The Girl by the River
by Joyce DiPastena
Series: The Lady and the Minstrel #.05
Publication Date November 15, 2017
Genres: Historical Fiction
Setting: England Middle Ages - 400 to 1600
Main Character Ages: 0-14, 15-18
Written for: Adult
Seven years before Robert and Marguerite fell in love in The Lady and the Minstrel, they had a brief, fateful encounter at a river’s edge. Now you can read exactly how that scene unfolded in The Girl Beside the River.
With only the clothes on his back and a few belongings, lowly serf Robert tries to escape from the lord who would have him killed, but he doesn't get far before he's trapped between the river's edge and a pack of hounds hot on his trail. Robert's only hope is to swim across the river, but the water will destroy his most precious possession. Can he risk losing his life to protect the one thing he prizes most? Frozen with indecision, with time running out, he stumbles across a ten-year-old girl also hiding among the reeds. Can the child help him, or will he die protecting her as well?
I would like to thank Joyce DiPastena for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
I am of the opinion that it is almost harder to write a good short story than a longer one. To be able to capture the interest of the reader and know how much or how little to share is something that not many authors have mastered.
The story takes place 7 years prior to the events of The Lady and the Minstrel and tells how Robert escapes from his serfdom and encounters Marguerite for the first time. The author does a great job in bringing you alongside Robert as he flees. In just a handful of pages, you are invested in seeing Robert get away and cheer him on.
The Girl by the River is a prequel of sorts to The Lady and the Minstrel ( ), though reading it afterwards works perfectly well.