An Epiphany Gift for Robin

Rated 4.60/5 based on 5 reviews
Award winning medieval romance author Joyce DiPastena brings you a touching Christmas tale of love and sacrifice set in the Middle Ages. While the Yule log roars in the great castle hearth and lords and ladies feast on Christmas goose, a serf family shivers in the cold. On the gift giving day of Epiphany, what can one poor peasant father do to bring light and hope to his wife and children? More
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About Joyce DiPastena

Joyce DiPastena dreamed of green medieval forests while growing up in the dusty copper mining town of Kearny, Arizona. She filled her medieval hunger by reading the books of Thomas B. Costain (where she fell in love with King Henry II of England), and later by attending the University of Arizona where she graduated with a degree in history, specializing in the Middle Ages. The university was also where she completed her first full-length novel…set, of course, in medieval England. Later, her fascination with Henry II led her to expand her research horizons to the far reaches of his “Angevin Empire” in France, which became the setting of her first published novel, "Loyalty’s Web" (a 2007 Whitney Award Finalist).

When she’s not writing, Joyce loves to read, play the piano, and spend time with her sister and friends. A highlight of her year is attending the annual Arizona Renaissance Festival .

Joyce is a multi-published, multi-award winning author who specializes in sweet medieval romances heavily spiced with mystery and adventure. She lives with her two cats, Clio and Glinka Rimsky-Korsokov, in Mesa, Arizona.

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Review by: Michener 78 on Aug. 20, 2013 :
Very good short story which could be expanded into an interesting novel. The love for family and knowing your child all wrapped into this short gem of a story.
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Review by: Margaret (Literary Chanteuse) on May 21, 2012 :
A heart warming Christmas story that captures the rural life of peasants in medieval times with such purity. A Father who would sacrifice himself and work himself to the bone to see his family well taken care of and with the deepest hope of seeing his children succeed to a better life is a something that any parent would wish for particularly at Christmas. A nice short story.
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Review by: Wanda Luce on Nov. 11, 2011 :
"An Epiphany Gift for Robin" carries the reader back in time to an age when serfs depended heavily on the mercy of their lords for their quaility of life. As I read, I found myself keenly reminded of how fortunate I am to live in today's world of plenty. In spite of our challenges, we enjoy a standard of living unknown in the Middle Ages, even among the rich. I also wondered about my ancestors who did live in the Middle Ages. I hope one day to hear about their lives. Thank you, Joyce, for this beautiful story written in your extraordinary style.
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Review by: Laurean Brooks on Nov. 09, 2011 :
Ms. DiPastena has written a beautiful story of love, giving and sacrifice in set in medieval times. It brought both tears of joy and tears of sadness to my eyes.

Ms. DiPastena reminds us that when it comes down to it, love and family are the only things worth fighting.

I highly recommend "An Epiphany Gift For Robin." It is a memorable, touching story written by a talented author.
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Review by: Larry Hammersley on Nov. 09, 2011 :
Ms.DiPastena has woven a touching tale taking place in a time long ago. The poverty of a family is well described and the wonderful closeness of this family living in hard times and appreciating the gifts they can have is well done. It will bring tears to your eyes as they draw even closer with a look to the future and hoping for freedom one day. I have read one of Ms. DiPastena's novels and she is a master of this time period both in descriptions and emotions.
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