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Telling lies is second nature to Casey Clemens, whether she's talking to strangers on national television or to her mother on the phone. Casey's got a cushy Hollywood condo, an efficient cleaning lady and a rich boyfriend. (Never mind that he's married.) When Casey feels dissatisfied she fantasizes: about winning an Oscar, about finding real love or about her childhood her ...more
Paperback, 282 pages
Published March 1st 2013 by Petrea Burchard (first published January 25th 2013)
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Katherine (KWBookReviews.com)
Reviewed by Katherine Williams for Readers' Favorite

Camelot & Vine by Petrea Burchard is a blend of historical fiction and science fiction. Casey Clemens, a 39-year-old actress, seems to have it all: a solid career, a famous (but also married) boyfriend, and a life in Hollywood. The day before she turns 40, however, is the day when she suddenly loses all of those things. Not knowing what to do with herself, she takes a plane to England to escape her troubled life. When she arrives there, lit
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Ann Erdman
Mar 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Just when you think you've read every book, seen every movie and heard every legend about King Arthur's Camelot, along comes Petrea Burchard's novel "Camelot & Vine" with a fresh new twist that engages the reader from the first page to the last. The "Vine" in the title refers to Hollywood, where Casey Clemens is a struggling actress at the end of her rope in more ways than one. Falling through some kind of crack in time during a relaxing horseback ride while on vacation in the English countr ...more
M.L.
Nov 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was very entertaining. The premise was promising—washed up forty-year-old Casey is shoehorned into reassessing her life choices after losing her lover and her job. Realising that no one will miss her anyway, she jets off to live the American fantasy of England, getting more than she bargained for when she ends up in around 500AD.

This book was well written, funny and witty, setting the character Casey up as the perfect antithesis to life in Dark Age Britain. As the story progresses the
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Petrea Burchard
Mar 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: favorites
I was inspired to write "Camelot & Vine" one summer when I traveled to England to study acting at Oxford. I felt privileged to be there and to study with fine teachers in such a beautiful place. I also felt lonely.

When the Oxford course was over, I had a little time to play tourist. One place I visited was the Glastonbury Tor. From atop it, I could see a low, flat hill to the south. I asked our guide what it was. "It's Cadbury Hill," he said. "Legend says it was Camelot."

I had always been a
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Bonnie Schroeder
Jan 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
This fun fantasy grabbed me in the first paragraph. From a firm foundation in present-day Los Angeles, the narrative whips us into King Arthur's Court, but oh so different from the Lerner & Loewe version. All the reader's sensed are engaged, which makes the story gripping and oddly credible. "What if" scenarios abound, and the suspenseful plot will keep you turning pages to find out what happens next. All that, and a highly satisfying ending too -- nicely done!
S.W. Wilcox
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Nice tumbling/bumbling and noirish entry into a starlet's schizo world of skewed, unhappy romance. The writing style is the terse street-slang of Ring Lardner and Rod Serling meets Kurt Vonnegut. That's quite a range, and already improves the slow start to Twain's "Yankee in Arthur's Court" novel decried by critics in the annotated ed. from the Norton series. Let's see if she can match the detailed feel Twain achieved with the medieval stuff and/or the charm Bing Crosby brought to the film versi ...more
Lauren
May 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People who like escapist fiction that doesn't insult your intelligence
First things first: I was fortunate enough to receive this book through the generosity of the author and the Goodreads First Reads program. Yay!

Overall General Impression: I was impressed with this book. It was an engaging, enjoyable, escapist read, that did not insult my intelligence.

My recommendation: well worth the read.

Am I glad I read it: yes.

Will I reread this book: actually I kind of already want to reread this book.


My ramblings about this book:

This lovely little novel covers a familiar
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Marilyn
May 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Petrea, I for one am glad you took up writing! Thank you for this fun romp through Camelot. Casey is a well-written, fully developed character as are the rest of people you meet in this time-travel novel. It was a fast read which was a nice change of pace for me and I just thoroughly enjoyed the adventure of Casey finding what she is made of! A must read for women and lovers of Arthurian legends!

