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When Anne and Neil leave on a one-week holiday hoping to reconcile after a two-year separation, little do they know that destiny has other plans for them. Their discovery of human bones and a bejeweled cross in the hollow of a tree open the door to the supernatural realm and the anguished life of Genevieve, a nun from medieval England.

Can Anne save her relationship and hel...more
ebook, 231 pages
Published December 4th 2012 by Wild Child Publishing
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Ionia
It isn't often that I put a book in my "I must read this again pile." I read so much that I usually won't read a book more than once because I am always ready to move on to the next one I haven't experienced yet. This is one of those rare times when I know I will read this book again.

I am a huge history buff and I adore historical fiction. This is historical plus a lot more. This book has an exciting plot with a paranormal twist that is so well done that it doesn't leave you rolling your eyes l...more
Liliana
Over the past few days I had the delight to read Carmen Stefanescu’s novel ‘Shadows of the past’. A novel that beautifully weaves together tales of the past and modern times.
Anne, the heroine, is a successful businesswoman who tried to rekindle her relationship with Neil after a two-year separation. They leave for a one-week trip during which they camp in a strange forest. A dream Anne has leads to the discovery of human bones and a bejeweled cross in the hollow of a tree. The discovery opens t...more
Paulette Mahurin
Carmen Stefanescu’s Shadows of the Past was a great read that I enjoyed from the first page through the last sentence, that I was sorry to see end; I tried to savor this one, make it last, that’s how entertaining a read it is. The author writes a tightly worded, intelligent, story, a story within a story, then and now, from a past that needed resolution in a modern day couple. The dreams and visions the protagonist, Anne, experienced set the stage for the unfolding of a story, brilliantly told,...more
Amanda Masters
This book was amazing! I don't usually read books that aren't YA books anymore but occasionally I come across one that sparks my interest like this one did.The author Carmen Stefanescu did a amazing job on describing people and places and I felt like I was in the story from start to finish. I loved all the historical elements to the story and all the attention to detail that Carmen puts into the story especially when it came to the wiccan people and their practices. As a wiccan myself I really a...more
Ivana
I accepted this book for review based on its promising synopsis; a ghost story that spans five centuries is not something I wanted to pass on. It was nice, the way the past was connected to the present was interesting, tapping into reincarnation and curses. Intrigued?

Still, I had a major problem with the characters. Genevieve wasn't that bad since we get to see enough of her difficult childhood, but Anne and Neil (our contemporaries) I found very bland and uninteresting. The dialogues were stiff...more
Michikit
I always enjoy a good mystery story and Shadows of the Past had plenty or it. I initially did not know what to expect, but whatever I wanted from the book before I started it, I receive 10 times more. It was so good and I found myself thrown in two different lives.

The story was told from two points of view, two characters belonging to different times. I’ve usually read books that had characters from the same time, but not in this one. Genevieve lived in the 15th century and Anne’s story takes...more
Ankita
Well at first look you would think "I don't normally read this", that was my first thought as well. I normally read Young-Adult books and occasionally switch the genre. So when Ms. Carmen approached, after reading the synopses I was indeed intrigued with paranormal and historical theme so I gave it a chance. And I must say it was different and Amazing!!

The Book cover may seem Adult but story isn't so much, Yes there is romance but the sweet one. As Carmen said that she like to keep the romance...more
Camelia Skiba
Shadows of the Past is the story of two young women, Genevieve and Anne their life, love and of the misfortunes they meet and how they handle the evil that wants to destroy them. It is a cross-time romance, with a creepy villain and beautifully described worlds.
The two stories, Anne's and Genevieve's, are equally compelling because these two women who lived over 500 years apart are connected by something. The legend of the cursed forest, of witchcraft, strange rituals and a forbidden love build...more
Lori- Lusty Penguin Reviews
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Shadows of the Past is an entertaining paranormal romance that also perfectly blends in elements of horror and mystery. Original and intricate, this story with its many thrilling plot twists keeps readers at the edge of their seats. Alternating viewpoints between Genevieve, a nun living during medieval times, and Anne, living in the 1990s, Carmen Stefanescu creatively tells Genevieve’s story from childhood to adulthood as well as Anne’s attempt...more
Gaele
This book shows incredible promise, with a cross-time romance, a really creepy villain and beautifully detailed and described worlds. The idea of being caught in a quest to remove a soul’s torment was an interesting one, especially the glimpses of the 1400-era world. The author has gone to great lengths to establish the wood as a dangerous, even cursed place. Unfortunately for me, while the intent was clearly established, the repetitive statements to that effect, and further repetitions of ‘key...more
Adriana Dascalu
The book is exactly what the blurb promises to be: a beautiful and touching paranormal love story that plays on the idea that love transcends time and soul mates will always search for each other.

