Running through a strange forest with a bloodthirsty demon hot on her heels wasn't Taylor's idea of a rockin' evening. Then again, neither was soaring backward through time and space. Time travel chafed and left a rank, nasty aftertaste. So, when she finds herself floundering amidst a sea of Commandment-loving holy rollers who fling accusations of witchcraft and bedevilment like hotcakes in a diner, finding her way home jumps to the top of her to do list. Too bad she can't remember who she is or where she came from. And if that wasn't bad enough, Taylor has to fall for the mysterious Latin warlock living on the edge of Salem Village and who comes to her rescue, Gabriel Castillo. Battling an identity crisis and lost in a time that's not her own, Taylor is determined to find her way back to twenty-first century Hanaford Park. But first, she and Gabriel must work together to uncover the dark scourge lurking in Salem's shadows, and in doing so, save their own lives, and the lives of countless innocents from a lethal date with the hangman's noose.
Lisa Sanchez is a California cheer mom taxiing her way through life, one car ride at a time. Along with chauffer, she sports several job titles, including, but not limited to: author, chef, seamstress, videographer, nurse, enforcer, and general slave to her three daughters.
The first two books in her Hanaford Park series (Eve Of Samhain, Pleasures Untold) are published with Omnific Publishing. She self-published the third installment, Faythe Reclaimed. Her erotic suspense, Obsessed was published March 29th 2011 with Loose Id. You can follow Lisa on Twitter at @LisaSanchez3
or contact her via email @ lisasanchezromanceauthor @ gmail.com
My Rating: 3 stars: Liked it, but I had some issues - recommend (B)
Our story opens in the present, with “The Traveler” aka Gabriel engaged in a battle with long-time enemy, Lucian. In these few short moments, we learn that Gabriel recently discovered his true love, Taylor, and that Lucian is ripping her away from Gabriel by sending her back in time... to the days of the Salem Witch Trials, when a young Gabriel first meets Taylor aka Faythe.
Taylor wakes in a society where nothing is familiar, however her amnesia could be what’s making her talk weird and not recall from where she hailed. The only person who seems familiar to her is the sexy Latin warlock who saved her from a demon attack. As Taylor/Faythe struggles to find out the truth, she becomes the target of the denizens, who are, literally, on a witch hunt.
Confused? I was. The first few chapters of Faythe Reclaimed were difficult for me to follow. The reader is tossed into the action, which shifts and changes abruptly, and I had to glean what was happening. On top of that, the story is told in first person point-of-view (POV), from multiple characters. Although the character POV only changed with the start of a new chapter, and the character whose POV it was, was listed at the beginning of the chapter, it was difficult for my mind to make the shifts from one POV to another. And the final piece was that we were reading a POV from two different Gabriels... the present day man and the man from the past.
After adjusting to the shifting POVs and getting settled into 1600’s Salem, Massachusetts, the story was more enjoyable. Taylor/Faythe's relationship with young Gabriel was wonderful. I enjoyed their brief "getting to know you" phase. Their chemistry was smoking - and their sex scenes hot. I liked that Gabriel allowed Taylor in - but only after she forced the issue. He was a little too stubborn there for a while.
The mystery of who was responsible for plaguing the innocent citizens with evil creatures and dark magic was entertaining. Having read previous accounts of this period (The Crucible by Arthur Miller, for example), I enjoyed the different twists that Ms. Sanchez used in her version. I was guessing “whodunit” until the end.
Unfortunately, as much as I enjoyed the story, the changing first person POVs was distracting. Not only did I have to readjust my bearings each time, but I also had to deal with a new set of internal idiosyncrasies. Taylor/Faythe's vernacular was very modern and full of slang, which was annoying at times. Gabriel was constantly slipping in Spanish words, plus his self-doubt and verbal flagellation bogged me down. I felt like I spent too much time dealing with what was in the different character’s heads rather than focusing on the plot.
With that said, I did enjoy the overall story, and I was able to settle down in the book when I could read from the same POV for more than one chapter - the best POV for me being that of Taylor/Faythe. I enjoyed the twist and play of history. The author drew from history, using historical figures to create a new story. The last quarter or so of the book moved quickly, and I got wrapped up in the action. The final conclusion was a tad too easy, but still, a good ending.
