Belle’s Song - Book Review
By Angela Youngman Apr 6, 2011, 15:17 GMT
Fifteen-year-old Belle is a dreamer with a sharp tongue and an aching burden: her carelessness has crippled her father. A chance meeting with bespectacled Luke has her decide to join the pilgrimage to Canterbury made famous by Geoffrey Chaucer\'s beloved tales. There she befriends the famous writer and Walter, a handsome squire with a secret of his own. Growing to love her fellow travelers dearly, Belle is thrilled by the ...more
Belle lives near to the Tabard Inn in Southwark. Meeting a group of pilgrims about to set off en route to St Thomas A Becket's shrine in Canterbury; Belle decides to join them in hope of a miracle - that her father will walk again. It is a journey that has unforeseen consequences.
Also among the pilgrims is poet Geoffrey Chaucer and his scribe Luke. Belle is attracted to Luke and also Walter, the wealthy son of a knight. Will she be able to follow her heart? But nothing is quite so simple, for around the pilgrims there is a growing net of intrigue and treason.
Ultimately, they find they have to risk everything to save their country, their king - and themselves. This is a gentle story that encourages readers to learn a little more about Geoffrey Chaucer, his life and times. Belle is an interesting character, full of confusion, worries and concerns.
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