Welcome to Day Two
For the next 11 days we will feature a different wonderful Christmas story to help you not only find some awesome books to give as last minute Christmas gifts, but also to bring a little Christmas cheer to the book blogging world!
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When Burthred comes courting on Christmas Eve, Meg rejects his advances. She has her heart set on becoming a nun and insists that he call her Christina, the spiritual name she has chosen for herself. She tries to make him swear on her box of holy relics that he will not pursue her, but he carefully words his oath to allow him to stay in her candlelit chamber and try to change her mind.
What Meg does not confess is that her reliquary box holds a secret.
Burthred needs a wife, and no one will satisfy him except Meg. He swore on his father’s deathbed that he would marry her. But Burthred has a secret, too. When they come together before the Yule fire, their shared revelations will either join their hearts together or tear them apart.
Joyce DiPastena’s Favorite Fiction Books (in no particular order)
Friday’s Child, by Georgette Heyer
These Old Shades, by Georgette Heyer
The Three Musketeers, by Alexandre Dumas
Twenty Years After, by Alexandre Dumas
Walk With Peril, by Dorothy V.S. Jackson
Catherine Called Birdy, by Karen Cushman
Charmed Life, by Diana Wynne Jones
Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte
The Crystal Cave, by Mary Stewart
Johnny Tremain, by Esther Forbes (except I overdosed on reading this too many times in a row in high school and haven’t been able to read it again – but it’s still a favorite!)
Joyce DiPastena dreamed of green medieval forests while growing up in the dusty copper mining town of Kearny, Arizona. She filled her medieval hunger by reading the books of Thomas B. Costain (where she fell in love with King Henry II of England), and later by attending the University of Arizona where she graduated with a degree in history, specializing in the Middle Ages. The university was also where she completed her first full-length novel…set, of course, in medieval England. Later, her fascination with Henry II led her to expand her research horizons to the far reaches of his “Angevin Empire” in France, which became the setting of her first published novel, Loyalty’s Web (a 2007 Whitney Award Finalist).
When she’s not writing, Joyce loves to read, play the piano, and spend time with her sister and friends. A highlight of her year is attending the annual Arizona Renaissance Festival. She lives with her two cats, Clio and Glinka Rimsky-Korsokov, in Mesa, Arizona.
Did you know that Lucianna (the heroine of “Loving Lucianna”) has her very own Pinterest board?