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Gallimore
     

Gallimore

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by Michelle Griep
 

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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

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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 the midst of it who claims to live centuries in the future. The Lady Jessica of Neale is an irksome, provoking bit of woman to be sure. And she's about to turn his beliefs on end.

The product of a family rooted in pain and evil, Colwyn has focused on naught but himself-until Jessica. To a mysterious prophecy stitched on a tapestry, through the invasion of Gallimore itself, Colwyn and Jessica are bound together by a lesson in forgiveness and love-a bond that might be strong enough to survive the grave.

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"Time travel, handsome knights, bone-chilling castles, breath-taking romance, an ominous battle between good and evil, and much more, Michelle Griep's splendid debut novel, GALLIMORE, will capture your heart and your soul and leave you begging for more."
Author MaryLu Tyndall

"...An historical love story with twists and turns that may leave you breathless at times, tearful at others, hopping mad, terrified and wistful."
Author Kelly Klepfer

Product Details

BN ID:
2940000917572
Publisher:
Black Lyon Publishing
Publication date:
07/26/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
334,305
File size:
362 KB

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Gallimore 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Chaplain-Debbie_777 More than 1 year ago
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 one. And the knight, Colwyn, is a character I won’t soon forget. These two characters are linked together…past, present, future…and finding out where it all ends is a great ride.  This is indeed a love story, but it is more than that, it is a lesson in forgiveness and redemption. While reading Gallimore, I found myself laughing, gasping, tearful and surprised at times. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves medieval times, romance and soul touching stories.  I won this book from Michelle’s blog, but I was under no obligation to give a positive review.
BibliophileCLB More than 1 year ago
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. It could have gone countless ways, but I liked the ending Michelle chose. I just wish the ending wouldn't have been so sudden, and she would have used a couple more chapters to finish the storyline. Still, this is a great fantasy read that I believe readers will really enjoy.
Novel_Teen_Book_Reviews More than 1 year ago
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 onto a strange tourist attraction, but the knight, Sir Colwyn, will not let up with the charade. He takes her to castle Gallimore, which is fully standing and filled with life. Jessica can find no explanation for it except that she has somehow traveled back in time. She instantly becomes the target for Sir Colwyn's evil brother who believes that she is the fulfillment of a prophecy. Can Jessica and Sir Colwyn overcome their fear and anger to fight this evil foe? Will Jessica be lost in the past forever? What a well-written and fun adventure. Seeing medieval England through the eyes of Jessica Neal was delightful. Griep created a fearful and realistic place in castle Gallimore. Her medieval characters came alive with her descriptions and dialogue. I loved how Sir Colwyn and Jessica had similar fears and that when they discovered them, their anger melted away. I kept wondering as I read how Griep would end this tale and was oddly surprised and satisfied. I recommend this fun and romantic read for older teens.
SusanSnodgrassBookworm More than 1 year ago
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, green-eyed stranger who leads her to the ruins of the medieval castle, Gallimore. Colwyn Haukswyrth, knight of Gallimore, comes face to face with a storm the likes of which he's never seen, and a woman in the midst of the storm who claims to live centuries in the future! The product of a family rooted in pain and evil, Colwyn has focused on naught but himself...until now. To a mysteriesou prophecy stitched on a tapestry, through the invasion of Gallimore itself, Colwyn and Jessica are bound together by a lesson in forgiveness and love...a bond that just might be strong enough to survive the grave. Michelle Griep has done a very worthy job with this book. Her historical facts are accurate, including her descriptions of time, place, weaponry, clothing and food. There is a demonic evil afoot in this castle, but can Jessica find her faith to fight it? Will Colwyn allow Christ to forgive him and heal him from all the hurts heaped upon him by those supposed to have loved him? Will both these characters trust each other so that they can fight the evil together? The characters are well developed, the gospel message bold, especially in a time where people were not encouraged to have a personal relationship with Christ, but pay priests to go to God for them. I didn't think I would like time travel, but this is amazing. As is her other time travel book. All Michelle's books are wonderful and the great thing is , she has another coming out in just a short while!
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LisaLickel0 More than 1 year ago
Author Michelle Griep brings the age of knights in shining armor out of the dark ages for a real romp. From the moment they met on the plane, you just knew that widow Jessica Neale and her seatmate, the green-eyed bigger than life hero Cole Hawksworth were going to end up making beautiful music together. It's the story of how it happens that makes reading this awesome story worthwhile. Since I have a picture of the Scottish castle that once was home to my Bothwell ancestors, it wasn't much of a stretch for me to wonder what life was like in medieval times. Griep did a wonderful job filling in the rest of my imagination. Through fate and storm, Jessica, on a sightseeing visit to the ruins of Gallimore castle in the remote English hillside, is transported to the era when Sir Colwyn Haukswyrth is a royal knight, bound to his home and trying to survive family treachery. The secrets woven into a tapestry hold the answers to Jessica's questions - if she can survive the betrayal of Cole's brother, Lord Tarne, long enough to learn the answers. I loved the story from the time Sir Colwyn hauls Lady Jessica of Neale over his shoulder to the castle until they bridge time to be together.
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squiresj More than 1 year ago
Jessica Neal is overcome with grief after her husband's death. She heads off not wanting to on a trip to London. On the way she meets this Professor she doesn't want to talk to. She is suppose to go to an old castle - the Gallimore Castle but gets caught in a storm and hits a knight. She is taken back in time to fourteen hundreds and there the adventure grips you as you cannot wait to turn one page after another. You hold your breath wanting to help Jessica so many times and wishing she would be taken back to the future and her son. Evil details will grip you as you hold your breath waiting to see how good will triumph but it may take you several pages before you see that. Yet you see how God overcomes the evil one and works to bring together people who need each other and need him. A well written book. I wasn't prepared for the part when Jessica is transported back to the future. It all winds together well at the ending
MichelleSutton More than 1 year ago
WOW! Gallimore is the most amazing time travel medieval romance novel I've ever read! I read most of the story in one day. I couldn't put it down. This story is ten times better than The Time Traveler's Wife and it's comparible to the best fantasy fiction on the market today. Michelle Griep has the plotting, pacing, and heart pounding suspense wrapped up in a tale that is one of the most intense, page-turning novels I've read this year.

Griep has a gift for describing details that bring the setting to life, and she doesn't give anyone in the story a break. Not even the reader. The sites, smells, and heartache of that day were all brilliantly portrayed in Gallimore. Griep can describe the grossest things better than most male authors. I could see it all as I read. And the battle/fight scenes will blow your mind. Her skill for writing this type of story is impressive because to have a truly fabulous medieval novel there has to be conflict, terror, and impossible feats of chivalry to make the story compelling. Griep has all this perfectly crafted in Gallimore.

I'm so impressed. Truly. I was in another world the entire time I read this story and it was a fabulous experience. What an escape. I felt their emotion, all of the characters' fears, their joy, their longing for love. It was amazing. I can't say enough great things about this story. The spiritual thread was incredible, too. And the gritty themes and edgy aspects of the romance were scrumptious.

The end of the story brought it full circle and concluded in one of the most satisfying endings you can imagine. Not many books leave me smiling and sighing at the end. Gallimore was perfectly excuting from start to finish. I saw no weaknesses whatsoever. This is being added to my best fiction of 2008 list.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't realize that this is a 'christian writer'--I found the religious parts a little tedious. I also wasn't crazy about the ending. Otherwise, the writing was good and descriptions of Medieval times was excellent.