Echoes of Time
The fifth of The Guernsey Novels, Echoes of Time is a dual-time story set in the German Occupation and present-day Guernsey and is likely to appeal to fans of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.
Betrayal, injustice and revenge echo down the years…
1940. Olive marries farmer Bill Falla. The Germans occupy Guernsey.
I really enjoyed it!!
I really loved the story, this is the first time that I read a historical fiction book, and it was amazing.
I wasn't a big fan of this genre I kept avoiding in, and now I want more of it.
This story followed basically of a woman named Natalie who moved into an island named Guernsey. Natalie used to live in London with her boyfriend Liam. But Liam was violent to her he used to abuse her, so she ran from him to ...more
This is a superb book - I absolutely adored it - so well written, had me completely hooked and I didn't want it to end - I am also now very determined to visit Guernsey!!
This is the second book I have read by this author (I have read them out of sequence) and you are fine to do the same in my view, this one reads fine as a stand alone even though it is the fifth book released in the series.
This books are a delight to read with the differing time periods, I ...more
Now, those of you who've known me a while will know how much I enjo ...more
Natalie Ogier, fleeing a violent boyfriend, abandons her fast-paced London life as a hedge fund manager, to return to the island of her birth, Guernsey. She purchases a beautiful cottage – a new build, constructed on the site of an old farm destroyed by fire some years previously. The cottage is delightful with stunning views of Rocquaine Bay and the white tower of Fort Grey, but something about the cottage makes Natalie feel uneasy and, in no time, s ...more
Natalie (the main character) is portrait as a modern professional woman, who surely never in her wildest dreams thought her new beginning at the island would rock her very foundation.
Part of the island's history gives the story a whole new twist and Natalie an uninvited, malicious ghost, who still wreaks havoc. Through him, Natalie gets acquainted with the presence of O ...more
Beauregard Cottage sits on the site of a farmhouse which burnt down many years ago. There is also something of a mystery surrounding the owner, Olive Falla, who disappeared around the time of the fire. Natalie Ogier, quitting her highly paid job in London, has returned home to the island ...more
It’s 1940 during the German occupation of the island, and the cottage is owned by Bill and Olive Falla, who endure an unhappy childless marriage – until Olive falls in love with a German soldier and Bill is taken away to a prisoner ca ...more
Combining present day with wartime experiences, the two stories work perfectly together. This is a skill which many attempt but few manage to achieve with such quality and authenticity.
The historical details are brought to life with an interesting range of believable characters within the challenging circumstances of Gu ...more
Set between WW2 and present day, Echoes of Time is the story of Olive and Bill Falla in WW2 and Natalie Ogier, Stuart and Tabby in present day.
Hauntings and ghosts, intrigue and adventure fill the book.
This book is well worth a read, I cannot wait for the next book in the series.
Love the characters it's a great way of learning about the war and how the islanders suffered.
This is a stand alone book but is part of a series where all the stories are great.
This is a dual time frame novel. The modern story is set in t ...more
I find myself wishing I could travel to this island for a visit. Who knows, maybe one day.
I am thoroughly enjoying this series of stories set in Guernsey. There is history, a mystery or two, and a touch of romance. The dual timeline is always so well done. Anne's books always draw the reader in from the beginning. I am looking forward to the next in this fabulous series, but at the same time, a little sad that it will be the last one.
As always the author draws you so completely into the story that the here and now quite simply disappears and you are transported back in time to the Guernsey occupation during the Second World War, a time when fear and suspicion w ...more
In 1940, Olive Falla, a fairly independent young woman, who works as a farmhand on her father’s far, married Bi ...more
And I love books that give a sense of place; of an era. Anne Allen’s writing in Echoes of Time certainly does that. Her descriptions use all five senses to create a setting; there are some wonderful portrayals that instantly took me into the characters’ world.
But, sometimes, I felt that they slowed the action down and add nothing to the story.
Although well written, the plot itself is a little predictable: boy meets girl ne ...more
The story weaves between the WWII years in Guernsey and the island in the present day. Olive married Bill Falla in the spring of 1940. Although not in love with him she looks forward to the security of having her own house. She soon finds out marriage doesn’t come close to anything she hoped for. Bill is a brute and a bully, and Olive’s life is miserable, made even more so by the occupation of the island by German forces.
In 2010 Natalie Ogier returns to Guernsey from the mainland to escape ...more
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All the ‘Guernsey Novels’ are defined by their memorable characters, vivid setting and intriguing plots, ‘Echoes of Time’, has all of these qualities and something extra that makes it a gripping and worthwhile read.
The cross over and parallels between Guernsey’s past and present are explored in greater detail in this story and Natalie, who returns to t ...more
Solving past mysteries is always evident in this series of books, and in this one we learn about the Occupation of the Channel Islands by the Germans during the Second World War, and its effect on the islanders; how some families are sti ...more
I was invited to join this blog tour, and picked Echoes of Time because, of the 6 books in this series, I was most drawn to the cover and the title. And I'm so pleased I was...
Echoes of Time is the most enthralling read from start to finish, and I cannot recommend it highly enough. Allen writes with an easy style, drawing vivid pictures in my mind's eye. I loved the way the story tantalisingly unfolded ...more
Recommended if you want to curl up wi ...more