"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)
"This is a superbly haunting time-tripping story..." --Evening Telegraph (Peterborough)
"This historical novel begins intriguingly with the drowning of a woman as a witch in 1577 and the experience of 21st-century Grace, who was caught up in the Boxing Day tsunami. These parallel narratives raise it over the usual historical romance and while there are few surprises, it s compelling enough."
--Sunday Herald (Glasgow)
"York author Hartshorne weaves her own bit of magic with this bewitching tale." --Northern Echo
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 Hawises life, Grace finds that this time she cannot move on. Will she too be engulfed in the power of the past?