"A fascinating adventure through history."
When Cathy races her husband Albert to the car, she has no
idea she's about to be thrown into the adventure of her
life. During an accident on the rain-slicked roads of
England, Cathy bangs her head and finds herself injured,
disoriented, and tossed back in time to 620 AD in an Anglo-
At first, taken into slavery, Cathy soon earns a place of
honor as a wise woman with her modern-day knowledge. She
also finds love with Ædelbert, a muscular look-a-like to
her beloved Albert. Just as she believes she has found a
life there, fate has other plans. As she suffers another
injury, Cathy is thrown forward in time to 1606 where once
again she meets a fellow who bears a strong resemblance to
her husband, who is also soon to leave for the fated
settlement of Jamestown.
Yet another near call carries Cathy to World War II
England where her knowledge of events quickly gets her
branded as a spy.
Cathy's travels through history are fascinating. The
does a fabulous job of recreating each time period with
authenticity without seeming to do so as Cathy and the
very personable supporting characters take center stage. I
enjoyed the little contradiction that while Cathy's
knowledge of the past helped her maneuver her way through
each time period, at the same time it was the very thing
that got her into trouble. But I have to say what I
admired most was Cathy's interactions with each new
incarnation of her husband and how each developed in a
slightly different way, all the while she yearned for and
worried about her first true love.
The Dragonfly is a satifying adventure through history
with a determined and resilient heroine as your guide.
Reviewed by Clover Autrey
Posted July 9, 2007
A Bury St. Edmunds Historical Time-Travel Novel
A history professor, Cathy White, is in a car accident that delivers a traumatic blow to her head. She wakes to find herself in a 620 A.D. Anglo-Saxon village, where her knowledge of the future confuses the villagers.
Her further travels take her to a 1606 manorhome in Bury St. Edmunds, England, where she warns of the plight of the Jamestown, Virginia, explorers. The owner of the manor is Bartholomew Gosnold who planned the journey to America and captained the expeditionary sailing ship, Godspeed, accompanied by the ships, Susan Constant and the Discovery. Their landing in Virginia on the James River on May 12, 1607 is marked by the 400th anniversary being celebrated in 2007 in what is now known as Jamestown. Celebrations will take place in Virginia and in England, including a special service held at the Cathedral in Bury St. Edmunds, marking the founding of the first English-speaking settlement in the United States. Cathy’s foretelling of the outcome of the Jamestown voyage is misinterpreted and causes problems for her with the superstitious townspeople.
Cathy’s final destination is a country village in 1943, during World War II, where she lives as a Land Army gal. Being a history professor provides her with knowledge of the war which she recounts, raising governmental suspicions toward her.
Throughout the story, her goal is to find her way back to her husband in present time. Woven throughout this story is the true, fascinating, history of the author's hometown in England.
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