Lynne den Hartog is a good writer. I already knew that. And she's good at writing romantic stories. I already knew that. And she's also good at writing stories that seem to border on mythological. I already knew that as well.
So when I saw the title of this book, I wanted to read it. Could it be that Lynne had written a book about Avalon, the land of heros, where King Arthur was taken when he was thought to be mortally wounded?
I was anxious to find out.
Well, it's not a book about King Arthur. There's no shining armor in this story. You see, Avalon is also the name of a place of Celtic mythology, an island paradise in the west. Lynne has written about something even more magical than Excalibur.
But that wasn't the end of my surprises. This isn't a book of stories, but it contains stories. You see, some of the chapters in this book are stories Lynne has shared with some of her friends in the past, and I had had the good fortune to read a few of them. And when I read them, I thought they were wonderful stories.
But it seems that all along Lynne was working on a secret project. The things Lynne had shared with us weren't simply stories, they were episodes in a beautiful book she was writing. What appeared to me to be simple, unconnected and lovely tales were actually pieces of a glorious tapestry Lynne was making -- and what I once thought were stories were actually a series of events connected by golden thread, making this book into a superb reading experience.
This is Lynne's best work. I was so captivated by this book that once I had sat down started reading it I did not stand again until I was finished. Buy the book, and when you do, make sure you have a lot of free time ahead of you before you start reading.