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The Surviving Trace

(Surviving Time #1)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  2,271 ratings  ·  413 reviews
Our love is timeless.

Will is my fiancé. The shy man I met years ago in college. The person I’m supposed to spend the rest of my life with.

This is the life I’ve always wanted until finding a picture of four men changes everything…

Etienne says he’s my husband and the year is 1912. He can’t stand the sight of me, but I don’t know why.

Oh, and he’s one of the men from th
Published May 21st 2018
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Chelsea Humphrey
Jul 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chelsea by: Storiesandcoffee
I'm just going to pretend that this book didn't end on a panic inducing cliff hanger.


Review to come!
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SURVIVING TRACE: Is a full length romance novel and the first book in ‘Surviving Time’ series by new to me author Calia Reads. Spoken in ‘Dual Perspectives’

Where to start!! First off this was definitely a 5 star read for me, it's not something I would generally one click and read but I am so glad I took that leap, and gave it a shot, I read this in record time, from front to back I was lost within the pages
Hulya Kara Yuksel

OMFG WOW! This book literally blew my mind...
I need a minute to catch my breath...
I need a very long sleep...
Also I must read epilogue again or maybe like 5 times more...

WTF had happened?😐😐😐

Full review to come later / maybe / not sure about it because I have no single fucking idea what to say right now! I'm speechless...
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars
Re-read #2 (12/11/2019): The first time I read this book, I was in awe and couldn’t stop talking about it. The second time I read it, I’m still in awe and I’ve already put my sister through the same agony and made her set and listen to me gushing about it...again! This book is so good, and it deserves all the love! A brilliant highly recommended book!

5 stars!

"I know. Nothin’ changes between us. You’re my surviving trace.”


What the hell has happened!
I’m speechless! Ugg
**Update** This is part of a trilogy that I, obviously, didn't realize at the time I read this first book. So please take this review with that information as the grain of salt 😜

3 Stars

Overall Opinion: I am so hating myself right now! I knew, I KNEW, after that initial chapter that I would probably not like the ending...and shocking -- I didn't! I was just so intrigued by the storyline that I had to go jump in and read it anyways! I like the idea of time travel romance, and while the overall id
Genre: Time Travel Romance
Type: Book 1 of Surviving Time series
POV: First Person – Female (Partly dual)

Serene Parow had a love affair with the past. As owner of an antique store, she was drawn to anything old and laden with history. She was at a good place and completely in love with her fiancée Will Myles but the discovery of an old photo dated 1912 ripped her from everything she knew and into the world of Étienne Lacroix, the mysterious man on the photo.

She’s gorgeous, there’s no g
Jennifer Kyle
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars


Serene Parow is very happy owning an antique shop with her best friend, Liz and is looking forward to setting a wedding date with her fiancé, Will. That is until the day her partner uncovers a box of photographs and memorabilia from 1912. Serene is extremely drawn to one photo in particular. It’s of four men sitting in front of a southern plantation. The intrigue and mystery goes one step further when she connects a vivid dream she had prior surrounding one of the men in the photo.
May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5-3.75 Stars

I love this author’s works and read some of her books but they were mostly dark. I don’t like time travelling but still I wanted to try this one because you know it’s Ms. Read we speak about. So I read it and I was loving it! Until I read the last chapter! WTH?!?! I don’t know if this book is a standalone or not (all of the books I read by her were standalone) but this one didn’t end with HEA or even HFN! It just ends!!!! I don’t call it surviving time! Think about it, you have a p
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“ Love is your hoarse cries. Its your anger, it’s your sadness.
It’s your happiness and laughter.
It’s everything wrapped up into one.
Love is one of the heaviest words to exist.
It’s a miracle anyone survives it.
It’d be a wonder if I survive it."


I didn’t think it would’ve been possible for this author to render me speechless, but damn it she did!! Im still trying to figure out what I just read but if I’m being completely honest wit myself, it’s the final chapter that did me in. I’m co
Aug 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I was not expecting that. Holee sheet!
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
Read this full review and more at: Ashes Books & Bobs.

