It wasn’t until I finished Harey that I finally got the Easter origin story. I’m a bit slow because I was completely fascinated with the history that Ms. Webb weaved into her story. Times were harsh back then and the clash between the pagans and Christians were brutal at best. What drew me into the story itself was Harey.
Harey is an abused man-child that had never known the touch of a man or woman without fear. When we first met Gareth and Harey it’s not a very pleasant experience for Harey but one that would change his life forever. But it was Harey’s innocence and purity that sets him apart of any historical/medieval character that I’ve read before. He had trust issues but when it came to Gareth, he trusted him from the beginning. Warming up to Maura took a little longer.
Don’t worry about the smexy times in the book. Sure there is m/m and m/f but the m/m is so tastefully done that its sweet in nature and not too graphic. Harey has an instant attraction to Gareth and feels like it’s a sin but if you go back in history, it was actually very common. His time with Maura is also sweet and Ms. Webb does a great job of writing their scenes together.
Gareth, oh my Gareth…He is a dream but conflicted as well. The scenes at the monastery are brilliantly written and the history of the early Briton wars with the Saxon were great. It made for a fascinating read and my realization that not everything is sugar-coated in history.
Do yourself a favor and pick up Harey. The history that Ms. Webb weaves with a sweet love story is not to be missed. Plus, it will definitely give you a better perspective on the Easter Bunny. Did I mention that there is a bunny in the story and its name is Bitty? Nope…will, you definitely need to read the book to found out. ;)