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Deep Echoes: A Short Story Prequel (Web of Echoes Book 1) Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B07SVP7YFW
- Publication date : August 27, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 1012 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 53 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,464,156 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I took to the story right from the first paragraph, impressed by Ms. Ash’s gift for dialogue between the characters - their banter is lively and fresh. Plus, the prose was spot on and enchanting at the same time, especially for this novice time-traveler reader.
After a most impressive find, Caitlin is whisked back in history to a plantation slave quarters during the Civil War, by a mysterious phenomenon. Stuck with a sprained ankle, no modern medicine and no modern anything, Caitlin has no choice but to stay put until she figures out how to travel back to the present.
Because the magical stone refuses to return her to the 21st century, she accepts the care of the slave Mitilda who finds her. Mitilda knows Caitlin is not a slave, from the educated way she speaks and her clothing. The older woman takes care of children too young to work in the fields, and tries to heal Caitlin, too.
Mr. John arrives to teach Mitilda’s son and grandson how to read in secret, as it’s a crime to educate slaves in those days, James had saved John’s life.
Just when Caitlin thinks she’s about to return to the present, something goes terribly wrong, and our heroine is whisked away to...
That’s it! No more spoilers, lovely readers. I never read and tell, so please discover the same enjoyment I found experiencing Deep Echoes, and add it to YOUR bookshelf. Five shining stars awarded for this fun, fascinating story.
Sean telephones Caitlin and tells her there has been an important discovery north of Charleston and she is on her way. After arrival, Caitlin found a river rock that had carvings on the front with a series of swirls and they did not have a random design... She touched it and ended up in a slave cabin on a southern plantation. Caitlin sprains her ankle and her lack of mobility has her going to the cabin. Luckily Matilda, an elderly slave, helps her wrap it up and tells her she must rest there for a few days. This action by Matilda and her family, of course, puts them at great risk if Caitlin is found.
Fascinating to read about this era in our history with the slavery aspect and how hard they worked daily. Not much to eat and living conditions were deplorable. Plantation owners were known to mistreat their slaves by the whip. John, the son of the owner, arrives to teach the children their reading lesson and meets Caitlin..Sparks fly and they both feel the attraction. Of course, teaching the slaves was itself nearly unheard of in these days.
The author has nailed the manner in which Matilda spoke...perfect, I believe. And, the descriptions were excellent. They were described as strong, tenacious, and resolute and as a reader one is able to identify these traits.
How in the world will Caitlin be able to escape this situation and get back home? Well, there are several novels that follow this one. My appetite was whetted and will read on for more adventures with Caitlin.
Most highly recommended.
Time travel via Hoodoo?!?
Beautifully written short story of a modern day archeologist swept back in time to the mid 1800's through the power residing in a Hoodoo ritual stone. Once there the young woman immediately realizes she has the wrong appearance to be safely seen out and about.
After unfortunately injuring herself, she relies on the aid of a slave woman for food and shelter, both from the elements and the overseer, while trying to figure out how to get back to her own when.
The author does a brilliant job setting the scene, and you can almost smell the dust, hear the cicadas, and feel the sweltering heat. Looking forward to reading more in this series!
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