The Thorn and the Blossom
The Thorn and the Blossom A Two-Sided Love Story
author: Theodora Goss
Hardcover: 82 pages
Publisher: Quirk Books (January 17, 2012)
One enchanting romance. Two lovers keeping secrets. And a uniquely crafted book that binds their stories forever.
When Evelyn Morgan walked into the village bookstore, she didn’t know she would meet the love of her life. When Brendan Thorne handed her a medieval romance, he didn’t know it would change the course of his future. It was almost as if they were the cursed lovers in the old book itself . . .
The Thorn and the Blossom is a remarkable literary artifact: You can open the book in either direction to decide whether you’ll first read Brendan’s, or Evelyn’s account of the mysterious love affair. Choose a side, read it like a regular novel—and when you get to the end, you’ll find yourself at a whole new beginning.
As you might expect from Quirk Books, “The Thorn and the Blossom” is an unusual and usually beautiful novel. While I am not a big fan of romance novels, I had to take a look at this accordion-paged book. The book comes in a sturdy slipcase to support the spineless book.
You can start by reading either Evelyn’s or Brendan’s story and flip the book for the other perspective. I liked the “Gawain & the Green Knight” connection.
All in all, I recommend it to anyone interested in a quick absorbing read or for those who like to collect unusual books.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Quirk Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”