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Jessica Neale's faith is lost the day of her husband's death, and with it, her belief in love. In a journey to find peace, she encounters a gentle, green-eyed stranger who leads her to the ruins of the medieval castle, Gallimore. On his way to battle, Colwyn Haukswyrth, knight of Gallimore, comes face to face with a storm the likes of which he's never seen, and a woman in ...more
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Published December 15th 2008 by Black Lyon Publishing
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This debut is such a great story and one I've wanted to read for a long time :) Jessica is an amazing character and my favorite in this one. Loved her courage, faith, passion, and the way she responded in every way! The black magic was soooo creepy, but it was true to the story and tangibly done. The ending wasn't quite what I was expecting, but overall nicely done and a good ending. Despite his many flaws, Colwyn really was my hero.

From the bookmarker: A Wizard of Oz Tale with a Medieval Twist
I am truly finding this book different than any I have read. You feel like you've fell back into time just as Jessica does and that you walking through this story. It will leave you holding your breath, wanting to pray (but then the people aren't real), and looking forward to what will happen next. I have truly enjoyed it thus far. After finishing this book, you can find love in the midst of hard times. At the end you do find yourself praying and seeking a closer relationship. The story is so un ...more
Lis K
I love historical fiction but not am not crazy about time-travel romances. I gave it a try based on other authors' recommendations and it was definitely worth it! It is amazing that this is a debut novel because the author demonstrates writing skills better than other published authors. The characters are well-drawn---we get into the minds of both the H & h, the setting is so well-described---you can imagine what it really was like in the 1300's. I liked that the author included humor (bante ...more
Jessica Neale has shut down toward life and God since her husband's tragic death. For her son's sake, she allows her mother to talk her into taking a therapeutic vacation in England, and while there visiting castle ruins, she finds herself sucked into to a medieval world complete with castles, knights, and Old English jargon. Her arrival displaces Colwyn -- a knight on his way to battle -- and therefore puts him and the inhabitants of Gallimore Castle in a precarious situation with King Edward. ...more
Deborha Mitchell
Would have never guessed!

I would have never guessed that this was Michelle Griep’s debut novel. It is a wonderfully written adventure that rivals her later works. I was captivated by the descriptions in this story…not only the characters, but the surroundings. I could totally picture myself back in the times of castles and knights, caught up in the romance and excitement, the danger and intrigue.
I love the pluckiness of the heroine of this story, Jessica, she is strong and takes nothing from no
Andrea Schultz
In the short time that I have been reviewing books on my blog, I have been directed (by the Lord, in my opinion) to some incredible books. The latest is ‘Gallimore,’ the debut novel by Michelle Griep ( The tagline for ‘Gallimore’ is “a Wizard of Oz tale with a medieval twist.” Michelle, a resident of Minnesota, in addition to being married and the mother of two boys and two girls, teaches both Civics and Creative Writing for co-ops.

There is a fun book trailer for 'Gallimore,' w
If you can't afford to buy another book, then get your library to order it. But you MUST read this book if you love romance, fantasy, medieval stories, time travel, etc.

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Jessica Neale's faith is lost the day of her husband's death, and with it, her belief in love. In a journey to find peace, she encounters a gentle, green-eyed stranger who leads her to the ruins of the medieval castle, Gallimore.

On his way to battle, Colwyn Haukswyrth, knight of Gallimore, comes face to face with
Jill Williamson
Review by Jill Williamson

Jessica Neal is still recovering from the death of her husband. She travels to England for a peaceful getaway. Maggie finds the ruins of the castle Gallimore. A storm happens upon her and before she can find her way back to the main road, she crashes. When she wakes up, her car is gone and she is stranded in the forest. But she is not alone.

A medieval knight is there as well. When he wakes, he is rude and talks to her with a strange accent. Maggie thinks she has stumbled
Shantelle Mary
Ok, I'm really not sure what I feel about this book. But it was so interesting, I felt I HAD to give it four stars!

Gallimore is a Christian time-travel book. It's maybe a bit unusual, because it centers around a widowed woman with a small boy. ...But still, she travels back in time and falls in love with a handsome knight. :)

This book was really so interesting. Once I got a bit into it, the story just springs to life and I had so much fun. It was frightening, thrilling, romantic, and just great
I came across this author's entertaining website before I ever read one of her books. Her personality shines through in this story, and it truly kept me up reading late at night. I would have never considered reading a medieval time-travel tale as an adult, but this took me back to the days when I loved reading "Castle in the Attic" as a kid. This time with a love story and a truly evil villain. The story has a good vs. evil theme, with a strong element of faith, and how the characters come to g ...more
Though time travel novels have been `done before' the concept is well handled without being boring or repetitive, also the author's incorporation of fantasy elements into the story provide an interesting `twist' on the genre.
This said, the Historical detials including the description of Bannockburn and others described below seemed rather superficial and a little inconsistent at times, so I rather think that the novel would have been better as total fantasy (i.e not set in a real country at a r
Gallimore is a fantastic medieval-fantasy read. I was amazed at the way Michelle wrote it true to the time period. In some medieval books the dialogue and happenings are more modern than I would like, but that was not so in this book. She really captured the feel of the time period. Jess is an amazing character, with a lot of depth and you really get to know her well. Colwyn, though rough and mean at first, becomes a very lovable character. I never could guess what was going to happen in the end ...more
This was an excellent book. The story was gripping and compelling, pulling the reader along through fantastical time-travel as well as very realistic issues of love and death. The author manages to use death and faith as a crux of the story without being depressing. In fact, it was quite uplifting. Colwyn is a great character that shows wonderful growth and appealing quirks. Jessica is a strong character, slowly growing in life and faith. Their chemistry is great. I loved the romance and adventu ...more
Pat A
My sister gave this book to me. Her sister-in-law wrote it. I absolutely loved this book. Hooked on Michelle's writing.
While most of the time I get absorbed in the plot of a book, this time I was almost more absorbed in the narration. I could just picture the author telling this story to her children every night before they went to bed, and having it progress over the years. It was like the author was a character in the book as well. I don't know how else to describe it.
I prefer romance novels that don't say very much about physical attraction. I also prefer novels that don't delve too deeply into the dark and
A 4.5 read for me!! I couldn't put this book down!!
Jessica Neale is recovering from the death of her husband and at the suggestion of her mother takes a trip to England. Jessica decides to visit Gallimore castle, at the suggestion of someone she met on the plane, when she is leaving the castle she gets in an accident and is thrown back in time. Loved this book!!
Not my favorite. There wasn't anything offensive in this book (and I'm definitely getting pickier as I get older) it just wasn't very engaging. And it wrapped up rather neatly (like the author couldn't figure out how to fix her time traveling heroine and her love story...) I won't spoil the end, I just thought it was ok.
When I started this book, I wasn't sure what I thought. I came to like the ending, although there were a few historical inaccuracies that bothered me throughout the novel. Overall I found it enjoyable, but not something to rave about or really recommend.
I'm becoming a fan of Michelle's time travel romances.
It's a story of trust and faith, and helping others. I won't give much away, but I really liked the ending. There was no other way about it, and it worked perfect for everyone.
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I hear voices. Loud. Incessant. And very real. Which basically gives me two options: choke back massive amounts of Prozac or write fiction. I chose the latter. Way cheaper. I've been writing since I discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. I seek to glorify God in all that I write...except for that graffiti phase I went through as a teenager. Oops. Did I say that out loud?
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