Monday, September 24, 2012
The Ballard of Gregoire Darcy by Marsha Altman
Once again Marsha Altman takes us on a wonderful journey into her imagination. If you have read her previous books: The Darcys and the Bingleys, The Plight of the Darcy Brothers and The Darcy’s Great Escape, you will know that Marsha packs her stories full of adventure and there is never a dull moment.
So even following an ex-monk on a pilgrimage through deepest darkest Ireland becomes an exciting action packed tale. It’s full of surprises and danger.
Follow Darcy’s half brother as he is thrown into the world.
If you haven’t read her previous books why not? Get on with it you won’t be sorry.
I have become very fond of Marsha Altmans characters and although I don’t think Jane Austen could have come up with plots like this from her quiet life at the parsonage, I feel sure she would have a good giggle if she could read these tales inspired by Pride and Prejudice.
This story as well as entertaining also touches again on the subject of mental health in a time when there was no help for people with mental illness and the King himself was afflicted.
This deeper and darker layer adds to the depth and intensity of Marsha Altmans writing.
She has just brought out the next story in her series The Knights of Derbyshire and I am already well and truly stuck into it and enjoying it.
( I apologize for the delay in getting this book reviewed, technical problems involving Jorgey (Blue Persian cat) a hot cup of tea (Lady Grey) and my Acer laptop, these three things don’t really mix it seems!)