Although Faythe Reclaimed is the third book in the Hanaford Park series, one does not need to have read the earlier books. The main characters did appear in the second book, but it has no impact on this story.
If you're a fan of the Hanaford Park series by Lisa Sanchez, then Faythe Reclaimed is a MUST READ!!! Seriously! I'm so glad I read Pleasures Untold right before digging into this one, because I don't know if could have waited all these months to find out what happened to Gabriel and Taylor!
This sequel begins right where we last see these two at the end of Pleasures Untold. The story is written from both their POVs. I'm so glad it's done this way, since a lot goes on when Taylor is thrown back through time and lands smack dab in a forest outside Salem Village, Massachusetts in 1692, the time and place of the Salem witch trials. Gabriel, a Latin warlock, has no choice but to go back in time, too, but suffers the painful consequences of doing so.
Sanchez cleverly incorporates from Greek mythology the Moirai, or The Fates, who warn Gabriel that he cannot change Taylor's fate. He is also plagued by a harsh curse placed upon him by someone in his past. A curse designed to rip his soul mate away from him and put her through hell inevitably causing each of them great pain. Do you think either of these things keeps him from trying to save Taylor? No way! Gabriel is willing to accept whatever punishment The Fates have in store for him.
Taylor has her own set of problems, too. She can't remember who she is or where she came from...and wonders why everyone is wearing ugly Pilgrim outfits. She immediately observes that the villagers are quick to judge and accuse. So when they think she is an apprentice named Faythe Ellwood, she agrees with them just to stay on their good side, even though she senses that is not her true identity. “Faythe” meets and feels a familiar connection to a young Gabriel. The villagers are already wary of the presence of both Faythe and Gabriel, so when accusations of witchcraft and bedevilment start flying, all hell breaks loose! Did I mention that someone is conjuring up demons as well? They have to deal with them too!
Faythe Reclaimed is darker, has more angst from the previous books, and the demons are bigger and scarier! What captivated me the most was the perseverance and strength maintained by the two central characters. Gabriel and Taylor both go through immense physical and emotional pain and sacrifice a lot to be together. Sanchez doesn't hold back in this department at all. She really puts both characters through the ringer, their anguish raw and descriptive. Even with all that, the author is able to keep the wit and snark I've enjoyed throughout the series. Imagine Taylor cursing “beeyotch” in the 17th century...yeah that doesn't hold well for her at all! Sanchez also spikes up the heat level in this one. All I'll say is that a certain Latin warlock sure does like warm maple syrup! I'm going to giggle every time I pour that stuff on anything. Mmmm!
So does Gabriel's curse get broken? Does our hero and heroine make it back to the 21st century? Will Taylor ever get to wear skinny jeans again? Read it and find out! I laughed, cried, and bit my nails to their nubby ends! I'm excited for anyone who reads Faythe Reclaimed, because Sanchez has truly written a special treat for her readers. Well deserving of 5 stars and a nice place on my favorites shelf!
I found Faythe Reclaimed to be a pretty interesting and unique story. It starts in present time, but nearly all of the story takes place in 1692, Salem Witch Trial era. The author, Lisa Sanchez, also used actual people from that time period as characters. That added an extra sense of reality to the story. Also, Faythe Reclaimed is the 3rd book in the Hanaford Park series. I haven’t read the first two, but I didn’t get the feeling that I was lost at any point. However, reading reviews for book 2, I think it would be a bit helpful to read that one before book 3 to get a bit of history on Gabriel and Taylor.
This story is basically told from three points of view: Taylor (Faythe), Gabriel Present (Traveler), and Gabriel Past (Gabriel). There were a couple points where I got a bit confused between the two different Gabriels, but it didn’t take long to get back on track.
So Taylor gets yanked backwards to 1692, and is basically an amnesiac. She doesn’t know who she is, where she is, or how in the world she got there. But never fear, the powerful warlock Gabriel is hot on her heels, and determined to save her, no matter the cost. And the cost is great. The Moirai (the Fates) have commanded him to not interfere in anything that happens; the ripple effect throughout history could be disasterous. But what kind of hero would he be if he actually listened to them? Other Salem residents “figure out” that she must be Faythe Ellwood, who they had feared dead. Taylor doesn’t know who she is, but she knows deep down that she isn’t Faythe. But what can you do? She goes with it.
