by Loretta Livingstone
1191: Giles de Soutenay has never liked or trusted John, Count of Mortain, brother of Richard the Lionheart, but when John is taken seriously ill, it falls to Giles to ensure his survival.
2006: Marion Hart, visiting the ruined Abbey of Sparnstow, could never have imagined she would be called upon to help save one of the most dangerous men of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. Falling through a gap in time, she finds herself administering first aid to John, inadvertently endangering both herself and Giles.
“I loved this story. It has clever dialogue, the history is brought to life and the timeslip element is exciting, intriguing and perhaps even more important – very believable.”
“I found the characters increasingly likable as the story went on and it drew to a satisfying conclusion.”
“An intriguing, thought-provoking historical novel.”
CIR: What inspired this story?
LIVINGSTONE: I always said I would never write historic fiction, as I didn’t think I could do it, then suddenly, this idea came to me almost out of the blue.
CIR: What was your favorite part of writing this story?
LIVINGSTONE: Trying to create the feel of a medieval world.
CIR: What was the hardest part of writing this story?
LIVINGSTONE: Trying to make the reaction of Giles, the medieval knight, to a time traveler from 800 years in the future believable.
CIR: Who is your favorite character and why?
LIVINGSTONE: Hildegarde, Abbess of Sparnstow. She is completely in control, yet she has a sense of humor and a great understanding of human nature. Whilst this is not a Christian story, she has a devout belief in her God and a belief that he will never let her down.
CIR: What themes do you address in this story?
LIVINGSTONE: The fact that if you change the timeline in the past, the future may not unfold as it should.