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The Forsaken

Echoes from the Past, Book 4
Narrated by: Wendy Wolfson
Series: Echoes from the Past, Book 4
Length: 14 hrs and 31 mins
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2014. When skeletal remains are unearthed at her husband’s ancestral home, Dr. Quinn Allenby must use her psychic gift to discover what led to Gabe's ancestor's secret burial in an unmarked grave. As Quinn bridges the centuries with the help of a warrior's sword and an amber rosary buried with the skeleton, she stumbles upon a secret about her own past that will cast a new light on everything she's been told about her birth and set her on a quest to discover the truth.

1461. Novice Catherine Dancy is forced to leave Holystone Priory when her father summons her home, but when she stops to help a dying knight after the massacre at Towton field, she alters the course of her life forever and sets off a chain of events that lead to heartbreak and betrayal.

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Seamlessly woven dual time novel

1461: On the cusp of taking her vows at the Holystone Priory, Lady Catherine is informed by the Abbess that her three brothers fell during the Battle of Towton and her father, Lord Dancy has now summoned her home. As she journeys back, she happens upon a squire who asks her to perform the last rites on a grievously wounded knight. Kate has no idea how her life is about to change as love, jealousy, betrayal and ultimately murder will tragically cut her life short.

2014: While doing renovations at their ancestral home, Gabe’s mother unearths skeletal remains along with a sword and rosary beads. With an ancestry that can be traced back to the Norman Conquest of 1066, Gabe has always held a deep fascination with his past. With her psychic gift, Quinn is able to ascertain that the sword belonged to Guy de Rosel and the rosary beads to Lady Catherine Dancy. As she tries to piece together the mystery behind the secret burial place, Quinn discovers a shocking revelation about her own past.

The Forsaken is the fourth compelling instalment of the Echoes of the Past series and is a dual time novel set in 1461 and 2014. The time frame from the past is set in the aftermath of the Battle of Towton which took place during the War of the Roses which culminated in the dynastic struggles between the houses of Lancaster and York for control of the English throne. The engagement ultimately ending in an overwhelming victory for the Yorkists. In a time of political turmoil and shifting allegiances where women were mere pawns to be used for personal gain and political clout, Kate unwittingly becomes a victim of her time. The abuse she suffered was very difficult to read at times, particularly the rape scene. Despite the prologue revealing the nature of her death, I genuinely sobbed when I read the scene where she is found in the aftermath. I had suspected someone else to be the culprit and the fact that they never got their just desserts was a bitter pill to swallow.

Quinn’s story continues to be intriguing. Usually with dual time stories, the present day tends to be less interesting than the past but throughout the series, both dual frames have held my interest equally. We see Quinn, now roughly 8 months pregnant, dealing with the nightmares that have plagued her since her trip to Louisiana. Coupled with pre eclampsia and a shocking revelation about her past, she’s struggling somewhat in this book.

The author has once again managed to write a masterfully woven plot which moves seamlessly back and forth between the past and present. Throughout the series, the author’s descriptive writing and historical detail has made each one of her stories come alive and this book was no exception.

I received an advanced free audible copy of The Unforgiving and I am voluntarily reviewing it. Wendy Wolfson has once again managed to bring the characters and story to life with her clear, concise narration. I recommend this series for fans of historical fiction, dual time mysteries and psychic gifts.

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Wow just wow

Again a fantastic book story was awesome the characters was awesome I didn’t know what was going to come chapter after chapter proper page turner if you want to hear a mystery book this is the one for you

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A discovery of a personal nature

This is a story where Quinn discovers a great deal about her own personal past. The book delves into the past of not only herself but of her husband.

The book does a great job of turning archeology into a story that can be played out. There is never a dull moment and you always want the story to go on.

The narration of the book is great.

This book was provided free of charge withh the expectation of an honest review.

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The War of the roses.

This was a fantastic book to listen to. It had me gripped with emotion I felt sorry for Kate and the turmoil she went through. Of course I'm very jealous of Quinn's ability to see into the past while touching a object from the time line. This is the second book I have listened to by this narrator and feel she brings together the story magically. Her voice is so warm and rich you feel as if you are with her. This can be listened to as a standalone audio book. Or as a part of the series. Highly recommend either listening to this. Or reading it.

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  • Jan M
  • Southwest
  • 04-02-19

Incredible!!!!

The Forsaken by Irina Shapiro is an incredible story. I love the vivid imagery with this book, and find the character of Quinn to be intriguing. This book is two incredible stories woven together like a tapestry. The details are rich and engrossing. I love both the historical story and the current story. This book is part of the Echoes from the Past series and a standalone listen. Wendy Wolfson performs this book perfectly. She adds the right emotions and brings the characters to life. I love how I did not guess the real killer in this book, which is kudos to the author. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review. I will definitely listen to more books by this amazing author and narrator.

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  • Leticia Crow
  • 31-03-19

an amazing journey of love, loss, and betrayal

This book was an amazing story! It is like getting two stories for the price of one, both of them thrilling tales! aalthough there are very small parts you may not understand fully without having read the previous book, it can still stand on it's own! However I must warn paranoid mother's to be that there are parts in this story that may be difficult to hear, or may cause undue worry of their own. I loved every part of this book and cannot wait to hear the next part! Well worth every cent as Irina and Wendy make an amazing team bringing a fantastic work to life! I would reccomend this book in a heartbeat!

