House of Shadows
This is a time-slip romance that's light on romance and heavy on the gothic overtones--just the way I like 'em! Other things I liked: great setting, ghostly plot, and an interesting historical narrative.
Things I didn't like: it's pretty obvious what's happening from page 10 or so; there's nothing new here and no surprises. Still, I enjoyed the read and will look ...more
The central character, Kate Vavasour, wakes up from a coma in a hospital bed and the reader can follow her confused, uncertain steps back to life from right inside her mind, where she is convinced she is someone else, Isabel Vavasour, and where there is no sign of recognition of any of the ...more
My issues with the book were the sheer gullibleness of the main characters and how obvious the plot was, within minutes of meeting the character I knew who 'dunnit' which really ruined it for me. I also found the secondary characters beyond them too wooden to hold.my interest, they felt l ...more
I like 'time slip' novels anyway- 'Mariana' by Susanna Kearsley is one of my favourite books, but there's just something about the way ...more
Premise: When Kate Vavasour wakes up in the hospital, she can remember nothing about the family gathered around her bed, or of her life before the accident. The doctors diagnose post-traumatic amnesia, following a terrible fall from the roof of her home, Askerby Hall. The doctors say the memories should start returning. Which they do . . . but these memories are not her own. They belong to Isabel Vavasour, who lived and died at Askerby Hall over four hundred years earlier . . .
Returning to her s...more
It is really the story of two women, separated by four centuries but united by their love and need to reconnect with their sons. Both women find themselves being manipulat ...more
However, the main problem with this book was that it all but spells out the ending in the first 150 pages, and then does nothing but steadily plod along towards the completely expected, well-anticipated finale- and then acts like you’re supposed to be surprised about it. It’s incredibly frustrating to sit in all th ...more
If you don't like time slip stories this one isn't for you.
Kate has an accident and loses her memory. However, she has other 'memories' as Isabel but how can these be memories when Isabel lived 400 years earlier? When she goes home her son, Felix, refuses to acknowledge her as his mum. The dog, Pippin, who was devoted to her prior to the accident, does not accept her and growls or snaps when ...more
A woman wakes from a coma after a serious accident. She finds herself in two different centuries - the 21st, where she is a young widow with a child living with her rather odd in laws in their ancestral hone; and the 16th where she is the wife of a wealthy landowner living in the same house as her 21st century counterpart
The story winds its way between these two stories - complicated by the modern woman's traumatic memory loss. It meanders through the two stories until it reaches the rathe ...more