Kathleen C. Perrin
on tour August 14-25, 2017
The Secret of the Abbey (historical fiction)
Release date: June 3, 2017
Self-published at Langon House 565 pages ISBN: 978-0692877975 Website | Goodreads
After unwillingly leaving a comatose Nicolas behind on Mont Saint Michel in 1429, Katelyn Michaels is distraught to be back in the United States in modern times. When a series of remarkable events facilitates her taking up residence on the Mount and reveals why Katelyn was called as a Watchman, her fondest hope is to be reunited with Nicolas, regardless of the circumstances. However, when Nicolas unexpectedly arrives with a new mission for her, Katelyn is devastated to learn that his head injury has deprived him of any memories of their relationship. Nonetheless, she is determined to once again save the Mount—this time in sixteenth-century France amidst violent religious turmoil—and rekindle Nicolas’s feelings for her. The couple’s love and loyalty is tested as she and Nicolas attempt to unmask the true source of the threat¬—their adversary Abdon—sort out their conflicting emotions, and deal with the consequences of an astounding age-old secret.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kathleen C. Perrin holds bachelor’s degrees in French and Humanities from Brigham Young University and is a certified French translator. Besides being the author of The Watchmen Saga, she has published several non-fiction articles, academic papers, and a religious history about Tahiti. Kathleen has lived in Utah, New York City, France, and French Polynesia. She and her French husband have spent years investigating the mysteries and beauties of his native country —where they have a cottage—and have taken tourist groups to France. The Perrins have three children and currently reside in Utah.
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Excerpt from The Secret of the Abbey
By Kathleen C. Perrin
SUFFOCATING BLACKNESS. It’s almost impossible to describe the horrific pressure threatening to snuff out my life. I can’t see, and I can’t breathe. I don’t know where I am or what’s happening to me. I do know that the thing I want most in the world is to breathe, but it’s the one thing I can’t do. The blackness engulfs my toes and legs, my chest, my fingers and arms, and then it starts to invade my mind with its swirls of perfidy. I fight to keep one corner of my consciousness in the light. I can’t give in to the darkness, for I know if I do, I will cease to exist.
Then one tiny pinpoint of light breaks through the obscurity and grows until I can see an image drenched in brightness. Jean. Jean le Vieux. He comes to me in the darkness and tells me to lie still, to make my body go limp. Immediately, the pressure over my mouth and nose diminishes, but Jean tells me not to gasp for air. Instead, he breathes for me and allows me to focus on the words I hear whispered into my ear.
“I’m sorry I had to resort to these measures,” a voice says to me, “but I could hardly have you screaming out, now could I, what with your mother and Jackson right next door. That’s unfortunate. It makes it so much harder than last time, but so be it. Besides, I’m not too worried. I put a little something in their desserts at dinner, so they should be sleeping soundly. I know you’ve been with him, Katelyn. I know you went to the abbey with Nicolas. I’m going to find out if he told you, if you finally learned the source of the power.”
I want to move, I want to push my assailant off me. He’s sitting on my torso, with my arms trapped at my sides, but Jean tells me to lie still. Do not move, Katelyn, Jean’s voice speaks to my mind. Not yet. …
Then he stretches out over me, reaching for something. I hear his hand knock the lamp on my bedside table. He’s trying to find something, but he can’t locate it in the darkness. He finally shifts his weight off of me and onto his knees on either side of my torso.
Now, Jean’s voice speaks to my mind. Now, Katelyn, and I know what he means. I gulp in a lungful of air and simultaneously whip my right hand up and make contact with the second handle. … It’s a good thing my assailant has chosen to work in the darkness, because he does not see me whip the garrote around his neck. But neither do I see him bring the hypodermic needle to my neck. No matter. Just as I feel the pinprick on my skin, I not only pull with all of my strength, but I scream at the top of my lungs.
MY REVIEWThe Secret of the Abbey is the third and final book from The Watchmen Saga. I have not read the first two books from the series, but the author did a good job summarizing what had happened previously to the point where I did not feel too lost or confused. Right from the start, I was hooked and was drawn into Katelynn and Nicholas's story. It was fascinating how Kathleen C Perrin was able to weave such a tale. I loved how she used actual historical events and included footnotes on the bottom of the pages to note those events.
I was a little intimidated at first by the size of the book but had no problem turning the pages and was sad when it ended. I found it to be a fabulous and clean novel full of intrigue, action, and adventure. One of the best time travel stories I have read - right behind The Outlander. I have added the first two books to my wish list and hope to read them very soon. I cannot wait to see what Kathleen C Perrin comes up with next.
5 plus stars.
I received this book from the author but was not required to write a positive review. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.