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Mystic Memories [Kindle Edition]

Gillian Doyle , Susan Leslie Liepitz
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When a fourth-grade classroom of school children spend the night aboard a refurbished nineteenth century merchant brig in Dana Point, California, one of them disappears in the night. After a three-month fruitless investigation, the distraught parents are led to private investigator, Cara Edwards, who relies on her sixth sense as much her common sense to solve a case. But when her psychic connection to the lost boy draws her back to 1833 California, she must find a way to bring them both back to the future. Captain Blake Masters has sailed the oceans of the world for nearly twenty years, never once looking back on his dark childhood memories. When Cara enters his life and opens the door to his forgotten past, can he trust her psychic insight to lead him on an uncharted course toward a destiny of love and compassion?

“A wonderful time-travel romance filled with adventure and page-turning suspense. Don’t miss it.”- Kristin Hannah, New York Times bestselling author.

Bell, Book & Candle: " of the best books I've read in a long time. Fantastic!!"

Under the Covers: "...exciting, believeable, finely crafted, and has a hero and heroine worth cheering for..."

Old Book Barn Gazette: "...If you don't read this book, you'll be missing out on an opportunity of a lifetime!"

Rendezvous Reviews: "...the spirited tale between this exceptional couple is loaded with sensuality... [An] ingenious slant on time-travel, combined with the paranormal, makes this book complex, full of riveting emotions, historically vibrant, and a magnetic read that pulls the reader in. The spellbinding ending is just the frosting on the top."

RT BOOK REVIEWS: ★★★★½ Don’t pick up this book unless you plan to stay up all night: [Gillian Doyle writing as] Susan Leslie Liepitz draws you in deep with characters so real they might come knocking at your door. Though she’d never characterize herself as such, Cara Edwards is a psychic detective. During a period reenactment, a ten-year-old boy disappears on a restored 19th-century sailing ship and the boy’s father turns to Cara. Fearing the media frenzy, Cara at first refuses to help but finds herself fighting off physical pain until she agrees to use her powers. Having taken the case, she tries another reenactment.
On the Mystic, as Cara prepares for her turn at watch, the wall near her bunk opens. She enters the portal and walks through to 1833—still aboard the ship—where a storm is brewing. The command to “batten down the hatches” comes too late and Cara and Captain Blake Masters, a guest on the 1833 Mystic, are washed ashore. When Blake realizes Cara—even dressed as she is—is no young boy, he goes along with her tale of a young widow in search of her son. He is a true hero—very human in spite of being handsome; compassionate yet practical; and realistically frustrating at times. Gillian Doyle chooses words exquisitely in her sensual prose. The transitions in time are plausible and the author’s take on how people perceive life after death touches the heart. This is a mystical story, woven well. Everything about it strokes the senses, giving the imagination a curl-your-toes workout.

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

A prologue involving the 1815 salvaging of a "cursed" ship sets the pace for this rambling, often confusing, time traveler by the author of This Time Forever. After a lengthy decision-making process, aimed, it seems, at establishing the heroine's background and bona fides, PI and psychic Cara Edwards agrees to help find a 10-year-old boy who vanished during a field trip aboard a 19th-century schooner. Dressed as one of the crew, Cara attempts to recreate the events leading up to the boy's disappearance, only to find herself propelled to the year 1833 and into the arms of rakish captain Blake Masters. As Cara and Blake spend the next six months sailing the ancient seas searching for (and finding) the missing child, Cara uses her gift to help Blake come to terms with his horrific past, a past eerily connected to the present. Excessive theorizing about time travel and psychic abilities slows down the final pages and leads to a convoluted ending that stretches credibility to the limit.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.


Psychic private investigator Cara Edwards is hired to find ten-year-old Andrew Charles. Andrew was with his class for an overnight educational experience aboard the Mystic when he suddenly and inexplicably vanished without a trace. In order to get on the ship and not look suspicious, Cara trains vigorously for a week and dresses in nineteenth century costume to become part of the crew. She is about to take her turn on the watch but instead she travels through a time portal and winds up on the Mystic in 1833. Captain Blake Masters comes to her aid and, after Cara partially explains her situation, he agrees to take her to San Diego. Though Blake has doubts about Cara and her story, he experiences her psychic abilities when they become lovers. During their quest to find Andrew, Cara and Blake share some wild adventures and after rescuing Andrew, Blake makes an astonishing discovery about himself. Cara isn't sure how time travel works. Will she be able to bring Andrew to 1998 and what about Blake? Will she only have her memories of him to take with her? This is a nice, easy read and if you enjoy time travel and the super natural, you're in for a double treat! Ms. Liepitz has skillfully penned a pleasing new romance you won't want to miss! She is a wonderful new voice in romantic fiction! Wild adventures and passion on the high seas will keep you entertained! A delightful time travel! A divine romance! Gloria Miller -- Copyright © 1998 Literary Times, Inc. All rights reserved -- From Literary Times

Product Details

  • File Size: 4986 KB
  • Print Length: 332 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0991024818
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Sweetbriar Creek Publishing Company; 2 edition (January 27, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I45HGTG
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #252,181 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is wonderful!!!!!!! April 13, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was the first book of Susan Leslie Liepitz's that I have ever read and I was captivated from start to finish. Her writing is wonderful ... descriptive, sensitive and very touching. The story was so believable that by the end, I was almost in tears. Don't pick up this book unless you you have the time to finish it in one setting, it is that good.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book! February 21, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I'll keep this short and sweet. I don't like the reviews where they try to tell you the whole story in the review. That's why we read the book! I loved this from start to finish. Very well written, very believable. I can't wait to see if there's a sequel!!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mystical Happenings! April 23, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In 1998 a little boy disappears from a ship named The Mystic. The father, the police, and detectives has searched for months. Cara is his last hope.

