Thursday, March 14, 2013
Consent: A Novel by Teresa L. Perin - Review and Giveaway
About the Book:
Sometimes the most dangerous enemy comes from within your own family. In medieval England daughters meant dowries - land and money leaving the family. Richard is determined to have a male heir to keep the castle Havenhoerte in their possession and forces his daughter, Emma, to marry at the age of consent, just twelve years old.
This is only the beginning of the two families' entanglement. Kidnapping, knights, battles, weddings and witchcraft spanning three generations follow. When her niece, Sarah, comes to visit, Emma is reminded of herself as the two get to know each other while working in the gardens. Emma tries to help Sarah avoid the same kind of loveless arranged marriage she endured. With nowhere else to turn, the two women look to the dangerous path of witchcraft at a time when witches were hung.
Emma finally confronts her own past and learns that it is possible for her to love and be happy. This new happiness is threatened, however, when her father once again asserts control over his daughter and is determined to regain his land and destroy Emma. Can love and chivalry overcome evil? This question is put to the test time after time in this gripping tale of political alliances created and lost through marriage.
About the Author:
Teresa L. Perin studied English and history at Iowa State University where she earned her B.A.. She later earned an M.A. in education through Viterbo University. Perin lives in Iowa on a 75 acre farm which she shares with numerous animals. Consent is her first novel.
Consent spans three generations of evil men and the women they force to their wills who stop at nothing to keep their castle and land holdings in the family. When the patriarch has nothing but daughters he must look to them to marry well. Emma is forced at age 12 to marry. When her husband dies unexpectedly her father wants her to marry her brother in law but she refuses. She instead is forced into the convent and her sister is sent to marry in her stead. Her sister finds a contentment within marriage that Emma did not yet she too gives birth to only a daughter. The pressure to provide an heir is almost unbearable.
I read the book in one sitting - it's not long at 216 pages - and found myself intrigued with the premise of the novel. Women had no choice in medieval times and were used as pawns to consolidate land holdings - noble women, anyway. There are other themes that circulate around this main one including the uses of herbs for healing and a subtle overtone of witchcraft.
I enjoyed the book and its characters; I found most of them to be well developed and I wanted to know more about them. My complaint with the book was a lack of where am I in time. It wasn't until well into the book that I had a concrete knowledge of what King was being served so as to tell me exactly where in medieval times I was. A small complaint but for someone who reads as much as I do it drove me a touch batty. The book is more character driven than anything so the focus remains on the people; their thoughts and feelings rather than what they ate and wore. The ending developed slowly and caught me by surprise. Always a good thing in a book.
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Disclosure: I was sent a free copy of Consent for my honest review. I received no compensation for this post.