Nectar from a Stone

Nectar from a Stone

by Jane Guill
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Nectar From A Stone 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Well worth reading for historic fiction buffs who appreciate accuracy. Maybe a tad too long, but great characters and eye opening drama.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked this book up off the sales rack not thinking it would be any good, and I am happy to say I was wrong. This book is excellent from beginning to end. The author does a great job keeping you engaged, and has a very intriguing writing style. I highly recommend it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jane Guill¿s debut novel, Nectar From a Stone, tells the intertwining stories of a young widow seeking redemption and a noblemen¿s quest for revenge. In 1351, the plague has devastated Europe, Wales is a country subjugated by English oppression, superstition runs rampant, and the medieval church blames women for just about anything it perceives as sinful. Elise, a half-Welsh, half-English woman plagued by strange visions, is forced to stab her brutal husband in self-defense. Believing him dead, she flees with her servant, Annora, for Conwy, hoping to find work and peace. Gwydion, also half-Welsh, half-English, is a brooding nobleman on his way to Conwy as well, seeking vengeance against those who murdered his family and seized his estate. He and Elise cross paths on the road north and against better judgment, are inexorably drawn to each. As each reaches their destination, a dark and cruel shadow from Elise¿s past begins to catch up, sweeping her and Gwydion into a terrifying confrontation with their enemies. Nectar From a Stone is a fascinating window into medieval Welsh life. Impeccable research and lively characters bring both the place and time alive, illustrating the depth to which war, illness, the church and superstition played in everyday life. Elise and Gwydion are endearing, and Annora is a delight with her wry humor¿a nice balance against the cruelty of Elise¿s evil husband Maelgwn and Gwydion¿s conspiratorial foes. Jane Guill¿s intelligent, rich portrayal of medieval Wales is told with charm, wit, and masterful storytelling. Highly recommended.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1351 Wales, evil Maelgwyn performs his ¿husbandly attention¿ to include yelling at his spouse Elise, who has the gift of visions. When Maelgwyn starts to abuse Elise, she, not fearing him and refusing to cower, kills her husband. With the help of her older servant Annora, she dumps the corpse into the nearby river and flees. --- On the lam, the two women meet gloomy Lord Gwydion who seeks vengeance for the murders of his father and sister. Attracted to one another, Elise and Gwydion soon realize they have a common enemy as Sir Nicholas killed his family and tried to rape Annora and Elise. As Gwydion and Elise fall in love while she heals his physical and mental wounds, Maelgwyn survived with plans to avenge his affront. --- The keys to this great medieval Welsh romance are the relationship between the lead couple and the insightful historical tidbits that bring to life the mid fourteenth century. However, there is too much nectar in the story line as well written and interesting sidebars take away from the prime tale of malevolent thugs accosting and interfering with the romance between the good guys. Still sub-genre fans will want to join Gwydion and Elise on their trek filled with detours towards love. --- Harriet Klausner
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love history, but hate text books--making Nectar the perfect read for me. Author Jane Guill has a gift for weaving historical fact with enjoyable fiction, keeping the reader both enlightened and entertained. Her grasp of the English language is incredible, her attention to detail unsurpassed. I was intrigued by the symbolism utilized as well. Don't miss this excellent read.