Reporter Jo Clifford has never believed in past lives, reincarnation, and all that mumbo-jumbo, especially since a college experiment resulted in her not being able to be hypnotized, or so she thought. But a series of articles on past lives leads to Jo discovering a link to Matilda, a 12th-century noblewoman and it seems the three men in Matilda's life may be in Jo's life also. Brothers Sam and Nick Franklyn fight for Jo's attention, both in this life and her previous. Can Jo discover what really happened to Matilda without losing her identity, mind or even her life in the process? Can Jo break the vicious cycle that ended with one man leaving Matilda, one man betraying her, and one man destroying her? Can love overcome destiny or are they all doomed before they even start?
The opening chapter of "Lady of Hay" was exciting, suspenseful, and engrossing, grabbing the reader from page one, starting a journey of twists and turns, highs and lows, filled with intrigue, romance, violence and betrayal. Barbara Erskine has created a novel filled with characters that jump off the page, a plot line that is unbelievable and fantastic but still rings true, and vivid descriptions that bring each page to life. This is one of the most intriguing, fascinating books I've read in a long time. With an original publication of 1986, many readers may have missed this, but luckily, a whole new generation of fans will discover Barbara Erskine. Anybody who is a fan of historical entertainment should consider "Lady of Hay" a must read novel.
So well researched and so well written that it is almost impossible to put down. The novel has everything that readers of racy fiction could ask for: beautiful characters, exotic settings, passion...and situations and characters that are so completely convincing that they come to life.