First, I loved the premise of the book: the restless soul of a young nun from the XVth century leads Anne, its present day reincarnation, towards the place where the nun's body has been abandoned centuries ago without being aloud to find peace.

Secondly, I loved the shift between present and past, betwee...more
Larissa
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With Anne and Neil off to try to see if they could reconcile their relationship you could be fooled to thinking this story is just about romance but it's about so much more.

The author constructed a story around love but also a historical piece of work that is full of historical facts that if you love that sort of thing, you're going to absolutely love this. The story is told from two views, Anne's and Genevieve's so you are bei...more
Sarah (blissbubbley)
With Anne and Neil off to try to see if they could reconcile their relationship you could be fooled to thinking this story is just about romance but it's about so much more.

The author constructed a story around love but also a historical piece of work that is full of historical facts that if you love that sort of thing, you're going to absolutely love this. The story is told from two views, Anne's and Genevieve's so you are being fed the past and the present.

I enjoyed the book for its historica...more
Terri Talley
In the prologue of Shadows of the Past, we meet the young, medieval nun named Genevieve who lives in an Abbey in rural England. The remote Abbey is only accessible via the cursed forest. We also meet a young visiting priest named Andrew and catch a glimpse of their dire circumstances.

In a parallel love story, we fast forward to modern day England and meet Anne and Neil. They’re attempting to rekindle their love affair after suffering a brutal, two-year hiatus. After getting lost in the woods, ac...more
Mia Darien
Normally, I review self-published authors, but I am willing to do small press releases sometimes and this is from someone I know online. I actually read this book pre-release when I was giving the author a little help on the manuscript, but I'm very happy to see that it's out and available now.

I found this book to be very intriguing. It jumps between the tale of Genevieve in medieval times to Anne in modern times, and weaves their tales together. The darkness and troubles that blend through the...more
Kirsty Vizard
Shadows of the Past is quite a difficult story to read as the narrative is split between Genevieve's story in the 15th century and Anne's in 1990. However, Carmen Stefanescu switches narrator alternately and connects the lives of the two women, revealing how the past has left and imprint on the present.
Genevieve's story is a melancholy one; made an orphan after her mother and siblings are murdered by her father, she is taken in by the local 'witch' who then dies and she is forced to work at the...more
Liz
We start off with a quick look into the life of Genevieve, a 15th century nun who is meeting the love of her life, a priest named Andrew to talk about leaving the Abbey. When you start the book, you think that Genevieve and Andrew's love is the reason they decide to leave the church. But once the story really starts rolling you see that Genevieve has not had an easy life. In fact, she's struggled through more than most people could handle in a lifetime by the time she's just 14. She thought she'...more
Cassandra Ulrich
“Shadows of the Past” by Carmen Stefanescu is a riveting story about souls reborn in a plight to overcome evil. Genevieve, a nun living at an abbey in the 1400s, did the one thing she promised would never happen. She fell in love. What’s worse, the man, Andrew, was a priest. Even more surprising is that he had also fallen in love with her. He promised he would return for her so they could renounce their vows and marry. Fear gripped her heart when he didn’t show up on time, especially after findi...more
Kit Wylde
Anne and her boyfriend Neil are on vacation in England to reconcile. What is supposed to be a quick hike to a romantic inn turns into a nightmare. One night next to a forest that emanates evil draws Anne into a tragedy that played itself out over 500 years before. Genevieve, a 15th century nun, visits Anne and beckons her to follow. Anne cannot resist and finds herself in the forest, drawn to a giant oak tree. This vision proves to be a dream, but now Anne is compelled to discover the story of G...more
Liss
Shadows of the Past starts off in the 15th century with a nun named Genevieve. She is running away from the abbey to meet her love Andrew. The story jumps to 1990 in the first chapter to start the story of Anne and Neil. Each woman has her own story to tell but their stories are eerily entwined.

