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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 (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #945,305 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 shows on dance or Sherlock Holmes, and dream about which restaurant ought to get her business that night.

WISHING FOR YOU, the second book in her I WISH series, releases in October. 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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Truly, I wanted more of the story even though it had a very satisfying ending.
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Well written with a good pace to the plot that teens, young adults, and older adults like me could enjoy.
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The story was beautiful and the historical research was evident in the story and the writing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Wilbourne on December 11, 2013
Format: Paperback
Whisper Falls is a wonderful young adult / adult book! The writer uses a timeless theme of Love & Hate. I personally loved the time-travel aspect of the characters, which should appeal to all generations. I bought this book for each one of my grown daughters and one of them said she would be recommending it for her book club. I usually don't care for fantasy but the time-travel in Whisper Falls is done gently and is most believable. One of my favorite things about this book was that it was set in North Carolina. Even though it is a fantasy book the accuracy of historical information and area places in my home state were wonderful!! The author does an exceptional job with clear descriptions and dialogue that transported me through time... and places, like Rocky Creek. Hope I will see another book published soon by this Author as I will certainly buy another book by Elizabeth Langston.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark L. Schneider on January 3, 2014
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I'm more of a fantasy and thriller buff, but decided to give this book a try. The concept of a romance between a boy and a girl separated by two centuries was an interesting premise, and it did not disappoint. I burned through the book quickly, and thoroughly enjoyed the character and plot development. The historical references were also illuminating, and Elizabeth Langston does a good job weaving them into the story in unobtrusive fashion. This was a great read.
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By Amazon Customer on August 8, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Historical fiction is a soft spot for me. I love getting lost in a book and learning some history at the same time. Whisper Falls by Elizabeth Langston does this--and more!

The time and research Elizabeth dedicated to this story is apparent throughout. Not only are her facts detailed, but her main character shows how difficult research can be. Mark, the hero of the story, becomes exasperated when he can’t find certain specifics on the internet and is forced to seek them elsewhere. I loved how Elizabeth showed the frustrating process of historical research and--more importantly--the satisfaction when you find what you’re looking for (or something you weren’t!). This, combined with the tangible portrayal of late 18th Century America, made Whisper Falls not simply a story, but a lesson in history for me.

“What were the characters like?” you ask. Amazing! Mark is great. His patience with Susanna, the heroine, is endearing. The story of his childhood will make you want to give him a big bear hug and then pat him on the back for overcoming such big obstacles. However, Elizabeth makes sure to keep him realistic, so he does have a few flaws, which can be overlooked (promise!). Susanna is one tough cookie. Being an indentured servant is no walk in the park, and Susanna has it rough. She rises above the difficulties and makes you want to cheer her on while, at the same time, your heart squeezes for her. And the romance? I’ll let you find that out for yourself.

Something that really made me fall in love with this book was Elizabeth’s writing. Sure, a good story and characters are great, but the writing is what makes it all come to life. Elizabeth has a very matter-of-fact way to her writing, yet it isn’t dry or unfeeling.
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By Farrah on April 1, 2014
Format: Paperback
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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Whisper Falls is an engaging YA/teen 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. While not high art, the book is surprisingly moving and keeps readers interested.

Plot: Susanna, a seventeen year old in 1790s North Carolina, was indentured by her stepfather at a young age. She loves the family she takes care of except for the cruel father. One day, she meets a boy in strange clothing at the local waterfall. He's Mark, from 2016, riding the nature preserve to prepare for a big bike event. The two get to know each other and when Mark begins to research Susanna's time, he realizes she is in great danger. Together, they will fight to protect Susanna's family and save the girl from a cruel owner.

I really liked the characters. They aren't overplayed, over the top caricatures and the romance is not soppy or immature. Yes, they perhaps lack enough nuances to be a bit more realistic but I enjoyed their tales regardless.

Quite a bit of interesting observations about post colonial life add interest to the story. Really, although Mark has a POV throughout, it is Susanna's story that engages us. I had worried initially that this would be a eye-rolling romance with some deus ex machina thrown in to give the story some conflict. But there was very little romance until nearly 80% into the book. The period details don't overwhelm, which was a relief, and so it really is a story about Susanna's strength of character.
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