Monday, January 12, 2009

Gallimore by Michelle Griep

This week I'm going to do a week long spotlight on Author Michelle Griep and her book Gallimore. This is her first book so she's new on store bookshelves. I hope you all will come back each day as Michelle has provided me with many guest articles and interview questions to post all week. This should be fun. When we are done you'll know who she is and hopefully want to read her book. Let's get started.

Who is Michelle Griep?....

Minnesota author, Michelle Griep, has been writing since she first discovered Crayolas and blank wall space. She has homeschooled four children over the past twenty years, and teaches both Civics and Creative Writing for area co-ops. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers. Michelle's debut historical romance, GALLIMORE, was released December 15, 2008.

Book 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.

And now for me review:
If you love anything to do with knights and Medieval times then this is the book for you. I can't say that I have read any Medieval time books prior to reading this one. Michelle will make you feel as though you are right there living in that time period.
With a flash of light travel back in time with Jess to the year of 1314 where castels, knights, chivalry, daggers, swords, ravens, and peasants were all a part of life. Jess living in the twentieth century is thrown back in time and becomes a captive of Sir Colwyn only to be turned over to his evil brother, Tarne. Jess finds that she must draw her strength in God whom she left behind after the death of her husband in the twentieth century. She doesn't know which is better being the captive of a knight of cold steel or his brother the pulsating evil. Jess learns what it truly means to be set free from her self-enforced bondage. She learns to stop running and face things head on. Jess and Colwyn learn that visiting the past can be good but leaving the hurts behind and moving on in life is even better.

Characters you will come to love or maybe disdain
Cole - professor of history. He's eccentric so Jess thinks
Sir Colwyn - is never predictable, but a fine trustworthy man who has learned to hid his true self. He is Jess' nemesis so she thinks.
Lord Tarne - is just out right evil and a man much feared; respects no one
Tarline - a servant in the house
Tagg - a stable boy and...... oh I can't tell his other identity you'll just have to read the book and find out. I was much surprised. I wouldn't want to ruin it for you.
and of course there's Jessica known as Jess - fire and brimstone one minute; soft and vulnerable another. Knows how to push Colwyn to extreme ways. She's a nuisance and plague to Colwyn so he thinks. She's persistent and determined.
Plus many more.

Come back the rest of the week more things about Michelle will be revealed.
Schedule for the week:
Monday: Code of Chivalry - guest article by Michelle
Tuesday: Fear Factor - guest article by Michelle Griep and Youtube
Wednesday: Nuts and Bolts Interview
Thursday: Top 5 uses for fictional Raven - guest article by Michelle Griep
Friday: WMDs - guest article by Michelle Griep and Misc. Interview



Kelly Klepfer said...

Thanks, Abi.

It is an exciting book, isn't it? And your character breakdown/review was great.

I love the picture of the knight you posted with the Code of Chivalry article.


Michelle Griep said...

Thanks for hosting me, Abi. I hope you enjoyed your visit to the past, but I bet you're even more glad to be living in the present, eh?