A maiden, unable to recall who she is, must battle evil to regain the memory of her past and the hope of a future.
Awaking in the forest, a young maiden recalls naught—including her name. Equally conflicting is her desire to both slap and kiss Sir Galeron, the knight who claims to have protected her while she was unconscious. Much to her chagrin, he dubs her “Ruby of the Forest” due to her red hair, and insists she find refuge at his home of Ramstone. Prickling at his demanding ways, but with no other option, she accepts his offer. And although his kiss flames her attraction even more, Galeron dashes it with a confession. The brute is trothed to another.
Ruby’s journey is filled with laughter and weeping, daydreams and discovered abilities. But never does she feel complete. Her heart longs for a future that her past may destroy. Evil lurks, treading on each tidbit of memory she recovers. Will Ruby ever recall her past? And after an attack in the village that sparks a horrific nightmare, does she even want to?
Review: It’s been awhile since I have taken a reading journey into medieval times, but author J.M. Powers was able to ease me gently back into the genre with Jewel of Ramstone.
Although this robust read (a whopping 400+ pages) featured the typical language of the day complete with “thee” and “naught,” it didn’t hinder the storyline. With rich details, the author unfolds the story of a young woman with memory loss found by a handsome knight.
What started as a simple encounter in the woods creates a chain reaction that ultimately comes full circle. Although I was able to predict the outcome midway through the book, it was interesting to see how the other story threads were developed.
The romance woven into the story is suitable to the time period, with plenty of twists and turns courtesy of family secrets and regained memories. I especially loved how the book was organized into chapters with descriptive headings.
Jewel of Ramstone provided a thorough glimpse into medieval England, featuring knights, villains and a damsel in distress. While it might not be my typical genre, I found it to be an engaging read.