Thursday, November 6, 2014

The Sharp Hook of Love by Sherry Jones

Back Cover Blurb

The first retelling of the passionate, twelfth-century love story since the discovery of 113 lost love letters between Heloise d’Argenteuil and Pierre Abelard—the original Romeo and Juliet.

"While I sleep you never leave me, and after I wake I see you, as soon as I open my eyes, even before the light of day itself." —Abelard to Heloise

Among the young women of twelfth-century Paris, Heloise d’Argenteuil stands apart. Extraordinarily educated and quick-witted, she is being groomed by her uncle to become an abbess in the service of God.

But with one encounter, her destiny changes forever. Pierre Abelard, headmaster at the Notre-Dame Cloister School, is acclaimed as one of the greatest philosophers in France. His controversial reputation only adds to his allure, yet despite the legions of women swooning over his poetry and dashing looks, he is captivated by the brilliant Heloise alone. As their relationship blossoms from a meeting of the minds to a forbidden love affair, both Heloise and Abelard must choose between love, duty, and ambition.

Sherry Jones weaves the lovers’ own words into an evocative account of desire and sacrifice. As intimate as it is erotic, as devastating as it is beautiful, The Sharp Hook of Love is a poignant, tender tribute to one of history’s greatest romances, and to love’s power to transform and endure.

The year is 1115 and the country is France. The protagonists are the famous Abelard and Heloise. Their legend is eternal and continues to fascinate in the world today. The back cover blurb uses words like intimate, erotic, devasting, beautiful, poignant, and passionate – and each and every one of these words is accurate. Most people are acquainted with Heloise and Abelard, but author Sherry Jones truly gives them life. Societal norms of the 12th century were highly stringent, and interwoven with Church law. From the moment the two lovers meet, their love is hopeless. Abelard must enter the church, and Heloise is destined for a convent. This tale of forbidden love is heart-wrenching at times, and I truly experienced the pain of their separation. Heloise’s patience with Abelard is incredible at times, but Abelard’s love for her is so strong, his main motive is to protect her. v

The story moves at a fast pace, with plenty of conflict and tension to hold a reader’s interest. The historical facts seem well researched and are seamlessly interwoven in the plot. This is a lush story with wonderfully rich prose that evokes emotion. A wonderful book that is sure to please! 

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