What an amazing adventure! This is the second book in the fantastic Italian time travel series by author Morgan O’Neill, and it is, in a word, incredible. I will start by saying that the books absolutely should be read in order, as they make perfect sense that way. The story picks up where the previous novel, The Other Side of Heaven, left off. It is very fast paced, and all of the characters we met in the previous novel are back, along with a few new ones. It takes a few unexpected twists and turns, and overall, this book was a pure delight to read. These two books will have a very treasured place on my bookshelf.
Gwen Godwyn is still stuck in the Middle Ages, and Queen Adelaide is still held captive by Berengar and Willa. The trick now is how to save her and stop Berengar from the rampage he is on. Gwen elects to risk her own safety in order to save Adelaide, and posing as a monk under a vow of silence, walks back into Berengar’s keep to find Adelaide. That gets Gwen much more than she bargains for, as she is nearly captured herself! After escaping, she and Father Warinus manage to meet up with Alberto Uzzo again, who surprises Gwen by declaring that he loves her after he learns she is a woman. Events quickly spiral out of control, and Gwen must be rescued once again, this time along with Adelaide. But there is more at stake than just the safety of Adelaide and Gwen. There are two ladies hearts at stake, as well as the hearts of two noble men. Can Adelaide be saved and restored to the throne? Can Gwen and Alberto overcome their differences to realize their love? Can Gwen find a way to let her parents know she is okay back in the future? Come along on a glorious adventure.
Through dark magic, Californian Gwendolyn Godwyn has been swept back in time to medieval Italy. There, she finds herself in the midst of a war between Italy’s rightful queen, Adelaide, and those who have kidnapped her and seek to usurp her crown. Risking her life, Gwen elects to play a pivotal role in the planned rescue. In the midst of the chaos, she is drawn to the queen’s champion, Lord Alberto Uzzo, who battles not only their military foes, but also his personal demons. Tested to the limit when he discovers Gwen’s true identity as a time traveler, Alberto nevertheless fights through his doubt and the whirl of superstition that surrounds this intriguing and strong-willed woman. Time is of the essence as the lovers seek to overcome the evil forces rallying against the queen they’ve vowed to save. Will Gwen and Alberto be able to overcome the groundswell of danger to find time enough for love?
Stands Alone: NO - Read book 1: The Other Side of Heaven first.