“Only fools wait for their injured opponents to rise.”
Something I really found fascinating with this story were the monsters. Demons. Whatever they were, they were big, bad, and ferocious. In my opinion they were real scene stealers. The author described them all perfectly, and they were terrifying. I definitely would think twice before going out on my own knowing those beasts were out there!
Faythe and Gabriel meet, and they just know they are meant to be together. Gabriel is a dreamy Latin warlock; powerful and strong, but with a giant heart. You can’t help but fall for him. He doesn’t live in town, he stays secluded in a cottage deep in the woods. Solitude will keep him safe, he knows there is evil about – and that fingers are being pointed at him.
All in all I really enjoyed this story. Like I said, I really loved the introduction of real life people into the story such as Tituba, Samuel Parris, Abigail Williams and Betty Parris to name a few. If you are a history buff, or are interested in the witch trials, I think this story will really speak to you. Then if you are into paranormal romance featuring sexy warlocks and damsels in distress, this story will entertain you also. I think it will appeal to a wide audience.
I have read and enjoyed all books written by Lisa Sanchez and Faythe Reclaimed was no exception to that! It was well-written, the plot was interesting and characters hot and lovable!
Regarding the plot:
You meet both Taylor and Gabriel in the previous books in the Hanaford Park Series, but Faythe Reclaimed is book dedicated to their story. You can read it as stand alone, but then you would miss all the fun of the other books in the series!
Taylor finds herself in a foreign time and place and is confused about where she is and why. People act strangely and talk like several hundreds of years ago. She finds herself in Salem in the midst of witch hunting!
At the same time there is a parallel story where Gabriel realizes that Taylor has been sent back in time where he lost his first love. He is afraid, that this time he is not capable of saving Taylor. By using his warlock powers he sends himself close to Taylor, but not close enough to come out of it unpunished.
I loved the way the story was built, you have parallel universe and time travelling in the same book! This creates a lot of situation comics with Taylor which is funny, so there is lot of good humor in this book, too! I laughed out loud many many times, because the contemporary Taylor is definitely not very suitable to the time settings with her language and with her way of being.
I had difficulties in the beginning to understand who is the Traveller, but when continued reading, it became clear to me quite quickly. Lisa managed to confuse me and create "the-ahhaa-moment" which I admired.
The story of Taylor and Gabriel is hot and sizzling and they both meet a lot of challenges to get back from where they started. Gabriel from the past does not exactly know who Taylor is and Taylor does not remember Gabriel, even though she knows he seems familiar.
The plot was fabulous! It had twists and turns and it was different. I loved it!
Regarding the characters:
I think Lisa did an excellent job both with Taylor and Gabriel. Taylor was quirky, witty and definitely not very suitable to the tie of Salem Witches! Gabriel has been so far my favorite of Lisa's male characters. Gorgeous, smart, manly and warm-hearted - a man of my taste!
I also enjoyed the Traveller. I felt his pain seeing Taylor, but not being able to do much about it. He was a fighter and survivor and willing to walk many extra miles for his love.
There were also many supportive characters who offered their stories to build on the main story line. It made the reading very enjoyable.
I would highly recommend Faythe Reclaimed by Lisa Sanchez! It's easy to read, has fascinating plot and interesting characters! Must-have-book for lovers of paranormal romance!
Bewitching….sensual, lovable and hotter than Haiti’s characters are Lisa’s specialty.
This love story for Taylor and Gabriel, who we’ve met in previous novels, was a favorite for me because of three things: time travel, parallel worlds and Salem witch trials revisited. The change of time and place gripped me. Although, Lisa’s writing style has been true to form with deep issues, solid supporting characters and sexy love scenes, this book goes to a new level more than the others. When the book opens we meet ~ The Traveler~ took me awhile to recognize who that character actually was and I loved it!!
