Friday, October 24, 2014

(Review and Giveaway) The Sharp Hook of Love by Sherry Jones

Publisher: Gallery Books/Simon and Schuster, October 7, 2014.
Genre: Historical Fiction, biographical, literary fiction.
Format: Advanced Reader Copy. Paperback.
ISBN: 978-1451684797
Pages: 384.
Rating: 5 Stars for excellent.
Source: Free copy from Simon and Schuster and France Book Tours in exchange for a review.
France Book Tours is managed by Emma at Words and Peace.

SHERRY JONES is also the author of Four Sisters, All Queens;
The Sword of Medina;
and her controversial, internationally bestselling debut, The Jewel of Medina.
She lives in Spokane, Washington.
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The giveaway link is located here @ The Sharp Hook of Love. 
It’s open internationally
We will have 10 winners: 
print or digital copy for US/Canada,
digital copy for overseas

Summary:
“To forbid the fruit only sweetens its flavor”
Among the young women of 12th century Paris, Heloise d’Argenteuil stands apart. Extraordinarily educated and quick-witted, she is being groomed by her uncle to become an abbess in the service of God.
But with one encounter, her destiny changes forever. Pierre Abelard, headmaster at the NĂ´tre Dame Cloister School, is acclaimed as one of the greatest philosophers in France. His controversial reputation only adds to his allure, yet despite the legions of women swooning over his poetry and dashing looks, he is captivated by the brilliant Heloise alone. As their relationship blossoms from a meeting of the minds to a forbidden love affair, both Heloise and Abelard must choose between love, duty, and ambition.
Sherry Jones weaves the lovers’ own words into an evocative account of desire and sacrifice. As intimate as it is erotic, as devastating as it is beautiful, The Sharp Hook of Love is a poignant, tender tribute to one of history’s greatest romances, and to love’s power to transform and endure. [provided by the author]

My Thoughts:
Young, Sweet, beautiful, intelligent, and naive Heloise, looses all common sense and becomes involved with an older experienced man named Pierre Abelard. I was not surprised at her attraction to Abelard. Heloise seeks affection and love. Heloise had been raised in a bleak monastery and is to become an abbess. Heloise is intellectual minded. But she is not wise to the world. There were moments in the story when I became exasperated with Heloise. I did not want her to become involved in a relationship that seemed unwise, yet she followed her heart.
While reading the story I had to place my age and logic on the back burner so to speak. I had to remember what it was like to be fully engulfed in passion. The Sharp Hook of Love is a story with the same resonance of Romeo and Juliet. I felt compassion for Abelard and Heloise, yet I had a nagging sense of fear for them.
I felt glued to the story, even though I felt troubled, I had to know what the future held for Abelard and Heloise.
The prose is evocative and dramatic.
The beauty of the story is in the closure. I had teary eyes as I read the last few pages.
The Sharp Hook of Love is an emotional read. It is a memorizing read. It is a haunting and memorable read.

Favorite quotes:
"The moon shone full and fertile." Page 124.
"A valuable jewel must be jealously guarded. She who makes herself a ewe will be eaten by the wolf." Page 36.
"The lofty thoughts which used to flood my mind and spill onto the wax will not come to me now. Instead, desire consumes me, and the pleasures of the flesh." Page 170.


VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR SCHEDULE

Tuesday, October 7
Review at Booksie’s Blog
Wednesday, October 8
Review + Giveaway at The Avid Reader
Spotlight + Giveaway at Caroline Wilson Writes
Thursday, October 9
Review + Excerpt + Giveaway at Unshelfish
Friday, October 10
Review + Giveaway at Just One More Chapter
Saturday, October 11
Guest-Post + Giveaway at Queen of All She Reads
Sunday, October 12
Review + Giveaway at An Accidental Blog
Thursday, October 16
Review + Giveaway at Vvb32 Reads
Friday, October 17
Review + Giveaway at Griperang’s Bookmarks
Saturday, October 18
Review + Giveaway at The Book Binder’s Daughter
Monday, October 20
Review + Giveaway at Caffeinatedlife.net
Interview at Caffeinatedlife.net
Wednesday, October 22
Review + Giveaway at Words And Peace
Thursday, October 23
Review + Giveaway at Book Nerd
Friday, October 24
Review + Giveaway at Impressions In Ink
Sunday, October 26
Review + Giveaway at Indiereadergirl0329

2 comments:

  1. thanks for your beautiful review and the selection of quotations. Glad you discovered through this novel this most famous French couple

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  2. Thank you for this review! Quite a few of the quotes in the book come from the lovers' own letters to each other, and also from the books they would have read. If your readers want more of the glorious "lost love letters" between Abelard and Heloise, they can go to my website for a download link to a video I've made -- as well as a link to the prologue and first chapter of THE SHARP HOOK OF LOVE. The address is: http://authorsherryjones.com/swag.

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