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The Thorn and the Blossom One enchanting romance Two lovers keeping secrets And a uniquely crafted book that binds their stories forever When Evelyn Morgan walked into the village bookstore she didn t know she would meet the

  • Title: The Thorn and the Blossom
  • Author: Theodora Goss Scott McKowen
  • ISBN: 9781594745515
  • Page: 203
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Thorn and the Blossom By Theodora Goss Scott McKowen, One enchanting romance Two lovers keeping secrets And a uniquely crafted book that binds their stories forever.When Evelyn Morgan walked into the village bookstore, she didn t know she would meet the love of her life When Brendan Thorne handed her a medieval romance, he didn t know it would change the course of his future It was almost as if they were the cursed loversOne enchanting romance Two lovers keeping secrets And a uniquely crafted book that binds their stories forever.When Evelyn Morgan walked into the village bookstore, she didn t know she would meet the love of her life When Brendan Thorne handed her a medieval romance, he didn t know it would change the course of his future It was almost as if they were the cursed lovers in the old book itself .The Thorn and the Blossom is a remarkable literary artifact You can open the book in either direction to decide whether you ll first read Brendan s, or Evelyn s account of the mysterious love affair Choose a side, read it like a regular novel and when you get to the end, you ll find yourself at a whole new beginning.

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    1. Rating Clarification 1.5 StarsI m bummed I wasn t as taken with this story as I hoped to be After all, it involves cue Julie Andrews from The Sound of Music a few of my favorite things 1 A Cornish setting2 A quaint bookstore3 A hunky Brit hero4 A fairy tale legend about Sir Gawain, the Green Knight, and Queen Elowen5 Lost loves past lives intertwining throughout the centuries6 A beautiful cover one of the most beautiful I ve personally ever seen 7 A very cool book design, with an accordian like [...]

    2. Mathias Malzieu, the singer of the French music band, Dionysos, has quoted while saying about love We love each other like matches in the dark We don t talk, we catch fire instead Theodora Goss, an American author, has weaved a sweet fairy tale in her new book, The Thorn and the Blossom.Synopsis One enchanting romance Two lovers keeping secrets And a uniquely crafted book that binds their stories forever.When Evelyn Morgan walked into the village bookstore, she did not know she would meet the lo [...]

    3. Beautiful but could have been richer in events When Evelyn Morgan walked into the village bookstore, she didn t know she would meet the love of her life When Brendan Thorne handed her a medieval romance, he didn t know it would change the course of his future It was almost as if they were the cursed lovers in the old book itself Evelyn, an american wealthy girl, litt student in Oxford, decides to spend a week in Cornwall to write something other than according to professor Lambert her fanciful [...]

    4. I m totally a Shardbearer So this morning was not such a great morning I woke up late, forgot to wash my hair last night, the puppies had accidents in their kennels, forgot to write a check for my daughters school pictures the day was not going so well Until this baby was in the pile of yesterdays mail I would like to thank Quirk Books Publishing for sending me a copy of The Thorn and the Blossom by Theodora Goss I was not expecting this in the mail WOOP WOOP Look at the detail and the illustrat [...]

    5. If I was giving out an award for most creative book format The Thorn and the Blossom would win it hands down Instead of a normal book you have an accordion style binding that allows you to read two different views of the same story depending on which side you start from The book is held together in a cardboard sleeve to stop it unfolding when on the shelf.One side of the book introduces Evelyn, a young woman with an interest in medieval literature who is in Cornwall on holiday after finishing a [...]

    6. Lent to me by a friend thanks I received it in the post today and read it this evening in one go It s a pair of connected novellas short stories, which cover or less the same events from the point of view of the two main participants It doesn t really matter which you read first each illuminates and complements the other It s a lot of fun, actually the physical copy of the book has concertina pages, so you read it one way, turn it round, and read back the other It s a very nice little volume.Th [...]

    7. This book was incredibly disappointing for me No substance here and not much of a tale I don t know what to make of this book Is it a book No, it s of a short tale less than 40 pages each for the two tales The characters were flat and there was not much of a story or plot It s incredibly short and devoid of any details I found it insipid and cliche and do NOT recommend it to my friends

    8. Like most other readers, I was drawn to this little book by the format an accordion book with the same story from two different perspectives printed on either side of the pages, so that you can start from either direction and get a different version How cool is that Answer very cool.The story is a well written little romance that can be read in a sitting each story has 36 pages of text While the structure is traditional, the author s writing makes it feel fresh, and I was drawn into Evelyn and B [...]

