Author: David Burnett

Book Spotlight & Giveaway: The Handfasting by David Burnett

Posted February 12, 2014 by Sherri in Book Spotlight, Giveaways / 1 Comment

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The Handfasting
by David Burnett
Genre: Romance
Release Date: December 2013
Format: eBook, 245 pages

Book Description:

Ten years had passed since they had joined hands in the ruins of the old abbey church. Kneeling before the high altar, they were handfasted in the Celtic custom, engaged to be married.

A rose bush had bloomed beside the ruined altar. Steven had reached out to caress one of the flowers. “I’ll find you,” he had said. “In ten years, when we have finished school, when we are able to marry, I’ll find you. Until then, whenever you see a yellow rose, remember me. Remember I love you.”

In those ten years, Katherine had finished college, completed med school, and become a doctor. For a decade, she had been waiting, hoping, praying, and, today ─ her birthday─ she finds a vase of yellow roses when she reaches home.

Steven, though, is not Katherine’s only suitor. Bill Wilson has known her since they were in high school, and he has long planned to wed her. While Steven and Katherine are falling in love again, he finally decides to stake his claim. His methods leave a lot to be desired, the conflict turns violent, and Katherine must choose the future that she wants.

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Excerpt

Whenever you see a yellow rose, think of me. His voice rang true in her mind. It was almost as if she heard the words spoken aloud.

“Aren’t they beautiful?” she asked.

“A dozen yellow roses in a crystal vase—what’s the occasion?”

“My birthday is Saturday, so I guess they’re a present.”

“Well, you be nice to whoever sent these. I would topple over if Ben brought me anything like this.”

“Ben is very nice to you.”

“He is. He is. But flowers? This vase?” She shook her head on her way out. “Well, have a nice birthday.”

Katherine turned to see Becky and Sara standing, hands on hips. “After all of the things you’ve said about Bill Wilson,” Sara reprimanded her. “Those are so pretty. Why did he think of yellow roses, I wonder?”

Katherine’s hands shook as she placed the vase on the coffee table. She ran her fingers along the purple ribbon and fumbled with the card as she pulled it from the envelope. She had been looking for a sign for months, hoping for a call. The flowers—they couldn’t be, but surely they must be from Steven.

She stared at the card, her mouth open.

“What is it, Katherine? Who sent them?”

When she didn’t answer, Becky snatched the card and read it aloud. “Hi, Katie Lee. Can you believe it has been ten years? Remember, I promised to track you down. If you would like to talk, I have dinner reservations at Villa Antonia on Saturday at six. Saturday is your birthday, isn’t it? If you can’t make it, please let me know. I can’t wait to see you! Steven.”

Becky looked to Katherine, eyes full of questions. “Who is Steven?”

Katherine flopped onto the sofa, shock setting in.

“I said who is Steven?” Becky chided. “If you don’t tell me, I’ll call—there’s a phone number at the bottom you know.”

“Steven is…an old friend.” She pulled a single rose from the vase and held it out, studying the swirl of the petals. “Think of me,” he had said. “Remember I love you.” She looked up. “I…well, I had hoped to hear, but I never really expected to…I mean…Steven and I, we’re engaged to be married.

About David Burnett

David Burnett lives in Columbia South Carolina, with his wife and their blue-eyed cat, Bonnie. The Reunion, his first novel, is set in nearby Charleston.

David enjoys traveling, photography, baking bread, and the Carolina beaches.

He has photographed subjects as varied as prehistoric ruins on the islands of Scotland, star trails, sea gulls, and a Native American powwow. David and his wife have traveled widely in the United States and the United Kingdom. During one trip to Scotland, they visited Crathes Castle, the ancestral home of the Burnett family near Aberdeen. In The Reunion, Michael's journey through England and Scotland allows him to sketch many places they have visited.

David has graduate degrees in psychology and education and previously was Director of Research for the South Carolina Department of Education. He and his wife have two daughters.

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Review: The Handfasting by David Burnett

Posted February 12, 2014 by Sherri in Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: The Handfasting by David Burnett
The Handfasting by David Burnett
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Createspace on December 31, 2013
Format: Ebook
Pages: 250
Source: Author

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Book Description:

Book Description:
Ten years had passed since they had joined hands in the ruins of the old abbey church. Kneeling before the high altar, they were handfasted in the Celtic custom, engaged to be married.

A rose bush had bloomed beside the ruined altar. Steven had reached out to caress one of the flowers. “I’ll find you,” he had said. “In ten years, when we have finished school, when we are able to marry, I’ll find you. Until then, whenever you see a yellow rose, remember me. Remember I love you.”

In those ten years, Katherine had finished college, completed med school, and become a doctor. For a decade, she had been waiting, hoping, praying, and, today ─ her birthday─ she finds a vase of yellow roses when she reaches home.

Steven, though, is not Katherine’s only suitor. Bill Wilson has known her since they were in high school, and he has long planned to wed her. While Steven and Katherine are falling in love again,he finally decides to stake his claim. His methods leave a lot to be desired, the conflict turns violent, and Katherine must choose the future that she wants.(


Lynn’s Review:
Katherine Jackson is in Scotland where she becomes engaged to Steven Richardson.  It was an interesting and romantic ceremony.  But don’t make any judgments about the story from here.  As you read, you start to think, “Is this going to be an old fashioned romantic tale?”  And that’s something that has you turning the pages in the beginning.

There’s a man named Bill Wilson that seems to have a personal agenda but he seems to be all talk.  I will admit that David does a great job at making Bill to be a real jerk.  He’s a man that seems so full of himself and feels that he’s more important than women.

In the beginning I thought what a great story to read for Valentine’s Day.  But then the author shows the reader how some men felt about women during that time – some could be total asses.  I know that our author was building his scenes but for me, at this point, they moved a little slowly.

I do have to be honest and tell you, that in my opinion, that this story takes a very nasty turn and may turn a few of you off.  It may even stop you from reading further.  I have to apologize to you, and to the author, but this story was just not my cup of tea.  It started out nice enough but then it turned very dark and disgusting.  This is when I changed my mind about reading it for Valentine’s Day.

It got to the point where I started to speed read.  The ending though did make up for the harsher parts of this story.  I will admit that maybe my point of view may be a little skewed.  I grew up in the era that this book revolves around – and it disturbed me having to read about that period in women’s history.  But I certainly did like the beginning and the ending.  So I leave it up to you to decide whether this is a book you would like to read. (Reviewed by Lynn Reynolds from Romance Reader Enthusiast)