The Lost Books: Romance and Adventure in Tudor Times by Mo Conlan is a novel taking place in England, written as if it would have been at the time. Ms. Conlan is a seasoned journalist and writer.
- 290 pages
- Publisher : Atmosphere Press
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1639888004
I love books about books and this one looked like it would be entertaining and original. The “book about books” part is a small aspect of the overall narrative which has more to do with modern concepts of class, gender equality, and corruption in the government and church.
The Lost Books by Mo Conlan is a charming novel with a modern message, which had me on the fence. The novel’s narrative and writing style had me believe that it has taken place at the times of the Tudors, but the contemporary ideas took me out of it.
That’s not to take away anything from the importance of the themes mentioned.
I enjoyed the colorful characters which include an ex-pirate, ex-priest, ex-enslaved sailor, ex-nuns, and more. Lots of “ex’s” but it’s all fun and ends with a whimsical play / justified heist for a feel-good ending to a humorous and compelling narrative.
The romance part, to my surprise, was a lot of fun for me to read. Those types of stories are usually not what I enjoy, but combined with a heist and the overall whimsical tale it worked.
The older form of vocabulary was a lot of fun to read at first but became a bit of a challenge later on. This is not the author’s fault, I enjoyed it, but I would recommend picking up another book if you’re going to read it before bed, or while tired.
Henry Truelove, a squire from Cornwall, wants only one thing, to marry Morwenna. However, Morwenna will not marry him even though she loves him because she doesn’t want to be anyone’s property and give up her farm.
The story takes a turn when Morwenna’s family farm gets taxed to the point where they’ll lose the estate. However, Henry, Morwenna, and a band of “holy pirates” fight together to save their farm and rescue lost holy books in the process.
Zohar — Man of la Book
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