The Wishing Chalice was a "cute" time-travel romance and an easy read. Just as the story seems redundant, the plot changes to a more interesting level just in time. This seems to happen everytime the plot changes. The Hero Hunter is lovable; the heroine Isabel, is as well, and more complicated then the story allows. If the story had of been longer, giving more depth into the characters, I would of scored it much higher. This book of 320 pages or so had the makings of a great 500 page romance, given more detail, circumstance, and drama.
Twenty-five year old Isabel currently lives in England at her late grandmother's cottage as she recovers from a miscarriage and a divorce. England is not a strange land for Isabel as her English mother has lived there following the death of her American husband (Isabel's father) three years ago.
Isobel wanders a cemetery filled with the gravestones of her ancestors when the weather turns nasty. She seeks shelter, which Isabel finds in a dilapidated castle. There she notices a beautiful chalice.
Not long afterward, Isobel realizes something is not right in her world. She is no longer amidst ruins, but instead is inside a thriving castle. Stranger yet is the body that her mind resides in as she learns she is married to Hunter and living in Windermere Castle as his wife Detra in 1315. As she adapts to a new body and century (a bit too easily) she falls in love with her spouse who wonders if his wife is beginning to love him though he worries about her sanity.
Fans of time travel romance will enjoy the fine THE WISHING CHALICE though the story line is somewhat typical of the sub-genre as Isabel mentally adapts too easily for a modern day western woman going back to medieval times. Used to freedom of decision, Isabel would have to deal with loss of independence similar to the women trying to obtain any authority in post Taliban Afghanistan. Still the lead couple is a charming duet as Hunter is bewildered by his spouse's seemingly attitude adjustment and the support cast brings to live the early fourteenth century. The sub-genre audience will appreciate Sandra Landry's quality tale.
Isabel is deeply saddened by the breakup of her marriage. While recovering in a English counterside, she discovers a strange chalice that transports her into another woman's body,Lady Detra, in the 14th century. She is torn between her attraction to this woman's husband and her former life. It is clear that Lady Detra and her husband had a very troubled maeeiage.How long will she be in this woman's body and what happened to that woman? It is a dilemma and one that is tearing Isabel apart.
One of the best time-travel romances I've read. Reminds me of When There is Hope by Jane Goodger in that heroine is transported into another body and into a bad or unwanted marriage. Lots of hurdles for the main couple to overcome, but Isabel/Detra and Hunter's love is true. My only peeve is that Isabel wrestled too long with what she perceived as not being the true woman Hunter loved. 4 stars.
For the most part, I enjoyed this book. While most time travel stories involve the physical person moving backwards or forwards in time, this is one where the character finds herself in someone else's body. I found myself struggling through the MANY parts where Isabel wrestles with the right or wrong of being with a man who is technically married to another woman. I get the struggle, however, she's in the body he's married to, so I don't get dragging it on for so long. Sometimes, authors tend to make the main female character too slow on the uptake in these books and you just want to beat her about the head with said book. This would be one, IMHO. If you can get over that hump, it's a good read.
Mourning the breakup of her marriage, Isabel retreats to the serene English countryside to find some measure of peace and healing. There she stumbles upon an ancient pewter chalice - and is thrust centuries back in time into the body of another woman. Suddenly she is married to a total stranger - a fierce warrior who looks at his "wife" with undeniable yearning in his eyes...
Hunter had finally achieved his long-desired goal when the king gifted him with Windermere castle - and the hand of its beautiful lady, Detra. But his dream tasted like ashes, for although he was now her lord and husband, Detra despised him and vowed never to love him. But suddenly, Detra seems to have undergone a swift and bewildering change. She claims to have no memory of him, of the circumstances of their marriage and her hated for him, and forgets even her own name. Now, Hunter has a second chance - to woo his lady wife with kisses and seduce her with pleasure until nothing or no one can keep him from his heart's desire - no one, perhaps, but Isabel....