The Thorn and the Blossom
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 ...more
I'm bummed I wasn't as taken with this story as I hoped to be. After all, it involves (cue Julie Andrews from The Sound of Music) "a few of my favorite things":
1. A Cornish setting
2. A quaint bookstore
3. A hunky Brit hero
4. A fairy tale/legend about Sir Gawain, the Green Knight, and Queen Elowen
5. Lost loves/past lives intertwining throughout the centuries
6. A beautiful cover (one of the most beautiful I've personally ever seen)
7. A very cool book design, with an a ...more
“We love each other like matches in the dark. We don't talk, we catch fire instead”
Theodora Goss, an American author, has weaved a sweet fairy tale in her new book, The Thorn and the Blossom .
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 did not know she would me ...more
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 . . ."
Evelyn, an american wealthy girl, litt student in Oxford, decides to spend a week in Cornwall to write something other than -according to professor Lambert- he ...more
I’m totally a Shardbearer!
So this morning was not such a great morning. I woke up late, forgot to wash my hair last night, the puppies had accidents in their kennels, forgot to write a check for my daughters school pictures…the day was not going so well :(
Until this baby was in the pile of yesterdays mail. I would like to thank Quirk Books Publishing for sending me a copy of The Thorn and the Blossom by Theodora Goss. I was not expecting this in the mail! WOOP WOOP!!!
Look at the detail and the ...more
The underlyning message of the story was not cloaked by any means. The reader knows right away who the characters are / were and the fate that they face, but instead of making the story boring it was more interesting to be able to pick out the details o ...more
Have patience, love, and we shall meet again
As surely as wild roses have their thorns
For weary years eventually pass.
The 'Thorn and the Blossom' is quite literally a "two-sided love story" about Brendan Thorne and Evelyn Morgan. Intertwined with their love story is the tale of Elowen, queen of Cornwall and Gawan and their own timeless love story. Brendan and Evelyn first meet when she walks into Brendan's family bookst ...more
Never judge a book by its cover.
I already knew this and yet, here I am.
This is, quite easily, one of the prettiest books I own. The book itself, as an object, is worth a whole star (perhaps even more...).
Now the story...
First of all, and this is important, it's not badly written.
The dialogue is a bit trite and at times unbelievable, but other than that it's fine.
The plot hinges on a cliché I personally hate: that of star crossed lovers who will fall i ...more
In this part, we are introduced to Brendan Thorne. He lives in Clewes, where he helps his father with the Thorne & Son bookstore. This part left my heart aching with romantic longing. I was really hoping they would end up together. This is exactly the kind of romance I enjoy. One where there are obstacle ...more
The book tells the same story from two different viewpoints, that of Evelyn, an American medievalist who ...more
One side tells the story from Evelyn's viewpoint. Evelyn travels to Cornwall for a week, where she meets Brendan in a bookstore. They both discover their common love for medieval l ...more
So this is a Goss reader's review, because I have been in love with ...more
This is one of the most unique novels and I'm glad I was given a chance to read and review this. I may not have discovered this literary gem otherwise.
When Evelyn, an American, makes an impromptu visit across the ocean to Cornwall, she hopes to just get away from it all for a week; Oxford and her studies, her parents...She wasn't counting on meeting Brendan Thorne and forming a connection to him. While walking through a forest together near the end of her week-long vacation, Brend ...more
The basic premise is two Oxfor ...more
Evelyn has been haunted by hallucinations of fairies and other fantastical things much of her life. Then she decides to spend a summer in a small English village and meets Brendan in a bookstore. The two get along famously until Evelyn starts to see things again and flees ...more
Anyway: the subtitle of this boo ...more
Evelyn is an American who sometimes "sees things" and is always being told she's too imaginative for her own good and that she needs to get more serious with her ...more
I expected more. I mean, it would be very tricky to do this, not knowing which story the reader would read first, but if I read the same events twice from different POVs, I expect that the second story will in some way change the meaning of the first one, or shed new light on it, or whatever. Instead, frankly this just felt like reading the same story twice.
Also, maybe I'm too old and grumpy for ...more
Love Story Of Evelyn And Brendan
I picked this book, after reading the Red as Blood and White as Bone by the same author.
It is a fine love story, that runs along with another love story, that springs right from a book,that has a medieval romance.
The Characterization are absolutely fine.
The book narrates the love story twice.- She says it first
- He says it again.
Both narrating their side of Love Story. As if both gets a chance to pour their feelings out, instead a third person deciding for...more
Both Evelyn and Brendan are Oxford stu ...more
Honestly the book was a little awkward to hold and I ended up bending a few pages but it's so short that it s ...more
I started with Evelyn’s side of the story. I enjoyed Evelyn ...more
Evelyn is an intelligent, determined young woman. She is a professor who enjoys literature, history, and tall tales. When Brendan and Evelyn meet, they bond ove ...more