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Sweeping historical romance,
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This review is from: Avalon (Coronet Books) (Paperback)
Rumon, a French knight of royal blood, is shipwrecked off the Cornish coast. There, he has a chance encounter with Merewyn, a simple impoverished English girl, and their fates become entwined forever. Rumon is searching for the fabled isle of Avalon, the "island of the blessed" where he can find everlasting peace. Merewyn's goal is far less grandiose. She wants her love for Rumon to be returned, and to become his wife. However, Rumon is infatuated with the scheming Queen, and he also knows the tragic truth of Merewyn which burdens him greatly. Avalon is not mawkish or overly sentimental. It is a story of unrequited love, misplaced passion and youthful dreams cruelly dashed. There is no happy ending in the usual sense, but each character finds a degree of reconciliation and harmony. It has an extraordinary sense of tone, time and space. By the end of the novel, you really do feel like you've lived through the 25 or so years that the story spans.