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Grace Trewe comes to York intending to spend as little time as possible sorting out her dead godmother’s affairs before moving on, the way she has always done before. Grace prides herself on her independence. She is a practical, sensible, self-reliant person, impatient with spirituality or mysticism and what she thinks of as wallowing in emotion. Having survived the BoxingGrace Trewe comes to York intending to spend as little time as possible sorting out her dead godmother’s affairs before moving on, the way she has always done before. Grace prides herself on her independence. She is a practical, sensible, self-reliant person, impatient with spirituality or mysticism and what she thinks of as wallowing in emotion. Having survived the Boxing Day tsunami, Grace knows how lucky she is to be alive. She looks forward, not back.But in York Grace discovers that the past cannot always be ignored. Her godmother, Lucy, has been dabbling in the occult, and it seems that she has raised an unquiet spirit, Hawise, who lived, loved and died in York over 400 years earlier. Hawise died believing that she has failed her daughter, and the more Grace is drawn into her life in the Elizabethan city, the more parallels she finds with her own life. For Grace, too, has failed a child.Is Grace possessed? Or is she suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder? Either way, she learns that she cannot move on until she has come to terms with the past....

Title : Time's Echo
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ISBN : 9780330544252
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Number of Pages : 460 Pages
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Time's Echo Reviews

  • Siobhan
    2019-03-05 23:03

    Wow, just wow.I’m going to be completely honest and say that this is not my usual kind of book. If the truth is to be known, I only own the book because I brought a pack of books which contained The Silver Linings Playbook and this was in it. Usually I’m really tentative about these historical period and modern day time slip novels, yet this one blew my mind. If I am to be one hundred percent honest with you, I enjoyed this more than The Silver Linings Playbook (and that book is the only reason I brought the pack). So yeah, you could say I’ve been blown away by this one.From the get-go I was hooked. Within mere pages my tentatively had been blown out of the window and I was jumping into the book. I have the bad habit of sitting up until stupid hours of the night to finish a book I am enjoying and this one shocked me by falling into that category. I told myself I would read just one more chapter and the next thing I knew I was almost finished and decided it was not worth holding off the suspense and finished the book. So shocked by how enjoyable the book was and I almost gave it five stars. Sadly, a couple of things let me down (and they are only tiny things, yet I tend to be too careful with my five stars).First, however, I shall point out the good parts. The characters – both past and present – are amazing. I’d expected to be unable to connect with anyone due to the time slips and yet I was in love with both stories, on the edge of my seat to find out what happened in each period. All characters that appeared were brilliant, nobody being thrown in for the sake of it. I came to love (or hate, in some necessary cases) each and every character we meet. Throughout there is so much character development of both main and side characters that it is impossible not to fall into their worlds. And the stories – oh wow! Both past and present kept me entertained, leaving me curious as to what was to come next. As for what let me down – and they really are tiny things. Mainly what lost the star was that certain things did not ring true. Don’t get me wrong, the research was brilliant, but certain speech patterns of people from the past caught me off guard. I found myself questioning whether they would really say such a thing, as to my ears it sounded a little bit too much like modern day speech. It is an easy enough thing to overlook but it did catch me off guard at first. The other thing, and this is completely personal and I’m sure others will disagree with my view, is the modern day love interest. I’m not sure how I feel about him being a historian. It is certainly interesting given the context but… I’m not sure, I simply found myself wishing he had a different occupation. It played in well with the story – I cannot fault that – but it seemed a bit too much for me. Of course, the fact that I’m not usually a fan of time slip novels probably influenced that small detail.Nevertheless, it was a thoroughly enjoyable read and I’m glad I pushed aside my usual views and gave it a try!

  • Suzanne
    2019-03-21 05:07

    What a delightful surprise. ‘Time’s Echo’ was recommended through a Facebook group of like minded avid readers. I am easily drawn to time slip books and after taking a look inside I immediately downloaded this to my Kindle. This story grabbed me from the opening chapter. We are thrown into a traumatic nightmare that leaves us wanting to know more. The author transports us between times lines with ease as we explore the lives of Grace and Hawise. Two very strong characters living in different centuries. Their stories unravel and hold our attention to the very last page.Normally in this type of time slip I find myself favouring one time period or character but not so with Time’s Echo. Throughout the book I felt the strong emotional pull and turmoil for both female characters and found each of their stories absorbing. All of the characters in this book come across as three dimensional and literally jump off the page. After finishing the book I felt a sense of loss knowing that my part of their journey had come to an end. I thoroughly enjoyed Ms Hartshorne’s writing style and found it quite similar to that of Barbara Erskine- another favourite author in the time slip genre. I would recommend this book to anyone that loves wll written time slip tales with a sense of mystery and a hint of romance. I really enjoyed it and will definitely revisit Grace and Hawise in the future. It’s a keeper.

