Marissa is a young, headstrong, impetuous priestess of the legendary Isle of Avalon. She must learn to be a wise and responsible leader if she is to one day inherit the title of High Priestess. She and her secret lover, a monk called Michael who she saved from drowning as a child, share a grand love that is hindered at every turn. They are tasked with safeguarding the Creation Bowl—the sacred vessel containing the wisdom of the ancient Goddess tradition, imbued with the power to catalyze compassion to help heal darkness in the world. When King Henry VIII confiscates and destroys all of England’s abbeys, the bowl is endangered. As Marissa and Michael fight to protect it, they are irrevocably separated, and their quest is thwarted.
Interwoven throughout is the story of the same two lovers reborn in the twenty-first century, where they are given a second chance to fulfill both their ill-fated love and their entrusted destiny to bring the Creation Bowl back into the world.
“The Hidden Abbey by Jodine Turner is both fantasy and visionary fiction, with a historical setting in the worlds of Avalon and Glastonbury Abbey, split between two separate timelines and skillfully developed to explore two lovers from a distant past reborn into modern day for a second chance. The reader is immersed into a world of magic and esoteric practices, with the Christian perception of life merging with the pagan.
In sixteenth-century Avalon, Marissa is the legendary priestess of the Isle of Avalon, an impulsive and spirited, beautiful young woman who must learn the science of becoming the High Priestess. But she has a secret love affair with a monk called Michael, the same who saved her from drowning as a child. Marissa and Michael are tasked to safeguard the Creation Bowl—the sacred vessel containing the wisdom of the ancient Goddess tradition that has the power to heal the world. But when King Henry VIII destroys all the abbeys, the treasure is at great risk and the struggle to protect it leads to the separation of the lovers. In the twenty-first century, Marissa and Michael are given a second chance. Can they rekindle the flame of the love they once experienced and lost and also bring back the power of the Creation Bowl to a world badly in need of it?
A work of great imagination and creative genius, The Hidden Abbey is a tantalizing narrative with great potential to entertain a wide audience. It contains hints of the historical, mystical, and the supernatural. The author paints a vivid setting and pulls readers in with the power of imagery. The characters are elaborately developed and filled with depth; they are relatable and it is interesting how they evolve through the narrative. The author creates a powerful dialogue between the Christian religion and the ancient mysticism of the pagan world and weaves a narrative that is both uplifting and heartwarming. It is a beautifully crafted story with powerful plotlines, merging the past and the present in an adventure that is exhilarating.”
~ Romuald Dzemo for Readers’ Favorite
About Jodine Turner
Jodine Turner is a multiple award-winning author of Visionary Fiction and magical fantasy. While living in England, Jodine began writing the Goddess of the Stars and the Sea series. Her novels are mystical adventures steeped in the Celtic tradition and magic of Britain’s legendary Isle of Avalon. Jodine co-founded the Visionary Fiction Alliance.
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