Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Sinful Folk - Teaser Tuesday

Sinful Folk
Ever since studying Canterbury Tales in school, I've been curious about life in the Middle Ages. In Sinful Folk, the author gives us a glimpse into that era through the eyes of a woman. Although at first I wasn't sure whether or not I would enjoy the book, I soon became caught up in the plot and couldn't put it down. It's a quest and a mystery, as well as a story about a mother's love. I'm not quite finished, but I can tell you that the scenes describing that bitterly cold winter have renewed my appreciation for Gore-Tex and thermal underwear!

Teaser (from 8% on my Kindle):
There is a stab of pain in my side. My limbs are weak as water, for I have not been able to eat much this winter with no food in the larders or the mill. And now my feet and toes feel each lump of frozen mud.

Genre: Mystery / Historical
Number of Pages: 362 Pages
Amazon Link: Sinful Folk

Synopsis from Amazon:
A tragic loss. A desperate journey. A mother seeks the truth.
In December of 1377, four children were burned to death in a house fire. Villagers traveled hundreds of miles across England to demand justice for their children's deaths.
 
Sinful Folk is the story of this terrible mid-winter journey as seen by Mear, a former nun who has lived for a decade disguised as a mute man, raising her son quietly in this isolated village. For years, she has concealed herself and all her history. But on this journey, she will find the strength to redeem the promise of her past. Mear begins her journey in terror and heartache, and ends in triumph and transcendence.
 
The remarkable new novel by Ned Hayes, illustrated by New York Times bestselling author / illustrator Nikki McClure, Sinful Folk illuminates the medieval era with profound insight and compassion.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away -- you don't want to ruin the book for others)
  • Share the title and author too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers
  • Leave a comment on MizB's Teaser Tuesday post (HERE) and include your link so everyone can find your post.

43 comments:

gautami tripathy said...

What a teaser! Thanks for sharing!!

Here is my teaser

cleopatralovesbooks said...

Wow that sounds like a fascinating read. My historical novels are usually more recent than the Middle Ages but this one has definitely caught my eye. Thanks for sharing!

Sandra Nachlinger said...

The author gave a fascinating glimpse into the gritty life of the 14th century. He made me appreciate all we have these days.

LoveBites AndSilk said...

I could feel her cold. Brrrr. Thanks for sharing, Sandra. I too appreciate the benefit of warm layers and a warm house.

Kay xx
Love Bites and Silk

imlesefieber said...

A former nun living disguised as a mute man and raising her son - I'm intrigued!

Jess @ Jess Time To Read said...

Good teaser! I feel terrible for that woman. I hope things get better for her. Thank you for stopping by.

Juli Rahel said...

Ooh that sounds amazing! I love the Middle Ages and even though Chaucer sometimes grates of my nerves he does make me laugh. Although this sounds more serious, I'm definitely putting it on my TBR list! Thanks for sharing, I hope you have a great week :)
Juli @ Universe in Words

Natalie @ Book Lovers Life said...

This sounds awesome. I love the cover, very much captures the feel of winter and struggle. It sounds heavy though!! Thanks for stopping by my TT.

lorwynd said...

Good teaser and I very much like the cover art.

Thanks for commenting on my teaser today: http://pubwrite.wordpress.com/2014/02/18/teaser-tuesday-the-heart-in-conflict-dreamsongs-volume-ii/

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I don't often read books from this era, but you reeled me in with these excerpts. Thanks for sharing, and enjoy. Here's MY TUESDAY POST

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I haven't seen many books set in the 14th century! This story is quite different and captured my interest.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

The cover art is just right for the story -- stark and simple. It reminds me of a wood print.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

While reading this book, I wondered how anyone managed to survive that terrible winter. Actually, a lot of people didn't.

Gigi Ann said...

What an interesting teaser. I can feel the cold and hunger pains. I agree with everyone else, I like my little heater in My Reading Corner, on these cold Iowan nights. Thanks for the visit today, and I am enjoying your book "Bluebonnets for Elly." I walked to my local library this morning (warm day today) and spend about an hour reading your book on my iPhone before walking home. I love visiting the library and just lounging around and reading. It is so relaxing...

Kim@Time2Read said...

I love historical fiction but I haven't read many historical mysteries. This one sounds interesting. Thanks for stopping by!

Paulita said...

Terrific teaser. Love that simile -- weak as water.

bookloversattic said...

Sounds like a great book! Glad you are enjoying. I like being surprised by how much I like a book. ~Deanna

JC Jones said...

I love books set in that era too. This sounds like a good one.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Thank you so much for your kind words about my book! I'm delighted that you're enjoying Elly and Derek's story, and I appreciate your featuring the book on your blog today.
I agree with you about libraries. There's something calming about reading among all those books, isn't there?

Sandra Nachlinger said...

It is hard to grasp the harsh life people lived back in those times. The author of this book did a great job showing how bleak things were.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I like the cover too. It's so different from other covers I've seen and really caught my eye.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

This author definitely takes you waaay back! It's an amazing story.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I'm usually open-minded (maybe even optimistic) when I start reading a book, and I'm always thrilled when the author entertains me.

Alice Audrey said...

Just the cold seeping through my windows this year has given me a deeper appreciation for Gor-Tex.

Heather said...

What Alice said, regarding the cold, LOL. Sounds like a good book--enjoy the rest of it!

Cheryl said...

This sounds like a fascinating story. Thanks for sharing. I appreciate you stopping by The Busy Mom's Daily.

Literary Feline said...

I like the teaser--the kind of description that puts you right into that moment in the book. I also like the sound of this one from the synopsis. I haven't read too many books set that far back in history. I hope you enjoy the rest of the book!

Ellie @ Ellie Reads Ficiton said...

Sounds interesting. Enjoy your reading and thanks for visiting my blog.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Same here!

Sandra Nachlinger said...

This is probably the only book I've read that takes place in the 14th Century! It's fascinating to me.

Peggy Farooqi said...

it's great if an author can make history alive for us. I would enjoy this book as well. I live quite close to where the Canterbury tales are set

Sandra Nachlinger said...

If you decide to read SINFUL FOLK, I'll be interested in hearing your opinion of the story.

PD Workman said...

Oooh, sounds very interesting!

cynthiastacey.com said...

Great teaser. sounds interesting for sure. Thanks for stopping by my site.

Christine Rains said...

Great teaser, and really interesting blurb.

Daphne said...

That sounds awful! I wonder what happens to her. Not a huge fan of Historical novels, but I might give this one a go. xD

Thanks for stopping by!
Daphne @ Reading Until Dawn

Yvonne said...

Interesting teaser! Thanks for sharing!

Andrea @The Bookish Babes said...

Oh, very interesting! I hope things turn out okay. Thanks for sharing!

jacquie said...

Enticing...

Kero Sunshine said...

It sounds like my kind of book.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Some parts of the story area awful, but they're nicely written!

Cyn said...

Oh chilly, chilly cold! This sounds like a pretty intriguing book! I hope you're enjoying it!
Cyn @ Book Munchies

Ned Hayes said...

(This is the author of Sinful Folk... I appreciate your interest in the book -- I wasn't able to find a way to contact Sandra on this blog... but I'd love to do a giveaway of the book for the readers here. Sandra, if you can contact me at ned@nednotes.com .... I'd be happy to give some books away, and do an interview (if appropriate to your readers ;-)