Saturday, June 18, 2011
A Tapestry of Dreams by Roberta Gellis
I received an ARC of A Tapestry of Dreams in the books I received for attending the Online Book Bloggers Conference. The book is a reprint of a book first published in 1985 and the writing style is different from books being published today. The style does not date the book, in fact there is more story than you find in romances written today. A Tapestry of Dreams tells the story of Lady Audris who weaves tapestries that often hint at the future. She is content to stay unmarried and let her Uncle control her estate until Hugh Licorne arrives. Audris is everything that Hugh wants in a wife but he has nothing to offer a Lady like Audris. There is no quick solution to Hugh and Audris’s dilemma.
A Tapestry of Dreams is a character driven story set in England during the time of King Stephen and Empress Matilda. Both Stephen and Matilda claimed the throne and the war between the two moved up and down the land. Roberta Gellis uses the history of this time to weave a historically accurate romance. Events in the books are not rushed. Backgrounds are established, characters are introduced and the plot unfolds in a logical manner that holds the readers attention throughout the book. Roberta Gellis has a wonderful way with words and tells a compelling story.
There are plans to release more of Roberta Gellis’ backlist and I look forward to reading other of her books.
A note about the author: I through her name looked familiar and it turns out I was right. I had not read any of her romances but had read the fantasies she wrote with Mercedes Lackey.
Receiving a free copy does not guarantee a recommendation. I only recommend books I like.