That is a shame! Granted many are just about soft porn with corset and sword but there are many that, while having the "romance and heat" are very well written I think they should put the Roberta Gellis books out again in reprint and give them the covers to match their quality This I think would help to draw in more readers. View 1 comment. Library Kindle e-book. Dec 08, Aneca rated it really liked it Shelves: medieval , read-in I happened to read that one first and was then curious to know more about Hugh and Audris who show up as secondary characters.
On one of his visits he is accompanied by his friend Hugh Licorne. Both young men feel deeply the fact that they have neither riches nor land to call their own. Audris is somewhat different from other heroines of the time, she is sheltered yes but her main occupation is weaving tapestries and she has none of those feminine gifts like cooking, healing or ordering the keep. What I really liked in how their relationship is portrayed, how open and honest they are with their feelings.
Hugh is a warrior but is also capable of gentleness and tender feelings for the woman he loves; Audris is passionate and headstrong in her desire for him. I also liked how Gellis made their sexuality such a natural and joyous part of their union, it seemed right. I thought the first half of the book was a bit slow but towards the middle it definitely picks up the pace not only in their relationship but also in the background story. Gellis successfully blends story with history and mystery to provide us with an interesting and entertaining historical romance.
Apr 21, Korynn rated it it was ok Shelves: romance , historicalfiction. The cover is, of course, amazingly inaccurate and hilariously posed, as well as being a total lie about the contents. This book is actually more heavily researched historical novel with only short moments in which an engorged shaft rears forth and soft mounds are laved before dedicating more pages to debate about whether King Stephen can hold the North of England from Scotland's hordes. Cadfael mystery readers take note, this historical novel takes place in the same tumultuous period of Engl The cover is, of course, amazingly inaccurate and hilariously posed, as well as being a total lie about the contents.
Cadfael mystery readers take note, this historical novel takes place in the same tumultuous period of England's history.
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Our lovers have a somewhat believable story that runs throughout the novel despite the heavy historical bent. Our good natured level headed lady has the mystical ability to create tapestries that show future events and our hero is a penniless no name who through merit and good heart manages to win fortune, his lady's heart, estate s , a knighthood and uncover his heritage. I really enjoyed this book and I don't know if I can explain why while doing justice to the book but here's my honest attempt.
Audris is the heiress of Jernaeve. Her uncle runs the keep for her and in her 23 years, she's never met a man who's tempted her towards marriage. She knows that her marriage might not be a good thing for her uncle and his family. Her husband would take over the running of Jernaeve and then what would her uncle do? So Audris has been very happy with the way things are, it I really enjoyed this book and I don't know if I can explain why while doing justice to the book but here's my honest attempt. So Audris has been very happy with the way things are, it gives her time to weave her tapestries, train her falcons and work on her herb garden.
Her aunt takes care of the day to day stuff within the keep, and the whole system works for those involved. Hugh Licorne is the squire of Sir Walter Espec, a landowner and lord. Hugh was raised in Walter's household but Hugh is an orphan. He doesn't know his family name, for all he knows, he's a bastard - and this is something he truly believes. Hugh is a strong fighter, very loyal to those he loves but that also puts him at odds with Sir Walter's heirs. Hugh and Audris meet when the king comes to visit Jernaeve and tries to marry her off to one of his followers he wishes to reward.
Audris quickly finds a protector in Hugh - a man who sees her for who she really is, not as a rich heiress. Hugh can see how far above himself Audris is, so although he desires her, he knows he can never have her. But the very things Hugh sees in her, she sees in him and she wants him. She doesn't see him as a nobody. And although Audris wants Hugh, the reason why she can't have him still exist.
She could not take Jernaeve away from her uncle. And Hugh cannot get over his lack of a background, he believes he doesn't deserve Audris, so he will use any opportunity he can to further himself politically and financially. Besides Hugh and Audris, there's a whole smattering of characters that enter into this tale. And then there are the politics.
These were some crazy politics! The King was constantly facing invasion from Scotland and an uprising from the various Barons who opposed him. This the s was a very dangerous time in Northern England and Hugh and Audris are caught right up in the middle of it. I really enjoyed Tapestry of Dreams. Hugh and Audris are well written characters and we get to know them really well.
Their emotions, their motivations. And it's great that these two become friends before they become lovers - there are very believable reasons to their not being able to be together right away. And the political environment is very engaging. This book was long but never boring. I found the non-regency time period so refreshing and I definitely need to read more medieval romances.
There were no balls, no fripperies and indeed, everyday was a fight for survival. I ate it up. I can't wait to see what else gets reprinted by this author. This review was originally posted on Book Binge by Ames. Jul 29, Raye rated it it was ok Shelves: historical-fiction. This historical fiction had both too much history and too much fiction, and never really seemed to find its way. Set during the Scottish invasions of Cumbria in the 12th century, the historical background seems badly written and difficult to follow.
At the same time, the fictional hero and leading lady seem randomly inserted and their scenes feel like a boring bodice-ripper.
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Mar 25, Leslie Ross rated it it was ok Shelves: books-i-couldn-t-finish , historical-fiction. I like "Madeline le Bastard sp? But I couldn't. Sep 12, Michelle Stevens rated it liked it. Not your typical romance. It is wonderfully written about the era of medival England. Interesting and well written Initially I was a bit put off by the way the author described the atrocities of the Scots during the war of The Standard.
The chroniclers of the time, were mostly English and if the events are based on their written accounts, I accepted that the author is blameless in her lack Interesting and well written Initially I was a bit put off by the way the author described the atrocities of the Scots during the war of The Standard. The chroniclers of the time, were mostly English and if the events are based on their written accounts, I accepted that the author is blameless in her lack of resources. I was surprised to know that they spoke French and English was not the main language as Hugh is noted to only know a few words of English.
