Friday, November 25, 2016

[Pat's Review]: "Echoes of Time"

Echoes of Time by Anne Allen
Publisher: Sarnia Press (August 15, 2016)
Series: The Guernsey, 5
Genre: Contemporary / Family Saga

Betrayal, injustice and revenge echo down the years… 

1940. Olive marries farmer Bill Falla. The Germans occupy Guernsey. 
All too soon Olive realises she’s made a mistake. 
Her life changes when she meets Wolfgang, a German officer- 
but there’s a price to pay. . . 

2010. Natalie Ogier returns to Guernsey to escape an abusive relationship – only to be plagued by odd happenings in her beautiful cottage on the site of a derelict and secluded farm. Disturbing dreams, disembodied voices and uncanny visions from the past. She becomes increasingly ill at ease as someone else’s past catches up with her own… 
Her only immediate neighbour, Stuart, is the grandson of the original owners, Bill and Olive. 

Thrown together in a bid to find out what really happened to Olive, can they each survive the repercussions of the past and move on? 

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Pat's Review:

Ms. Allen's Guernsey novels are full of suspense, family, and secrets. Her latest is no exception. The descriptions of beautiful Guernsey have moved it to my list of places I have to see.

Natalie Ogier left her London flat and her life there for the peaceful home of her childhood, Guernsey. She needs peace because she left a very abusive relationship with her ex, Liam. Natalie has been living with her parents, but has found the perfect place to settle: a restored home that had burned to the ground on a former dairy farm. It's perfect, quiet, has beautiful views and soon to have an amazing garden. Her closest neighbor, Stuart Cross, is a grammar school teacher and son of the woman who owns the land. He lives in the beautifully restored barn. There are many stories about these buildings and land dating back to the German occupation during WWII. Natalie and Stuart form a casual friendship, and Natalie is relieved to know there is someone close by if needed. It all seems idyllic.

But very quickly after moving in, she hears a voice telling her to "Go Away."  Natalie brushes it off as exhaustion and new surroundings. But the voices persist and other occurrences start. Natalie decides to start delving into the history of this plot of land, enlisting Stuart since his family owns it. What a history it is. From the 1940's to present day she learns about the secrets of the original owners, a young farmer and his wife of convenience, Olive. There is starvation and lack of fuel, fear, and even death at the hand of the Nazi's for those who won't conform to their rules. Not much improves after the war is over.

A forbidden love, suspense, and danger, and a touch of some ghostly visitors, plus the added attraction growing between Natalie and Stuart, made it impossible to put this novel down. If you love romance, history, and a mystery, this is a novel to read


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Until Next Time,


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