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Ransomwood by Sherryl Jordan
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Aug 29, 2012

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bookshelves: y-adult, library-friends-books, historical, fiction, adventure, 2012
Read from August 29 to September 09, 2012

Ransomwood is set in the middle ages in a village called Grimblebury. Halfwit Harry is simple minded. He was looking after an ox for Gwenifer lover, Jeffery, while the two go off romping in the woods. Harry panics when a bee has flown down his shirt, he releases the ox who then sprints and tramples on Gwenifer cousin Tilly. Tilly is alive but severally injured. Tilly’s father is a deceitful and greedy man and really couldn’t care less about his daughter but thought it might be a good opportunity to make some money out of the incident. He snitches to the authorities in hopes of obtaining free labour from Harry and compensation from Jeffery. However, the judge sees through the scheme and orders Harry and Gwenifer to accompany his blind mother, Dorit, to Ransomwood to collect the tears from the statue of the Virgin Mother that is rumoured to have healing powers. And so begins the tale of an unlikely trio as they set out on the long and harsh journey to Ransomwood. They will encounter many obstacles that will test their strength and loyalty to one another.

I found this book at my daughter’s school library, never even heard of Sherryl Jordon before but the blubs sound a different to the young adult books out there now. I glad I did. It is such a refreshing change from same old love triangles and the paranormal. It is a book of adventure, corruption, violence and hope for a better life. There’s a small romance which is sweet but doesn’t dominate the whole book. The author paint a perfect picture of what it is like to live in the middle ages. It’s a cruel and hard life, and their attitude towards each other is quite barbaric. But amongst these barbarians you have these gentle souls of Dorit, Harry and Gwenifer and the slow growing friendship they form. It is such a delightful tale with a fairy tale like feel to it and very well written.

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