    9. Evelyn and Brendan are both students at Oxford when they meet in the tiny Cornish town of Clews, where Evelyn is taking a much needed break and Brendan is working in his father s bookstore A romance begins to bloom between the two, and Brendan shares with Evelyn his favorite legend a local Arthurian variant about star crossed lovers Gawan and Elowen Then something uncanny occurs, and Evelyn and Brendan part and lose touch Ten years later they meet again while teaching at Bartlett College in Virg [...]

    10. I received this book courtesy of Quirk Books in exchange for an honest review.Have patience, love, and we shall meet againAs surely as wild roses have their thornsFor weary years eventually pass.The Thorn and the Blossom is quite literally a two sided love story about Brendan Thorne and Evelyn Morgan Intertwined with their love story is the tale of Elowen, queen of Cornwall and Gawan and their own timeless love story Brendan and Evelyn first meet when she walks into Brendan s family bookstore in [...]

    11. Originally posted at Paperback Wonderland.Never judge a book by its cover I already knew this and yet, here I am.This is, quite easily, one of the prettiest books I own The book itself, as an object, is worth a whole star perhaps even .Now the storyFirst of all, and this is important, it s not badly written The dialogue is a bit trite and at times unbelievable, but other than that it s fine The plot hinges on a clich I personally hate that of star crossed lovers who will fall in love because it [...]

    12. I will be honest The thing that attracted me first to this book was the different way in which it was packaged, an accordian style binding The whole concept was pretty clever I thought, one story told from two different people s perspectives The underlyning message of the story was not cloaked by any means The reader knows right away who the characters are were and the fate that they face, but instead of making the story boring it was interesting to be able to pick out the details of the origin [...]

    13. Note This review will be done in 3 parts One for each version of the story and then the final for an overview of the entire story as a whole I began with Brendan s Story.Brendan s Story In this part, we are introduced to Brendan Thorne He lives in Clewes, where he helps his father with the Thorne Son bookstore This part left my heart aching with romantic longing I was really hoping they would end up together This is exactly the kind of romance I enjoy One where there are obstacles, but the story [...]

    14. I can t review this book without first commenting on the physical design Accordion style, printed on both sides, the book doesn t have a spine That forces you to hold the book carefully, almost cradling it, which for me enhanced the sort of magical artifact found in my grandmother s attic artifact nature that I ate up I suppose others will find it gimmick y, but I was immediately charmed.The book tells the same story from two different viewpoints, that of Evelyn, an American medievalist who spen [...]

    15. I ve read a number of reviews of this book online People are generally enthusiastic about the accordion book concept and the sheer beauty of The Thorn and the Blossom as a physical object, and rightly so Many seem to have read it because they were so attracted to its material form, and to have approached it with excited cries of The packaging The packaging I, on the other hand, approached with cries of The Goss The Goss So this is a Goss reader s review, because I have been in love with her work [...]

    16. I m a fan of Quirk Books They re always looking for ways to challenge the status quo a bit, try something new, and I appreciate that And with hits like Miss Peregrine s Home for Peculiar Children to their name, they aren t doing a bad job of it, either So I m always curious to see what they have planned next But The Thorn and the Blossom surprised even me I mean, I knew of accordion bindings in a sort of abstract way, as something that s just not done And yet, here they are, doing it.And I have [...]

    17. This is a beautiful little book it looks so good on a book shelf just the look of it deserves 5 stars But when I have to rate the story then the only thing I can say at least it was short What bothered me the most was that a grown up woman would constantly run away like that and not apologize for this irritating behavior as soon as possible And sadly, the two main characters stayed flat never really coming to life This story is not for me.

    18. Whatever else there is to say about this book, it s a lovely concept, and beautifully executed It is called a Two Sided Love Story , and this is literal we are able to read the story from the point of view of each of the lovers Rather than being bound like an ordinary book, the pages are strung together in accordion folds, sandwiched between two very pretty covers, and encased in a gorgeous slipcover When one story is finished, the book is turned around, and the end of one leads into the beginni [...]