The romance of Audris and Hugh did not carry the depth I thought it should. Audris seems to go from a happy and light disposition to an anxiety ridden mood in a split second and then back again. Hugh is a warrior with a big heart, but I could easily believe him to me a smitten little 13 year old boy.
Why did they not consider Bruno as a castellan for one of the empty keeps? Another case where the cover doesn't do justice to the content, as Roberta Gellis as always delivers a tale rooted in real historical conflicts and social structures rather than the bodice-ripper the picture wrongfully implies.
In this case, the narrative is wound around the conflict between King Stephen and Empress Maud in the s, although they themselves do not really feature in the novel beyond setting the stage. This particular story was a bit unusual in that Audris's weaving did provide Another case where the cover doesn't do justice to the content, as Roberta Gellis as always delivers a tale rooted in real historical conflicts and social structures rather than the bodice-ripper the picture wrongfully implies.
This particular story was a bit unusual in that Audris's weaving did provide a supernatural element influencing the characters and their decisions, which is not the norm for this author's work, but it's subtle enough I still don't think this could reasonably be called historical fantasy. In my opinion, this wasn't Roberta Gellis's best work, but the tale did provide me with many laughs and much enjoyment! Sep 26, Elena Johansen rated it did not like it Shelves: acquired-in , mount-tbr , read-in , did-not-finish.
The cover looks like a romance.
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The blurb reads like it's a romance. And yet, in the first fifty pages, I'm more intimately introduced to a castle, an army, the King, and the state of the English-Scottish war of the time than I am the lady of the romance, who has about a two-page appearance in the first chapter, which is from her half-brother's POV. She hasn't even met her love interest yet, who did get two chapters of his own but has yet to have any personality other than "loyal to his master. But seriously? If I want to read about war, I have plenty of other books I can go to for that.
I read romance for stories about women finding happiness, not men going to battle. Jan 03, Dev rated it it was ok. While the characters are likeable and well developed, the story line felt like it dragged on. Feb 15, Deb rated it really liked it. Despite the cover, this was quite a thorough examination of the Scots invasion of England in Most of the action takes place in and around a keep called Jernaeve that is situated atop a rock outcropping called Iron Fist, just a few miles south of Hadrian's Wall.
The "holder" of the keep and the farms and village around it is a young woman named Audis whose uncle manages the estate for her.
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She is a gifted weaver and her wall hangings bring extra income. She is also a healer. Into her life c Despite the cover, this was quite a thorough examination of the Scots invasion of England in Into her life comes Hugh Licorice, foster son of the Archbishop of York, knight and orphan. Most of the plot action concerns medieval warfare, the court of King Stephen, and Hugh's search for his parentage. The everyday life detail was fascinating and the story intriguing.
Ellis writes a good romance and an even better tale of medieval English life. I found myself looking up King David of Scotland, King Stephen, falconry, medieval tapestries, and tournaments. Good story and good history. May 17, Patty rated it really liked it. This cover does not do this book justice as this is not a "bodice ripper. Our heroine, Lady Audris weaves tapestries of outstanding beauty. But her tapestries have, at times, foretold the future.
Whether this is because Audris is psychic or just very aware of what is going on around her you will have to read the book to find out. She is living in a highly defe This cover does not do this book justice as this is not a "bodice ripper. She is living in a highly defensible keep known as Iron Fist which is being held for her by her Uncle until she marries.
She is the rightful heir but she fears if she marries a man strong enough to manage the place he will displace the Uncle she loves so much. Therefore Audris has vowed not to marry at all. But then Hugh Licorne comes into her life as part of King Stephen's entourage and all bets are off as they say. But Hugh is landless and not even a knight so how can he possibly even be considered as a suitable husband for the Lady Audris? There is much Hugh does not know about his parentage as he was raised as a foundling by the mighty Archbishop Thurston and then passed to Earl Walter for training.
But then she meets the dashing Daniel Bullen and Susannah's life is about to change forever.
As the eldest son, Daniel will take over his father's mill. He sees it as providing for a lifestyle he wants to pursue, but in order to avoid jeopardising the fortune that awaits him, Daniel must be careful how he conducts himself Whilst their marriage, and the children Susannah bears, ensures that their union is a happy one at first, Susannah soon begins to realise that there is more to Daniel Bullen than she thought - and that she hasn't married the man of her dreams.
When Susannah's father dies, Daniel learns that the huge wealth that he thought he would amass has gone to Susannah's uncle. The fragile bonds between them are broken. To find inner peace and save the family business, Susannah realises that she and her children must leave Daniel's cruel clutches But can Susannah ever find happiness in this tapestry of dreams. Read more Read less. Review Jessica Blair knows how to keep the reader enthralled for page after action-packed page-- Yorkshire Post Jessica Blair writes a fast moving plot and creates characters we care for.
No customer reviews. Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. April 4, - Published on Amazon. Jessica Blair deftly interweaves powerful secrets, dangerous ambition, illicit passion and family strife in her fantastic saga set in s Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, A Tapestry of Dreams. However, growing up wealthy and privileged has made his eldest son Daniel reckless, selfish and self-absorbed.
A hedonist who loves nothing more than to spend his time idling away his days at the gaming tables of Griffin Manor, a den of iniquity where men have lost fortunes and dignities, Daniel, unlike his father, cares only for fine clothes, lavish parties and his mistress, Penelope Huston. Daniel cannot imagine his life without Penelope by his side, and despite being well aware that his father would never give his blessing to their union, is determined to have his mistress by his side as his wife in the not too distant future. Unaware of his dark secrets and evil machinations, Susannah is soon head over heels in love with the handsome mill owner and when he proposes, she does not hesitate in accepting to become his bride.