Touchstone of Love by Beth Barany Review & Spotlight

Print Length:  93 Pages
Publisher:  Firewolf Books (January 5, 2014)
Sold By:  Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language:  English
Genre:  Romance
Format:  Digital

About the Book:

A time-travel romance by award winning novelist, Beth Barany.

When a thunderstorm transports software expert Rose Waldman to thirteenth century France, she meets hunky stonemason Julien, who is secretly creating a gargoyle in defiance of his master mason. Can independent gadget loving Rose trust her life and heart to Julien, and can she really never go home again?  Read excerpt here!

Where to buy ‘Touchstone of Love’


What Others Are Saying…

“…a unique take on gargoyles which I thoroughly enjoyed. I highly recommend!” — Karysa Faire

“…The story was really romantic and the two of them together are just pure magic. It is rare that I find a couple rather than a single character really making a story worth while, but this one does just that.” — Kathy Horseman

“… recommend this novella to anyone who is looking for an entertaining read for the night or weekend.” — Lisa


 My Review
I chose to read this book, because the description sounded like it would be a good book.  This book is a little over 90 pages, so it didn’t take but a few hours to read. 

The story starts with Rose in France where she misses her flight in Edinburgh, Scotland, where she is supposed to give a talk at a conference on Human Computers.  Plus she has an annual date with a successful business man that she doesn’t want to miss.  Rose re-books her flight for the next morning and sets off to her hotel to rest.  

She later goes out for a run around the city and discovers a cathedral (she loves cathedrals), with a strange, stone gargoyle sitting at the back.  The wind starts to blow and it seems it may rain.  Rose reaches out to touch the gargoyle, and at the same time is struck in the back of the head by lightening.  When she wakes up, she soon discovers she is in France in the year 1240. 

I rated this book the way I did, because I found it ‘just ok’.  To me there just wasn’t any ‘romance’ between Rose and Julien.  Of course they each thought the other was wonderful to look at, but not much else.  You can’t really fall in love with someone you know nothing else about, besides that they look good. 

There was one part in the book where Rose thinks to herself, ‘He was betrothed after all, and she really shouldn’t make any more advances.  But when had that stopped her in the past?   Her former lovers had sometimes been husbands, or boyfriends separated from their wives or lovers.’  I thought to myself, Rose is just a little tramp, but to give her credit she did ‘instantly’ change her way of thinking later in the story.

I know that this book was a novella and I understand that is why it was so short, but the relationship between Rose and Julien was just based on ‘looks’.  I didn’t feel connected or invested in them in any way.  ‘Touchstone of Love’ is very well written, but the story just didn’t grab me, and leave me wanting more.


About Beth

Based in Oakland, California, Beth Barany writes magical tales of romance and adventure to transport readers to new worlds where anything is possible.

In her off hours, Beth enjoys capoeira, traveling, and watching movies with her husband, bestselling author Ezra Barany, and playing with their two cats, Kitty and Leo. 

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