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A Novel by Terry Stanfill
Finalist, General Fiction
Independent Publishers Awards
BOOK EXPO, 2002
Finalist, Mainstream Fiction Category
Dorothy Parker Awards of Excellence, 2002
Rose Kirkland, a jewelry designer living in Santa
Monica, struggles with a troubled marriage and her inability
to have a child. In the midst of these tensions, she is startled by
a mysterious inner voice, that of a young woman sent by her family to
marry a man she has
never met. Slowly and startlingly, Rose begins to realize that the voice
is her own—a persona from a richly cultured past life, its presence
so compelling it permeates the present.
With her husband's approval, Rose travels to Europe to trace the origins
of the voice. While on her journey she inadvertently unravels a mystery
surrounding the medieval emperor, Frederick II and the legendary king,
Prester John. The quest leads her to Oxford, England,
to Vieste, her father's birthplace on the Adriatic coast of southern
Italy, and finally to Pirou Castle in Normandy, France, where Rose discovers
a link to her own reality
as past and present fuse in an odyssey of desire and self-discovery.
“Lush, lyrical, and charmingly knowledgeable, The Blood Remembers transports you to a glowing and fascinating world. The heroine is enchanting and her adventures on her quest are both moving and profound. I thoroughly relished The Blood Remembers.”
— Judith Krantz
“With all the enchantment of a modern-day Merlin, Terry Stanfill conjugates the present with the past into a seamless unity spanning 800 years.
The Blood Remembers is a masterpiece of poetic precision in which the intuitive psyche illuminates richly-layered historical contexts in unexpected ways.”
Dr. Eric T. Haskell
Professor of French & Humanities,
Claremont University Center, CA.