Lady of Hay by Babara Erskine

About the book

In London, high-flying journalist Jo Clifford is planning to debunk past-life regression in a hard-hitting magazine piece. But her scepticism is shaken when she undergoes hypnosis and finds herself reliving the experiences of Matilda, Lady of Hay, a noblewoman during the reign of King John. As she learns of Matilda’s unhappy marriage, her love for the handsome Richard de Clare and the brutal threats of death at the hands of King John, it becomes clear that Jo’s past and present are hopelessly entwined and that, eight hundred years on, a story of secret passion and unspeakable treachery is about to begin again…

Reviewed by Boaters Book Club:

On the plus side it was considered a compelling, easy read containing cliff hangers. Everyone felt drawn back to it. The historical aspects were enjoyed especially for the clothes, action, marriages (under age), life in general, the buildings and even the violence. It was thought to be well researched and based on truth which brought it alive. On the negative side it was considered repetitious and far too long, the characters got confused in who did what, and that some aspects like developing the character of King John were missed. Finding the treasure at the end was ridiculous and other modern bits farcical with everyone being “lovely” and generally predictable. The “add on” written 25 years after the original was not liked at all. Generally the usage of the regression and hypnosis were considered a clever vehicle except in the add on, where ghosts and possession were used. As described above the historical bits were particularly enjoyed.

Star rating: **/***

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3 thoughts on “Lady of Hay by Babara Erskine”

  1. Review by Bridgemary Bookworms
    Mixed views. 400 pages, too long. Dated as to treatment of of women. Historical facts were well written; too many coincidences with the characters.
    *** 3 stars

  2. Review by WWW
    Engrossing, powerful, consuming and haunting. It painted a picture; perhaps a little long. We enjoyed the update!
    Star rating ***

  3. Review by Reading between the Wines
    Long but surprisingly easy to read. Complex plot, sometimes far fetched. Fabulous historical content – well researched. Sometimes dated especially in how women behaved.
    Star rating ***

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