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It's 2014. Newly engaged Dr. Quinn Allenby is called upon to examine the skeletal remains of a woman and child found buried naked and facedown in unconsecrated ground on the fringes of a leper cemetery. Quinn must use her psychic gift to unearth the secrets that led to the death of the victims, since there isn't much else to go on, and to discover why the deceased were denied a Christian burial and humiliated even in death, a punishment reserved only for the truly wicked and depraved. 

But as Quinn delves into this disturbing new case, she must confront secrets that are much more recent and closer to home. Some have the power to destroy her future with Gabe, while others may finally shed light on her true parentage and lead her to the source of her unwelcome gift.

©2017 Irina Shapiro (P)2018 Irina Shapiro

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The Forgotten

I thoroughly enjoyed the style of this story. We follow two storylines, one from the past and one from the present. They are linked together by Quinn’s gift of being able to see into the past. Such an interesting concept!

Both the author and narrator did a top notch job and I look forward to their next release!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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tears and cheers !

enjoy this writer's stories immensely. She has a great way of pulling you into the character's life and leaves you wanting more .

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  • SarahD
  • Rock Hill, SC United States
  • 09-23-18

More echoes

he audio on this book is divine. The author constructs this great parallel between past and present to engage the reader. You get the sense you are living in the past through the description. I can't wait to listen to more.

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Tragic romance

The Forgotten follows two separate stories - Quinn, a modern day woman with the "gift" of seeing into the past, and Petra, a woman from the fourteenth century, whose grave Quinn is called on to investigate. As an anthropologist and historian, Quinn is fascinated by the past. But she also has a gift - when she holds an object that belonged to someone, she can "see" their life, even in the distant past. The woman buried in the grave was murdered and put in an unconsecrated plot. Why? Using her gift, Quinn relives the woman's last year of life - a year full of betrayal, pain, and joy - and ultimately, murder. The author brings the fourteenth century alive - the people, their lives - and the story of Petra, the murdered woman, is fascinating. Her husband, a lout and a brute, has just died, and Petra is alone with her three children and elderly mother and must find some source of income. Petra is educated, and comes from a good family, despite falling on hard times, so she is hired by a wealthy widow to be a companion and to read to her. Petra has a secret, however. And it will ulitmately be the cause of her unhappy fate. Meanwhile, Quinn, is newly engaged to Gabe and trying to find her biological father, the man who raped her mother and then left her. Gabe doesn't believe Quinn's mother's story, but he tried to help Quinn as much as he can. Then, something happens that rocks both Quinn and Gabe's worlds.Without spoiling the story, I'll just say that Quinn and Gabe must come to grips with their new situation, and it isn't easy. I enjoyed the story, and the narrator was wonderful. Listening to it was like riding an emotional rollarcoaster. Readers who liked Anya Seton's "Green Darkness" and lovers of Barbara Erskine will definitely enjoy this book!

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Shapiro has done it again!

In 2014, Dr. Quinn Allenby’s life is falling into place in some aspects and falling apart in others. While her engagement to Gabe is like living in a dream and her newly forged relationship with her birth mother is off to a timid, yet warm start, the hunt for her biological father is still on and each candidate leaves something to be desired. But it’s not only her uncertain parentage that leaves her feeling uneasy. An accident leaves Gabe with a series of obstacles and trials that forces her to put her needs on the back burner to support him and take on a new role she wasn’t prepared for.

Despite the whirlwind of her personal life, she needs to keep working on the Echoes from the Past television series. It brings her to a pair of skeletons, a woman and a young boy who had been buried face down in unholy ground. Whatever their crimes had been, it had been bad enough to cast shame over them for all eternity. Quinn has to use her gifts to find out who they were in life and how they ended up in the makeshift graves.