This was a First Reads book that I won on Goodreads.com.
Janet Aird
Jun 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
This story propels Casey, who has lost everything she values on her 40th birthday - especially an acting career she's been hanging onto by her fingernails - into the Camelot of King Arthur. The knocks are a lot harder in the 6th century, including being tied up and transported to the castle in an ox cart and finding herself entangled in Arthur's power struggle with the Saxons. But as Casey finds her way in that ancient time, she discovers love and a courage that had eluded her in her own. I was ...more
Ingrid Hall
Jan 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Casey Clemens is having a bad day. A television actress, she has just been axed from her role as Mrs Gone...She has also discovered that her married lover is a lot "closer" to his wife than he had led her to believe...To make matters even worse it also just happens to be the day before her fortieth birthday! So what does Casey do? She jumps on a plane to London of course and takes herself off to Wiltshire. No sooner has she arrived in a sleepy little village near Stonehenge, then she she is hiri ...more
Gayle Bartos-Pool
Jul 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: terrific-tale
Days of Old When the Truth Be Told

Petrea Burchard takes the reader on a marvelous trip into the past in her novel, Camelot & Vine. Told in the first person, we are treated to the sights and sounds of a time and place that will quicken your heart rate, expand your horizons, and the ending will … But that you will have to find out for yourself.

Casey Clemens is having a bad day, but it’s going to get worse. It’s her fortieth birthday and she loses her job as spokesperson for an inferior househ
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Laura
Jan 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
When I received this book for review it came with its own bookmark sporting the words, "Intelligent escapism for those days when you just need to live in another millennium." How true! For me, time travel books help me escape into the past, into another world.

Casey realizes she's not happy with her life, especially after she loses her job and her married boyfriend. On a whim, she boards a plane and heads to England. She needs time away to sort out her life full of lies and loneliness. She ends u
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Esther Bradley-detally
May 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
I didn't want to read this book. Funny first sentence eh? True though. The week before our gigantic move I attended Author Day at Pasadena Central Library, and met wonderful writers, readers, and the best part, over displaying my 2 books: Without A Net: A Sojourn in Russia, and You Carry the Heavy stuff, was meeting fellow authors.

The day was almost over, but Petrea Burchard was interested in my book about the Russian Sojourn, The next week we moved, and moved, and moved, an equivalent of grindi
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Kerry Reis
Aug 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-version
For Cassandra "Casey" Clemens, her 40th birthday has been a disaster. Her Hollywood career as a product spokesperson for a well-known cleaner has just gone up in smoke and she has just discovered that her boyfriend is not divorcing his wife, since the wife is about to have a baby. Impulsively, Casey hops on a plane to England and heads to the countryside near Stonehenge to forget her troubles. After settling into a small bed and breakfast, she rents a horse for a local countryside ride, only to ...more
Anita
Mar 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Casey, a fortyish actress disillusioned with her life finds herself inexplicably in King Arthur’s England, fifteen hundred years in the past. No Disneyish fantasyland this where maidens wander round stone castles in wimples and the men kiss their hands at every opportunity, but a harsh world where men have to fight for what they have and then fight again to keep it; where the middle-aged King Arthur with rough manners informs Casey in no uncertain terms that she is a wizard sent to ‘save’ him fr ...more
Carol Louise
Apr 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
I found this time-travel historical fantasy thoroughly enjoyable. There have been so many different takes on the King Arthur legend, but it never ceases to inspire and never seems to wear out. This one carves out its niche by taking us to a historical place and time: a hill fort in early post-Roman Britain - and giving us a spin on what the man who inspired the legend - and some of the other players in that tragedy - might really have been like. It's a little like Twain's "A Connecticut Yankee i ...more
Abby Cooley
Jul 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
I won this book in a goodreads firstreads.

I really don't know much about history or legends or whatever, so for the most part this review comes from someone who doesn't know much about the Arthur Legend.

