Matty Taylor: a beautiful young woman is starting out in her new life with her husband. Plagued by visions that seem all too real she seeks advice from the Gypsy at the local fair.
Donald Taylor: cannot believe his luck when Matty agrees to marry him. A methodical, down to earth, man who requires irrefutable evidence to believe in the existence of anything.
Thomas Trevelyan: Enigmatic and exciting but with an agenda of his own.
Matty is pulled from her life in the 21st Century into a frightening dream world where Thomas Trevelyan rescues her from a crowd of angry peasants and spirits her off to his secluded house in the woods.
Frightened when he cannot wake Matty from her sleep Donald has to start challenging the way he thinks in order to get her back.
If Thomas can win her heart, he will be a step closer to obtaining the ultimate prize but he has to contend with the echoes of her real life endeavouring to lure her back.
Two men lay claim to her affections but who will be the victor?
Good opening descriptions. Gibbs really drew me in to the fear felt by the character as she runs through the streets. It felt more like I was watching a movie rather than reading a book.
There are minor grammar errors throughout the book that are easily amended. They didn’t distract from my reading and enjoyment of the book. Also, the switch in POV chapter to chapter needs to be made clearer as it took me a while to work out who and in which time I was reading. Once I worked it out, I didn’t even worry. I was too busy getting sucked in.
Dialogue in the modern chapters is a bit too formal. Whilst this style works for the chapters involving Thomas, it felt a little stilted in the more modern chapters.
The entire story is beautifully written, and the emotion in the story really pulls the reader in. I couldn’t wait to find out who would win Matty’s heart. However, I feel that the story could benefit from an epilogue to give us more than the abrupt ending, tie up the lose ends and questions the reader is left with.
I am really looking forward to reading more by Maria Gibbs as I fell her talent far outweighs any minor issues I had when reading!