by Sandra Landry

February 2004
ISBN: 0-425-19458-2
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Mass Market Paperback

Two idealistic dreamers reaching out . . .centuries apart, searching for and finding their “hearts wish.” The Wishing Chalice will be the conduit to bring these two deserving souls together in a touching tale of true romantic love. It is also our porthole to share in that extraordinary experience.

Sandra Landry intertwines this endearing story in a most unique way. Isabel Herbert — a lonely, divorced artist from 21st century Europe is everything Hunter of Windermere — a dejected bastard and superfluous husband from 14th century England ever wanted. They are each the other's true “hearts wish.” But how can these soul mates ever be together? How can Isabel embrace Hunter, when he belongs to Detra — the buxom wife, with the “Rubenesque” figure, and long glorious auburn hair. Married only two weeks, Detra is revered by all and the one and only woman that Hunter has lusted zealously for since his boyhood. Oh my, my . . .I would love to answer those questions and tell you so much more of this wonderful story, but I don’t want to give anything away, It would ruin it all for you. But suffice it to say this reader was pleasantly surprised to see how it all comes about. I don’t believe I’ve ever read this genre employing the same style or using this type of twist.

The characters — one and all, will be everything you ever wanted from a novel. The hero and heroine are both so loveable and sincere in their hearts wish that you will share in their joy and sorrow. I’ve always personally preferred my Time Travels to have a comedic edge, but I didn’t miss it a bit in The Wishing Chalice. Although, there is humor, it wasn’t the predominant energy. The energy simply comes from the belief you have in the two main characters and the rightness of them staying together . . .forever.

The historical components in the book do not weigh it down or take away from the characters. The history actually makes The Wedding Chalice all the more conceivable, in an unconceivable story. I especially liked the Robert the Bruce characterization, and even more compelling was Maude the sympathetic lady’s maid. The villain is just that—rotten-to-the-core, you are more than happy to see him go. The story does not drag, and moves right along at just the appropriate times when you might feel it’s becoming a little monotonous or repetitive. The love scenes are steamy, but oh so lovely at the same time.

I had only one small complaint . . .and that was the overuse of the idiom “My Lady Wife.” I liked the term, and the way Hunter used it (believe me — he’s one sexy man) however sometimes . . . less really is . . .more. With that said, I would like to stress that I highly recommend The Wishing Chalice, It’s a keeper! This was my first Sandra Landry read, but it most definitely will not be my last.

Reviewed in February 2004 by Janice.

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