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Carpe Librum

Reviews and bookish conversation with author Samantha Wilcoxson.

If I am lost, you will find me in medieval England.

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Currently reading

A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century
Barbara W. Tuchman
7 Lessons from Heaven: How Dying Taught Me to Live a Joy-Filled Life
Mary C. Neal, M.D.
The Naked Public Square: Religion and Democracy in America
Richard John Neuhaus
A Year with Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Carla Barnhill, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Jim Wallis

Lady of Hay by Barbara Erksine

Lady of Hay - Barbara Erskine

Finishing this one took a quite a bit of skimming.


To be fair, the portions of this book that take place in the 12th century are far better than the contemporary story. I picked this up because I am interested in the story of Maud de Braose, but this wasn't really the place to go for that. Unfortunately, the emphasis is on the modern day soap opera and how reincarnation/possession/psychosis/whatever has an impact on the characters. Lots of paranormal mumbo jumbo that everyone involved seems to accept without blinking an eye.


In 1980s style, there is a lot of sleeping around, career women, and creepy guys. There is some violence, including rape . . . . but that's ok because she loves him and actually kind of liked it. Eeeww!


I read the 25th anniversary edition that included an extra short story continuation occurring in 1999. It was even worse than the rest of it.