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Time's Echo

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  1,226 ratings  ·  167 reviews
Grace Trewe comes to York intending to spend as little time as possible sorting out her dead godmother’s affairs before moving on, the way she has always done before. Grace prides herself on her independence. She is a practical, sensible, self-reliant person, impatient with spirituality or mysticism and what she thinks of as wallowing in emotion. Having survived the Boxing ...more
Paperback, 460 pages
Published August 30th 2012 by Pan Macmillan
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Oct 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Wow, just wow.

I’m going to be completely honest and say that this is not my usual kind of book. If the truth is to be known, I only own the book because I brought a pack of books which contained The Silver Linings Playbook and this was in it. Usually I’m really tentative about these historical period and modern day time slip novels, yet this one blew my mind. If I am to be one hundred percent honest with you, I enjoyed this more than The Silver Linings Playbook (and that book is the only reason
Oct 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
What an excellent read this was - I'm a massive fan of time slip novels, and having been rather disappointed by the latest Rachel Hore it's wonderful to come across someone who does it so well. The familiar York setting added to my enjoyment, and although the author admits to taking some liberties with history (no plague in that time frame in York) the historical setting is really well done, with its vivid descriptions, smells and colours. The unpredictability of the time slippage is deftly hand ...more
Jun 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What a delightful surprise. ‘Time’s Echo’ was recommended through a Facebook group of like minded avid readers. I am easily drawn to time slip books and after taking a look inside I immediately downloaded this to my Kindle.

This story grabbed me from the opening chapter. We are thrown into a traumatic nightmare that leaves us wanting to know more. The author transports us between times lines with ease as we explore the lives of Grace and Hawise. Two very strong characters living in different cen
Jun 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Not a masterpiece, but still very enjoyable. As I've written before, Hartshorne is a great storyteller who knows how to set fast paced and tight plots, build characters that are easy to identify with and high suspense throughout her novels. My only rant this time is that the plot is basically the same as in her latest book, The House of Shadows, which I've read before this one. This bothered me a lot at first, but I was so pulled in and cared so much for the characters that I enjoyed it anyway. ...more
Nov 22, 2012 rated it liked it
It took me ages to get into this one, but once I did, I did enjoy it, although I found the modern day setting littered with cliches, and really didn't like Grace very much, I loved the historical part, and found Hawise's story fascinating, but then I've always loved stories about witch trials and similar, so it was always going to appeal to me more! There was one bright spot in the modern story, in next door neighbour/romantic interest, Drew Dyer!
Maggie Craig
Jan 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
I found this an intense and emotional read. The author has a distinctive style, at times quite literary. The sense of place is excellent and York in the 16th century is particularly vividly evoked.
Maria Grazia
Aug 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2012
The novel opens with a nightmare, so vivid and gripping that your are inexorably drawn into the story and can’t stop wondering what happened to poor Hawise in 1577. So you go on , page after page, eagerly wishing for the mystery to be solved. Then you start doubting with the protagonist, Grace Trewe: was it only a dream?

Water haunted Grace’s memories after being caught in the tragic experience of the Boxing Day tsunami, water mysteriously swallowed her godmother’s life as had done more than four
Patrick Hilyer
Dec 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
This beautifully written time-shift story, set in York in England, intertwines the experiences of two young women separated by five centuries. Hawise Aske struggles with an abusive relationship, social intolerance, the bubonic plague and religious persecution. Her 21st-century correspondent, Grace, has her own problems. Memories of the 2004 Thailand tsunami haunt her and she’s torn between a growing love for her divorcee neighbour, Drew, and a footloose reluctance to settle down. Drew’s teenage ...more
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A most haunting read, that keeps the reader riveted and wanting to know what happens next. The story takes place in York in England over two different periods of time, the story of Hawise is set in the Elizabethan era whilst Grace's story is taking place today. Grace is reliving Hawise's life whilst doing her best to live her own life but she is so disturbed by her experiences that she thinks she is losing her sanity however, Hewise is so strong and her story is so dreadful that it keeps pulling ...more
Jayne Catherine pinkett
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A thrilling story with split time narration in past and present day York. For all those who wonder if reincarnation exists or is it our own psyche trying to understand the impact of a traumatic event, then this is a must read. Grace battles her demons from surviving the boxing day tsunami together with trying to save herself in the past.
Well written and easy to follow. I enjoyed it very much
Dec 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
A haunting and mesmerizing novel that will hold readers in thrall, Time’s Echo is an exceptional tale of old ghosts, devastating secrets and past wounds that kept me on the edge of my seat and enthralled from beginning to end.

Grace Trewe has spent the last couple of years travelling the world and living out of a suitcase. Her job as an English teacher has taken her halfway across the globe and intrepid Grace likes nothing more than setting off on an adventure in a new country and becoming comple
Jo Barton
Dec 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Time's Echo opens with the details of very graphic experience which quickly sets the scene for this dual time narrative set in the city of York. When Grace Trewe is called to the city to oversee the closure of her deceased godmother's house, she is totally unprepared for the effect that the house has on her. Grace, a very modern woman is drawn into the troubled story of Hawise Aske, a young woman who has been grievously wronged, and whose voice echoes down the centuries.
With most dual time narra
This was terrific - and genuinely scary. It's not quite a ghost story, not quite a historical novel, not quite a love story, but a great fusion of all.

