Wild Wood by Posie Graeme-Evans
1981. Jesse Marley calls herself a realist; she is all about the here and now. But in the month before Charles and Di's wedding all her certainties are suddenly blown aside by events she cannot control.
Finding herself in hospital, unable to speak, she must write everything down. And as if her fingers have a will of their own, she beings to draw places she's never been to, people from another time. Rory Brandon, Jesse's neurologist, is intrigued. He knows the place she is drawing - Hundredfield, a castle in the Scottish Borders - and Jesse demands to see it.
Unbeknown to them all, Jesse carries ancient knowledge that Hundredfield unlocks. She is key to the mystery that haunts this wild place, and she has a place in the legend of the lady who walks the forests …
I'm not usually drawn to historical fiction, but the dual storyline between the 14th and 20th century with a mysterious magical fairytale feel kept me engaged. I preferred the plotline set in 1981 and related to those characters more. The 14th century storyline gave the reader insight into what was happening to the characters in the 20th century, even if the characters themselves didn't know. The use of first person for the historical storyline and third person for the contemporary, made it easy to distinguish where you were in time.
I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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