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This review is from: The Canterbury Papers: A Novel (Alais Capet) (Paperback)
This book let me down in that it is rather superficial. I wanted to know more about William and Alais, but sadly this part of the story was underdeveloped to my taste. It is not a suspense novel as the title suggests. It is a personal journey for an ill used young woman trying to sort out her past. The love she finds in the end is like water on the sahara, for she has been pierced to the soul by her family and those she thought she could trust. She is haunted as much by what she does not know as by what she does, and there is something truly touching that a man who has known her all her life, and loved her for as long, should be the one to finally help her sort out the tangle and begin to heal. This novel left me wanting, for I had hoped to see the end to this most touching union, and it never came. I think the author wanted to concentrate on the time period, historical fact, etc. But I think the real story was in the love of this man for a very strong yet wounded woman. Too bad.