Joyce DiPastena - An Epiphany Gift For Robin: A Short Medieval Christmas Story

Saturday, October 10, 2015

33. An Epiphany Gift For Robin: A Short Medieval Christmas Story by Joyce DiPastena (2011) (Revised Author's Edition 2015)
Length: 18 pages
Genre: Short Story
Started/Finished: 10 October 2015
Where did it come from? From Amazon
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 14 July 2015
Why do I have it? I like short stories and had read and enjoyed The Lady and the Minstrel by the same author in the past.

The Marcel family is perhaps the poorest family living among all the peasants who farm the baron's land in twelfth-century England. Many would call the serfs who work for Lord Beckford nothing more than chattel, no better than the oxen that plow his lordship's fields. And indeed, as the baron and his household feast on Christmas goose, all seated around a blazing Yule log, Arthur and his family; his loving, yet long-suffering wife Mariot, and their three children - nine-year-old Gilbert, seven-year-old Robert, and four-year-old Charlotte - shiver together in the cold.

In a time when serfs are not meant to love or to dream of a brighter future, Arthur Marcel dares to do both. Twelve days after Christmas - on the gift giving day of Epiphany - he will make a tremendous sacrifice. And Arthur Marcel's simple act of love and kindness will subsequently change the future of one of his family members forever.

I must say that I have actually read this book twice - once in August, and the other in October. I always love reading the background stories of certain characters and this one was no exception. I had already read The Lady and the Minstrel by Joyce DiPastena back in June of 2015 - and it was really wonderful to meet up with some of these characters again, this time as children. I give this short story an A!

A! - (90-95%)

May you read well and often