Join local author Sarah Natale (Mondello) and learn about the industry as she shares her experiences writing and securing a publisher for her first book at age 19. The Kiss of Death has been awarded the 2014 Helen Wright Scholarship in Creative Writing from the Woodstock Fine Arts Association. Prior to publication, Sarah gave a reading on the historic Woodstock Opera House stage in acceptance of the award. “Quite stunning,” said Kristine Hall, a member of the scholarship committee and Executive Officer. “Writing historical fiction accurately yet still making it readable and interesting is a remarkable talent.” In The Kiss of Death, meet Elizabeth and Matthias of medieval London as they struggle for survival amidst a backdrop of deadly plague, with a hint of romance. Death is knocking. Will you refuse its kiss?
Crystal Lake Central graduate Sarah Natale presents her debut novel, The Kiss of Death. Elizabeth Chauncey is a well-off young woman whose world is shaken up when a mysterious disease strikes 14th century London. She returns from an outing at the theatre with her childhood friend, Matthias de Bourgueville, to find the servants have taken sick, and soon everyone in London is falling ill. Elizabeth and Matthias begin to lose family members, causing a rift in their relationship as love and religion come between them. For what kind of God would inflict such pain and cruelty?
Finally, when her home is bolted shut and she and her sick and dying family are trapped inside a Plague House, Elizabeth is faced with a choice: remain and die, or flee and take cover in the faith that God will protect her. But time is running out, and she is losing hope. This is a story of a young woman faced with the pain of loss and fighting to stay strong in a world that's destined to destroy her and everything she loves. It is the tale of looking death in the eye and turning the other cheek. But when faith is lost and death is omnipresent, will she refuse its kiss?