I love when I start reading a book and am immediately sucked in and can’t wait to know what happens next. I immediately started forming imagery in my head of the Abbey and the way Genevieve dressed. The c...more
Susan Day
Shadows of the Past by Carmen Stefanescu brings together two very different lives of two women. Both are our heroines - one from the 15th Century and one from our modern day . Their lives are intermingled around tragedy, boundless love and the power of good magic.

The story tells the tale of a young nun's difficult life and the contentment she finds living under the protection of a convent. Genevieve decided to join the convent because there were so little choices for young women on their own. H...more
Wendy ~M/M Junkie~
This was a great story. It is a historical paranormal romance and it kept me guessing. I think that the mystery and suspense involved really made the book for me. I was trying to figure out what would happen next the entire time I was reading and never got it right. It didn't suck me in quite as fast as I thought it would, but it made up for it in the end.

*I recieved this book for review but that has in no way effected my opinion.**
Rosie Amber
A clever tale woven between 2 times zones. The story is set in England and follows the sad story of a Nun in the 15th Century. Then we move to the modern day and are caught up with 2 hikers who get lost in a forest that has an evil feel about it. Shadows from the past swirl around the couple until they stumble across help from a modern day white witch and solve the mysteries of the past.
Lorelle
SHADOWS IN THE MIST is a tragic fable-like story of a cursed forest, an evil Abbess, and a Nun who falls in love with a Priest in medieval England. The chapters alternate from past to present story-lines. In the present, the characters above are reincarnated and the get trapped within the evil web of the past. They fervently try to resolve the past tragedy to a peaceful resolution. I didn't feel much of a connection with the characters, most especially in the present. This wasn't a romance for m...more
Adrienne Woods
I was given this novel by the author in turn of my honest opinion.

I really loved this. Although I’m not a historical fan, this one really kept me glued to the pages. Carmen has a beautiful writing style and a real gift for story telling.

Her characters were so well developed that I lost myself in this story.
It follows Anne, trying to connect with Neil, her husband. They went on a camping trip in a forest you would never find me go camping in.

Carmen did the description of these places so well that...more
Josie
I like to read historical fiction that is set in the Middle Ages to the Victorian Era. I also love to read Paranormal Romance. So when I read the summary I became intrigued and I definitely wanted to read this book.

Shadows of the Past started out strong and it continued at a wonderful pace through out the book. The main characters Anne in the present and Genevieve from the past were written well. Anne is a strong woman who has decided to reconcile with her boyfriend, During their trip she experi...more
Ruty  B
If you believe in past lives and eternal love, Shadows of the past is the perfect book for you. Anne has decided to give her husband a second chance but when they get lost in the woods her present will mix with the past introducing us in an intriguing story about misfortunes, sins, friendship and forbidden love (among other things).

Genevieve is a young girl from the fifteen century; her story unfolds between 1468 and 1480. Her life is full of tragic and dark moments but also there are some brigh...more
Julie G
There is nothing I love more than a good paranormal romance. Something that makes me warm and fuzzy, and gives me goosebumps. Occasionally, all at the same time.

Shadows of the Past alternates between Genevieve's story and Anne's. One a 15th Century nun; the other, a 20th Century businesswoman. Yet, somehow, you just know there's a connection.

In the mid-1400s, the gap between the haves and have-nots is huge. For Genevieve, her parents and siblings, life is extremely difficult. Then, following a t...more
Sheri (Tangled Up In Books)
Originally posted on my blog! :) :)

I don't normally read historical books, but, the author contacted me noticing my interest in paranormal novels and asked if I might give her book a try. Her brief description interested me and I gladly accepted. I must say I was pleasantly surprised! The book goes back and forth between Anne and Genevieve, past and present, and weaves a mysterious story. Genevieve's life is so full of tragedy and loss. It's heartbreaking to read at times.



And don't let the cove...more
David Huffstetler
Carmen Stefanescu demonstrates an appreciation of language that weaves beautifully through the pages of Shadows of the Past. She pins together stories of two women, one from the late Middle Ages and the other a modern business woman, and she does this in a way that defies traditional character roles. Her smooth transitions between the time periods in which these women lived blend their passions and heartaches, as if only days separated them. Neither is able to rid herself of her past, Genevieve...more
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Carmen was born in Romania, the native country of the infamous vampire Count Dracula.

She graduated the Bucharest University, the Germanic Languages Faculty.Teacher of English and German in her native country and mother of two daughters, Carmen Stefanescu survived the grim years of communist oppression, by escaping in a parallel world, that of the books.
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