The idea of losing my eyesight is one that does not appeal to me at all. Just trying to imagine life without seeing light or colors or faces makes me shudder. Being condemned to darkness, especially after knowing what it is like to see, seems like such a frightening thing. . .
With A Kiss: A Sweet Romance Anthology: Ten authors have gathered to share their talents to support a friend who is dealing with extensive medical expenses for both himself and his wife. I have read books by almost every one of these authors and can agree they are all very talented. Many have had books reviewed on this site.
I will be sharing reviews of the various stories from this collection over the course of this month. First off is Just This Moment by the fabulous medieval author Joyce DiPastena.
With A Kiss: A Sweet Romance Anthology
Publication Date May 22, 2018
Genres: Historical Fiction, Clean Romance, Mystery
Setting: France Middle Ages - 400 to 1600
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
WITH A KISS: A Sweet Romance Anthology
A collection of 10 brand new sweet romance novellas by USA Today bestselling & award winning authors.
JUST THIS MOMENT by Joyce DiPastena: Alys’s late husband thought her useful only for spinning thread. Now a mysterious monk has come to take her to a nunnery. Can a sightless woman like Alys exert her independence to forge a future of her own choice? And will the monk, who stirs forbidden longings in her, help or hinder her?
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Just This Moment brought me to a time when liege lords control the lives and destinies of those under their “care”. A time when it is not unheard for for a girl to be married at age 8. When a widow is consigned to a nunnery because her lord desires her property. When the measles were considered a curse from a demon.
This novella slowly unwinds the story of the widow Alys, a woman who has been blind since she was a young girl. In a world where women are considered practically useless when they can see, she has been relegated to a state beyond useless. Her only value, according to her husband, was her talent in making thread. Yet she displays strength and insight and especially kindness and grace. Unbeknownst to her, mystery surrounds her very existence. Strand by strand secrets are revealed which could affect the rest of her life.
I love the way author Joyce DiPastena transported me to this time. She shared the life of Alys in such a way that if I didn’t know better, I would have assumed that she herself is blind. The details of what Alys experienced and how she needed to compensate were fantastic, but not over-the-top. Alys’ mother helped her learn to live with her new blindness with grace and such a positive outlook.
This is a very sweet and touching story with fun details about life in the medieval world.