    19. Esse livro maravilhoso em tantos sentidos que vou ter dificuldade em saber por onde come ar.Vamos tentar come ar pela edi o Essa capa maravilhosa, uma das mais lindas que tenho na minha estante, o livro tem algumas ilustra es e ele parece ter sido feito com muito cuidado.O formato do livro, sanfonado, tamb m um diferencial apesar de eu ter tido dificuldades para segurar o livro no come o da leitura haha O livro possui este formato porque ele conta a mesma hist ria duas vezes, cada lado do livro [...]

    20. The reversible book that tells the story of a romance separately from each character s point of view.I expected I mean, it would be very tricky to do this, not knowing which story the reader would read first, but if I read the same events twice from different POVs, I expect that the second story will in some way change the meaning of the first one, or shed new light on it, or whatever Instead, frankly this just felt like reading the same story twice Also, maybe I m too old and grumpy for romanc [...]

    21. This is a very beautifully produced book Presented in a slip case, the volume within folds like an accordion, allowing you to finish one of the two parallel stories within and then turn around and read the other one The stories themselves tell you the tale of the relationship between an American woman and a British man who meet in Cornwall, find each other, lose each other, find each other again and lose each other once again By the end of the stories they are both in Cornwall again Apart from m [...]

    22. This is one of those book that in concept and theory I would love Star cross lovers, Medieval tale mixed with lives a thousand years after I even liked the idea of two perspectives of the story offered uniquely through the accordion binding.There is so much to go for in this book, but the storytelling missed in so many places The idea of alternating perspective was weakly pulled through The author repeated line for line certain parts which I felt could have been executed differently The whole ta [...]

    23. Usually when I am reading a story, the format doesn t matter to me ebook, paperback, hardcover, PDF, or computer file are all just vehicles for the story and quickly fade into the background But with this book it mattered Initially, I didn t know how to hold this book It kept falling into its accordion folds and ending up in my lap I almost felt like it needed one of those reading stands that you see in medieval book rooms along with the white, acid free gloves you wear to not damage the pages T [...]

    24. 4 1 2 Stars This is one of the most unique novels and I m glad I was given a chance to read and review this I may not have discovered this literary gem otherwise.When Evelyn, an American, makes an impromptu visit across the ocean to Cornwall, she hopes to just get away from it all for a week Oxford and her studies, her parentsShe wasn t counting on meeting Brendan Thorne and forming a connection to him While walking through a forest together near the end of her week long vacation, Brendan kisses [...]

    25. This review was originally publised at Fluttering ButterfliesThe Thorn and the Blossom by Theodora Goss is an unusual book I think Quirk Books is a publisher that really tries to play with different formats and other things with their books, and it is no expection with this title What initially grabbed me about The Thorn and the Blossom is this very unique accordian style format that allows the two stories to be told the first from the front and the second from the back It s all a little bit dif [...]

    26. This is a love story the story of Evelyn and Brendan I really enjoyed this book the format is something I think a lot of people will be talking about It s printed accordion style and you can either read Evelyn s story first or Brendan s, it doesn t really matter, they both read from front to back, from different ends of the book.Evelyn is an American who sometimes sees things and is always being told she s too imaginative for her own good and that she needs to get serious with her life She feel [...]

    27. Let me start by saying that I love Quirk Books They do a lot of unique and interesting things with the books they choose to publish I ve long said that working at Quirk would be my dream job, especially after I got to meet a few members of their tiny staff during grad school Unfortunately, that small staff means that they never seem to hire anything expect unpaid interns Maybe one day if I could reconcile the fact that I d have to move back to Philadelphia Anyway the subtitle of this book is a t [...]

    28. This is a beautiful novella The book is accordion bound telling two sides of a wonderfully told love story The book is housed in a gorgeous slip cover The artwork is stunning This is one book I highly recommend buying the print version versus the e book edition The quality of the paper and cover are extraordinary One side tells the story from Evelyn s viewpoint Evelyn travels to Cornwall for a week, where she meets Brendan in a bookstore They both discover their common love for medieval literatu [...]

    29. I do not think I would have picked up this book if it were not for the unique binding Having read Mark Z Danielewski s two sided novel Only Revolutions, I was intrigued by another attempt at the dual story printed on opposite sides of the same physical book Where Danielewski s novel was almost impenetrable you had to flip the book every nine pages , Goss has achieved an interesting balance here You truly can read either story first and it does affect the other.The basic premise is two Oxford stu [...]

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