Reviews of my books


This category contains reviews of my work from around the web.  All links back to original publishing site, quite of a lot of which are amazon but some from other places as well.  If you know of a review not shown here please let me know.

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars History brought to life 18 Mar 2012
I really love historical novels but I don't like them to be all battles and bodice ripping. When I saw this book on Kindle I liked the idea that it was about an ordinary person rather than a king or lord, and when I read it it really ticked all my boxes. There was adventure and romance (but not too much) and a villain that you could almost like. Another thing I liked was that I learnt things about a period of history I don't know well, but didn't feel like I was reading a textbook. All in all I thought this a great read and I've since read the reviews on Amazon for Sarah Pernell's other book (The Gift and the Promise). I sounds really good so I hope it will be available on Kindle soon.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Norman Conquest Brought to Life 6 Mar 2012
I really loved this book. I have always been fascinated with this time period in English history. As an American with English ancestors, I try to imagine what the events of 1066 would have felt like to the people who survived them. This book ranks with Valerie Anand's Gildenford trilogy as a magnificent depiction of those events and the feeling of being a conquered people. I was especially intrigued by the description of the Harrying of the North, such a cruel, calculated genocide is almost beyond imagining. I know such tragedies have occurred in modern times, but William's ruthless organization and execution of his plan was singular.

I can only urge you to read this book and discover the story for yourself. I so wish that Ms. Pernell would write more - she is an excellent storyteller.

Combines fact and fiction in a way that history of the period comes alive, 8 Jan 2011

This review is from: The Gift and the Promise (Paperback)

Pulls you into 11th century at the time of the Norman invasion of 1066 when William the Bastard defeated the Saxons and seized the throne from Earl Harold Godwinson.

As Saxon England chafes under the Norman hoof, the beautiful Cleowyn whose family has been destroyed marries a Norman Lord Renaud, in order to keep her father's inheritance, Renaud was once a childhood friend bu she now detests him.

Meanwhile the brave Aelfrun is enslaved by Scots raiders in Northern England and her small son lost.

The villains of the peace, Roger do what they can to destroy of Cleowynn and her family, while the tension between Cleowyn and Renaud is molded painfully into something new.

Surprising , terrifying and stupefying as new twists and turns, combines fact and fiction in a way that history of the period comes alive