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Past Presence by Nicole  Bross
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it was amazing

If you saw glimpses of another person’s past lives every time you made skin to skin contact, could you ever have a normal relationship?
Audrey Eames, debut author Nicole Bross’s reluctant hero, doesn’t talk to her parents, nor have any close friends, working instead as a solitary consulting historian. When the death of her Aunt Roz, the only relative she every truly loved, takes her to the quaint sea-side town of Soberly, Oregon, she learns not only that Roz’s absence has left a huge hole in the small town’s social circle, but that she’s inherited a bed and breakfast and a collection of lovable misfits that depend on the inn’s success. Despite her efforts to transfer ownership to her aunt’s less-than-cordial widow Cora, Audrey finds herself falling in love with the town, and possibly Kellen, the perfect bartender. Then someone dies, then someone else, and it becomes clear that someone in this idyllic village does not want Audrey, nor her abilities, to look into the past or present. Author Bross rolls out multiple timelines, from Audrey’s very modern life to a tiny Russian mountain village, with evocative prose, a skilled lens, and a fair amount of bedroom-based heat, that asks the deeper questions about why people are drawn to the same souls, no matter the era, and if the sins of our pasts can ever be redeemed. A thrilling read combining historical fiction, paranormal suspense, and good old fashioned mystery, I can’t wait to see what’s next for both author Nicole Bross and her fearless hero, Audrey Eames.
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March 16, 2019 – Shelved

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