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  • Kayla Krantz
  • 17-02-19

Interesting Twist of Paranormal and Historical

Quinn is an interesting character. With her ability to see into the past by using a personal item makes for a unique story when she happens to stumble across an ancient skeleton at her husband’s home. When she dives deep into the past, she learns about the skeleton, a woman named Kate who went through many trials in her last few weeks alive.

I loved learned about Kate’s tale, and the jump between the present-day timeline and the historical made it so we could see both what happened to Kate as well as Quinn’s reactions to it. Kate herself was a bit of a frustrating character, but that was what made her so real. I think of all of them, Quinn was my favorite, not only for what she could do, but for her intrigue to want to learn all that she could, even when she didn’t think it the best idea to do so.

With that being said, I did find the book a little hard to get into at first. I’m not sure if it was because this is the first book in the series I’ve picked up or if it was just not the genre for me, but I am glad that I pushed through whatever it was because the ending of this book was fantastically done.

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  • Just My Opinion
  • 28-10-19

Emotionally Charged!

This fourth book in the series gives us a look into Gabe’s ancestors. It is once again an emotionally charged tale with a tragic ending. We do get to experience some new twists with Gabe and Quinn’s story though and have more intrigue to look forward to in their lives. Once again the story was well written and kept me riveted from beginning to end and I am anxious to listen to the next instalment. Wendy Wolfson never disappoints with her exceptional narration. I received a free copy of this audiobook and have voluntarily provided an unbiased review.

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  • Ginger
  • 02-02-19

The past not forgotten

First and foremost I want to thank the author Irina Shapiro for gifting me this audible book. When she did so I realized that it was part of a series and messaged her if it could be read as a stand-alone, she messaged me back that it could, but after the first chapter I decided I wanted to know more. I got the first three previous books and I’m glad I did. This series is so intriguing. The day to day life of Quinn Allenby, with her psychic ability to see the past though the touch of a personal object, her husband Gabe and the many characters that have developed though these stories are interesting. Quinn’s insatiable desire to find not only her past, but those poor souls whose demise can’t be explained, because they have been buried in strange out of place manors. Quinn is essentially a woman who will not rest till she gets to the bottom of a case, sometimes even when it puts her in jeopardy, which it has many times. I’m sure there will be more in this series and will await it.

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  • Reggie
  • 16-01-19

This series keeps getting better!

Wow.Just.Wow! Sometimes, as a series progresses, the storylines become dull but not this one! The dual plot line between present day and early 21st century England is simply fascinating. In this book, we discover the tragic story of a young woman, who was a pawn in the world of titles, land and wealth in the 1400s. We also learn that Quinn, in the last stage of her pregnancy, discovers and is searching for her twin sister. Meanwhile, Gabe is torn about possibly selling his ancestral home. Lots going on in this story...you’re never bored. The narrator has the perfect voice for the characters and really immerses you in the story. I look forward to book 5...I’m dying to know if Quinn finds her twin!
I voluntarily accepted a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • richard joesten
  • 29-10-19

The Forsaken

This series is Epic. If your a lover of mysteries this is a must read. Dr Quinn and her husband Gabe discover bones at his Ancestrial home. So why Quinn is doing her job with discovering the story behind the bones. She learns other surprises about her ancestry. Theres lots of twists and turns. This series is hard to put down because I couldn't wait to see what was happening next in this real page turner. This series would be great on netflix or a movie made. The Narrator does a fantastic job. And the Authors writing is so creative. This is an Epic listen definitely more than 5 stars.
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  • Kimberly Smith
  • 21-08-19

I can’t get enough of this series!

This story is another fabulous addition to this wonderful series. Every single book has been unputdownable! Each story pulls you in from the very beginning and the excellent narration brings it to life. I’ve already downloaded the next book and can’t wait to listen. I absolutely recommend every book in this series!

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  • Morgan from Oregon
  • 13-08-19

Waited for love to come much sooner.

I kept waiting for Kate to find and live the love she deserved. I was disappointed that the author let Hugh get away with rape, and then even more disappointed that Kate still married him instead of his brother Guy who everyone knew of their love and his brother's deceptiveness. None of that seemed true to life. I did enjoy the story of Quinn in the present time. Finding she has a twin gives us excitement to look forward to in the next novels. The birth of their baby, and the happy family reunion was well written.

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  • cora
  • 04-08-19

Love

This is the fourth book in this series, and it holds my heart as it held these sad lovers.
This book holds ones interest because it has an excellent narrator.
Buy this book

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  • Avid Book Lover
  • 18-07-19

Great Story!!

I love this series as there are two stories in one in each book—one based in the distant past and one based in “modern-day” time. This being Book 4 in the Echoes from the Past Series, we’ve come a long ways in Quinn’s quest to find and know more about her birth parents and family. In this book, we’ve been blind-sided once again in the mystery of Quinn’s birth family. As an added bonus, we get more of an in-depth story of her husband, Gabe’s family history as well when a skeleton is unearthed in his family’s ancient home. The story based in the past will intrigue you as you discover the identity and the life behind the skeleton. There’s much angst, and the ending will leave you with unshed tears as you discover the evilness of at least two of the characters in the story. I voluntarily reviewed this after receiving a free copy.