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When the novice Emma Thorgold goes missing from Godstow Abbey in the summer of 1353, the hunt is on throughout the Oxfordshire countryside. Bookseller Nicholas Elyot and scholar Jordain Brinkylsworth are anxious to help the girl, but her stepfather has other intentions. Why is he so determined to shut her away for life? Or worse? And will she be found unharmed?
©2016 Ann Swinfen (P)2017 Ann Swinfen
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By Judith A. Weller on 06-18-17

Disappointing Second Book

I was very disappointed in this book. I had high hopes for the series after reading the first book. In a sense this book takes up the tale where the last book ended. While in the first book they solved the mystery of the murder of a young student at Oxford, in this book we are involved with his sister on the eve of taking her final vows at a nearby by convent.

However there is not much mystery here. The story is mostly about finding a way to get the heroine, the Novice of the title, out of the convent. There are long periods of following her escape and the efforts of her relative to track her down with dogs. Much of the book is taken up with the escape and flight. I found that rather boring and uninteresting. Some of you may have a different view. But it did not suit me. However, it was well written and you certainly had a feel for what the Novice was experiencing.

I hope that future books in the series will return to the murder/mystery theme of the first volume.

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By M.S. Green on 06-06-17

Simply Lovely

A beautifully told tale with great historic accuracy that brings to life the lives of the characters with quiet certainty

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By Amazon Customer on 11-20-17

Couldn’t put it down!

I loved this book and couldn’t put it down. It’s wonderfully written and narrated with fascinating historical details

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By Jennifer Chennell on 11-27-17

enjoyable

i like these tales.. will they tax your mind? will they send you off wringing your hands and pondering the meaning off it all? NO what they will do is whisk you off to anither time and place and tell a pleasant story in a pleasent way. If you like you novels light and enjoyable then go for it.

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