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Bell of Eternity: A Celtic Legends Novel (Celtic Legends Collection) Paperback – August 22, 2017
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From the Author
Bell of Eternity is, obviously, a work of fiction. As with my other books, I connected bits of genuine history and legend with some of my own flights of fancy. I've seen the story of Tristan and Isolde told several dozen different ways, and many different places across Cornwall claim a connection to the legend. My idea to connect it to Mount's Bay, Cornwall is perhaps a little fanciful, but there is a school of thought that the man who later became St. Levan was a cousin of King Mark of Cornwall, who features in the Tristan and Isolde saga, so perhaps I'm not so very far off.
My island and castle of St. Levan's Mount is based loosely on St. Michael's Mount in Mount's Bay, a very real and magical location owned by the Lords St Levan. Like St. Levan's Mount, St. Michael's Mount has a wishing stone and a saint who warns of shipwrecks, but astute readers will notice that I have placed my island castle on the other side of Mount's Bay from the real location, on the Mousehole side instead of on the Marazion side. And because it's all fictionalized, I've renamed Mousehole to Mowzel, which is how it is commonly pronounced.
Apart from wanting to make it clear that the story and setting are fiction, there's a reason for these geographic liberties. Mousehole was the community most impacted by the sinking of the Solomon Browne lifeboat from Penlee Station in 1981. Reading about that disaster--and eventually researching the tragedy of it--is what got me thinking about small communities and family traditions of service. Combined with the wisps of story connected with shipwrecks and miracles involving St. Michael's Mount, that's what provided the fuel for my island with a tradition of lifesaving that goes back thousands of years. How that connects back to Tristan and Isolde, I'll leave for you to work out. : )
The real heroes, when it comes to lifesaving in Britain, are obviously the volunteers of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). What they do is truly astounding and inspirational.
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This is a well written, intriguing romance with interesting background material to make the story flow along, while being a substantial read. The interesting characters draw the reader into the story with their actions, reactions and believable dialog. The plot has a twist and turn, also, keeping the reader immersed in the story, along with the author's gift for descriptions.
I've always loved books about the Cornwall area, fiction and nonfiction, and this book is among the best of them. It was interesting to learn of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and the history behind the volunteers.
Lake of Destiny #1 - This story has it all: romance, intrigue, traditions and excitement. Although this book has 338 pages, the pages just flew by as the story progressed. A well written, intriguing suspense with a surprise revealed at the end.
The plot is well thought out and the characters are believable and realistic. Not all is sugar and spice, there are some rotten apples in the bunch. The descriptions are so well done the reader experiences everything and easily visualizes the area the story is set.
This is my first book by the author and I will happily read anything else she writes. I received this book through the APX website.
Magic of Winter #3 - Another well written, intriguing romance set again in Scotland with our favorite and not so favorite characters. A second chance at love fraught with problems, both with the romance and a dying father. The characters are well thought out with realistic dialog and a willingness to communicate. The descriptions by the author are vivid and the plot is interesting and both help keep the reader immersed in the pages.
I've read all three books and while this one isn't my favorite (it is good), all three were well done and the author is an interesting storyteller. Reading all three in order just makes a continuing story, but they can be read in any order, but why?
Emma's mother had died and her best friend, Treave, had invited her to his brother's wedding on a small island in Cornwall. Treave had proposed suddenly to Emma, supposedly because her mother's will would leave her nothing if she didn't marry Treave. She loved him as a dear friend who had helped her through some very difficult times but she didn't feel the kind of romantic love for him that would entice her to marry him, even for the money. She didn't want to fall victim to her mother's manipulations, even beyond the grave.
Once they arrived on the island, Emma was introduced to the brother of her sister's wife, Brando. Brando was a Scottish highlander who wore a kilt and was a very handsome Michelin starred chef. Emma had always wanted to start her own catering business so she was excited to learn from Brando's skills and knowledge. The more time they spent together, the more drawn to each other they were.
I won't give away the story, but there is tragedy, suspense, love and romance. Like the other books in the series, I was sad when I finished the book because I had become so connected to the characters. Martina Boone is a very talented writer who has the ability to draw you in to her stories, to picture the scenery and to feel the emotions of the characters. Well done!
Thank you to the author for giving me a review copy in exchange for my honest review!
I read Boone's YA book compulsion (still need to read the rest of the series) and really enjoyed it, so when I saw she had a adult/na clean romance I was really intersted in reading it.
Bell of Eternity didn't dissapoint. Emma is a young woman who has taken a break from her own life/ambitions to take care of her sick mother, but now that her mom has passed away, she has to figure out what she wants to do now along with her mom leaving her some expectations in order to get her inheritance.
"Fortunes took ages to build, an instant to vanish."
The expectations though is one that Emma doesn't want right now for good reason. But with Treave who is someone that has helped her with her mom over the past few years also in her life and having expectations for her as well, things get complicated.
“People think cooking is easy, but it takes understanding thousands of different ingredients and their properties, knowing what happens when you heat them, or cool them, or combine them. Cooking is chemistry and physics and psychology and pure backbreaking work done at breakneck speed,"
Overall I really enjoyed this book. It was a really quick read for me and even though it is a little bit out of my comfort zone with it being a romance book, I really liked that it was clean. As for the characters, I really loved Emma. We get to see her grow from being this person who was always in her mother's shadow to someone that is finally starting to live out her own dream and figure out what she wants to do with her life. She also stands up to someone that is incredibly overbearing and forces her into an uncomfortable situation.
"between Treave and Brando, it was Treave she associated with temper while Brando made her think of fire, of passion. Not only for food and cooking, but for life."
I suprisingly really liked her friendship into romance with a certain someone as well. It did happen rather fast, but it felt natural for a change and you could tell they really did care for eachother and were planning a possible future with one another. Also I found him fascinating with how he was able to turn his life around for the better.
"That’s what you do when you love someone. You trust and you protect, and you give them room to fly while doing everything you can to make sure that they don’t fall."
All of the side characters I did find a little confusing, but I think that had more to do with me not having read the first book before this one. I was still able to understand what was happening and enjoy all of the side stories and the friendships they all shared.
“Changing for the worse is easy. People slide into that without realizing they’ve done it. Changing for the better requires the desire to change, and understanding why you need to. Understanding why you have to for survival, sometimes. Even then it’s hard.”
As for Treave, I found him to be one of the most unlikeable character ever. Not only was he incredibly overbearing towards Emma, but he was just rude as well among several other things. I am so happy with the way this book ended and how he finally got put into his place.
I really want to read more of Boone's work now and I can't wait to get back to her YA trilogy!