The Handfasting by David Burnett Book Review and Blog Tour

Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions are 100% my own.

 

The Handfasting by David Burnett

Ten years had passed since they had joined hands in the ruins of the old abbey church. Standing before the high altar, they were handfasted in the Celtic custom, engaged to be married.

A rose bush had bloomed beside the ruined altar. Stephen had reached out to caress one of the flowers.

“I’ll find you,” he had said. “In ten years, when we have finished school, when we are able to marry, I’ll find you. Until then, whenever you see a yellow rose, remember me. Remember I love you.”

In those ten years, Katherine had finished college, completed med school, and become a doctor. In those ten years they had not seen each other, had not spoken, and had not written.

It was what they had agreed.

For a decade, she had been waiting, hoping, praying.

Today ─ her birthday─ she finds a vase of yellow roses when she reaches home.

Stephen, though, is not Katherine’s only suitor. Bill Wilson has known her since they were in high school. He has long planned to wed her, and he finally decides to stake his claim.

Although the action occurs primarily in New York City, psychologically, the story is set in a small town in Virginia. Change came slowly to the rural South in the nineteen-seventies, and attitudes toward women were most resistant to change. Women were expected to be subservient to men, to have children, to keep house. A woman was to be above reproach, and any hint of scandal was met with censure, with ostracism, with shame. These attitudes threaten to destroy Katherine and the life of which she dreams.

The Handfasting is a story of love renewed, a suitor spurned, a vicious attack, a struggle for healing. It is a story of love that survives.

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 My Review of The Handfasting

The Handfasting is the story of Katherine and Steven and of young love, true love, and forever love. I had no clue what a Handfasting was when I started reading this book, but quickly learned a lot about the ritual and how it binds two people together forever. Promises are made and Steven says he will find Katherine in 10 years.

Through fate a little work, Katherine and Steven are reunited 10 years later and the love is still there. They have a sweet romance and true love for each other. They have to learn about each other, again, after so many years apart. The emotions that they share pull you into the story and keep you there.

Throughout the book we hear about a man named Bill who persues Katherine for years and every time I read about him, it makes my skin crawl and my stomach ties in knots. That’s just the effect he has on me. I will tell you that there is a part in this book where I had to actually stop reading and put the book down because I was overwhelmed with emotion. I was able to come back to the book a little while later and finish reading, but to this day I can still see the scenes in this book that caused me to feel that way.

Katherine is such a strong woman and it was interesting to see how she reacted to the different situations that were thrown her way. Both good and bad, she has amazing strength. The love between Steven and Katherine cannot be broken and it is a true romance story.

This is definitely a must read book, with heart-tugging storylines that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

About the Author

David lives in Columbia South Carolina, with his wife and their blue-eyed cat, Bonnie. The Reunion, his first novel, is set in nearby Charleston. The Handfasting, his second book will be published this month.He enjoys traveling, photography, baking bread, and the Carolina beaches.

David has photographed subjects as varied as prehistoric ruins on the islands of Scotland, star trails, sea gulls, and a Native American powwow. He and his wife have traveled widely in the United States and the United Kingdom. During one trip to Scotland, they visited Crathes Castle, the ancestral home of the Burnett family near Aberdeen. In The Reunion, Michael’s journey through England and Scotland allows him to sketch many places they have visited.

David spent years in school(!), and he has graduate degrees in psychology and education. He and his wife have two daughters.

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