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Lady of Hay: Two Women, Eight Hundred Years, and the Destiny They Share | Barbara Erskine
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Two Women, Eight Hundred Years, and the Destiny They Share "Barbara Erskine can make us feel the cold, smell the filth, and experience some of the fear of the power of evil men...The author's storytelling talent is undeniable." -Times of London With a story as mesmerizing as it is chilling, Lady of Hay explores how Jo, a journalist investigating hypnotic regression, plunges into the life of Matilda, Lady of Hay-who lived eight hundred years earlier. As she learns of Matilda's unhappy marriage, her troubled love for Richard de Clare, and the brutal treatment she received from King John, it seems that Jo's past and present are hopelessly entwined. Centuries later, a story of secret passion and unspeakable treachery is about to begin again-and she has no choice but to brave both lives if she wants to shake the iron grip of history. "So well researched and so well written that it is almost impossible to put down. The novel has everything that readers of racy fiction could ask for: beautiful characters, exotic settings, and passion...situations and characters that are so completely convincing that they come to life." -Philadelphia Inquirer "Told with hair-raising intensity, this is a gripping tale." -Daily News "Barbara Erskine is a superb storyteller." -Los Angeles Daily News "Fascinating, absorbing, original-all such praise comes easily when describing Barbara Erskine's Lady of Hay. But perhaps the most suitable word is hypnotic." -She What Readers are Saying "A classic in its own right." "An extraordinary story of time travel at its best." "The most unputdownable book I have ever come across." Barbara Erskine is a historian and internationally bestselling author of Lady of Hay as well as Time's Legacy, Kingdom of Shadows, Encounters, Child of the Phoenix, Midnight Is a Lonely Place, House of Echoes, Distant Voices, Whispers in the Sand, Hiding from the Light, and On the Edge of Darkness. Her first novel blending the historical and the supernatural catapulted her to success, and her novels have been translated into thirty languages.
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Barbara Erskine is a must read for anyone who enjoys dual time narratives. New to Erskine? Start with Lady of Hay (tagged, but not pictured). #TimeWarp


@TrishB and @Andrew65 will support this post and can also offer up recommendations 😊

TrishB I love all of them but Lady of Hay will always be my favourite ❤️ it was one of mine and my Mum‘s books. I brought her a hard back which she thought was too nice to keep reading! So I brought her a paperback and she reread quite a few times. I have this old tatty one now too. 13mo
rubyslippersreads I definitely need to read these. 13mo
Cinfhen It‘s funny how I think of this book in terms of @TrishB and her mum ❤️❤️ 13mo
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TrishB @Cinfhen so many books I do that now with friends stories on Litsy 💜 13mo
Andrew65 I started on Lady of Hay and love all three of her big books. Lady of Hay, Child of the Phoenix and the Kingdom of Shadows. All wonderful reads. @TrishB @Cinfhen @Melissa_J @rubyslippersreads 13mo
Andrew65 Another favourite would be 13mo
LeahBergen I read Lady of Hay soooooo many years ago. Perhaps I need to do a nostalgic reread one day. 🤔 13mo
vivastory Hadn't heard of this before, glad to see the love for them! 13mo
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It‘s difficult to find the right words to express my feelings about this book. I can‘t say that I loved it, because that seems too trite, but I can say that this story haunts me. I felt tremendous admiration for the strength and perseverance of this 12th century heroine, and was surprised to identify so strongly with her, while feeling annoyance with her weak and fearful modern counterpart. Excellent #historical, highly recommended ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Arcana Thank you @TrishB for sharing this author! I‘m so thankful to be a part of the Litsy community, where all of the sharing has given me so many new authors to love❤️ 1y
TrishB Awww....I‘m so glad you loved it 💕 this book had a massive impact on me too and still one of my fav reads. So many new authors discovered via Litsy too. 1y
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I've been reading this one for months and months. But I did really enjoy it in the end. I lost some interest about half-way through and was turned off by a few violent scenes, but the last 200 pages were so captivating! 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Melissa_J Love this book!! Have you read Child of the Phoenix? It‘s my favourite Erskine novel. 2y
Ms.Story @Melissa_J I haven't read that one yet, but I'll check it out! I loved Sleeper's Castle though 😊 2y
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#feelitstill #aprella
My Mum and I used to read Barbara Erskine together. This was her very loved and well read copy of her favourite. It was on her bed side cabinet when we cleared her flat after she died and I had to keep it (despite having 3 copies of my own!).
Happy memories ❤️

