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Summary

Professional genealogist Melissa Grantham receives an invitation to visit her family's ancestral home, Ashleigh Manor. From the moment she arrives, life-like dreams and visions haunt her. Jake Precy, owner of a nearby cottage, has disturbing dreams too, but it's not until he meets Melissa that they begin to make sense. He hires her to research his family's history, unaware their lives are already entwined.

©2012 Christina Courtenay (P)2012 W F Howes Ltd

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A ghost story with a strong romantic theme

It's not always easy to present a time-slip novel convincingly, but Christina Courtenay has found the perfect formula here. When Melissa Grantham arrives at Ashleigh Manor, hoping to build a new life for herself and her daughter, she starts to experience dreams that are disturbingly real. They are frightening, but compelling, and she finds herself inexorably drawn into the lives of star-crossed lovers Sybilla and Roger several centuries earlier. Unable to shake off the past, she finds herself also unable to give herself wholly to attractive villager Jake Precy because of Roger's all-too-haunting presence. But Melissa is a genealogist and her skills are a useful tool when it comes to untangling the past.



The tale is vividly told and we are swept up by both the past and the present strands. My only niggle would be that I found the narrator's voice rather cloyingly sweet and her attempts at male voices very contrived.



Well worth listening to though!

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was an ok Listen.

it wasn't the greatest to be honest.
Although I did find it.
Story was a bit predictable.

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Much more soppy than expected

I like time/travel stories, but too emotional and insufficiently historically balanced. Narrator's men' 'voices' made it even more so which may have added to the disappointment . Wish I had another novel downloaded on a long journey! Should have read reviews! Disappointed! Very 'light' entertainment!

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Tedious and predictable

Eight hours still to listen to and I can't bear the thought. The story is predictable and Im not even tempted to listen to the rest of the book to find out if I'm right, The narrator's voice, particularly for the male characters are grating and I simply can't listen to any more.

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Not a natural narrator

I really struggled to finish this , I have enjoyed previous books by this author , though this certainly isnt the best that she has written to date , it was only passable story wise .
The biggest downside with this one was the narrator Jilly Bond , she throughly spoiled it for me.
It was read by the narrator like something from amateur dramatics in an incredibly twee little voice one minute and a shrieking one the next. Attempts at character voices of both men and women were really grating in their delivery and detracted from the story .Such a shame as I was looking forward to listening to it .

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Very much enjoyed e

Love the story but I didn’t much like the different voices used,sometimes they just sounded strange

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Good but bit drawn out

Enjoyed the story but felt it was a bit overlong. very well portrayed and good characters.

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Amazing story

Amazing story. It keeps you engaged to the very end. The performance by the narrator was very good.

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Excellent!

Well narrated with a gripping storyline right to the end.
The Colourful characters were entirely believable and were not overdone by the reader. Brilliant!