by David Burnett
by David Burnett
Published June 6th 2013 by Createspace
Ten years had passed since they joined hands at the high altar of the old abbey church, ten years since they were handfasted, engaged to be married. It had been ten years in which Katherine had finished college, completed med school, and become a doctor. For ten years they had not seen each other, had not spoken, and had not written. It was what they had agreed. "I'll find you," Steven had told her. "In ten years, when we have finished school, when we are able to marry, I'll find you. Whenever you see a yellow rose, remember me - remember I love you." For a decade, she had been waiting, hoping, and praying. Today, on her birthday, a vase of yellow roses was waiting when she arrived home. 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 her chance for the life for which she yearns. The Handfasting is a story of love: love renewed, a suitor spurned, a vicious attack, and a struggle for healing.
Katherine and Steven were in love. They had joined hands in an old abbey church. They stood before the altar and were handfasted in the Celtic custom. This means they were engaged to be married. They had agreed to finish their schooling and not to have any contact in ten years. To be in love and be separated from each other for ten years. Ten years of loving and longing. Steven had told her that every time she saw a yellow rose to think of him. Ten years later, on her birthday, she found a vase of yellow roses waiting for her at home. In the last ten years, another suitor came into the picture. Once united they found the strong love they had felt for each other, was still there. They had ten years of catching up and ten years apart is a lot of catching up, which could be hard to do. The author makes you feel that you are right there with Katherine and Steven. Mr. Burnett used good descriptions and you find before long you're thinking ahead as to what is going to happen. The book keeps your interest and brings out a lot of emotions. The author doesn't skip a beat, not one, so you don't have time to be bored. This is truly a beautiful story of love found again. The story is also about a suitor left, a terrible attack and the struggle to heal. THE HANDFASTING can not be read without emotions bursting forth. This romance is not a racy, hot romance, but a gentle, loving one. This is a book that everyone should read. The author did a wonderful job of presenting this gentle, sweet love story , mixed with tragedy.
I would give this book 5 STARS
I was given a complimentary ebook of THE HANDFASTING from Fiction Addiction Tours for this unbiased review.
REMEMBER I LOVE YOU, KATIE.
David Burnett 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 is his second novel. While most of the events in the story take place in New York City, psychologically, the story is set in the rural South of the 1970’s. David enjoys traveling, photography, baking bread, and the Carolina beaches. He has photographed subjects as varied as prehistoric ruins on the islands of Scotland, star trails, sea gulls, and a Native American powwow. David 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. David has graduate degrees in psychology and education and previously was Director of Research for the South Carolina Department of Education. He and his wife have two daughters.