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Reviewed by Katherine Williams for Readers' Favorite
Camelot & Vine by Petrea Burchard is a blend of historical fiction and science fiction. Casey Clemens, a 39-year-old actress, seems to have it all: a solid career, a famous (but also married) boyfriend, and a life in Hollywood. The day before she turns 40, however, is the day when she suddenly loses all of those things. Not knowing what to do with herself, she takes a plane to England to escape her troubled life. When she arrives there, little does she know she will fall into the gap that takes her back in time. She lands in the 6th century where she meets King Arthur, the man in all of her fantasies. He believes she is a wizard and lets her stay in his kingdom, but he has no idea who Casey truly is. Will Casey be able to survive in the 6th century with King Arthur and his friends? Will she be able to handle her overwhelming feelings for King Arthur in general? Most importantly, will she be able to return to the 21st century?
I never wanted Camelot & Vine to end! A great twist on the Arthurian legend where Petrea Burchard manages to create a daunting yet exciting world that existed before our time. Casey, the protagonist, is someone everyone can relate. Her love for King Arthur was very real and unfortunately doomed from the start, but by loving him she learned so much about herself. She shows the world that although sometimes it is easier to lie about yourself, the truth is the one thing that sets you free. Besides the great protagonist, it is important to note that the writing in this novel is wonderful and never strays away from being excellent. The pacing is just right and it never stops taking you where you need to go. This is the type of book I want to read all over again just because I was so interested in it so quickly. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in King Arthur, or anyone who feels that they need an escape from reality. This novel will help you forget your troubles and enter a new world with interesting people who help you understand what it means to live a meaningful life.