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Shadows of the Past

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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.

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ebook, 231 pages
Published December 4th 2012 by Wild Child Publishing
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Mar 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Amanda Shelley-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
Paulette Mahurin
Dec 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Rashika (is tired)
“Shed blood never dies, they say. It cried for the settling of things.”

This book wasn’t for me. I had quite a few problems with this one. Ms. Carmen approached me with this book, asking if I would review it, I checked out the trailer and the synopsis and it sounded really interesting. Plus that title. It wasn’t the type of stuff I usually read but never the less I decided to try it because it sounded good.

I think the main problem with the book was the writing style. Because of it I couldn’t conn
Mar 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
May 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: jeep-diva
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
Jun 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Camelia Skiba
Aug 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: for-review
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
Kit Wylde
Sep 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Two women, born centuries apart are connected through the ages by the secrets hidden in an ancient oak tree. Anne longs for reconciliation with her old boyfriend, but it must feel right in her heart. Genevieve wishes for hidden truths to be uncovered so she may finally feel eternal peace in death. When Anne and Neil discover the remains of a person long dead and a beautiful gem encrusted cross, they are left to embark on a journey into another realm where magic abounds, but witchcraft is feared. ...more
Feb 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Cassandra Ulrich
Sep 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
“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
Susan Day
Dec 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Kirsty Bicknell
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
Terri Talley
Sep 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Sarah (blissbubbley)
Mar 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Review by Sarah
Originally Posted at Welcome to Larissa's Bookish Life

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
Mia Darien
Dec 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Luca Rossi
Jan 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shadows of the Past by Carmen Stefanescu was a terrific read.
I loved the historical settings. When she writes about the Medieval Times I really could feel myself there.
The plot is awesome, with lots of twists and turns and stories inside stories.
It’s a mix of modern and ancient times. Genevive lives in England in 1468 and Anne in 1980. Anne has problems with her partner but she’s now trying to forgive him. When she has a very odd dream while camping, she decides to look for an oak tree. From the
Rosie Amber
Apr 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.
Feb 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Thank you ,Carmen, for giving me the opportunity to read this book. :)

General Opinion: I'm not a fan of religion so I don't read book involving churches and religion often. But I said tat I should try this bok. And, I am not dissapointed at all. "Shadows f the Past" is a great books, with ups and downs, but being Carmen's first book I think it's totally normal. I really want to read something else that she wrote. She's a great author, with a lot of imagination.
What made me read it: A friend of
Julie G
Mar 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
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
Ruth B
Apr 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal, 2013, fantasy
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
David Huffstetler
Aug 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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 cov
Apr 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Shadows of the Past alternates between telling you the story of two different women, Genevieve and Anne. Genevieve is a 15th century nun with a tragic past, and Anne is a modern businesswoman trying to mend a broken relationship with her boyfriend, Neil.
I was impressed at the way the author weaved together the past and the present, and Anne and Genevieve’s separate stories.

I was easily drawn in to Genevieve’s story, the intrigue and danger grabbed my attention. I loved that it almost started at
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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. High-school 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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