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- Print Length: 92 pages
- Publisher: Endeavour Press (November 12, 2014)
- Publication Date: November 12, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00PJLJG5U
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #759,708 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Love Letters Kindle Edition
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Love Letters is the story between Selwyn’s, a steward, anonymously sending love letters to Catheryn.
Upon receiving a letter, Catheryn was amused and intrigued on who the sender was. While she was sitting beside the tree, Selwyn approached her and asked her if he could be of any assistance in unraveling her “romancer” (as they call it). As they try to identify the sender, Catheryn found out that she’s falling in love to Selwyn. But will their love conquer rules and duties?
Love Letters is just a quick and easy read. I read this in just one sitting and I’m so disappointed for myself because I did not read it sooner. This kind of read is perfect for me while I’m taking a break from reading a lot of YAs. It’s refreshing, so light-hearted and very touching in any and every possible way.
Not only I love the setting but I also love the characters and how easy it was for me to connect with them. The setting was in England during the Anglo-Saxon period and that is around 1066 (according to Google). I can imagine everyone curtsying everywhere! And I adore those kinds of things. Queens and Princesses scattered around the palace. *fangirl*
As for the characters, Catheryn is beguiling. She’s smart and witty. She’s also adorable and full of surprises. But beneath her smiling face, she’s just as sad and bored as everyone else. With her family busy all the time, they hardly notice her. That’s why when she was received a letter, she finally had the perfect escape from everything.
Selwyn is a jerk. Well not totally. Only in some parts. How dare he play with Catheryn’s feelings? *grrr* But then he’s adorable too. He gave me a glimpse of what guys are thinking whenever they approach the woman they like. He reminds me that even though he’s a he, he’s also a normal human being that gets nervous as much as any woman does.
I’m running out of words on how to praise Ms. Murdoch’s way of writing. Usually it’s somewhat complicated for me when the setting takes place years ago. But she found out a way for me to understand it easily without putting so much strain in my brain.
The change in POVs between the chapters were not confusing. It’s as if I’m inside a theater while watching a play. There were some cliché parts and somewhat rushed somewhere in the middle … but guess what? I don't care. I was too eager to find out what happened to Catheryn and Selwyn.
Overall, I like this book so much that I’ll be recommending this to my friends who are head over heels in love with someone. Or to someone who's looking for a quick and relaxing read.
This collection by Emily Murdoch consists of three separate stories that are connected in some way or another, for example certain scenes that you come across in the first story 'Conquests', you will also come across in the third story 'Captives', all be it from a different perspective. The protagonist Catheryn is in two of the stories and some of the characters in the second and third novella are related to some in the first. (I will explain no more as this would then become a 'spoiler alert')
This Novella is set in Anglo Saxon England some time before the Norman conquest. It tells the tale of Catheryn and Selwyn. Catheryn is the intelligent and high spirited daughter of Hilda and Aelfgard who having built a rich empire and are now busy with the royal court, have little time for their daughter.
Selwyn a lowly steward is fascinated by Catheryn and sends her a love letter as a joke, pretending it is from one of her father's thanes (a thane is a man who held land granted by the king or by a military nobleman, ranking somewhere between an ordinary freeman and a hereditary noble).
Catheryn in turn is equally fascinated by the letter and wants to know who sent it. Selwyn offers his help to identify the suitor. Catheryn falls in love with Selwyn however they would never be able to marry as a steward would not be considered a good match for someone of Catheryn's class.
I enjoyed this medieval romance and adventure immensely and as with her other novels I felt that Emily Murdoch had taken time to research this time period thoroughly. The book gave me some fascinating insights into the history and culture of this era.
This is an engrossing story of two people from totally different backgrounds can attract and how love and trust can overcome almost any obstacle placed in front of them.
A wonderful book that kept me enthralled from the first page to the last and I have no problem in recommending this novella from Emily Murdoch.
Please note: I was kindly sent a PDF version of this novella to read and to give my honest opinion in the form of a review
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