Author: Theodora Goss
82 pages, Published by Quirk Books
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One enchanting romance. Two lovers keeping secrets. And a uniquely crafted book that binds their stories forever.
When Evelyn Morgan walked into the village bookstore, she didn’t know she would meet the love of her life. When Brendan Thorne handed her a medieval romance, he didn’t know it would change the course of his future. It was almost as if they were the cursed lovers in the old book itself…
The Thorn and the Blossom is a remarkable literary artifact: You can open the book in either direction to decide whether you’ll first read Brendan’s, or Evelyn’s account of the mysterious love affair. Choose a side, read it like a regular novel—and when you get to the end, you’ll find yourself at a whole new beginning. (Summary provided by Quirk Books.)
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The Thorn and The Blossom by Theodora Goss is a truly unique book. The book comes beautifully packaged in a box. When you are ready to read the book, you slide it out of the box and the book opens accordion style. It contains the same story told from two different points of view. If you open the book and read from one direction you get Evelyn’s story. If you open from the other direction you get Brendan’s story.
The Thorn And The Blossom is a tale of star crossed lovers, Evelyn and Brendan. Evelyn is a student studying abroad at Oxford when she meets Brendan while vacationing in the small town of Cornwall. Evelyn and Brendan have a very brief relationship but they are unable to forget each other and eventually reconnect. A story called The Tale Of The Green Knight shapes the love affair and the lives of Brendan and Evelyn. (Oh how I love a story within a story!) At times it seems as though they might be the fated lovers from the story.
Goss weaves a magical tale with The Thorn and The Blossom. At 82 pages it is a short read, however Ms. Goss injects brief flashes of fantasy throughout that had me rapidly turning the pages. At times certain elements of the book reminded me of the 80s classic horror/fantasy film The Lair of The White Worm. It wasn’t the actual plot that reminded me of the 80s film but rather the injection of brief flashes of fantasy into the story. I was absolutely dazzled by Theodora Goss’s storytelling ability and can’t wait to read more from her. This book would make a great Valentine’s Day gift. In addition to the romantic storyline, it is beautifully packaged and presented in such a unique way that it will be a treasured addition to anyone’s library.
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