The parallel story lines keep us all guessing its superb writing. Having more than one story working towards a climax is done beautifully. Our characters are separated by time and space. We route for them to reach each other. Taylor’s experiences going back into a backward way of thinking and living is laugh out loud funny. She most definitely doesn’t fit into their stiff, segregated, pious world and humor just erupts from this place. Imagine traveling back in time and not having any reference point to refer to for help.
“Concentrate, girlfriend. Barefoot. Why in God’s name was I barefoot? Dizzy, freaked out and sporting a throbbing foot, I glanced down to reassure myself I was, indeed, wearing clothing. With the way things were going for me, a naked trip through the forest seemed entirely possible. …..A faded pair of ripped jeans covered my legs, and I wore a yellow T-shirt, with the words ‘Spooning Leads to Forking’ resting above a set of cartoon silverware.”
We meet some very dangerous and deadly characters. Witness pain and feel their angst. Poor Gabriel has to relive the pain of losing a loved one. The curse that’s placed on him to never find his love was devastating. Their meetings are bittersweet, at times, when they don’t remember each other but feel their magical pull even though.
“Your other half shall be torn from the life she knows, endure untold agony and persecution before fate finally steals her away.”
Heartbreaking….even for a warlock and a powerful one at that. Lisa’s use of words to describe the time travel experience is almost as if she traveled through time herself. Gabriel’s love for his past love and his desire to love and save Taylor is awe inspiring.
This story of star crossed lovers is enthralling. The chemistry is an electric spark. Page after page you turn to delve back into their time together.
Run don’t walk to read this story you will be forever grateful that Lisa Sanchez has such a wonderful way with words, stories and powerful feelings of love.
Faythe Reclaimed is the 3rd book in the Hanaford Park series. In this book we get to learn a little more about the bartender from Fire and Ice and Ryann's friend, Gabriel. How did I not see how incredibly sexy he was in book 1????? We also find out more about Taylor....Martha and Jessica's spunky foul mouthed roommate. Taylor has her eyes opened to a world she never knew existed right from the start of the 2nd book... Pleasures Untold. Her phrasing and the harsh way she spoke had me in stitches... the way she describes things is hilarious and she holds nothing back.
Gabriel.... **sigh**.... the macho, mild mannered, quiet bartender is an unleashed warrior in this book. He has a past and a few secrets that I had no idea he was hiding! It seemed that he felt a connection to Taylor in the 2nd book, but that connection burst and was a beacon of light for the tests that Taylor was forced to face in this 3rd book. His hotness had me flipping through pages like my fingers were on fire!!
After facing Lucian with her friends in Pleasures Untold, Taylor finds herself sent back in time... and I don't mean Where... I mean WHEN?!??! She is sent back to the Salem witch trials where the women were about as unlike her as you could get! She finds herself running through a forest trying to survive and who saves her.... Gabriel Castillo!! The THEN Gabriel Castillo. Our present Gabriel figures out Lucian's little make Taylor disappear act and goes back in time himself. The thing is... he cannot change anything that will affect the future or the Fate sisters will exact punishment on him. So we have Taylor and the from the past Gabriel trying to figure out how to survive the witch trials and the present Gabriel trying to not kick his past self's ass over jealousy!
I would LOVE to see a 4th installment of the Hanaford Park series!! I tore through these books like a mad woman and was obsessed with the characters, their stories, and the outcomes!! I give Faythe Reclaimed a solid 4 stars on the knock my socks off scale!! Kudos to Lisa Sanchez for creating a series that hooked me in hook, line, and sinker!!!
YOU GUISE. I wish I had magical words that could wax poetic about how much I enjoyed this book. Since I don't I'll just ramble.
Faythe Reclaimed is the third in the Hanaford Park series...trilogy?, the first two of which I really loved too. Ms. Lisa Sanchez has such a lovely way with words! Faythe took a bit of a different turn than the first two books. I loved the time travel aspect of this one. I've always been so fascinated by the Salem witch trials. So many unanswered questions. It was cool to dive into such an interesting time period.
In this book Ms. Sanchez weaves her own story so well, using what we know as a background to these characters. It's so easy to believe that it could be how things went down back then. It gave the trials a breath of fresh air and makes for a delightful story.
