5++ stars for Return of the Raven by Judith Sterling #timetravel #romance #medieval #bookreview
Title: Return of the Raven
Author: Judith Sterling
Genre: Time Travel Romance
Margaret, Lady Ravenwood, is trapped in a loveless marriage and firmly entrenched in the medieval world. Along comes Griffin Nightshade, a historian from the future whose soul resonates with hers. He persuades her to return with him to the 1950s, but heeding her heart means courting danger from a curse that could spell her doom.
Haunted by his parents' sudden deaths, Griffin knows all too well the pain born of love lost. He guards his emotions, but Margaret delves deep and goes straight to the soul. She's hard to resist…and harder to set free.
The heart's desire and history's demands don't always agree. Yet true love is eternal.
Griffin Nightshade is a historian in the 1950s who's just inherited a property. As he is inspecting the property, he hears about the stairs that go nowhere. Curious, he walks the stairs and then steps through time to the past. There, he meets Lady Ravenwood, Margaret, and a budding romance blooms. Margaret's love penetrates all the walls he's built around his heart. Convincing her to join him in the future will take risking even her life to break a family curse. Fate brings these two souls together but can he and Margaret figure out how to forge a happy life together or will the past slam the door on their love forever?
Wow, Return of the Raven is one of the best time-travel romances I've ever read. I've thoroughly enjoyed Judith Sterling's The Novels of Ravenwood series and with Return of the Raven, all the loose ends are tied up as well as a secret glimpse into one of the couples we've gotten snippets of in previous books. Margaret is an independent heroine who goes after her happiness, which is impressive considering she's in medieval times. I connected with her right away. It was delightful to see Margaret adjust to the 'modern day'. Return of the Raven is a feast for historical and contemporary romance readers. The descriptive narration is intricate and filled with emotion. The plot moves at an excellent pace. What makes this such a fantastic read is the contrast between medieval and modern eras. Judith Sterling's writing prowess has grown over the course of the Ravenwood series and this is the crown of excellence. It was refreshing to have the time travel move from the past to the present. The romance between Griffin and Margaret is sweeping and fraught with obstacles but when they finally get together, it filled my heart with joy. A brilliant conclusion to the series, Return of the Raven is a must-read. It can be read as a standalone, too. Fans of Diana Gabaldon will swoon over Return of the Raven. Highly recommend!
My Rating: 5++ stars
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Judith Sterling is an award-winning author whose love of history and passion for the paranormal infuse everything she writes. Whether penning medieval romance (The Novels of Ravenwood) or young adult paranormal fantasy (the Guardians of Erin series), her favorite themes include true love, destiny, time travel, healing, redemption, and finding the hidden magic which exists all around us. She loves to share that magic with readers and whisk them far away from their troubles, particularly to locations in the British Isles.
Her nonfiction books, written under Judith Marshall, have been translated into multiple languages. She has an MA in linguistics and a BA in history, with a minor in British Studies. Born in that sauna called Florida, she craved cooler climes, and once the travel bug bit, she lived in England, Scotland, Sweden, Wisconsin, Virginia, and on the island of Nantucket. She currently lives in Salem, Massachusetts with her husband and their identical twin sons.
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Reviewed by: Mrs. N