Well this was a nifty little book. Normally I'm none too impressed by books that rely on gimmicks, but this book is a treasure. Instead of being a gimmick, Goss literally gives us two sides to the same love story. The book is beautifully presented in a slip case and is created accordion style so that you can read Evelyn's story from cover to cover and then flip the book and read Brendan's story from cover to cover. And what a beautiful story it is.
I chose to read Evelyn's story first, though you can pick who's story you wish to read first. It doesn't matter. So I'll give you the tale from Evelyn's point of view. Evelyn is an American who recently graduated from Oxford University and has gone to spend some time in a small village where she meets Brendan at an antiquarian bookstore. The two learn of a mutual love of the story of The Tale of the Green Knight and go off exploring where strange things begin to happen. Strange things that send Evelyn running and screaming and heading back for the states. But years later, they are to meet again, back in the United States and have a second chance at rekindling that old romance. Yet those same strange occurrences seem to continue to haunt them.
This is a small book, a short story really, but it's length is really perfect for the tale that it tells. It leaves the reader to imagine what happens after the story ends. It leaves plenty of room for reader interpretation throughout the story as well. Not many answers are given, but I don't think that's necessarily a bad thing. I think this is a great little read for a cozy, rainy day and certainly a little book to cherish.