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Time's Echo

Time's Echo [Kindle Edition]

Pamela Hartshorne
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"A truly riveting read for anyone interested in, or believing in, past life. ..This really is a tumultuous journey back and forth between 1577 and the present day, where the reader is catapulted mercilessly, at breathtaking speed back in time, and then jettisoned back to reality." --The Press (Dewsbury)

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York , 1577: Hawise Aske smiles at a stranger in the market, and sets in train a story of obsession and sibling jealousy, of love and hate and warped desire. Drowned as a witch, Hawise pays a high price for that smile, but for a girl like her in Elizabethan York, there is nowhere to go and nowhere to hide. Four and a half centuries later, Grace Trewe, who has travelled the world, is trying to outrun the memories of being caught up in the Boxing Day tsunami. Her stay in York is meant to be a brief one. But in York Grace discovers that time can twist and turn in ways she never imagined. Drawn inexorably into Hawise’s life, Grace finds that this time she cannot move on. Will she too be engulfed in the power of the past?

More from Pamela Hartshorne:Memory of Midnight, a vivid and powerful tale of two women, each of whom has her own tale of love, longing and terror.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 773 KB
  • Print Length: 460 pages
  • Publisher: Pan (30 Aug 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (217 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,952 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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 - I'd be delighted to hear from you!

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127 of 131 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant heart-stopping story-telling 3 Sep 2012
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This is one of the best historical novels I have ever read (and I'm not normally a great fan of time-slip as a sub-genre). Both 16th-century and 21st-century York are evoked with incredible, tactile detail, making the parallel and intertwining stories of Grace and Hawise very real. It is also one of the most spine-chilling stories I've ever encountered, right up there with Susan Hill's Woman in Black. I was both wanting to turn the pages frantically, desperate to know what would happen to these two women, and wanting to slow down, to savour the very high-quality writing and the fascinating historical detail. Not a dull moment, not an unconvincing character, not a single grating anachronism. I am a very picky reader, and quite ready to abandon a book that doesn't work for me. This one was so good that when I read the last page I was tempted to go right back to the beginning and read it all over again.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable read. 22 Nov 2012
By BronH
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I read this in one sitting after buying it on a whim. The central character, Grace, returns to England following the death of her godmother. She moves into her godmother's house and starts to become aware of an unsettling presence there. She begins to have vivid nightmares of drowning and episodes where she feels haunted by the experiences of Hawise, a young woman living in Elizabethan York. The sense of menace builds slowly throughout the novel, helped by the constant and claustrophic theme of water. You feel that the threads of Hawise's and Grace's lives are being interwoven inexorably together. The author's descriptions of Elizabethan York are very atmospheric and really add to the strength of the story. She skilfully blends the stories of Hawise and Grace without a sense of jarring. Would thoroughly recommend for a cosy afternoon by the fire read!
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinarily good... 5 Oct 2012
By jaffareadstoo TOP 500 REVIEWER
With most dual time narratives there is a tendency to favour one time period over another, but in Time's Echo both time frames are equally valid with neither one trying to outshine the other. The natural blending of the storyline with parallels in both the past and the future is seamless, and as both Grace and Hawise spiral out of control, the story takes on a momentum all of its own. From the beginning the story explores the historical significance of everyday life in Elizabethan York, and as Hawise and the ordinary people go about their everyday business, a story of thwarted lust, greed and ignorant superstition begins to evolve. In modern day York, Grace battles her own demons whilst at the same time experiences the insecurities and challenges of living day to day in two very different time periods.
Without doubt this is an extraordinarily good debut novel. Pamela Hartshorne is a very talented storyteller, and in Times Echo she has combined her love of history, with a totally believable story of malicious superstition and overwhelming evil.
Time's Echo one of those rare finds that you want to keep on your book shelf in order to reread and discover all over again.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good in parts 28 Jan 2013
By Livvy M
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This book got better as it went along. At first I found the time shifts quite clunky, but they got more seamless as the book progressed. The depiction of Tudor York was vivid, especially the restricted lives of women for whom a "good name" meant the difference between respectability and destitution. The story was maybe spoiled to some extent by the knowledge of Hawise's fate which the reader knew was coming but took a long time to arrive. I also would have liked some attempt to differentiate the 16th and 21st century dialogue.