Reviewsbylola I love this. What a fond memory. 2y
Cinfhen So lovely 💕is there a book that‘s special to you and your daughter?!? 2y
Kalalalatja Lovely memory 💕💕 2y
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Leftcoastzen Priceless . Thanks for sharing . 2y
JazzFeathers 💔💕 2y
emilyhaldi What a special memory ❤️ loved seeing your posts all month!! 🙌🏻 2y
C.Perone 💕💜💕 2y
TrishB @Cinfhen @Reviewsbylola @Mdargusch @emilyhaldi thanks for a great month ladies ❤️ 2y
TrishB @Cinfhen we love a good cry so it‘s definitely The Perks of Being a Wallflower and A List of Cages ❤️ 2y
Cathythoughts Happy memories 👍🏻❤️❤️ 2y
Mdargusch Wow! I love you sweet memory! 2y
Crewgurl ❤️ 2y
rohit-sawant 💕💕 2y
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#unforgettable #decdays
An unforgettable book - because it‘s brilliant and because it‘s the first book my Mum and I read as a buddy read! 30 years ago! She re-read it so many times I think this is the 3rd one I brought her. I kept it from her bed side table when she passed on. You can see how loved it was the front is so worn.

Cinfhen That's amazing, Trish 💞💞truly #unforgettable and how treasured of a memory 2y
TrishB @Cinfhen it‘s good when you can remember with a smile 💕 2y
LeahBergen What a beautiful memory. ❤️❤️ 2y
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Cinfhen Absolutely 2y
Eggs Lovely memory 😔 2y
bookwrm526 It‘s lovely that you have such a tangible thing to accompany the memories 2y
CAnne What a sweet memory ❤ 2y
Andrew65 A lovely story and memory. I love this book too, and my copy looks just like this! 2y
batsy ❤️❤️ How lovely. And I know you've mentioned reading books together with your daughter... A wonderful tradition. 2y
TrishB @CAnne @Andrew65 thank you ❤️ 2y
TrishB @batsy we read at least one book a month together 👍🏻 I‘ve loved to see her developing her own preferences- she loves Hardy whom I have disliked since school - but am re-reading and appreciating a bit more (I wouldn‘t say a fan still!) 2y
Cathythoughts @TrishB this is so lovely, very moving you still have the book ✨makes me feel sad & happy all at once ❤️and that you carry on with your daughter is magical ✨ (edited) 2y
Centique 💕that is so beautiful 💕 2y
Reggie ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
Balibee146 Beautiful keepsake 💜💜💜 2y
TrishB @Balibee146 it‘s the little things ❤️ 2y
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Perfect reading weather anyway 😜🦄🌧

Mimi28 Wow!! Mine was nice today for some reason!! ??? Check it out it's right above this post on the feed. 3y
SexyCajun Lol what weather app is that? 3y
Lmstraubie 😂😂😂 3y
Ms.Story @SexyCajun The app is called "What the forecast"! 3y
SexyCajun @Ms.Story LMAO.. I found it.. Love it! 3y
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#bookspinebeauty #sparklingmaybookishdreams a collection of my favourite spines. 🐉📚maybe I should be dusting instead of reading 😂

Melissa_J I loved each of those Barbara Erskine books. 3y
Dragon Thanks @Melissa_J a friend recommended them but I'm intimidated by their size so still tbrs 😀 3y
Bookworm-Bobbie I love Barbara Erskine. They're not difficult to read. I started reading her books when I was 15! They're so good! 😁 3y
Dragon Thanks @Bookworm-Bobbie which one should I try first ? 3y
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Because The Sleepers Castle has just released it spurned me into reading this.An action packed historical fiction dual time regression novel set in 12th Century Wales which thrusts you back in to the 20th Century. It features a sassy news reporter who finds out she was Matilda of Hay,Wife of William Da Braose,in love with the Knight Richard De Clare and fleeing the death threats of King John.Released 25yrs ago it has really stood the test of time!

Loreen One of my favorites! I'm glad you enjoyed it. 👍🏼 4y
CleverGirl I loooooved this book. I think I read it because Diana Gabaldon recommended it in The Outlandish Companion. It did not disappoint! 4y
Whatannareads I loved this book read this must be nearly 10 years ago now! She has a recent one called sleepers castle that's set in Hay like this one x 3y
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Picked up these today. I need to read Lady of Hay before my copy of Sleepers Castle arrives!😍x

Loreen I love Lady of Hay. One of my favorite time travel books. 4y
Furny Yes it seems to have many fans. It's a tomb of a book but I'm looking forward to it!. Xx 4y
Shazzer My Aunt gave me three of her books to read. Do I have to read them in order. One of them is Lady of Hay 4y
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