Review: Touchstone of Love by Beth Barany

A time-travel romance novella by award-winning novelist, Beth Barany. 

When a thunderstorm transports software expert Rose Waldman to thirteenth century France, she meets hunky stonemason Julien, who is secretly creating a gargoyle in defiance of his master mason. Can independent gadget loving Rose trust her life and heart to Julien, and can she really never go home again?

Rose is in France trying to get to Edinburgh for a speaking engagement when strange things start happening. She misses her flight, gets lost on a jog around a familiar city and is drawn to a church with a gargoyle statue that winks at her! As she tries to make it back to her hotel she stops to admire a statue, gets hit by lightning and is transported in time.

Rose wakes up to the sight of a gorgeous half-naked man chiseling on a large stone. He speaks in a French dialect she’s not familiar with and accuses her of being a harlot for touching his bare chest. Rose thinks she’s in the middle of a re-enactment scene from the past until she realizes the unbelievable truth; she’s in the year 1240.

I enjoyed this short novella. I did have an issue with the fact that Rose was putting the moves on Julien when he is betrothed to another woman. However, Julien does the right thing and dissolves the betrothal with the woman he doesn’t love in order to claim Rose for his own. Things are starting to look up until another lightning strike takes Rose back to the present just minutes after she and Julien wed. Does she reunite with Julien again? You’ll have to read the book to find out.

I was gifted an eBook copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. All conclusions reached are my own.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for posting a review of TOUCHSTONE OF LOVE (Touchstone, #1)!