by Will Davenport

April 2005
ISBN: 0-553-80217-8
Reviewer Graphic Button Bantam Books
Trade Paperback

Beth Battock is quickly moving herself up the ladder of British politics when her supervisorís scandal causes her to fall from grace. She has no place to run to but the one place she has never wanted to go Ė back home to Slapton to a life she has refused to acknowledge. But there is no escape from who you are, and Bethís journey will take her further than she ever imaginedÖinto a time long ago, when kings still battled kings and knights jousted for the hearts of women. It is in this world of yesteryear that Beth will finally discover who she is and where she really belongs.

From the highly applauded author of The Painter comes another literary wonder, The Sinnerís Tale. History. War. Love. Redemption. Peace. You donít often here those words together, but Will Davenport blends them all together beautifully in his latest novel. In The Sinnerís Tale historical fact and enthralling fiction merge together to form a beautifully moving tale of war and romance.

Although the story moves along at a slow pace during the first chapters of the novel, the plot quickly heats up, and readers are flung into battle with Sir Guy de Bryan and his King. Even though Sir Guy de Bryan seems to doubt himself, readers will never be in doubt as to why he was considered by many to be a man of honor. They will find themselves rooting for his happiness.

Beautifully intertwined with Sir Guyís, Bethís story is a poignant one. With unparalleled skill, Davenport vividly describes Bethís ambivalent feelings of turmoil and joy about her homecoming. At the end of the novel, there is a deep sense of peace. Readers are left with a sigh of relief as they realize that it is okay to go home because home is the one place where we all belong.

Perhaps the greatest message that this reviewer discovered in this novel was the fact that each and every story must be told forever. Each story holds a different meaning for every listener, and it is a message that just may dramatically change a personís life. This is one of those stories that should be told. Read The Sinnerís Tale today.

Reviewed in July 2005 by Natasha.

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