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, … see full wiki
Freshman author Michelle Griep writes like one who has been multi-published. Few newbie authors grasp all areas of writing well, and Griep nails them. Her characters are richly drawn and multi-faceted. I ached with them, I wanted to slap them, I cheered them on. Gallimore's plot is tightly woven and fast-paced. Dialogue? Surprisingly clever and realistic. Humor laces more interactions between characters than not, and when it's time to be serious, Griep layers in the intensity and spins a web of poignancy. Description is an art form with this author, you will smell, see, taste and hear Merry Ole England, which is delighting in some scenes and not so pleasant in others. To top it off, Griep handles story with deftness, twisting and shaping it into something that will stick with the reader.
Because of the uniqueness of this tale, I know it's taken longer to see print. This is one of those books that doesn't quite fall into a category easily even though one has to assign it a genre. Part speculative fiction melded with adventure and action. A historical love story with twists and turns that may leave you breathless at times, tearful at others, hopping mad, terrified and wistful.
I've had the privilege of reading more of Griep's works and can only say her books will find faithful followers. If sci-fi/fantasy/speculative fiction is not your cup of tea, take a peek at Gallimore anyway, I'm betting you'll be glad you did.