So basically, this book stars Casey a actor who has starred in a commercial for some odd years. (May not be entirely accurate since I have bad memory and have already forgotten bits of the beginning, which is ironic when you pair really bad memory to how many books I read...) Who is fired and the
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Paullette
May 21, 2013 rated it it was ok
This book begins as a contemporary romance (with a vaguely distasteful heroine) but quickly morphs into a historical adventure, which is where it remains for the duration. Initially this was a welcome surprise--particularly the dusty & magic-free depiction of Camelot, as opposed to the more traditionally romantic, Febreezed version--but the story soon suffered from almost too *much* historical accuracy: there was apparently a lot of waiting around between battles in the Dark Ages,and we get ...more
Caroline
Nov 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: womens-fiction
Although the cover led me to think this was going to be a light-hearted romantic comedy time travel, it was surprisingly deeper. There is a romantic element but it is not the center of the story. It was well written, well researched (this isn't a time period I enjoy reading about but the historical details were intriguing), and had a satisfying ending. The latter is often difficult to find in time travel but this ending worked very well I thought. I'll be watching for Petrea Burchard to (hopeful ...more
Margaret
Mar 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a fun read! Part time travel, part historical fiction, part romance, this novel traces one woman's journey back into the time of Camelot, which turns out to be less of idyllic fantasyland and more of a rough-hewn, dangerous outpost. (That's the historical fiction, part, and I might add that it seems very well researched.) Ultimately, however, this is the story of a woman learning to be true to herself, even when that means giving up what is most important to her. I got happy every time I kn ...more
Corey Holst
Jun 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
A fun summer read. A present day down-on-her-luck actress finds it hard to survive in Hollywood, and she decides to take a break in England. Mysterious forces send her back in time to King Arthur's court. She knows the legends of King Arthur well, but that isn't necessarily how things are. It's the greatest improvisational role of her career, and survival has a new meaning for her.

There are some interesting dynamics going on between the characters, not necessarily what one would expect. Enough o
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Stacy
May 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: firstreads
I won this book as a FirstRead.

After losing her job and her boyfriend in a day, Casey impulsively takes a flight to England and decides to stay at a bed and breakfast in a small town. A freak accident sends her plummeting 1500 years into the past, where King Arthur decides she is a wizard sent to protect him in battle.

At the beginning of the book, the main character was kind of unlikable, but she grew nicely throughout the story. The plot was unique and entertaining. I enjoyed reading it.
Sheila White
May 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads, have
Won a copy on goodreads.com of this book. I really enjoyed this book it is reminiscent of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series and Johanna Lindsey's Until Forever book. I won't say anymore as I don't want to give out spoilers.
Joan
Dec 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book very much. I wasn't sure at first, when the time travel happened. But, I quickly changed my mind after a few pages. Very good imagery. It makes me now want to read more about The Knights of the Round Table.
Kris Dickinson
Really like this book. It was a wonderful story of a modern woman who gets sent to King Arthur's time due to an accident. I actually learned somethings about King Arthur that I didnt know. Thanks to Free First Friday for gifting this to me!
Jennifer
Oct 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun & adventurous read. Great for anyone who loved Outlander.
Denise Burchard
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Really liked it a lot.
Anne Bannon
Apr 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it!! It's so much fun and exciting and beautifully drawn, based on some good research. What an awesome spin on a visit to King Arthur's Court.
Jill
Jan 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Oh, how I loved this book. I stayed up way too late reading it a couple of evenings on a rainy weekend, and it was the perfect fun, smart, escapist book.
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Petrea Burchard is a writer, audiobook narrator, actor, and voice actor, living in the Los Angeles area with her husband and their famous dog, Wilma.

Her Arthurian time-slip novel, "Camelot & Vine," is about a failing Hollywood actress who falls through a gap in time and lands in King Arthur's war camp. She saves the king's life, but his indebtedness to her puts her own life in danger.

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“I had no one else to call. Nobody needed me. I had constructed my life to make certain of it. I'd remained aloof in acting class, been too cool to give my phone number to people I met on the set. I hadn't wanted the complications of being nice.” 1 likes
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