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on November 23, 2014
I recently discovered this wonderful author and am so glad I did. Her writing makes me think of the fairy tales I loved as a child, brought forward into the sensibilities and complexities of modern day. I remember those fairy tales were filled with darkness, sorrow, and pain, as well as hope, love, and magic. That’s also true of this book, “Shadows of the Past.” The dark forest is wondrous. I was of two minds while reading the book. I wanted to rush through to see what happens next, but the other part of me longed to savor each word and phrase. The author is wonderful with her wording and descriptions, especially of the medieval atmosphere and times.
The main characters in the story are well rounded, and each woman deals with her reality and time period as best she can. Genevieve from the 15th century is particularly interesting in her faith and courage in the face of difficult circumstances. By contrast, Anne of today is successful and determined. I appreciate the differences between them as well as the bond they share.
“Shadows of the Past” allows the reader to bask in the ideas surrounding good and evil, strength of character, how external reality sets the stage for our responses, and the enduring power of love. Fate is a word I think of with this book. I could almost see the Three Fates winding our threads as we go about our daily lives of reading, living, and loving. It is a book I’ll read more than once.
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on November 19, 2014
This is a unique story that tells the tale of two different women in two different eras, centuries apart, yet connected through time. Genevieve’s life unfolds in a harsh world of superstition and strife in the 1400s. Anne is a modern business woman trying to repair a relationship with Neil, the man who cheated on her (with her best friend, no less!). While hiking through a forest, Anne and Neil come upon the ruins of an old abbey and discover the bones of a skeleton hidden in a hollow tree.

The author moves deftly between past and present, revealing the lives of both women bit by bit until past collides with present as a murder mystery unfolds. Lush descriptions and intricate historical details bring this story vividly to life. As someone who enjoys both historical and contemporary romance, I found this tale which is intertwined with supernatural undertones, a riveting read. The author’s voice is strong and engaging making for a spellbinding page turner!
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on April 30, 2014
I loved the mix of genres in this unique novel. The pulse of the book was fast the whole way through till the surprising end.
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