In 1346, Petra has just buried her husband, who was a good provider, but an abusive man who had no kindness in his heart. She’s left to care for her son and two young daughters alone and she takes a position as a companion to a sharp, old woman she once served in her youth. Petra’s mother pushes her to remarry, but Petra had only loved one man in her youth, and he had left her pregnant and alone, leaving her to marry in haste to hide her growing belly. An eligible man now wants to marry her, but the reappearance of her first love clouds her mind and before long she’ll need to choose between a man she doesn’t love who can offer her the world, or the man she’s always loved that she can never be with, the father of her only son.

Both Quinn and Petra are strong women who want to follow their hearts and find they true paths, but when their roads intersect in two different times, Quinn finds that Petra’s tale may be too much to bear.

Shapiro has done it again. I listened to this book every spare minute and couldn’t get enough. When I was in Quinn’s car, driving through Scotland, I worried about Petra. And when I was following Petra to market in her seaside village, I wondered what Quinn was up to. It’s easy to get lost in the characters since you’re inserted so firmly into their minds. It also makes their tragedies more painful, but that’s what makes a story stick with you.

At times, I wanted to shake Petra for her choices. As a historian, I understood firmly what her life would be like without a good husband and I wanted to push her into her wealthy suitor’s arms so she could finally have some peace. I wanted her son to get a good apprenticeship and her daughters have high dowries so they might pick their husbands. But she was in love, and although I didn’t want her to suffer for it, I knew she had to live her life her own way.

This book is perfect for mystery lovers, history fans, people that want some thrills with their romance, peppered with dramatics. I’m waiting with baited breath for book three in audiobook, but since the book itself is already on Amazon, I might just jump the gun.

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Awesome!!

This book was awesome, especially for not listening to book 1 yet. I loved the storyline, it was very hard to put down. Great job to all involved!! Thank you!!

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Just as good as the first!

I love love love this series! I was captivated with the Lovers which is book 1 of the series and fell in Love with Quinn immediately. I really like the two different time periods hundreds of years apart and the unhorse does a very good job weaving in and out of the two. The story is so tragically heartbreaking that I actually cried several tikes in both this book and the first book as well. I love the detail the author provides as it makes the story so visual to me (if that makes sense) and once again I don’t think there is a more perfect narrator for this series then Wendy Wolfson. I am very picky about my narrators and don’t rate them a 5 easily but she IS the perfect choice for this book. I couldn’t wait for the next book so I bought the ebook for book 3 so I could read the series when I was unable to listen. Crazy I know but that’s how much I love the series. I would love to see this turned in to a movie and I can’t wait four more days for book 4 to come out!!!!!

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So worth the listening to!

A great story and so hard to put down. It involves superstitions, heartbreak and of course love. Being called to examine the remains of two skeletons from the 1400s, Dr. Quinn Allenby feels the pain and heartache of the deceased while trying to get her life with her newly engaged love who unexpectedly finds out he has a daughter. Irina Shapiro wrote a fabulous story and has won herself a new reader and Wendy Wolfson did a wonderful job narrating it. Bravo to you both!

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I'm ready for more Quinn!!

Irina Shapiro you do know how to spin a great tale. Could not put this one down. I'm ready for book 3

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  • Placid
  • 11-11-18

Entertaining

This book involves the story of an archeologist who can sense the memories of objects which she touches.She has to balance her understanding of the past associated with objects with her current life in the current day.

This book is very emotional and gripping as the book flips between the past through her storytelling of the memories and her own life and emotional issues.

The book will well written and keeps your attention throughout. It is truly enjoyable. The narration was also very good.

This book was provided free of charge with the expectation of an honest review.

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  • Susie
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Great story

Loved it. Great series for romance historical fiction fans. Really looking forward to book 3.

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  • Melanie osmond
  • 08-23-18

The forgotten Review

I will never understand the hate of some people from any timeline...
but what Quinn has to go through is more then any women should ever have to go through, and too add insult to injury she starts looking for her birth parents. But what she finds out would stop any person in there tracks.

But OMG what those horrible people did to Petra and her son will haunt me for a while.

I can’t wait to start book 3 in the series, just to see what will happen with Quinn, Gabe and Gabes sweet little girl.