  • Anne
    2019-03-16 00:08

    What an excellent read this was - I'm a massive fan of time slip novels, and having been rather disappointed by the latest Rachel Hore it's wonderful to come across someone who does it so well. The familiar York setting added to my enjoyment, and although the author admits to taking some liberties with history (no plague in that time frame in York) the historical setting is really well done, with its vivid descriptions, smells and colours. The unpredictability of the time slippage is deftly handled, and there's a wonderfully unsettling sense of evil and malice throughout. Modern and historical stories are equally strong, with strong characters in both, and there's no discomfort moving between the two time frames. I was intrigued to find - doing a little research - that this author isn't a debut novelist but has a vast Mills and Boon back catalogue writing under the name of Jessica Hart. Well, she's made the transition into a more substantial read, backed up by meticulous research, quite superbly. Loved it.

  • AdiTurbo
    2019-03-25 23:21

    Not a masterpiece, but still very enjoyable. As I've written before, Hartshorne is a great storyteller who knows how to set fast paced and tight plots, build characters that are easy to identify with and high suspense throughout her novels. My only rant this time is that the plot is basically the same as in her latest book, The House of Shadows, which I've read before this one. This bothered me a lot at first, but I was so pulled in and cared so much for the characters that I enjoyed it anyway. In both books there is a young woman who is haunted by another young woman from the past, who is worried about the fate of their child. It worked amazingly well in The House of Shadows, and a little less well here, and the settings and times are different, but still - how many times can you pull the trick of hearing the ghost whisper the child's name? In BOTH books? Hartshorne is a fantastic writer and historian, but if this goes on in a third book, I'm out.

  • Natalie
    2019-03-06 03:27

    It took me ages to get into this one, but once I did, I did enjoy it, although I found the modern day setting littered with cliches, and really didn't like Grace very much, I loved the historical part, and found Hawise's story fascinating, but then I've always loved stories about witch trials and similar, so it was always going to appeal to me more! There was one bright spot in the modern story, in next door neighbour/romantic interest, Drew Dyer!

  • Maggie Craig
    2019-02-25 00:11

    I found this an intense and emotional read. The author has a distinctive style, at times quite literary. The sense of place is excellent and York in the 16th century is particularly vividly evoked.

  • NoellaVan Looy
    2019-03-20 23:18

    Grace komt naar York omdat haar peettante Lucy gestorven is en haar haar huis heeft nagelaten. Grace wil het wat opknappen en dan verkopen. Terwijl ze in York is, krijgt ze dromen over een jonge vrouw, uit de 16de eeuw, die Hawise heet. De dromen lijken heel echt, en stilaan krijgt Hawise meer grip op Grace, zelfs overdag komt het regelmatig voor dat Grace opeens doorheen de tijd lijkt te reizen, en een stukje van Hawise's leven beleeft. Erg goed geschreven, en moeilijk om dit boek weg te leggen. Zowel van het verhaal van Grace als dat van Hawise kon ik niet genoeg krijgen, en was steeds nieuwsgierig naar wat er nog zou gebeuren. En dit is volgens mij wat een boek goed maakt, dat je er helemaal in meegenomen wordt. Top!

  • Maria Grazia
    2019-03-08 01:24

    The novel opens with a nightmare, so vivid and gripping that your are inexorably drawn into the story and can’t stop wondering what happened to poor Hawise in 1577. So you go on , page after page, eagerly wishing for the mystery to be solved. Then you start doubting with the protagonist, Grace Trewe: was it only a dream?Water haunted Grace’s memories after being caught in the tragic experience of the Boxing Day tsunami, water mysteriously swallowed her godmother’s life as had done more than four centuries before with Hawise Aske’s life. They drowned. The three women’s destiny seem tightly connected. Grace arrives in York in her post – traumatic attempt to remove the negative experience, in order to sell her godmother’s house and settle a number of pecuniary legacies she had made before dying.Grace has always been matter-of-fact, independent and rational but her life and her certainties are shaken, turned upside down during her stay in Lucy’s house in York: she begins seeing and hearing odd things and, moreover, she finds herself living the life of unfortunate Hawise Aske, physically and mentally experiencing all the dramatic events which lead the 16th century girl to her tragic destiny. Is Grace becoming mad? How can she slip between past and present like that? Reading Time’s Echo has been an incredibly thrilling adventure. Pamela Hartshorne passionately and brilliantly conveys the stories of two distant, different women interweaving them with a quick pace, never skimping on twists and turns . Suspence, mystery, tension characterize her narration in this unforgettable story.The idea for the novel grew out of Pamela Hartshorne’s research on the wardmote-court returns of early modern York. In the Elizabethan Age those courts dealt primarily with nuisances – petty offences that affected the quality of life of a neighbourhood. That permitted the author, who trained as a historian in her past, to get a privileged glimpse to the ordinary lives of ordinary people living in those years. The talent of the story-teller matched with the fondness of the historian create an astonishing haunting atmosphere and a never dull tale.The characters are all convincing, the descriptive moments are effective and well- balanced with the narrative level. Last but not least, York is an evocative, atmospheric, very special setting for this moving , spine-chilling story I won’t easily forget. Sometimes the past refuses to let go … Read my presentation of the book at FLY HIGH! http://flyhigh-by-learnonline.blogspo...

