Book Review: A Lifetime to Love
Author: Cathy Walker
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Publisher: Cathy Walker
Reviewer: Elizabeth Klein
A Lifetime to Loveis a short story, but it packs a lot of punch with its rich tapestry of believable characters and an ageless plot still so riveting to lovers of Arthurian mythology today. The tale is from Lancelot’s point of view as consciousness returns to him and he slowly becomes aware of the terrible place he finds himself in. With his mortal wound being treated by one of the ‘residents’ from Avalon named Isolde, realisation floods his soul of the great love he has for Guinevere but who has become lost to him.
Lancelot’s fractured memories of their fleeting time together are tainted with guilt and shame as they ebb and flow during his recovery, like dreams within dreams that can never truly exist without repercussions. Yet the story contains a clever, lovely twist at the end to give it that happy ending readers yearn after.
I have attempted to read several Arthurian stories, but none have quite captured a piece of its legendary history as this author does. Walker is a masterful storyteller who weaves her own peculiar magic through a rich brocade of research and imagination to create believable reality from the misty past of Avalon.