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Dec 18, 2011 Joyce rated it 5 of 5 stars · (Review from the author) · review of another edition
Okay, so I'm the author. Of course I love this little short story I wrote, or I wouldn't have written it. :-) Someday I'm going to tell much more about these characters. For now, I hope a few of you enjoy this little Epiphany Day gift.
A gently told short story. In general, I don’t like short stories very much – they always seem rather pointless to me. But I enjoyed this one. Reading about medieval life seamlessly integrated into the story was interesting and fun for me. The family wasn’t over the top or cheesy in any way, and the relationship between the husband and wife had romantic elements that are difficult to find in happy, established marriages in literature.
A heart warming Christmas story that captures the rural life of peasants in medieval times with such purity. A Father who would sacrifice himself and work himself to the bone to see his family well taken care of and with the deepest hope of seeing his children succeed to a better life is a something that any parent would wish for particularly at Christmas. A nice short story.
I don't quite know what to make of "An Epiphany Gift for Robin". It was rather like reading several pages that are torn out of book. The charactors of Arthur and Mariot are somewhat developed; but, the title charactor, Robin, not at all. I did enjoy the few pages that there were. As is however, the story certainly isn't worth 99¢.
I am sad to sad i was so disappointed in this very, very short story. It was way short and it felt like you started the story in the middle and then it ended abruptly. I love Joyce work and will read more of hers in the future, but this is not worth the 99 cents.
Joyce DiPastena dreamed of green medieval forests while growing up in the dusty copper mining town of Kearny, Arizona. She filled her medieval hunger by reading the books of Thomas B. Costain (where she fell in love with King Henry II of England), and later by attending the University of Arizona where she graduated with a degree in history, specializing in the Middle Ages. The university was also...moreMore about Joyce DiPastena...