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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Pan (10 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330544268
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330544269
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After a haphazard early career spent working and travelling around the world, I started writing romance in order to fund a PhD in Medieval Studies. Naturally, that didn't turn out to be quite the easy option I thought it would be, but I was in the end able to support myself and complete first an MA and then a PhD at the University of York. My thesis, on the street and the perception of public space in later medieval and early modern York, was finally completed in 2004.

Four years later, I turned 50, coincidentally in the same year that my 50th book was published, and I decided that it was time to change direction. I'm fascinated by the relationship between the past and the present and have always enjoyed 'time slip' novels and how they explore the possibility that it might be possible to go back in time and see what it was "really like". As a trained historian, I know that could never be possible, but as a storyteller, I find the premise irresistible ...

I still live in York and continue to write romances as Jessica Hart in tandem with time slip novels for Pan Macmillan - and yes I *do* often get confused by my split identities.

If you would like to receive an occasional newsletter with news of giveaways, offers, upcoming events and books for review, please do email me at pamela@pamelahartshorne.com - I'd be delighted to hear from you!

You can find out more at my website, www.pamela.hartshorne@ntlworld.com, on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pamela-Hartshorne-Author/220530941392774?ref=hl or Twittering @PamHartshorne

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What a terrific novel. I really enjoyed it and became deeply involved in the lives of the two heroines. (Elizabeth Buchan)

A rattling good read. (York Press)

A very enjoyable read and the story is intriguing from the beginning as you engage with both the characters, leaving you wanting to read more. I find that Pamela's knowledge of 16th Century York fascinating and the historical detail is very interesting and compliments the story perfectly. (Yorkshire Times)

About the Author

After an earlier career spent working and travelling around the world, including stints as cook on an outback cattle station, interpreter on expedition in Cameroon and English teacher in Jakarta, Pamela stumbled into writing as a way of funding a PhD in Medieval Studies. Settling at last in York, for several years she combined academic research with a successful career as a romance writer. Her thesis on the streets of later medieval and early modern York was finally completed in 2004 and she continues to work (very slowly) on a scholarly edition of the wardmote court records that formed the basis of her research. The Memory of Midnight is her second novel based on her study of Elizabethan York and written under her real name. Time's Echo was her first.

For more about Pamela, please see her website www.pamelahartshorne.com, find her on Facebook or follow her on Twitter @PamHartshorne.


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By MARIA GRAZIA on 16 Aug 2014
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This is a great, gripping mystery story. I loved reading it for two main reasons: it is set in an English town I love for its beauty and history, and it conveys with vivid realism the stories of two extraordinary ordinary women.

The supernatural element, a constant travelling through time, is the device Pamela Hartshorne chooses to connect the two story-lines. The narration quickly shifts from Elizabethan York and Nell's hard, tragic life enlightened only by her passionate love for Tom, to present-day York, where Tess struggles to overcome the wreckage of her marriage and to protect her son and herself from the rage of Martin, the man she is hiding from, her husband.

The rich descriptive pattern and the care for the details let the readers live in their minds the changes of landscape Tess herself experiences, comparing and contrasting the charms of present and past York. Tess finds herself distressed and displaced, when she realizes that what is happening to her is not simply "dreaming" another person's life, Nell's life in the 16th century.

In York, her shelter while trying to escape from her abusing husband, Tess finds the reassuring presence of Luke, a man she deeply loved in the past, and the disquieting reality of frightening, mysterious sounds coming from walls of the old house she moves in. Haunting and demanding, Nell enters Tess’s life that way and won't leave it before she gets what she wants.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Pyewacket TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 July 2014
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Tess finally makes a break from her overbearing Husband and moves into a friend's flat with her young son Oscar.
The flat is old and Tess feels that there is something not quite right with the atmosphere in the place. Richard who has lent her the flat tells her to expect a Joiner to arrive to sort out his bookcases as the floor is so crooked. The Joiner turns out to be an old flame called Luke.

Back in Elizabethan times Nell is in love with Tom Maskewe who has to complete his Apprenticeship before they can marry. However, things go badly wrong when her Father tells her that he has agreed to her being betrothed to Tom's older Brother Ralph. He has in fact blackmailed Nell's Father by telling him he will write off the debt he owed to the Maskewe family. If Nell doesn't agree then her family will be thrown out of their house and effectively left to beg on the streets. Nell has no choice but to marry him. He turns out to be a cruel and vindictive man getting pleasure out of humiliating and demeaning her.

Tess keeps finding herself slipping through time and living life through Nell's eyes. Eventually she tells Luke what has been happening and is surprised when he believes her.

This was a well written and researched book with an ending that comes as a big shock. The story is loosely based on fact.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By KC on 4 Oct 2014
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I loved Pamela Hartshorne's previous novel very much. This book was in a similar vein. There's lots of historical detail which seems very authentic. I've read many historical fiction books and I'm a fan of these time slip type novels. As with other reviewers, I worked out the miserable ending of the main character early on in the book. My main problem with the book is the ending (I know such things really happened in the past). Not so much for the main character (which was sad enough), but for the other unfortunate person who was caught up in the scene. I couldn't get it out of my head for days. So much so that I wish I hadn't read it. Too sad and disturbing for me.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J. Wilson on 13 Jan 2014
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I loved "Times Echo" so was delighted when this second book set in York was published.
York is my favourite city and being so familiar with the streets makes the book really come alive for me.
Pamela Hartshorne writes in such an evocative way that the characters leap off the pages and the sights and sounds become real.
I really loved the first book and hoped that this second one would be as good. It is even better. A brilliant read, the characters and story so hauntingly real that they stay with you long after the book has been finished.
Can't wait for the next one!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rhoda Baxter on 27 July 2014
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This is a very haunting book. I chose to read it because it was set in York and the time slip element sounded intriguing. I read quite a lot of it sitting in York railway station (waiting for a bus - not just hanging around there for no reason)!

Tess's story is interesting and, in places, frightening because of the unpredictability of when she slips back to the past. Her husband, Martin is a serious nutjob.

Nell's story is horrifying! Her husband, Ralph, makes Martin look like Mr Sanity. I saw some of it coming but it didn't make it any less traumatic.

The characters were richly realised and the descriptions of the past were vivid and interesting.

This is a good book. It will make me look at York in a different light the next time I'm there
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