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"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 either.

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

SUMMARY

**2005 PEARL NOMINEE - BEST TIME TRAVEL ROMANCE**

Once upon a time there lived an outspoken fashion editor named Kat, who certainly was not your typical damsel in distress. But when a gypsy curse sent her back in time to the days of King Arthur, she found she'd need every ounce of her 21st century wits (and pop culture references) to navigate the legend. After all, surviving a magical plot, an evil prince, and a case of mistaken identity--all without changing history or scuffing your Manolos--takes some doing!

Luckily, she's got her very own knight in shining armor, Lancelot du Lac, on her side. The honorable-to-a-fault and devastatingly handsome champion insists on helping her out, even though she's not quite sure she wants him to. After all, shouldn't he be off romancing Queen Guenevere or something? Will Kat manage to stay out of trouble long enough to get back to her beloved café lattes, cosmopolitans and cashmere? And what will Lancelot's forbidden love mean for the kingdom of Camelot?

 

A Connecticut Fashionista in King Arthur's Court
by Marianne Mancusi

Love Spell
May 1, 2005
Available: May 3, 2005
ISBN #0505526336
EAN #9780505526335
340 pages
Paperback
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