Song at Dawn

Rated 5.00/5 based on 1 reviews
Winner of Global Ebooks award for Best Historical Literary Fiction (medieval category)
1150 in Provence, where love and marriage are as divided as Christian and Muslim. On the run from abuse, Estela wakes in a ditch with only her lute, her amazing voice, and a dagger hidden in her petticoats.
'Believable, page-turning and memorable' - S.P.Review
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Words: 110,970
Language: English
ISBN: 9781465813329
About Jean Gill

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I'm a Welsh writer and photographer living in the south of France with a very big white dog, a Nikon D700 and a man. I taught English in Wales for many years and my claim to fame is that I was the first woman to be a secondary headteacher in Carmarthenshire. I'm mother or stepmother to five children so life has been pretty hectic.

I've published all kinds of books, both with conventional publishers and self-published. You'll find everything under my name from prize-winning poetry and novels, military history, translated books on dog training, to a cookery book on goat cheese. My work with top dog-trainer Michel Hasbrouck has taken me deep into the world of dogs with problems, and inspired one of my novels. With Scottish parents, an English birthplace and French residence, I can usually support the winning team on most sporting occasions.

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Review by: Sharon E. Cathcart on Aug. 18, 2012 :
Overall rating: 4.5/5 stars.

"Song at Dawn" is the story of Estela de Matin, a would-be troubairitz (female troubadour) in the court of Eleanor of Aquitaine.

Estela is quite literally found in a ditch, muddy and injured, with only her mandora (also called an oud) and a large white dog who will not leave her side. Of course, she has a secret -- which is revealed about midway through the book.

Estela is taken under the wing of Eleanor's troubadour, Dragonetz, a former Crusader with no desire to return to the Holy Land. Instead, Dragonetz is obsessed with the idea of leaving service and running a paper mill. Having learned about paper during the Crusades, he is determine that each and every person should have access to all sorts of writing materials; paper would allow for that to happen and, in the process, wrest control of literacy from the Church.

There are many twists and turns in the plot and many people are not quite what they seem to be at first glance. I found the characters to be well-drawn and interesting, and the overall story exceedingly well researched and presented.

Highly recommended for fans of historical fiction.

Congratulations to the author on her win at the Global eBook Awards.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)

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