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Pamela Hartshorne
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30 Aug 2012

FOR FANS OF KATE MOSSE, PHILIPPA GREGORY AND DIANA GABALDON, COMES THIS POWERFUL TALE OF OBSESSION AND DESIRE.

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?


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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Pan (30 Aug 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 033054425X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330544252
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (249 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,939 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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It is set in Tudor York, which is a glorious evocative setting. And if you love history, romance and ghosts, you'll love this. (Deborah Swift)

York author Hartshorne weaves her own bit of magic with this bewitching tale. (Northern Echo)

A superbly haunting time-tripping story. (Peterborough Telegraph)

About the Author

After stints as a foreign newsdesk secretary at The Observer, cook on an outback cattle station and production assistant at the Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park, Pamela stumbled into writing as a way of funding a Ph.D. in Medieval Studies. For the past fifteen years Pamela has been able to combine her historical research with a successful career as a romantic novelist and is winner of the two most prestigious awards in romance writing, a RITA®, awarded by Romance Writers of America, and the coveted Romance Prize, awarded by the UK’s Romantic Novelists’ Association. She lives in York.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable read. 22 Nov 2012
By BronH
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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135 of 139 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant heart-stopping story-telling 3 Sep 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinarily good... 5 Oct 2012
By jaffareadstoo TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good in parts 28 Jan 2013
By Livvy M
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! An amazing story xxx 16 April 2013
By Megan ReadingInTheSunshine TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
I was very excited about starting Time's Echo - the cover and the blurb had me hooked immediately, and I'm a huge fan of books that have something a little bit different to them! This was no exception, in fact, the opening chapter was especially gripping and I'm sure like me it will have many readers hooked and desperate to delve further into the book and find out more about what is happening.

I don't want to say too much so as not to spoil anything, because the story is constantly unravelling as you read the book, and so all I can fo is urge you to pick it up! It is a time slip book, partly set in the 1500′s and partly in the present day, with the character of Hawsie in the past, and Grace in the present day who is being drawn into Hawsie's life.

I find with time slip novels sometimes I prefer one time period over the other and always look forward to that part, but with Time's Echo this is not the case at all. Each setting was equally as absorbing and compelling, and the two time settings existed perfectly with each other, flowing beautifully from one to the other.

Time's Echo explores the subjects of witches and witchcraft and what happened to people suspected of being witches, and I must say personally I am a huge fan of books that involve witches, I find it so fascinating and for me I enjoyed the book very much because of this aspect. The descriptions in the book are very well written, so vivid that I could picture every scene in my mind, and the thing I liked most was that I didn't know where the plot would take me, so I was always guessing, then guessing again!

Time's Echo is full of tension, drama, history, love, superstition, and it is a book that is so thrilling you won't be able to put it down! There is danger and tension throughout which had me on the edge of my seat. A great novel!
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4.0 out of 5 stars unbelievable but yet credible
Not usually my genre but I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It is well written and narrated in a credible way. I have been to York once but I felt almost like Grace, I felt I knew it. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Bohemian
5.0 out of 5 stars Just finished reading and I
Loved it. Second book I have read of Pamela Hartshorne and I am hoping that there will be another soon.
Published 8 days ago by Newbie2012
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good read!
Published 12 days ago by Valerie
4.0 out of 5 stars I would recommend this book
I was hooked on reading this book. I never quite knew which century I would be in within each section of the book but I couldn't stop reading! I would recommend this book.
Published 15 days ago by Mrs W Bell
5.0 out of 5 stars A love timeshift stories
This was very enjoyable. A love timeshift stories, and fel this was a really good example. Will look for other stories by this author.
Published 16 days ago by G.L.E.P.
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
quite readable but predictable
Published 28 days ago by jennifer m george
4.0 out of 5 stars good read
I enjoyed this a
Pugh it was reminiscent of a previous novel by the same author but at least this was a better ending and did not leave you still haunted by the child's Fate.
Published 28 days ago by Jennifer pearson
4.0 out of 5 stars Historically Excellent
This is a very detailed historical book which transfers between the modern day York and sixteenth century York. Read more
Published 1 month ago by DJF
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good
Published 1 month ago by george aynsley
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great book couldn't put it down! Will be reading more by Pamela Hartshorne.
Published 1 month ago by helen evans
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