"a true storyteller"

The Bride of Time is a time-travel, as one might infer from the title, and it's another of author Dawn Thompson's tour de force books that continually amazed me with just how talented she was. Tessa LaPrelle is a scullery maid in Poole House. She speaks proper English, has manners of a lady, but she is nothing more than a maid in the year 1903. On her day off, she stumbles across the self-portrait of Giles Longworth and is drawn to the image of the handsome artist, as well as another of his paintings called 'The Bride of Time'. The painting was done in 1811 at the commission of the Prince of England, and Tessa and patrons of the small gallery are surprised to see that it's her face on the painting. She is continually called back to the Longworth paintings, which seem to embody everything her life is not. Later, she is accused of stealing a pearl brooch from the owner of Poole House. She escapes the Bobbies by accidently stumbling over a ley line that carries her back to Longhallow Abbey, and face-to-face with its mysterious owner Giles Longworth.

In the year of 1811, Tessa is mistaken for the new governess for Giles's ward, Monty, who sends governesses running in terror and no small wonder, as this child is more than a brat, he is evil incarnate, cursed from his Gypsy mother's blood. Rumors abound that Longworth killed his wife and her lover, maybe even killed Monty's step- mother, Giles's sister, and her unborn child. Then there are the dead animals, and sometimes dead people, in the small hamlet near the Abbey in the wilds of Cornwall, all left with their throats ripped out. Tessa soon sees her charge is troubled, but wonders if his guardian isn't partly to blame. The man is nearly brutal with the child, spends his time sloshed with Brandy, and locked up in his garret studio painting like mad. Or is he really mad? Mad or tormented, Tessa cannot resist the man.

Time-traveling ley lines, werewolves, Gypsy curses, and more fill this wonderful novel that keeps the reader turning pages. Thompson was a beautiful writer, a true storyteller, and this is just another marvelous book in the long line of titles spanning her 'shooting star' career. Giles and Tessa's love that spans the years is one that touched my heart, and will linger long in memory after the book is put down. Another Dawn Thompson novel for my Keeper Shelf.

Reviewed by: Deborah Macgillivray, author

Reviewed by Deborah Macgillivray
Posted June 24, 2008



**A PNR Staff Top Pick & Reviewer Recommended Read**


There was little of joy and beauty for Tessa LaPrelle, a scullery maid in 1903 London, but a painting called The Bride of Time. The nude raised eyebrows and speculation that Tessa had posed. Impossible! Even if some man could make her so wanton, even if the subject had Tessa's thick chestnut hair, the work had been commissioned a hundred years previous, at the start of the Regency!


Regardless, it wasn't the subject or its uncanny resemblance to her that drew Tessa to The Bride. Nor was it fascination with the artist: one Giles Longworth, whose portrait showed eyes black as sin, wind-combed mahogany hair and broad, muscular shoulders. If any could make her wanton it was he; but he was also accused of sorcery, of dark evil things. Some even said Longworth had been a werewolf, the throats of his alleged victims torn from their bodies. No, what drew Tessa was a small window in the painting's corner, a seeming portal to that wild Cornish wilderness, to misty moors in a time gone by. Sometimes she dreamt she had been running all her life--from what and to whom, she was about to discover.


The Bride of Time
by Dawn Thompson

Love Spell
July 1, 2008
Available: July 29, 2008
ISBN #0505527286
EAN #9780505527288
368 pages
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Other Books by
Dawn Thompson

Lord of the Forest
Lord Of The Dark
Rape of the Soul
Sexy Beast IV
Eros Island
The Ravening
Lord of the Deep
The Brotherhood
Blood Moon
The Falcon's Bride
Blue Moon Enchantment
Blue Moon Magic
The Waterlord
The Ravencliff Bride

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