The chemistry between Gabriel and Taylor is off the charts. I haven't felt it jump off the page so quickly in a long time. I'd began to wonder if I'd lost my love for romance novels or just reading in general. So glad to be proved wrong by Faythe Reclaimed.
Taylor's journey through a time and place she was so unfamiliar with was enchanting. She is such a strong character. I can't imagine how I'd have reacted to being unexpectedly transported through time. Though she did stumble, making her a perfectly flawed human, she picked herself back up and continued on.
It was the same with Gabriel. He had such a rough past that I just wanted to see him happy and content with someone. I enjoyed seeing him from a past and present aspect. Learning about how he became the person he did. Such a fascinating and delicious character. He's the perfect counterpart to Taylor.
Soooo to say that I enjoyed this book would be an understatement. I definitely encourage everyone to check out the series itself. Lovely characters and great writing. You can't go wrong with that combo!
A curse had been put on Gabriel so that he would know nothing but pain and sorrow. Fathye, his soul mate,had been hanged along with several other innocents during the Salem Witch Trials and though he was a powerful warlock he had been unable to save her. At the loss of his beloved Faythe Gabriel has survived the past 3 hundred years in an emotional vacuum. Until Taylor... Taylor, a girl of our time, has come to accept that supernatural beings do exist. Smart, sexy and savvy, she is at once out of her depth when she is sent back in time 3 centuries, back to Salem, back to the Witch Trials. If only she could remember who she was and why she was walking around in the dead of night in a creepy forest. The deja vu feelings she is having are not helping nor is the pain from the wound on her head! Suddenly it all makes horrible sense to Gabriel...the beautiful outcast Faythe, from 3 centuries ago is actually the 20th century Taylor! This time though Gabriel vows to protect Taylor/Faythe even if it costs him his eternal life. While this is book 3 in the Hanaford Park series it is a great stand alone novel (I myself have not yet read books 1 and 2 but would very much like to). I was, I admit, expecting a little supernatural, witches and warlocks romance novel with a hopefully well written story and interesting characters. What it is is so much more! A humorous, well scripted novel involving found, then lost, love; witches and warlocks; time travel and a way of looking at the Salem Witch Trials that makes you go hmmm. The characters are quirky, humorous, likable and believable. The storyline is well paced and interesting and definitely has some twists to it. I received my copy through GoodReads FirstReads and my review was unsolicited.
I have read countless theories on what really happened during the witch trials in Salem, but I must confess I quite enjoyed this spin. This book was shockingly delightful, considering the seriousness of the subject matter! Taylor has a dry wit but I found this book to be quite funny. I'm not sure if it was the irony of a this century woman going back during those times or not. I think I would have shared her view-point and opinion on the matter. This book was an all around great read. If your into a better recreation of Salem, that is!!
Taylor gets thrust back into the past and becomes a person known as Faythe. Instead of it being meltdown time, Taylor actually handles it rather well since she can't remember anything, including her name. She does know that her way of talking is frowned upon by the Goodly people of the area she landed in. That and the fact she is almost killed by and 8 ft tall skeletal demon. No biggie, right?
Taylor has her own inner monologue going on the whole time and she was an incredibly delightful character to get to know. She goes through quit a bit but ends up healing Gabriel in the end. I can well imagine myself thrust back into that time. No indoor plumbing or hand sanitizer? I shudder to think of it. I'm not one to give away spoilers but I want you to know that the end (which in my opinion was the most amazing part) brought happy tears to my eyes. I love books that wring emotion out of you, and this one hit the spot!!
This is the 3rd book in Lisa Sanchez' Hanaford Park Series, and I do wish I had read the first 2. Don't panic! You don't have to read the other books, I am sure they all stand alone as this one does. But it was SOOOO good. I'm not often a big fan of paranormal romance, but this plot and these characters all demanded my attention.
When Taylor was sent back, I felt scared with her. When Gabriel and Taylor (aka Faythe) first met, and the sparks flew, I was ecstatic. Their relationship is so romantic and fiery HOT, but the storyline in Salem during the witch trials was scary, weird and loosely based on what happened there. Lisa wrote them as an insane mob, with one hell of a twist. And that's all you'll get out of me!
There's paranormal, romance sex, witches, demons and time travel. If you like any of that, you'll enjoy this book.
