Unhappy with her life, Jayjay, accompanied by her friend Sophie, vacations in Glenraven, a tiny country between France and Italy, "the last gate into Europe's mystical forgotten past." Their visit changes both them and Glenraven. Bradley and Lisle expertly juxtapose contemporary women and a medieval, magical culture. Recommended for fantasy collections.
Great book for Marion Zimmer Bradley fans!
From the back of the book:
Sophie had lost a child. She was looking for peace and rest. She didn't know what it was, but Glenraven promised her that.
JayJay had bad luck with husbands-three times a loser now, all she wanted was to be a million miles away from her small North Carolina town.
Glenrave seemed to be an alpine principality somewhere in the neighborhood of northern Italy-according to the unique guidebook advertising Glenraven's charms, obscure, almost non-traversable Alpine passages constituted the only way in. But in reality it was a magic kingdom detached in some strange dimensional way from our world. What the people of Glenraven wanted was a couple of heroes who would free them from a ruler who was quite literally a monster in human guise. What the people of Glenraven got were JayJay and Sophie.
They could have done worse.