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Mystic Memories Paperback – January 30, 2014
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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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 mind..lol...
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?
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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.
I would have give this book 10 stars, but sadly five was my only option.
Not my usual fare but I sure loved it! the Hero and Heroine were a perfect couple together. They both needed each other. I did NOT see coming the surprise she threw in towards the end. Already looking at this author's other books!
Oh--the plot? Well, a physic private investigator hired to find a missing 10-year-old boy slips through a time portal and finds herself onboard a sailing ship in the 1830's, where she meets a handsome sea captain. And that's all I'm going to say about that. If you want to know more, read this book!
of the "Mystic" of yesterday and the "Mystic" of today. Although it would have been even better if the Author had become more specific as to why the wooden construction of the "Mystic" in some way added to the disappearance of many of the Ship's past occupants. Thanks for your attention.
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Also the romantic aspect was a nice addition