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I hope you love historical novels as much as I do. In fact, I loved the genre so much that I decided to write my own and publish with Amazon.
Whether you buy from Amazon as a paperback or ebook, or go down the route of a signed copy from me, ALL MY PROCEEDS WILL BE PASSED ON TO A LITTLE NEPALESE ORPHANAGE IN NEPALGANJ which nurtures nine children who have been either orphaned, abandoned or rescued from child labour. If you come to one of my book signing exhibitions you will see their lovely faces, but I am not allowed to post them on the internet.
If you are in the U.K. and want a handsome glossy-backed signed copy for £9.50 plus postage in 2017 then email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
The title is ‘Where Rowans Intertwine’. It is available to download from Amazon Kindle for £3.19 or $4.97. If you have not got a Kindle you can download a free kindle reading app by following the link when you purchase the book; so you can read it on your computer, tablet or smartphone. Click on the link below.
SPECIAL OFFER ANNOUNCEMENT! THE KINDLE VERSION IS 99P ON AMAZON DURING THE BAHA’I BICENTENARY CELEBRATIONS 20-22 OCTOBER 2017
BUYING FROM AMAZON
From Amazon.co uk it is available as a paperback for £9.94 with free postage in the UK on orders over £10, (It makes a good present) and $15.70 on the U.S. Amazon.com site with free postage on orders over $35. As it is almost 450 pages long, so good value, but obviously cheaper to buy the Kindle version.
BUYING FROM THE BOOK DEPOSITORY
However, the cheapest way to get it with free delivery WORLDWIDE is with the BOOK DEPOSITORY where the paperback will cost you £9.94 INCLUDING postage.
WATERSTONES HAVE BEGUN TO SELL IT TOO!
ABOUT THE HISTORICAL NOVEL
‘Where Rowans Intertwine’ is a novel about the spiritual journey of a young novice Druid priestess and healer, who battles with the cultural and spiritual challenges of a world governed by Roman invaders. It is set on the island of Mona (Anglesey in North Wales), two hundred years after the attempted annihilation of Druidism by mass slaughter.
Although its genre is historical fiction, it will also interest healers, those with a broad, spiritual, investigative nose, those interested in things Celtic and people fascinated by the mystical teachings and practice of Druidism.
If you click on the headings next to ‘Home’ you will find out more about the novel.
I am doing book signings and talks ONLY in the U.K, selling for £9.50.
A signed copy will cost you £12.35 including postage. I can post out up to three copies for the £2.85, so it makes a good gift if you want several.
Email your order to me with your address and explaining to whom you would like the book/s dedicating: email@example.com
There are several venues on Anglesey in North Wales selling signed copies. Try The Ucheldre Arts Centre in Holyhead and Oriel Môn, Llangefni.
REVIEW BY ONLINE BOOKCLUB 3 out of 4 stars Review by Lest92
‘Where Rowans Intertwine’ by Margaret Grant is an historical fiction novel set on the Roman-occupied island of Mona circa 230 A.D.; themes of cultural assimilation, prejudice, reconciliation and spiritual maturity are a sample of the themes explored in the story.
After the death of Nanw, the tribal priestess of the Celwri, her granddaughter and acolyte, Ceridwen, accepts the responsibility of becoming the new priestess and healer. The Celts and the Roman settlers live under the Pax Romana, enforced by encamped legions who trade with the tribes; Ceridwen stokes hostile feelings toward them by refusing to forget that the Romans massacred the Druids of Mona two hundred years before her time. However, she realises that her prejudiced attitude interferes with her spiritual and healing work, and to attempt resolution between their cultures, she decides to wed Marcus, the Roman army surgeon, at her first Beltane as presiding priestess. With the support of Marcus and her tribe, Ceridwen begins to change her bigoted views and heal from bygone battles. As she matures into her roles as priestess, mother and wife, she is better able to guide the Celwri when the rogue former chief, Eithig, threatens the stability of Celtic farmstead and Roman fort alike.
‘Where Rowans Intertwine’ is an immersive novel; the author evoked time, place and mingling cultures while balancing the main themes, symbolism, spirituality and love. Historical research along with Grant’s personal experience with nature, spirituality and the island indeed intertwined and transported me to the Welsh island Anglesey at the time around 230 A.D. From the list of characters to the informative epilogue, Grant engaged me with the narrative. What I admired most was that the author developed everything of importance to Ceridwen, but never heavily emphasized only one aspect of her life. As the novel is in third person, we see both Celtic and Roman perspectives. Ceridwen is a very relatable round character; she has strengths, flaws and vulnerabilities, not to mention wit. My favourite quote is her observation that Eithig “smells of sweat and vainglory”.
Grant even-handedly included beauty and brutality in the novel. Violence and death contrasts with Ceridwen’s peaceful union with nature and the otherworld of her ancient spirituality. Given that Ceridwen is an intelligent woman, her relationship with Marcus is understandably cerebral and political as well as loving. The romance is important, but does not overwhelm the story. The writing is rich with symbolism and archaic Brythonic words to lend authenticity to the dialogue.
There aren’t many problems with Where Rowans Intertwine. Another round of editing would have taken care of the comma problem – they were often in the wrong part of sentences, which made the read slightly choppy. The layout of the book was professional, but since I think the writing needed rounding off before publication, I’m rating Where Rowans Intertwine 3 out of 4 stars. I wholeheartedly recommend this novel to historical fiction enthusiasts, history buffs and readers who appreciate a well-rounded, likeable set of characters.