Cara is called a Mystic. She has the gift of second sight. Using her gift, Cara follows Andrew, the little boy, to 1833 from the portal on board The Mystic. She finds herself amidst a crew in a storm. She survives and with the help of Captain Blake begins her search for Andrew. Blake does not understand how Cara seems to "know" when danger is near. She can "see" the past and future. She "understands and pictures" anything anyone thinks by tuning in. He is convinced she is insane, but his heart will not let her go. Blake calls Keoni his brother. Keoni seems to accept all Cara says as natural. Blake is not as superstitious, however. When Cara told Blake she could make him remember his past, he declined. She helps him anyway. Soon he remembered. Along with the pain from memory of his childhood, he and Cara find even more secrets hidden in his past than expected. Worse, they both fear what will happen once Andrew is found. Cara and Andrew will have to find the way back to their own time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Psychics, Sea Captains, A Dog, and Romance! March 3, 1998
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I picked this book up as a "filler" for some spare time, and wasn't able to put it down until the early hours of the morning! This time-travel is well-researched, with a lot of historical detail on 19th century ships and seafaring. The characters are very believable, with a lovely romance between the two main characters. There's also a Labrador Retriever featured (you can never go wrong by making dogs part of the story--in my book, anyway!). The author handles the psychic abilities of the main character quite well. There's an interesting twist to the plot that completely surprised me! For lovers of 19th century ship romances, this will be a treat!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Book! February 19, 2014
By Tuloop
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I usually do not write a summary about how good a book is but I must say, this was a GREAT book! This is a "must" read & I definitely recommend it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Time Travel Romance. April 28, 2014
By jcat
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It had good characters, an interesting plot, and the historical aspects were nicely detailed. It was also well written and well edited. It would have been a 4-Star read for me if not for the last part of the book. It will require some <Spoilers> in order to share my thoughts.

1. The main bulk of the book was nicely detailed and flowed well. But sadly, the last part lacked sufficient information or details when describing Blake's 20 year wait for Cara after he returned in 1979. Those 20 years deserved more.
2. Blake, after returning to Cara (in her time), was 20 years older (unlike Cara.) He should have felt some awkwardness after all that time. There should have been more obvious changes in his appearance other than 'some silver hair at his temples'. At the least, some wrinkles and some different mannerisms should have been apparent. Yet nothing gave them pause.
3. How did a Sea Captain who knows little of modern technology manage to make a living? With no money and no proof of identity?
4. Was he celibate all those years? After all, Cara would know when she read his
5. Why would Cara only make one attempt to talk to Andrew--since she and Blake were both so attached to the boy? They simply wait 20 MORE years until the boy is grown and needs their help. Unless I've misread the time period, that now puts poor Blake at close to 70--and now they're planning on getting involved in another adventure?

(end of Spoilers)

Since the last portion of the book seemed so rushed for me, I was disappointed. I got frustrated checking back in my reading trying to figure out the sequences of time and whether I'd missed pertinent info. Because of that, it just kind of fell flat for me. I guess I was hoping for more, since it had shown such promise. Other than issues like the ones mentioned above (which admittedly may not bug you like they did me), I found it to be a decent read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful time travel! February 21, 2014
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Gillian is a masterful writer that captured my attention from the first page. Well researched for time and place in Southern California.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good characters. Fast and enjoyable read. August 27, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I really enjoyed this book. Very believable explanation of time travel. The characters were wonderful. A fast and enjoyable read. I will look for more books on time travel from this author.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
loved it!
Published 3 days ago by connie f brady
5.0 out of 5 stars Time travel
Enjoyed the experience of traveling back in time. Plus the mystery of being a seer
Also the romantic aspect was a nice addition
Published 3 months ago by Layton L. Woodley
3.0 out of 5 stars mystic memories
would have given this book five stars except for all the lust scenes. as they were scattered through the book it was hard to just skip them. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Diane Farar
5.0 out of 5 stars loved this book
I love time travel historical romances. This was one worth making a comment about. Great story, interesting and filled with accurate facts. Truly enjoyed.
Published 8 months ago by Suz
5.0 out of 5 stars Time travel with sense of adventure on the sea
A woman investigates the disappearance of a little boy who disappeared while on a field trip aboard the ship Mystic. Read more
Published 8 months ago by TBreakiron
5.0 out of 5 stars Great twist on a time travel romance
I enjoyed this book immensely. It had a great twist on a time travel romance. The characters were likable and you felt the chemistry between the H & H. Read more
Published 9 months ago by wade2u
5.0 out of 5 stars A great blend of suspense and paranormal.
This author weaves in paranormal aspects in a very believable way. Although I wasn't crazy about the premise initially (a boy goes missing after a field trip) the story drew me in... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Ally Papier
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!!
I just finished "Mystic Memories"....and WOW was my first thought. Ms. Doyle's believable tale is expertly woven with wonder, adventure, courage, pain and love. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Rural Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful time-travel
When I read time-travel romances, I'm always curious to see how the author resolves the issue of reuniting the lovers--and they'd better be reunited! Read more
Published 9 months ago by Book World Citizen
5.0 out of 5 stars Hands of Time
Great book! Enjoyed it from first to last page. A historical romance with a modern twist and boy was it a twist. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Teri A WRight
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