  • Patrick Hilyer
    2019-02-23 23:18

    This beautifully written time-shift story, set in York in England, intertwines the experiences of two young women separated by five centuries. Hawise Aske struggles with an abusive relationship, social intolerance, the bubonic plague and religious persecution. Her 21st-century correspondent, Grace, has her own problems. Memories of the 2004 Thailand tsunami haunt her and she’s torn between a growing love for her divorcee neighbour, Drew, and a footloose reluctance to settle down. Drew’s teenage daughter, seduced by a pseudo-religious cult, also gives Grace cause for concern. Most disturbing of all are Grace’s repeated visitations by her 16th-century counterpart, Hawise.The author’s research is evident, and the sights, sounds and smells of Elizabethan York are vividly rendered. A period drama, a paranormal mystery, and a double love story: Time’s Echo should please fans of all these genres. I enjoyed the cleverly constructed time shifts but, ultimately, found the 16th-century narrative setting and characters the most appealing.

  • Lana
    2019-03-14 03:11

    A most haunting read, that keeps the reader riveted and wanting to know what happens next. The story takes place in York in England over two different periods of time, the story of Hawise is set in the Elizabethan era whilst Grace's story is taking place today. Grace is reliving Hawise's life whilst doing her best to live her own life but she is so disturbed by her experiences that she thinks she is losing her sanity however, Hewise is so strong and her story is so dreadful that it keeps pulling her back in wanting also to know more at the same time as feeling so scared and so repulsed by what Hewise went through. It is a well written novel with very good characters and some awful ones. I thoroughly enjoyed the witch aspect and loved the character of Vivienne and old Ma Dent but i don't think I will ever be able to look at another apple in the same way again!

  • Corine
    2019-03-17 22:24

    2 sterren - punten:- saai.- langdradig.- weinig geschiedenis.- belangrijke details mochten minder uitvergroot worden.- weinig verdieping van de personages- te veel overbodige informatie (niet relevant)+ punten:- desondanks wilde ik weten hoe het verhaal afliep.- de stukken uit het verleden waren redelijk omschreven.- boek heeft 420 blz, waarvan er ongeveer 20 spannend van waren. Dit geld voor het laatste hoofdstuk. - De plottwist klopte wel en was even spannend.

  • Jayne Catherine pinkett
    2019-03-22 02:16

    A thrilling story with split time narration in past and present day York. For all those who wonder if reincarnation exists or is it our own psyche trying to understand the impact of a traumatic event, then this is a must read. Grace battles her demons from surviving the boxing day tsunami together with trying to save herself in the past.Well written and easy to follow. I enjoyed it very much