I was a First Read Winner of this book, and it made for an interesting read. I did not read the previous 2 books so I was not familiar with the characters, I do believe this book can be read as a stand alone, but I was lost a little bit at the beginning not knowing how Taylor and Gabriel got into the situation they were in. I think it would definitely add to your enjoyment if you knew more about them from previous books. I have to admit it had a bit of a slow start for me but once I got into it it held my attention more. Hope to read more by Lisa Sanchez because I did like her writing style.
This one picks up where the last one ends. Taylor is sent back in time and Gabriel goes after her. He realizes she is his long lost love and must prevent her death during the Salem Witch Trials. Only the Fates won't let him change history. He has to rely on his "younger" self to try to prevent her death. This was a quick read and I really liked it.
Wow! What a great series. This is a perfect trilogy to treat yourself to this summer. So much goodness to just sink your reader's teeth into. Your kindle and you deserve these books. Well done. Funny, sexy and gripping.
I was not sure how Lisa was going to be able to top herself after her first two books, but she did!! I love Faythe Reclaimed more than her first two in this series!!
Taylor was introduced to us in Pleasures Untold and we were left dangling as to what happened to her at the end of that book. Faythe Reclaimed picks up from that point and is told from three POVs - Taylor's (Faythe), Gabriel (Traveler) and Gabriel Past (Gabriel).
Taylor (Faythe) has no idea where she is and has lost all of her memory. She's thrown back in time to the Salem Witch Trials. Even though she has lost her memory - she knows that her surroundings are not what they should be. And when the towns people think she is the lost Faythe, she goes with it but knowing deep down that's not her name.
"My bra?" Was she kidding? I cocked my head to the side and eyed her with a whole of "you've got to be shitting me." "Are you telling you've never seen a bra before?" Was this girl for real?
Gabriel Past and Taylor finally come together and what they feel towards each other is amazing. They are complete strangers to one another and yet what they feel towards one another is extremely powerful. Taylor is pushed beyond her comprehension and sees things that she just can't understand - Witches, warlocks, demons and magic are way too much for her to handle. But when she is around Gabriel, everything just seems to make sense and he calms her. Gabriel is aware that something bad is lurking out in the woods and will do anything and everything to keep Taylor (Faythe) safe and out of harm's way.
"Gabriel has charmed the house. Nothing got in. Nothing got out. Including me. Goddamnit!! I was trapped.
Gabriel (Traveler) is forbidden by the fates to physically intervene in anyway that would change history. However, he decides that whatever the Fates dish out is worth the pain of not having to relive his past. But what happens when you push The Moirai (fates) too far???
'I shook my head. Never fucking thought I'd be jealous of myself. But jealous I was. And afraid. Because I knew what was coming, and it didn't bode well for Taylor and my younger self.'
This is a great paranormal romance story. It is so different from any other PNR that I have read before. It has the paranormal in it but Lisa also adds a touch of history in the book and that just makes it even more entertaining and interesting.
I encourage anyone with a love of paranormal, romance, history, etc to read this. You will not be disappointed!!
I had such high hopes for this book. Before starting it, the blurb sounded amazing (and as a historian, I love fiction that takes a new spin on historical events) but the reality was, this book didn’t work for me.
Going back to Pleasures Unbound, I was not intrigued by Taylor and Gabriel. I had no desire to find out what happened to her. But, the blurb pulled me back in and I started this book. I was confused through a lot of it.
I didn’t like what happened to Gabriel. And the POVs of the 2 Gabriels became confusing. Overall, this just didn’t live up to the previous two books.
I'm not a happy bunny, I was so looking forward to this book after loving the first two books in the Hanaford Park series but I just couldn't get into this story. I was so ready Gabriel and Taylor's story but this story just had too many dimensions to it that it was confusing and just not for me.
Lisa Sanchez's writing is still brilliant and her story telling out of this world so this is no reflection on her writing skills the story just didn't capture me.
The first book was fabulous, the second a close lovely one, but this third just did NOT cut it. I found myself skipping a big part because it just couldn't keep my attention. I had big expectations,but they weren't met, a shame. Luckely the first 2 books make up for the last one.