I thought some of the modern "parallel" characters were a bit contrived, the watery leitmotiv a bit laboured, and I'd had enough of rotten apples well before the climax! And I still wasn't sure by the end whether Grace was a reincarnation of Hawise or possessed by her spirit. However the book did have some spooky moments, especially when Grace tried to get to the station to leave York, and in general it was a good read.
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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb stuff 20 Oct 2012
What an excellent read this was - I'm a massive fan of time slip novels, and having been rather disappointed by the latest Rachel Hore it's wonderful to come across someone who does it so well. The familiar York setting added to my enjoyment, and although the author admits to taking some liberties with history (no plague in that time frame in York) the historical setting is really well done, with its vivid descriptions, smells and colours. The unpredictability of the time slippage is deftly handled, and there's a wonderfully unsettling sense of evil and malice throughout. Modern and historical stories are equally strong, with strong characters in both, and there's no discomfort moving between the two time frames. I was intrigued to find - doing a little research - that this author isn't a debut novelist as I thought but has a vast Mills and Boon back catalogue writing under the name of Jessica Hart. Well, she's made the transition into a more substantial read, backed up by obvious meticulous research, quite superbly. Loved it.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down 25 Sep 2012
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Since the Boxing Day tsunami Grace has wandered the world unable to commit to any place or anyone. Her godmother's death forces a prolonged stay in York where to Grace's dismay, she finds herself drawn to Drew, her next door neighbour and his teenage daughter. Even worse she finds herself experiencing vivid dreams and flashbacks of Elizabethan York, seen through the eyes of Hawise, a young woman trapped first by circumstance and then by obsession. Is Grace possessed or is she suffering from PTSD? And how can she stop herself from sharing Hawise's tragic fate?
This book was completely riveting, I carried it around not wanting to stop reading - and yet at times almost too scared to carry on. Both Hawise and Grace are fascinating heroines and York itself is beautifully drawn, the past city contrasting with the present. The author brings the Elizabethan city to life through sights, smells and vivid characters some who were real Elizabethan citizens of the city. I was almost relieved to reach the end I was so tense by then and found myself in tears when I did. If you love ghost stories, romantic stories, historical novels or timeslips then you will love this book. I did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant read
I enjoyed this story very much and would recommend it to anybody that likes reading Barbara Erskin the story balances between 16th York and the present the description of old... Read more
Published 3 days ago by bookie
5.0 out of 5 stars Good story
Bought this for myself as I enjoy time slip stories. Had not heard of this author before. The story did not disappoint. Good read.
Published 8 days ago by DennyB
5.0 out of 5 stars charming story
I really enjoyed this book. The interesting thing about it was it was set in York very close to where I live. So I walked the streets that were mentioned in the book. Read more
Published 10 days ago by patsy
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic read
Absolutely fantastic, has you gripped from the start. Love the way it moves between present and past. Would definitely recommend
Published 14 days ago by Kerry
5.0 out of 5 stars Time's Echo
Would thoroughly recommend this author. Time's echo was an absorbing read and kept me enthralled to the end. Can't wait for her next book.
Published 15 days ago by Elle
4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling
This was a clever, tense story and I'm glad I've read it. I was unsure at first but it is well told. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Julie Taylor
3.0 out of 5 stars Times Echo
Good story brought to light for me because I know York so well. Look forward to reading the next one.
Published 18 days ago by Joan Wilkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent in every way.
A vividly descriptive, brilliantly interwoven storyline. A thoroughly enjoyable read. The best in a long time. Glad I read it.
Published 19 days ago by wirelesswoes
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read
One of the best books I have read this year to date and could be categorised in time travel/ supernatural genre. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top Read
This was one of those books where you want to finish it but don't want it to end. If you like Barbara Erskine you will like this author. Read more
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