Vivianne's baffled acceptance of the wonders of Avalon is both funny and charming. THE MOONSTONE makes for a very entertaining read.

In 1390, Vivianne is locked in a dungeon and condemned to death for being a witch. However, Vivianne has faith that once she explains her case to the Archbishop, all will be well.

Former knight Sir Niall of Mallory is guarding her on the way to Vivianne's sentencing. He is amazed by the beauty and innocent faith of this young woman. Moved by Vivianne's despair upon realizing she will be executed without a hearing, Niall allows her to wish upon what she calls her father's stone. Suddenly, Vivianne disappears, leaving a stunned Niall behind.

Having transcribed stories and text in her own time, Vivianne has always been enthralled by the legends of Arthur, Camelot and Avalon. When she suddenly finds herself on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia in 1999, she believes she has traveled to Avalon and that all the wonders she sees are magic.

Vivianne is taken under the wing of two locals: struggling writer Monty Sullivan and bookstore owner Barb. Through them, Vivianne gets the idea to write her own version of the Gawain legend.

Back in 1390, Niall must locate the missing woman and return her for execution. While trying to recreate what happened, he also finds himself transported through time. Thinking he is her knight in shining armor, Vivianne is thrilled to see the very confused Niall. As Niall finds himself falling under Vivianne's spell, how can he bring himself to fulfill his quest?

(Oct., 330 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith