Oh how I adore a great star crossed lovers novel. The back of the book eloquently sums up Theodora Goss’ “The Thorn and the Blossom” by stating that it is:
One enchanting romance. Two lovers keeping secrets. And a uniquely crafted book that bind their stories forever.
You might be thinking what does it mean when it describes this book as a “uniquely crafted book”, well let me show you prior to my review.
Leave it to Quirk to be so outrageously creative.
If the creative aspects of this beautiful novel don’t blow you away, the story itself will. This two sided love story originally begins in THORNE & SON, BOOKSELLERS, a bookstore in Clews that is operated by Brendan’s Father. Brendan is minding the store while his Father is out of town. By being able to hear both sides of the story, we get to experience Brendan’s nervousness when Evelyn enters the store and we sense the anticipation. We also hear from Evelyn’s perspective (in her version of the story) and how she finds herself blushing at Brendan’s sweet compliments.
Evelyn is American and in an effort to give her a sense of what the town of Clews is all about, Brendan introduces her to the Medieval story of Gawan’s Court, a story his Father use to tell him all the time. The story involves two lovers named Gawan and Elowen that are unable to be with one another for a thousand years due to a spell gone wrong. Evelyn is immediately transfixed with the story, even more so when she learns that Brendan is planning on translating it to English so others can enjoy it. From their first encounter, they get swept up in a whirlwind romance. However, when Brendan goes to kiss her, Evelyn pulls back, screams and takes off running.By reading her side of the story, you’ll understand the circumstances around her running, but Brendan is left bewildered and confused.
After their brief romance, they go on to live their lives and evolve in their careers, but they continue to think of one another. The funny thing about fate is that it sometimes it has a way of putting two individuals back together when they least expect it…
This is a beautiful, gripping love story told from two different perspectives that will take you about an hour and a half to read if you read it front to back 😉 I started with Brendan’s story, but it can be read from either perspective and you’ll still get the sense of their love for one another because it’s evident on every page.