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Whisper Falls Paperback – November 19, 2013

4.8 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in the Whisper Falls Series

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Gr 7–10—While training for a mountain bike race, 18-year-old Mark Lewis sees a beautiful girl standing behind a waterfall near his Raleigh, North Carolina home. She is wearing odd clothing, and when she questions the strange machine he rides, Mark is intrigued. The girl claims to be Susannah Marsh, a 17-year-old indentured servant from the year 1796. Mark and Susannah continue to meet in secret, and Mark soon discovers that Susannah and her sister are in danger from their brutal master. As they grow closer, Mark determines to help Susannah before it is too late. Whisper Falls is a time-travel novel steeped in North Carolina history, and in some ways, the plot works well. The history is well researched, and readers will enjoy the realistic portrayal of southern life in the late 1700s. Susannah's story is far more interesting than Mark's, and at times, it makes for compelling reading that is difficult to put down. At other times, the narrative falters; Mark is a little too golden, continually sacrificing his future to save a girl he barely knows who, in his time, has been dead for 200 years. The writing is uneven in places, and extraneous story lines, particularly on Mark's side of the waterfall, detract more from the plot than they add. Despite minor flaws in execution, Whisper Falls is a fun, action-packed story that will appeal to fans of Tamara Ireland Stone's Time Between Us (Hyperion, 2012) and Rachel Harris's My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century (Entangled Teen, 2012).—Leigh Collazo, Ed Willkie Middle School, Fort Worth, TX

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[The] Whisper Falls series combines time travel and an 18th century American setting.  I couldn’t put these books down, and I don’t usually read YA.  If you love a good time travel story, this one is worth the read.

(Hope Ramsay, USA Today Best-selling author)

Whisper Falls is an engaging YA book with a strong 1790s-era teen girl meeting a grounded hero from 2016. The story moves smoothly and an involved plot highlighting the plight of indentured servants in the post-colonial period of America provides a poignant backdrop. The book's historical details are well researched and that era's life, rather than a romance, is the heart of the story. (Online Eccentric Librarian)
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Product Details

  • Series: Whisper Falls (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Spencer Hill Press; 1 edition (November 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937053423
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937053420
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,803,626 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Elizabeth Langston lives in North Carolina, halfway between the beaches and the mountains. She has two college-age daughters and one old husband. When she's not writing software or stories, Elizabeth loves to travel with her family, watch dance reality shows on TV, and dream about which restaurant ought to get her business that night.

WISHING FOR YOU, the second book in her I WISH series, released in October. WISH YOU WERE HERE, the third and final book, will release in summer 2016. Elizabeth also has another YA magical realism (time travel romance) series--WHISPER FALLS, A WHISPER IN TIME and WHISPERS FROM THE PAST. Learn more about Elizabeth at http://www.elizabethLangston.net .

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Format: Kindle Edition
I was looking forward to delving into Whisper Falls by Elizabeth Langston after reading the blurb when I participated in the cover reveal. The idea of two eras coinciding intrigued me, having steered clear of any of these kinds of book/shows/films before, and I was looking forward to seeing how the author handled the difference in knowledge between the main characters.

Speaking of which, we follow the two sides of the story from the POVs of Mark and Susannah. Both of them were likable characters. Both of them easy to connect with and relate to, and begin to care about the relationship between them. However, Susannah gave us a whole lot more to care about and intrigue us with than Mark did, and she/her plight was definitely the driving force of this story. Her circumstances, the life she faces, are heartbreaking and provide great focus for the reader—a focus that eventually bleeds over into Mark’s side of the story also, as he decides to make ‘saving’ Susannah his mission. Sadly, aside from his connection to this times-apart female, and his small ventures into ‘her time’, Mark doesn’t really have a whole lot of story to tell, and this is certainly where the pacing of the book began to fail a little. I mean, we have the addition of his sister ‘issues’ that his family seems to revolve around, but I couldn’t help but feel as those this was added merely to give his POVs ‘something’ more than because it contributed to the story, because the other ‘sister’ angle AND his best friend pairing up with Mark’s ex even could have been dismissed without hurting the story. And I think these additions not really interesting me very much were a big contributor to the dragging pace patches.
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Format: Kindle Edition
A mysterious waterfall acts as a time rift and connects a modern day boy to a girl from Colonial America. The cover drew my attention and the premise sounded delicious so I gave it a try. I'm glad I did because this was one of my most engaging reading experiences of late.

The story is told with each main character taking turns narrating the chapters in first person point of view. Seventeen year old, Mark Lewis comes from an upper middle class background and he is off for the summer before his senior year. His family is warm and loving, but his parents are going through the beginning of empty nest with his older sister now living in Colorado and his mom switching up her nursing jobs to go from trauma to hospice. His parents balance care with allowing a certain amount of independence to him. Growing up overweight and picked on by bullies in junior high until he worked hard with his family's support has also tempered him, but left him on the edges of the teen social scene with just one good friend who is away for several weeks staying with his dad. His focus is on training for the biggest mountain bike race in the state. He has his summer lawn care job to earn the fees and pay for his biking equipment as well as personal money establishing he can earn his way and not just mooch off dad and mom. He no longer has to worry about a girlfriend since the very popular, but high maintenance Alexis dumped him right in the middle of prom and other than the humiliation that night he doesn't miss her presence. It is on one of his training runs that he first sees and hears the oddly dressed and mannered girl in the waterfall.

Susanna is an indentured house servant for the mill owner and his large family in her small village.
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From the very beginning, this book drew me in. From the impeccable period details, to the suspense, and the absolutely adorable romance, Whisper Falls was a brilliant YA romance. I loved this book! It was deep, intriguing, and a truly enjoyable read. Loved it!

The setting in this book was perfect. It was obviously well researched, with precise details and the author managed to present them in a way that drew me into the story. I really liked how both characters reacted to seeing the world outside of their time period. It was interesting and realistically done. The whole time-travel thing was very well done.

Susanna was a wonderful heroine. She had a very difficult life, yet she stayed strong through it all. Even when her own safety was on the line, her first priority was taking care of her sister and the children of her master. She was very loyal and willing to fight for what she wanted. I thought she was lovely.

Mark was also great. He was absolutely determined to help Susanna and keep her safe, even if he had to literally enter a different world. He was very sweet, clever, and totally adorable. I absolutely loved him.

The romance was so sweet. Susanna and Mark were so lovely together and they made a great, two-century team. I thought they were a perfect couple. I can't wait to see how things turn out for them in the next book.

The plot was well paced and I was totally drawn in the entire way through. This story didn't fly by, but instead went by steadily, with the details and characters keeping me immersed. The suspense of whether or not Susanna and Mark would succeed in their efforts to keep Susanna and her sister safe kept me hooked. I really enjoyed the story and I'm very excited to see what happens next. Can't wait for book 2!
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