Saturday, December 1, 2012

The Thorn and the Blossom by Theodora Goss


Four stars.

*I won a copy on Goodreads Firstreads.*

Before I can even begin discussing the words of this book, I have to first say that I was blown away by the concept & packaging of this short story. The cover is gorgeous, and the book comes tucked away in a sleeve. Were I to come across it at a bookstore, it would definitely catch my eye.

This book is bound using a unique, accordion style folding that makes it fun, quirky, and reversible. One cover is adorned with an E, the other a B, allowing you to pick between first reading either Evelyn's story or that of Brendan. Then, simply flip the book, and read the other. It's a clever idea, and adds something to this tale of star-crossed lovers.

The set of stories follows Evelyn Morgan, a studious, serious young woman who finds herself in Cornwall as she takes a break from her studies at Oxford and Brendan Thorne, the "local boy" who helps his father run the local bookstore in town. They hit it off straight away, and he shows her the sights of his hometown, including the tale of Gawan and Elowen, lovers cursed in a medieval myth that was said to have taken place just up the hill.

But as quickly as the two are bonded, Evelyn must quickly leave. Only time can tell if they can find each other once more, or if they will continue to slip through the cracks from one another....

I recommend this book for anyone who enjoys scholarly male characters, medieval romances, star-crossed romances, or love stories as a whole.


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