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Lady of Hay

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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Superb Reading

Absorbing and hypnotic, Lady of Hay seethes and sizzles with emotions that often erupt out of control. Whether in twentieth century or twelfth century, the volatile personalities love, hate, connive, and preserve with intensity as they work out theirs destinies.

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Absorbing and hypnotic, Lady of Hay seethes and sizzles with emotions that often erupt out of control. Whether in twentieth century or twelfth century, the volatile personalities love, hate, connive, and preserve with intensity as they work out theirs destinies.

The feeling "I've-been-here-before" takes on a whole new meaning when Joanna starts researching regression by hypnosis. Skeptical and expecting to uncover information well suited for her often-vitriolic style of writing, she agrees to be hypnotized to see if she regresses to an earlier time in history.

Wow! What a past emerges-an 800-year-old past. While in a trance, Joanna seems to become Matilda, the lady of Hay in twelfth-century Wales. She takes the reader on a journey full of treachery and passion that mesmerizes.

Both Joanna and Matilda are strong women who strive for control of their own lives while navigating through a maze of ambitious, egocentric men whose jealousies and territorial attitudes play havoc with lives.

Matilda's husband William, ambitious and a user; King John, the cruel royal who feels entitled in every way; and Richard de Clare, who loves and understands Matilda make life a minefield ready to explode with a single misstep on her part.

Joanna is not married but the men in her life begin to take on different personalities from time to time. Nick, Sam, Tim, and Pete make Joanna's twentieth-century life a tangled mess of emotions and danger. Knowing who the bad guys are and who the good guys are is indeed a guessing game.

Barbara Erskine's writing style with layers of plots, strong characters, exquisite imagery, and graphic descriptions, plops the reader down right in the middle of events happening 800 years apart. The supernatural, historical, and the modern day (replete with promiscuity) blend to make LADY OF HAY captivating. The tale gives one pause for thought. Do people work out their own destinies or does some unknown force propel people along?

SUPERB READING!


originally posted at: longandshortreviews.blogspot.com

posted by LASR_Reviews on September 27, 2010

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Most Helpful Critical Review

5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Big Disappointment

Hmmm. Interesting how most really loved this book. Because I am a lover of historical fiction, Lady of Hay has been on my reading list for some time. I recalled that it was a big bestseller back in the 80s when it was first published. I'm giving it 3 stars for potential...
Hmmm. Interesting how most really loved this book. Because I am a lover of historical fiction, Lady of Hay has been on my reading list for some time. I recalled that it was a big bestseller back in the 80s when it was first published. I'm giving it 3 stars for potential, but it's really a 2-star.

I guess I just don't like time travel, although I love Diana Gabaldon's books. I despised The Time Traveler's Wife and I was greatly disappointed in Lady of Hay. It was just too long, too repetitive, and all the characters, who were supposed to be highly successful, "hard-hitting" professionals, were so weak-minded they could be thrown into trances in a split second by just looking at a brick wall! Not only that, they drank themselves into blithering idiots. I don't think they were entranced - they were besotted with booze.

There were no surprises and the only time I was moved by the modern-day people or the 12th Century characters, was when I was moved to lay the book down and hope it got better.

I hate to be a spoil sport but if you want to read a great historical romance, read The Fatal Crown by Ellen Jones, or The Canterbury Papers by Judith Koll Healy - I assure you Lady of Hay will be pure tripe.

posted by KimberlyWrites on February 19, 2011

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