Friday, November 18, 2011
Books For The Road - Glastonbury Tor
Glastonbury Tor by Leanne Hardy fell on my reading list at exactly the right spot. We had just returned from our trip to Ireland and I was steeped in Irish and English history and still marveling at the old abbeys we had visited rich with history and folklore. But whether you've traveled to such places or not, you will be drawn into the story of a young man caught in the struggles of the times.
Colin, faced with his mother's death and an overpowering father, runs to the place he feels he will be accepted--the abbey at Glastonbury Tor. While there, he is drawn into the struggles going on between Henry VIII's rampage to destroy all the monasteries and the church that he was taught to love. Unfortunately he discovers that there are some in the church who are not what they should be either. He must face his own fears, find courage within himself to follow what is right, and above all, learn to forgive as well as be forgiven.
Hardy paints a wonderful picture of where this all takes place--a real place in the south west of England. She did a heap of research including a two week stay in the area and the results are a very accurate portrayal of the events that took place around the abbey. While Colin's story is fictional as is Colin himself, his story is made all the more believable by the setting into which Hardy has thrust him.
This would be an excellent read if you are planning a trip to the UK or Ireland. You are bound to visit some very old churches and abbeys and the story will enrich your visit.