My first Calia Read book was a hit! First of all, I just have to brag on this woman because I think I might have a crush on her. ;) I had the privilege of chatting with her on Instagram while I was reading this book and she was incredibly nice and personable. I've always been amazed by the strength and resilience of military wives, not only is Calia one of these women, but she's also a mother of five! How she manages to write books on top of
Dec 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As a huge Outlander fan, whenever I hear a romance has time traveling in it, I immediately want to read it. My BFF Sarah told me about this book and told me I would love it, so I decided to finally pick it up!

Serene is content with her life. Working at an antique shop she opened with her best friend and living with her fiancé, Will, Serene thought her life was fine. Until she unearths a photo of a group of men, including a man she had dreamed of the night before. BEFORE seeing his picture. Then

Title: The Surviving Trace
Series: Surviving Time #1
Author: Calia Read
Release date: May 21, 2018
Cliffhanger: Yes

This is my first Calia Read book, and I was so excited for the opportunity to introduce myself to her work. I've heard a lot of great things about her previous titles, and already had a couple of them on my TBR. This story in particular had my name written all over it. Time travel, psychological elements and twists, time travel, a (mostly) 1912 setting, did I mention time travel? The p
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 6-stars, favorites
★6 Stars! The Surviving Trace... A highly entertaining rollercoaster! It’s mysterious, beautifully breathtaking, and a uniquely poetic timeless love story set in the past and present!
Rating: { ★★★★★★ }
“Love is hoarse cries. It’s anger. It’s sadness.
It’s happiness and laughter.
It’s everything wrapped into one.
Love is one of the heaviest of words to exist.
It’s a miracle anyone survives it.
It’ll be a wonder if I survive it.”


Let me tell you a story of how I became her…

The Surviving Trace is magnifi
~**Anna**~ A Romance Reader
Loved it!!!! This book is amazing! Its almost 4:00am and I couldn’t put it down. Etienne and Serene are one of my favorite couples ever. Can’t wait to read book 2.
Jx PinkLady Reviews ♡ @bookwormthoughts

'The Surviving Trace,' is a mysterious story involving a heroine, a hero, and a fiancé who, for me, became somewhat irrelevant as the story is mainly focused on the time travel element. Serene has a fiancé in present day but very quickly into the story she travels back in time to the era of 1912 where she has a whole different life with a man called Etienne, a man who is her husband and, it would seem, he's not terribly fond of her which is where a hate to love relationship begins to develop. A
May 22, 2014 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Follow me on Wattpad to read the first couple of chapters of The Surviving Trace before release on May 21st!! I just posted chapter 2! This will be updated weekly until release day!!!



Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pnr, part-of-a-series
I’m diving straight into book 2 cause with that ending and epilogue I have to! This time traveling romance was fabulous. From the intriguing beginning to trying to make the puzzle pieces fit and following Serene’s journey back in time this was truly an exhilarating ride. The people Serene meets and forms a very special bond and friendship with were incredible. Her and Étienne were fantastic. Such a wonderful and exciting dynamic. Don’t get me started on their chemistry. Delicious. That ending th ...more
4.5 Stars!

Serene Parow seems content in her life with an antiques business and a fiancé that wants to set a wedding date until one day she becomes distracted by an old photograph dated 1912. Always interested in history, Serene begins to imagine what life was like in that era and particularly for one unknown man depicted in black and white. As she searches for answers, the truth takes Serene on an unexpected journey.

“Like everything else from this time, my mind whispers, you’re touching a pie
Why have I never heard of this author before? Where have you been hiding, Calia? WHERE?!

You guys, I don’t even know what to say about this book. It’s so unique and riveting, I want to read it all over again! I was spellbound by this phenomenal story.

The Surviving Trace has some amazing characters that you’ll love instantly, an intriguing storyline, and such captivating writing.

