.

But when Bethany goes exploring on her own, suddenly she finds herself transported back to the mid-1400s. Somehow, Bethany must find her way back to contemporary Great Britain or face a life of falsehoods and peril.

SEASONS IN THE MIST is the first book I’ve read by Ms. Kinnard. She was kind enough to offer in for review when I was bemoaning the lack of historicals not beginning with death. She neglected to tell me this was a time travel which is not my usual read.
However, I was quickly engrossed in this story. It was apparent that Sheila knew something, and that she recognized it in Bethany and the sequence of events leading from modern day to ancient time was believably portrayed.

I could hear the British accent as I read this book, and it was clear that Ms. Kinnard did her research on this time period. I was fascinated, and had to keep reading to find out what happened. There is a romance in this story. A glossary and discussion questions are included at the end of the book. $13.99. 324 pages.

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