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Publisher's Summary

Paula Brackston, New York Times best-selling author of The Witch's Daughter, returns with her trademark blend of magic and romance guaranteed to enchant in the first audiobook in a new series. 

An antique shop haunted by a ghost. A silver treasure with an injustice in its story. An adventure to the past she’ll never forget.  

Xanthe and her mother, Flora, leave London behind for a fresh start, taking over an antique shop in the historic town of Marlborough. Xanthe has always had an affinity with some of the antiques she finds. When she touches them, she can sense something of the past they come from and the stories they hold. When she has an intense connection to a beautiful silver chatelaine, she has to know more.  

It is while she’s examining the chatelaine that she’s transported back to the 17th century, where it has its origins. She discovers there is an injustice in its history. The spirit that inhabits her new home confronts her and charges her with saving her daughter’s life, threatening to take Flora’s if she fails.   

While Xanthe fights to save the girl amid the turbulent days of 1605, she meets architect Samuel Appleby. He may be the person who can help her succeed. He may also be the reason she can’t bring herself to leave.

©2018 Paula Brackston (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

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Great book

I thought the narration was wonderful. The story captured me from the start. I really liked how it went between the two time periods. I look forward to the next book.

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unavoidable disappointing ending

The narrator was okay, however, she had terrible "voices" for the differing characters especially the male characters. Like a child's voice trying to sound like her father. The harshness of her British accent was fairly distracting as the accent flowed in and out of proper British Noble sounding accents and Cockney, but not in any context that made sense, just as she was narrating sentence to sentence it would change. Difficult not to make fun of.

What a wonderful idea for a story, fascinating details and creativity. The end sucked all the wind right out of my fantastical sails. Not everyone I'm sure would dislike it, however, basically the whole novel is about how Xanthe will not find another love after her boyfriend betrays her, then she makes these wonderful deep romantic and incredible connections in her travel back in time. The story deepens and encourages this love then just pulls the rug right out from under the reader with a more realistic end. if an entire story is fantasy, why would it need a realistic end. Not my cup of tea and I'm so sad because the story idea is just Amazing.

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Five stars if only...

I liked this book very much, and I know that this book is the first in a series but I just wish that the ending could have left us with closure for Xanthe and Samuel. It's the romantic in me, I guess. Maybe, I hope, we will see him again?

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Good Narration, Terrible Story

This novel just doesn't know what it wants to be. The narration by Marisa Calin is excellent, sadly wasted on this book. The main character is pretty unbelievable as a real person. Add to that the plot just doesn't know where it wants to go. As a result, the book comes across as a slice of life in a small English town with a mother and daughter. Pretty boring. Save the credit and find something else.

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Adam and Eve's thoughts

Hoping there's more. Can't wait to see if she makes it back to the past to find Samuel.

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Compelling

This compelling story will draw you in and keep you interested throughout. I want to visit the Little Shop if lost things and meet these characters again!

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Great book!

Like all of Paula Brackston’s books, this one was terrific! Look forward to a sequel!

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absolutely loved this book

wonderful story
The cover was well done
narration was on point
I am so glad this says its book 1 surely that means there will be another and I can't wait.

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Best book of the year

I love this book. The characters are interesting and personable. I really like the main character. The story is fun with enough suspense to keep you reading. Love it. It is listed as book 1 so I'm looking forward to the next one.

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Can not wait for the next one!

Very engaging, great character development, very well narrated! So amazed at the wonderfully crafted storyline!

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  • Ellen Lingwood
  • 10-26-18

Another Triumph for Ms Brackston!

This is a gripping and beautifully written story of impossible love in all its form. With a malevolent ghost and time slip adding that frisson of fear. I’m so sorry to have finished it!!

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  • Gaelle Newland
  • 11-02-18

Paula at her best

Once again I could not not but that book down, I read and listen and my heart still wants more.
A lovely story with my favorite century and little found things that makes me dream.
Absolutely loved it. Will read again soon.