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Shades of the Past Paperback – March 9, 2012
About the Author
Kathleen Kirkwood is the pseudonym for award-winning, best-selling author Anita Gordon. She is the recipient of the Romance Writers of America's 1989 Golden Heart Award and winner of RWA's Desert Rose Chapter's 2002 Golden Quill Award, among other honors and recognitions. Having an abiding love for history, she enjoys setting her stories in distant times and places long past. They include a Viking Age trilogy (writing as Anita Gordon), plus other Medieval adventures and Late Victorian paranormal romances - Time Travel and ghosts (writing as Kathleen Kirkwood). Recently, she and her husband returned to the southwest, where they first met at college. Currently, she is dusting off and revising her backlist for release in digital and print format, bringing them all together under her "Kathleen Kirkwood" pen name. The first two books of the Viking Age "HEART" trilogy, THE VALIANT HEART and THE DEFIANT HEART were released in May and June. The third book, THE CAPTIVE HEART will be released In July. Her other works, SHADES OF THE PAST, A SLIP IN TIME and HIS FAIR LADY were released in 2012. She will next turn her attention to a haunting tale set on the Chesapeake Bay and the shores of historic Southern Maryland. Look for updates on PIRATES' MOON. at her website: www.KathleenKirkwoodHistoricals.com. For a behind the scenes look at the creation of these works, drop by her blog at: www.KathleenKirkwood.blogspot.com.
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The original paperback cover for this book was not similar to the story inside. Upon seeing the original paperback cover I thought the story would be set in the 12th or 13th century. However this book is set in the late 19th century. The original cover is better but they really need to remove the eyes at the top. Those are just freaking looking.
I am always on the lookout for older published book that have been turned to digital. So many times older books have the historical details accurate that today's books are sorely lacking. For me details especially historical details are what carry me away to another time, another place, another land that today's authors sometimes forget. This book was originally published in 1999. Late enough to be classified as an older book but not to early for the author to add all the sex scenes in the story similar to what is written in today's historical romance.
The story starts out with Vanessa attending her late employer's funeral. A very sad start to a story. Readers will quickly see that the sadness does not dominate the story long. When starting the story my heart went out to Vanessa and Lawrence, the nephew of Lady Gwendolyn. Lawrence is the nephew to Lady Gwendolyn and shows great concern and empathy to Vanessa for her loss.
I honestly thought this book was written in the early 18th century. It really felt similar to some Gothic romance. I really question how an author writes something so similar but so different to books written years ago. Oh, I do not question if they plagiarized the story. I question how amazing it is for them to write something so entertaining.
The story seemed longer than what I expected for such an old book. Then I personally had a hard time keeping interest in the story. It was well written and I meticulously enjoyed reading it but it did not hold my attention fully. I did not get swept away like similar stories.
The bunnies and I do recommend this book. Where I found it slow others might enjoy it.
The bunnies and I give this book 3 carrots.
From the very beginning this story grabs you and throws you into a whirlwind of very powerful emotions. Royal Sherringham, ancient seat of the Viscounts Marrable has its very own identity and importance. It is heavily charged with history, each architectural details has its significance and memories. Kathleen Kirkwood described in beautiful detail the majestic house in such a way that it magically came to life before my eyes. Ms. Kirwood provides just the right amount of detail, which add an incredible dimension to the story, creating a bizarre, spellbinding and unique atmosphere that pulls you in.
The author has delivered a captivating and intricate story where romance and mystery are perfectly balanced. She skillfully added an unusual element of photography, I have to say I enjoyed that aspect very much. Her interesting explanation blended brilliantly to the storyline.
Vanessa Wynters and Lord Adrian Marrable are attracted to each other from the start but they have to fight it for very different reasons, which adds a lot of exciting sexual tension. I enjoyed the Marrable family and all of its diversity from the Vicount's twin, the sisters, the young nephew and to the old nanny, oh and let's not forget all the departed. They all give the book even more depth and interest.
It was extremely entertaining and exciting to read with not a moment of rest. I highly recommend it. I became a big fan and I eagerly awaits the release of A Slip in Time, but I know I'll have to be patient. With great enthusiasm I give this novel 5 STARS.