Author: David Burnett
Release Date: June
Ten years had passed since they joined hands at the high altar of the old abbey church, ten years since they were hand fasted, engaged to be married. It had been ten years in which Katherine had finished college, completed med school, and become a doctor. For ten years they had not seen each other, had not spoken, and had not written.
It was what they had agreed.
“I’ll find you,” Steven had told her. “In ten years, when we have finished school, when we are able to marry, I’ll find you. Whenever you see a yellow rose, remember me. Remember I love you.”
For a decade, she had been waiting, hoping, and praying.
Today, on her birthday, a vase of yellow roses was waiting when she arrived at home.
Although the action occurs primarily in New York City, psychologically, the story is set in a small town in Virginia. Change came slowly to the rural South in the nineteen-seventies, and attitudes toward women were most resistant to change. These attitudes threaten to destroy Katherine and her chance for the life for which she yearns. The Handfasting is a story of love: love renewed, a suitor spurned, a vicious attack, and a struggle for healing.
The Handfasting by David Burnett is an excellent read with a beautiful love story. It had my attention from beginning all the way to the end.
Katherine Jackson is a beautiful young woman who graduated from college. She now lives in New York with two of her best friends and works at the local hospital. A few days before her birthday, she receives a surprise present. She read the card and is very surprised to find out the person that sent it. Hmmm! What can it be? Who is this mystery person? Her best friends want to know who it is, so Katherine tells them the story of the time when she met the mystery person…
In August 1967, after graduating high school, she went on a trip to England that summer before starting college and that is when she met Steven, a handsome young college man, for the very first time. They had a lot of the same interest in common so they hung out together until they went their separate ways to go see different islands. Not long after, Steven and Katherine had met up again on the main land and from then on they were always together. During that time they fell in love with each other.
Katherine and Steven end up in a little town near Edinburgh. That following day she is going there to meet up with her parents. On their last night together, they decide to visit the old abbey church and they do The Handfasting. What does it mean?
The next day, Katherine and Steven go their separate ways.
Their journey begins in August 1977, ten years later when Katherine meets up with Steven on the day of her birthday. They have a lot of catching up to do. She finds out that Steven has been living and working in New York for a few months. What will happen next? Is their love for each other still there? Where will their relationship go from here? After being together for a while, something traumatic happens to Katherine. Will she be able to get through her ordeal? Will their relationship be able to survive?
While I was reading, I can feel the love that Katherine and Steven have for each other and all the pain and hurt that Katherine had to deal with.
David Burnett has done an amazing job writing this beautiful love story. It is well written. The story line has love and tragedy all in one. I love it when a book has a happy ending. I definitely recommend my friends to read this awesome book.
I give The Handfasting 5 Dandys!!
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, a Native American powwow, and his grandson, Jack. 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.