Grace, traumatised by memories of the 2004 tsunami, comes to York and relives the difficult life of a C16th girl, Hawise. Slowly, we see her life and Hawise's intertwine and realise Grace's fate is bound up with Hawise's end. The sinister apple motif that occurs in a number of circumstances throughout the book is ingenious, and it's not until the
A good read and the first one I have tried written by Pamela Hartshorne. It is a historical n0vel and includes ghosts, time slipping, witches and paranormal activities. The story centres around Grace a young woman living in the here and now and Hawise living in Elizabethan York. There are lots of twists and turns as Grace moves in and out of the two time lines. An interesting comment that stuck with me and went something like this... 'The passage of time - is it a straight line or circular?' If ...more
Fiona Harper
Mar 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was totally gripped by this book. When you go to bed thinking about the characters then wake up at six and have to finish it, you know you've got a compelling story on your hands!
Kim Cl
Jun 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely a must read. What a good book! I loved it!

Claire Dobson
Dec 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
A riveting read, I especially liked the account of Hawise as I'm fascinated by the idea of witchcraft.
Oct 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Set in York, this is a time shift novel, I enjoyed reading about familiar locations across two time periods.
In a lot of ways, this is your bog-standard timeslip narrative. But - the present day male characters only remind the main female character of their past counterparts rather than actually *being* them. The traumas are distinctive and not actually related at all. And it works nicely that Grace slips consciousness rather than something so goofy as actually being regressed into past lives. There is something of Derridian spectral haunting going on here that works quite nicely, actually. I would hav ...more
Sue Hopkins
Nov 08, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a birthday present and I wasn’t sure what to expect from this author as she was new to me. I love medieval fiction (and have read a lot so have high expectations) and stories going back in time so this definately fit the bill in theory. I enjoyed it!! I didn’t love it, I found the modern story a little bland, a little lacklustre and Graces character lacked depth and was a bit annoying but I loved hawise. I found the historical story fascinating, and how it all connected. I speed read it ...more
May 18, 2019 rated it liked it
This is the first time slip novel that I have read so after reading about the plot I was excited to get stuck into it.
At times this historical fiction story was very enjoyable the way that it switched time flipping back and to by 400 years. I was engrossed by Hawise and the medieval plot which is set in York and is centred upon witchcraft. Unfortunately I wasn't as gripped with Grace's character although there were elements of the current day that I did like without revealing any spoilers.
The l
Sian Thompson
Feb 27, 2018 rated it liked it
I did enjoy this the end! I’ve read a lot of this genre. I love it. I love reading about historical England especially the 1500s. However this time it just seemed a little unreal? Grace being pulled through time? A little unbelievable even though I’d never felt this before about a book. It made me not want to read it. Plus the tension and despair I felt reading about Francis, his character and how he treated Hawise, knowing this could happen to women in the 16th century was enough ...more
Allie Jessing
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
I hated this book. It was interesting enough to read into the end at least, but the entire book was so wretched. I received it as a recommendation from Willoughby book club because I love Outlander, and I can see the connections, but at least Outlander is a desirable fantasy! Nothing good happens in this book. Everything is terrible and then it ends. None of the characters are likable. They are all stupid and in denial. I really don't understand what this author was thinking writing this miserab ...more
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a fabulous, escapist read! I loved it. The dramatic first chapter drew me in immediately seeking answers and justice. It wove the two characters from the two time periods together very well indeed. The story of Hawise and her fate was beautifully crafted, in keeping with the period and thoroughly evocative.

The only (very, very, slight) criticism I have is Grace's 'issues' felt a little forced sometimes, over emphasised perhaps..?

I would highly recommend this book and I will certainly rea
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This book was so well written. In 1577 Hawise (Ha-wees-e) smiles at a stranger in the market and this story follows. In present time, Grace Trewe, a world traveler, goes to York to settle her godmother's estate, which includes a house. The story of these two women intersect and what a ride!
I was amazed how the stories flowed together and absolutely loved the book. The story pulled me in and I had a hard time putting it down.

Debra Reedy
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like this author and I've read many of her books and I enjoyed this one as well. The only thing about time slip stories is you already know that the story that occurs in the past will not end well for that character. There is extreme injustice and I always want the writer to some how let us know that the horribly bad culprits at least suffered terribly for their evilness. I wish some writer would just once let both stories end well.
Rachel OBrien
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable read

A familiar ta!e of a modern traumatised woman slipping between past and present. The historical story is the more gripping part to my mind even though some of the events are not in their correct time period. This is where the novel really comes to life. I didn't find it unputdownable but I wanted to know the outcome enough to keep reading
Peg Hughes
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I have had this on my kindle since 2012 and it got lost among the hundreds of other books and I never got round to reading it. What an absolutely amazing story. A brilliant example of the time slip trope. Clearly well researched. A really really great story. I will now download all her other books!
Aug 26, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a cover-buy. It was full of something going on, but it was a bit repetitive and the chapters were long enough to be short stories. The book could have been knocked down by probably 50 pages if not for it being so repetitive. I like it, I was guessing a lot as to what would happen next. It ended good, solid, with not a lot left to answer.
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After a haphazard early career spent working and travelling around the world, I started writing romance in order to fund a PhD in Medieval Studies. Naturally, that didn't turn out to be quite the easy option I thought it would be, but I did in the end complete a thesis on the street and the perception of public space in later medieval and early modern York in 2004. My research formed the basis of ...more
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