Title: The Austen Escape
by: Katherine Reay
Do you consider yourself a Jane Austen fan? This book is definitely written for you then! It's a romance novel, written all around Bath, where tourists come to escape everyday life and assume the character of a Jane Austen character from any of her novels. Mary is an engineer at heart, but she needs a break from things at work, & so she accepts an invitation from her childhood friend Isabel to go stay for 2 weeks at a manor in England. Isabel ends up losing her memory during their trip, & it adds for a significant plot twist when the man Mary is interested in shows up, but Isabel doesn't remember him or her relationship with him.
"Nature abhors a vacuum and will fill it-- but you must create an opening. Music was that opening."
"We shall walk. When there are serious matters to discuss, Austen women walk. And it has the side benefit of keeping our figures so light & pleasing."
"Music is math....it's the audible expression behind the laws of the universe. It feels like the only thing, apart from God, that lives outside time. Once released, it lives on & it can make you laugh & cry, rip you apart & heal you, all within a few discrete notes strung together."
"Seldom, very seldom, does complete truth belong to any human disclosure...but where, as in this case, though the conduct is mistaken the feelings are not..He could not impute to me a more relenting heart than I possessed, or a heart more disposed to accept his."
Title: The Passion of Dolssa
by: Julie Berry
I positively loved Julie Berry's style of writing, especially in Lovely War which I read earlier this year.
This story takes place in the 13th century & is about a young women named Dolssa who has some uncanny gifts (and seems to have the ability to heal ill persons) but she is accused by the church of being a heretic & claiming she has a relationship with the Savior. Dolssa is rescued by Botille (the village matchmaker) whose other sisters Plazensa & Sazia also take her in & protect her from a determined friar who has burned her mother. All the men are smitten by Plazensa who is the main ale & food maker and Sazia is the family fortuneteller.
"Like rays of glory from heaven, piercing the dusty gloom of the church, making each airborne mote shine like a star."
"Once, we were joined as two lovers with one heart. If those days are ended, & I never see him again, I still remember them. If I only hear his voice now in the cry of an enfan, I can still come when he calls. If his call cannot reach my ears, I can still follow his feet."