Published by Atria on Mar 3, 2015
Genres: Adult, Historical fiction
Format: eARC from Netgalley
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For fans of Diana Galbaldon’s Outlander series comes a gripping and passionate new historical novel. Intrigue, ancient secrets, fairy tales, and the glorious scenery of the Scottish borders drive the story of a woman who must find out who she really is.
Jesse Marley calls herself a realist; she’s all about the here and now. But in the month before Charles and Diana’s wedding in 1981 all her certainties are blown aside by events she cannot control. First she finds out she’s adopted. Then she’s run down by a motor bike. In a London hospital, unable to speak, she must use her left hand to write. But Jesse’s right-handed. And as if her fingers have a will of their own, she begins to draw places she’s never been, people from another time—a castle, a man in armor. And a woman’s face.
Rory Brandon, Jesse’s neurologist, is intrigued. Maybe his patient’s head trauma has brought out latent abilities. But wait. He knows the castle. He’s been there.
So begins an extraordinary journey across borders and beyond time, a chase that takes Jesse to Hundredfield, a Scottish stronghold built a thousand years ago by a brutal Norman warlord. What’s more, Jesse Marley holds the key to the castle’s secret and its sacred history. And Hundredfield, with its grim Keep, will help Jesse find her true lineage. But what does the legend of the Lady of the Forest have to do with her? That’s the question at the heart of Wild Wood. There are no accidents. There is only fate.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
This was an interesting story with a duel plotline: the modern day Jesse on a quest to find her birth mother, and Bayard from 1321 whose older brother’s choice of wife is causing strife in town.
I found that the historical story was far superior to the present story. Bayard was a well developed character, and all his actions were believable. His was a difficult life, but it had both ups and downs, and we got to see quite a few sides of him during his narrations.
On the other side, Jesse greatly aggravated me. She made several decisions that seemed ridiculous, and I wanted to shake some sense into her several times. Beyond that, Jesse’s story felt a little flimsy, without much purpose. It wasn’t tied to Bayard’s story very convincingly, and felt like a distraction from the main story.
Overall, I was seriously torn on the book as a whole because it didn’t feel very whole. It felt like a good historical story mixed with a weak modern story. I’d suggest reading it for the historical aspects mainly, as they were quite well written.