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3.92  ·  Rating details ·  173 ratings  ·  39 reviews
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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Deborha Mitchell
Oct 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 an
What an odd ending. I liked this book. Griep is a good author. Her characters change and grow through her stories and it feels very believable. I really liked her last book The Captive Heart and was looking for something similar but set in the mid ages. This is very different from that book in style and feel and that threw me a little. I like a good time travel but this was different then others I have read, but more reality then fantasy and that made it tough to try to figure how a happy ending ...more
Jan 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 Med
Andrea Schultz
Feb 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
May 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I wish it was 100-200 pages longer. I really didn't want this story to end.
Looking forward to reading Michelle Griep's other books.
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book surprised me. Too often romance novels with the heroine transported to a place in the distant past turn out to be overly sexual. This one had a good story with lots of interesting action.

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.

About the book:

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,
Gwendolyn Gage
Nov 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Susan Snodgrass
Jun 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I only discovered Michelle Griep a little over a year ago and I've been trying to get all her books read. Gallimore has lain in my 'to read' basket for months! I picked it up the other day to read and boy, was it ever good! I love, love the medieval era, for one, and I love Christian fiction, for the other. She knocks it out of the ball park on both counts.

Jessica Neale lost her faith the day of her husband's death, and on a journey to England to find peace, encounters a gentle, gree
Lis K
Dec 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jill Williamson
Jun 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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. Magg
Sep 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Janice Dick
Feb 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, digital, fantasy
After reading Michelle Griep's A Heart Deceived, I wanted to read another of her books. This one promised medieval castles, knights, treachery and danger. And time travel. At first, I couldn't quite believe the scenario, but as I read on, I was captivated by the setting—Gallimore Castle—and by the details of life in the year of our Lord 1314. This story may be a fantasy, but a well-researched one it is. Intriguing character development, ramped-up tension, and humor due to well-planted anachronis ...more
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sweeping tale about a modern day woman who is transported to the middle ages in England, Gallimore Castle specifically. The romanticism is worm off instantly in what she observes of the harsh realities of life then: violence, social classes, women's roles, hygiene, plumbing....need I say more? But, then in the rough yet noble knight that continues to show up and save her, a mighty tale unfolds. A suspenseful read with danger and unknown outcomes for Jess and kept me guessing about h ...more
Rita M Lange
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
2 days was all it took!

I have enjoyed other books by Ms Griep, so when my Kindle "suggested" more by this author , I thought "sure"!
I was NOT disappointed! In fact, my Kindle reading app helped me finish this book in 2 days! Thank goodness I had some routine book work to do at work and could listen part of each day!
Time travel, a dashing knight on a steed, and a strong how God works!!
Jan 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a really fun, light read. It was the fairy tale that all little girls dream of. Jess is giving the Knight in shining armor that rescues her. It will make you think What if, all through it. A very good read if you are looking for a light reading book.
Jeanne Alfveby Crea
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a delightful debut novel! I've been reading all the recent books by Michelle Griep, and then decided to go back and read all her older books. If you love history, time travel, second chances, you will love this story!
Barbara Labbe
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Page Turning Adventure

This is the second book that I have read by Michelle. I have another favorite author. It’s a story of loss, love & God’s healing of grief in the mist of mystery, adventure and romance. Couldn’t stop reading it and so sad to come to the end.
Karen Reeves
Jan 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I lacked sleep and food by the time I finished this book because I'm a slow reader and could not put the book down. Loved the book and all the characters. Will buy more books from this author!
Pat A
Dec 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
My sister gave this book to me. Her sister-in-law wrote it. I absolutely loved this book. Hooked on Michelle's writing.
Apr 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the best Time Travel books I've read. I loved the sparks between Jessica and Colwyn.
Ramona Gale
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book!

Loved the characters. My only complaint was that it ended too soon! I wonder if a sequel could be written.....😉
Mina Singh
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Interesting time travel novel. Jessica Neale is grieving over the death of husband. She decides to take a bit of a break and heads to England. On her way there she meets Professor Cole. Cole suggests that she visit the castle/ruins of Gallimore. They make plans to head there together, but something goes wrong and Jess ends ups in medieval times. She comes across a knight Colwyn, who is brutish and speaks in terms that she barely understands. She is held captive by his brother Tarne at Gallimore. ...more
Apr 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I've never read a book like this. I finished it in less than 24 hours, so yes it was good and very entertaining, each page an adventure. SPOILER ALERT: I really wish Colwyn had not died at the hands of his evil brother and that it spoke more on how his evil brother died. I also would have liked for her drivers license and passport she left behind to have been found in the future. Also, it just kind of felt unfinished. I would have liked to know more about the excitement of Cole finding out all t ...more
Nov 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars rounding up. I really enjoyed this and it would have been a full 4 stars, maybe 5 except for the ending which I'm not sure how I feel about. It left me feeling a bit sad and wanting to know 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
Feb 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 21, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Rebecca Garrett

This book has a wonderful storyline with very life like characters. The world drew me in and I could imagine I was there. I couldn't put the book down due to constant suspense. However the ending was the worst ending possible that's why I gave it there stars. Not only were there major questions left hanging as it abruptly did a 360 but it frustrates me to no end that the author thought the swap at the end was in anyway credible. The men are not the same. The love that was found wa
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