"A modern heroine falls for Camelot's first knight in this humorous time travel"
Who hasn't heard the story of Camelot? King Arthur with his
knights of the round table, his lovely Queen, Guenevere who
falls in love with her husbands first knight Sir Lancelot,
Merlin...it should be the idealistic society. For the 21st
century, Camelot is now a major source for reenactment fairs.
For the very modern Kat Jones, who destroys a favorite pair
of Blahnik shoes tromping around the fairgrounds, covering
medieval fashions isn't her cup of coffee. So actually going
to the real Camelot can't be what her editors had in mind
Oh my god! A CONNECTICUT FASHIONISTA is a hoot! Honestly, I
had no idea what to expect, and this was a fabulous book! I
had a hard time with the transition from the modern era to
the past, but I was quickly hooked.
The story, thanks to Kats ditzy sense of humor is kind of
campy, and chalked full of one liners, cultural references
as well as modern slang, but as a heroine Kat really grew on
me. She has moments that are very insightful, and therefore
she wasn't annoying. I'm glad she quickly figured out that
"she wasn't in Kansas anymore" because that made the story
far more interesting. I was laughing so hard when she
started comparing herself to heroines in time travel romances.
I really enjoyed Marianne Mancusi's spin on the classic myth
of Camelot. Kat is sucked into the time of King Arthur by
The Lady of the Lake and Merlin to prevent Guenevere and
Lancelot from falling in love and getting caught in a
compromising situation that leads to the end of Camelot. In
theory, Kat is the only woman besides Guenevere that
Lancelot can fall in love with. Guen, as Kat calls her, is
in love with King Arthur but its one of those relationships
that needs a little help, which Kat provides.
Lancelot is devoted to his duties as the first knight to
King Arthur and truly comes across as a man bent on duty
only. Kat is a damsel in distress, so he rescues her (three
times actually). Love is not for him, until he takes Kat on
a journey to Avalon to meet the Lady of the Lake. When he's
told not to fall in love with the lady Kat because it will
only lead to heartbreak (Kat will be leaving), it proves to
be just the prompting he needs. After all, what's better
than forbidden love?
Okay, I gotta add that to keep the other knights from being
suspicious of Kat (they think she is a Saxon spy), Lancelot
tells everyone that she is his sister. This adds so many
interesting twists to their relationship because now a
relationship between the two is really frowned upon...and
remember, King Arthur and Morgan le Fay?
This story has a little bit of everything, magic, finding
true love...just don't expect a history lesson and this book
will have you laughing as well as shedding a few tears. A
CONNECTICUT FASHIONISTA IN KING ARTHUR'S COURT is a
wonderful time travel that has all the possibilities for a
sequel...Guen has to have her happily ever after, after all!
Reviewed by Cynthia Eckert
Posted February 18, 2006