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When a young woman vanishes without a trace from a quaint fishing village on the coast of England, only one person knows the truth, but he remains silent allowing the authorities to search for her in vain.

Meanwhile, Valerie Crane finds herself transported to the year 1605.

Terrified and confused, she turns for help to the Whitfield brothers, who take her in and offer her a home.

Both Alexander and Finlay Whitfield fall in love with the mysterious woman, who shows up on their doorstep, creating a love triangle that threatens to consume them all.

Valerie must make her choice, deciding between the brother who will lead her down the path of destruction, or one who will give her a love she couldn’t find in her own time.

©2011 Merlin Press LLC (P)2020 Irina Shapiro

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Very entertaining

I've listened to almost a dozen Irina Shapiro books and have enjoyed them all. This one is her first book as she told me and was nervous about the quality. Well she shouldn't have worried. I quite enjoyed it. Sometimes you just need a book that is just whimsical and doesn't need any explanation as to why things happen. You can just enjoy the journey of the characters and the world they have been set in. This is one if those books. It went by very quickly. I am looking forward to book 2. The narrator did a fine job. A few mispronounced words, but nothing terrible. She has a good tone and kept at a good pace. I recommend this book.

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Can't wait to listen to the next book!

My Audible library houses 20 of Irina Shapiro's books. I am a fan of her work and although this was one of her earlier books, it didn't disappoint. I loved the narration! I'm already invested in Alec, Valerie, little Finn and Louisa. I can't wait to see if someone travels forward or back in time...
If you are waiting on the next release in this series, I would suggest downloading and listening to Echoes from the Past and/or The Wonderland series while waiting. You won't be disappointed!!
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A wonderful begining.

This is one of Irina Shapiro's earlier books. It is a delightful beginning to this series. I cant wait for the rest of the series to make it to audible.
I enjoy all of Irina Shapiro's books and liked this one as well. It is quite interesting to watch her writing grow and change over time. I also enjoyed the narrator, this is the first time I have listened to her and I found her voice pleasant and easy to listen to. I do wish she had a wider range in her voices. All in an it was very enjoyable. Irina Shapiro is one of a few authors that is an automatic buy for me when something new comes out.

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Two story’s in one

Two storylines, one in the present and one in 1605! While on vacation in England A clock with time travel ability sends Valerie back in time to the year 1605. While Valerie’s sister searches for her in present day Valerie is taken in by the Whitfield brothers Alex and Finn. Valerie begins to build a life in 1605 that would take her all the way back to America.

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Wonderful

I truly enjoyed this book. I love how The author weaves the present with the past. The characters come to love fe and are easily relatable. Definitely worth the listen or read

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Wonderful Story!

So glad this is available on audio. I have this on my kindle and its a wonderful read.
Irina Shapiro is one of my favorite authors. I discovered her wonderful work after getting my first kindle. This is a book is full of surprises as it carries you away in time to an amazing adventure. The narration is well done and the main characters voice sounds the way I had always pictured her to sound. Do not hesitate on this one Guys

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Be careful what you touch!!

An enchanting story of a heartbroken woman who finds herself in a precarious situation but makes the best of it and finds happiness and fulfillment. The moral of this story might be to keep your hands to yourself and not touch things that don’t belong to you! Well narrated with a good pace, story development and believable characters.

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Time Travel

I'm a big fan of Ms. Shapiro. Of her books that I've read, this one did not appeal to me as much as her other books. It is historical fiction going from present day to 1605. There is a twist that makes the story a bit more interesting. I felt that the audio could have been improved by using a different reader. I found her voice a bit annoying, but that is purely personal preference.

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What a wonderful story

It starts with heartbreak but as you listen you realize that her story, or life, was just beginning. Yes, it does have a time travel twist to it, you do become invested in the story.

I highly recommend this book to you if you are looking for a good suspense story.

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A book to stay with you long after the last page

I read this series on Kindle years ago and I have felt like a friend or neighbor of the Whitfield family. To my great pleasure, this series is on audio so I am revisiting the series with great pleasure. Characters are all well developed and Irina is able to share their feelings and mindsets in a way you find you are really empathizing with them as if you were being told of a real family. Do yourself a favor and download this book and get the series started so you can share your summer with the Whitfield clan!

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  • 02-19-21

Valerie, Finn and Alec

Book 1 in this amazing series where we come to learn about Valerie who accidentally travels back to the year 1605, in an England where it is forbidden to be or practice Catholism. She is taken in by Alex and Finn, two brothers who both fall deeply in love for her. Since she has no idea how to return to her own time she decides to agree with Finn's marriage proposal as he is the most carefree of the two brothers. For a while life is good but then tragedy strikes again in her life and once again it will change everything. Meanwhile in the present, her sister cannot give up searching for Valerie and when she finds a painting of a woman, painted in 1608, she knows where she can find some answers. One of my favourite series to read and now available on Audible. Very pleasant to listen to.

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  • 09-25-20

Lovely read!

Another great historical fantasy fiction. Looking forward to starting book 2 of the series.