I’m so glad I took a chance on this one because it was definitely worth it. A must read! Expect all the feels, especiall
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Endless amount of stars, loved this Re-Read
The Book Bee
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
REVIEW: 4.5 Stars....with questions
"His memory is a second heartbeat that echoes against my own."

I'm in a state of shock right now, can I rate this???

It took me a minute to collect myself so I could actually sit down and write my feelings out about this one. To be honest, I'm still pretty raw. I'm usually the type to write my review immediately after finishing a book because I love to purge my honest, gritty feelings as I am working through them.....but this book? It affected m
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I just finished the most incredible book! Ugh, how can I even function right now... What is life!?

I really don't even know where to begin. Let me first and foremost thank Christine from Shh Moms Reading . Once again she reached out to me, encouraging me to take a chance on a story and since the first recommendation from her, she hasn't steered me wrong.

Calia Read is a new author to me and The Surviving Trace was the first book I've ever read by he
talon smith
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Truth be told, I think I've always been slipping away. I've been walking the tightrope between all the yesterday and tomorrows for a long time. At some point, I was bound to fall. In a few seconds, everything will be over."

Well...shit. Just...shit.

I am going to break this review down into three different parts. That's the easiest way that I can think of to do this because I want to gush so much about these three things in particular that my fingers might not ever stop typing. 

Writing, plot,
Michelle Claypot_Reads
A friend suggested I read this story. I grabbed it on Release but have been crazy busy so didn't get to it straight away. Well - what a mistake that was. I devoured this book, inhaled the fantasy created in the pages, got frustrated when the real world made me put it down. Exquisite story telling - books like this are why I love romance. Straight into my Favourite Reads of the year and also into my All Time Favourite Reads. I loved it that much!!!

These characters and their love story that travel
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Just finished reading this beauty and wow, what an incredible adventure of love and intrigue it was! The Surviving Trace had me completely captivated from page one. This story, the time period, the characters, the mysteries... everything! Such a ride! It's been a while since a book had me glued to my kindle like that! I would highly recommend to literally anyone. In fact, you, yes you person reading this, you'll love it. Go buy it now. Trust me on this.

Also, side-note: Etienne... swoon.
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Pretty damn incredible!!
I always find it really hard to review books that I really love. And it’s no different with this one. I want to scream at the top of my lungs for everyone to read this story. The Surviving Trace was nothing like I’ve ever read before. It had me hooked from the very beginning and even more so the moment Serene time travels to the year 1912.

Serene, passionate for history and old relics, owns an antique store with her close friend Liz. She is in love and newly engaged to Wil
Emily Snow
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I didn’t think anything could top Unravel (one of my top ten favorite books of all time) but The Surviving Trace is epically perfect. Admittedly, I didn’t read the blurb before I went in—if Calia wrote it, I know it will be good, and that cover is gorgeous—so I was surprised when I discovered it’s a time travel romance.

Pleasantly surprised.

From the very first page, I was hooked. Calia has this incredible way of drawing her readers into the story and making us feel everything. I felt like I was
Amber’s reading
4.5 stars. This book was so much fun to read. It’s a time travel romance that kept me glued to the pages.

Serene is living a nice life with her fiancé Will and working with her best friend in their antique store. While going through a box of antiques, she comes across an old photo of four men and feels some strange pull to the photo that she can’t explain. She realizes one of the men she saw in a vivid dream she recently had. A few days later and without explanation, she travels back in time and
Berry ♡ Nice
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
What an amazing journey this was. This is my first book by this author. This is my first of this kind of book.
When I started I felt the difference. I wasn't very, far maybe 7% or 10% and I started thinking "this ain't for me" I thought I'll continue a little more but this will probly be a DNF....
WHOA!!! Am I glad I continued a little more otherwise I would've missed out on this freaken fabulous story.
Soooo excited to start book 2.

P.S. It's a pretty long book that doesn't feel long. The story
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