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The Abbess of Whitby by Jill Dalladay review

Updated on December 10, 2015

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I was sent a free copy of The Abbess of Whitby A Novel of Hild of Northumbria by Jill Dalladay in exchange only for my honest and unbiased review of The Abbess of Whitby A Novel of Hild of Northumbria by Jill Dalladay.

The Abbess of Whitby A Novel of Hild of Northumbria by Jill Dalladay

The Abbess of Whitby A Novel of Hild of Northumbria by Jill Dalladay is the story of a seventh-century evangelist. In The Abbess of Whitby A Novel of Hild of Northumbria by Jill Dalladay Hild is chose as a handmaiden for Eostre; during this time Hild will serve the fertility goddess for a year after which she will be married. This all changes when King Edwin claims her as kin then she learns that her father was in fact murdered. Hild's life turns unpredictable when her love is put in command of Edwin's forces and married to her sister. As she begins to wonder who murdered her father her suspicion turns to King Edwin, however when she confronts him she is married off in a political marriage to ensure the safety of the northern frontier. Hild's marriage is a loveless one, but when she comes across the ona priests making pilgrimages to spread Christ's love her life changes for the better. Hild helps to build communities and teach Christ's love to others this brings followers including King Oswy, who :

  • entrusts her with his child
  • gives her Whitby
  • seeks her help to reconcile divisions in his kingdom

Jill Dalladay

Not much is known about Jill Dalladay as she lacks an amazon author's page and her author's page on Goodreads is beyond brief. Jill Dalladay Whitby, England. However, it is known that Jill Dalladay is a:

  • classicist
  • historian
  • former head teacher-who pioneered the Cambridge Latin course

Review

As I wrote at the top of this hub: "I was sent a free copy of The Abbess of Whitby A Novel of Hild of Northumbria by Jill Dalladay in exchange only for my honest and unbiased review of The Abbess of Whitby A Novel of Hild of Northumbria by Jill Dalladay."

The book starts with a contents page where the book is broken down into three parts. Then there is the family tree, maps, and characters. I always like it when books lay out family trees, maps, and characters right at the beginning of the book as it allows the reader to go back to it through out the book to clear things up. The family tree was very helpful through out The Abbess of Whitby A Novel of Hild of Northumbria by Jill Dalladay as it helped me to understand who was related to who and how they were related.

I can personally say that I found The Abbess of Whitby A Novel of Hild of Northumbria by Jill Dalladay to be rather boring for the first part of the book it was not until part two and three that the book actually started to interest me. I would not say that this was a bad book, but it was very bogged down by useless information that was not needed for the overall story line. If it was not for the family tree the book would have made no sense the book does a really bad job on telling the reader how the characters are related to one another. I found the beginning to be confusing. It would have helped to have a general information section where the author could explain a bit about the history and belief system of the kingdom.

I personally would not recommend this book to those who enjoy an exciting read with a fast pace plot. However if you are the type of person who likes a slow build up where the pieces slowly fall in to place to make sense then you will enjoy this book.

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