  • Julie
    2019-03-20 01:11

    A haunting and mesmerizing novel that will hold readers in thrall, Time’s Echo is an exceptional tale of old ghosts, devastating secrets and past wounds that kept me on the edge of my seat and enthralled from beginning to end.Grace Trewe has spent the last couple of years travelling the world and living out of a suitcase. Her job as an English teacher has taken her halfway across the globe and intrepid Grace likes nothing more than setting off on an adventure in a new country and becoming completely and utterly immersed in a culture that is far removed from her own. To the outside world, Grace’s life appears to be idyllic and care-free, but the bubbly teacher has experienced her fair share of sorrow. Grace had almost lost her life after getting caught up in the Boxing Day tsunami, and after going through that terrifying ordeal, she is determined to make every second of her life count – which is why she is not exactly thrilled that she’s got to leave her life in a warm and sunny exotic country behind and return to cold and chilly England to sort out her Aunt Lucy’s estate after she inherits her cottage in York. Grace wants to join her friend Mel in Mexico as soon as possible and she is not planning to stay in England for very long. But little does Grace realize that she is about to step into a world of jeopardy and terror where she will have to battle with supernatural forces that could claim her life once and for all and destroy everything – and everyone – which she holds dear to her heart…Grace has always known that her Aunt Lucy was eccentric and that she had always been interested in magic and sorcery, but the more time Grace spends going through old papers and diaries, the more she realizes that Lucy’s interest in the occult was pervasive and calamitous. Lucy’s passion for the paranormal has had catastrophic consequences because in her quest to uncover the secrets of the supernatural world she had raised a restless spirit who has some unfinished business – Hawise Aske, who in sixteenth century York had been executed for practicing witchcraft.When she had first been disturbed by frightening visions of Hawise’s life, Grace had initially blamed these strange occurrences on jetlag and tiredness. However, as she finds herself delving deeper into life in the Elizabethan city of York, Grace is shocked when she realizes that Hawise’s presence in her life is not a mere figment of her imagination, but a terrifying reality that puts her life in serious danger.Will Grace manage to lay Hawise’s ghost to rest? Is she strong enough to vanquish the malevolent force that has been holding Hawise prisoner for centuries? Or will she have to pay the ultimate price in her battle against evil?Time’s Echo is a spine-tingling tale split between the present day and the sixteenth-century packed with mystery, danger, adventure and romance. Pamela Hartshorne has written an involving and intriguing dual narrative with two strong, appealing and highly courageous heroines which the reader cannot help but root for. When reading books by other writers in the time-slip genre, one often favours one story over the other, but in Time’s Echo, I was just as drawn into Hawise’s tale of sorcery, peril and anguish in Elizabethan York as I was by Grace’s present day story of bravery, possession and healing from the past.Wonderfully written and absolutely impossible to put down, Time’s Echo is an unforgettable novel that cements Pamela Hartshorne’s position as a serious contender to Barbara Erskine’s crown!This review was originally published on Single Titles.

  • Jo Barton
    2019-03-17 00:13

    Time's Echo opens with the details of very graphic experience which quickly sets the scene for this dual time narrative set in the city of York. When Grace Trewe is called to the city to oversee the closure of her deceased godmother's house, she is totally unprepared for the effect that the house has on her. Grace, a very modern woman is drawn into the troubled story of Hawise Aske, a young woman who has been grievously wronged, and whose voice echoes down the centuries.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 storylines 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 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.The book is very easy to read, with a compelling story that grips from the beginning. I am sure that book groups who enjoy historical narratives, with a hint of superstition, will find much to discuss.

  • Evelyn Cuellar
    2019-03-10 04:33

    Una novela que te hará que te enamores, donde... llorarás, sufrirás. odiarás... escita de tal manera que despertará tantos sentimientos que no sabrás que sentir y que devoras porque no querrás detenerte.Dos historias, dos destinos... en tiempos diferentes, en busca de una sola respuesta.Reseña completa en Felin Dreams

  • Elisa Amore
    2019-02-25 00:08

    Una lettura affascinante e inquietante. Mi ha tenuta incollata alle pagine, quasi Hawise volesse a tutti i costi far conoscere anche a me la sua storia. Fantasmi e viaggi nel passato... Un libro da non perdere.

  • Fiona Harper
    2019-03-23 05:23

    I was totally gripped by this book. When you go to bed thinking about the characters then wake up at six and have to finish it, you know you've got a compelling story on your hands!

  • Lorraine
    2019-02-27 02:32

    Set in York, this is a time shift novel, I enjoyed reading about familiar locations across two time periods.

  • Claire Dobson
    2019-03-10 23:29

    A riveting read, I especially liked the account of Hawise as I'm fascinated by the idea of witchcraft.

  • Ann
    2019-03-18 05:26

    Heerlijk meeslepend verhaal. Niet weg te leggen.

  • Amanda
    2019-03-20 04:22

    In a lot of ways, this is your bog-standard timeslip narrative. But - the present day male characters only remind the main female character of their past counterparts rather than actually *being* them. The traumas are distinctive and not actually related at all. And it works nicely that Grace slips consciousness rather than something so goofy as actually being regressed into past lives. There is something of Derridian spectral haunting going on here that works quite nicely, actually. I would have liked to see it a bit tighter, maybe slightly shorter (the last 150 pages don't feel like they're part of the main narrative - it seems it hits its climax at the inevitable witch trial), the themes a bit more unified, but it's still perfectly readable and enjoyable without any of the gender issues that plague its peers.

  • Sue Hopkins
    2019-03-25 02:11

    This was a birthday present and I wasn’t sure what to expect from this author as she was new to me. I love medieval fiction (and have read a lot so have high expectations) and stories going back in time so this definately fit the bill in theory. I enjoyed it!! I didn’t love it, I found the modern story a little bland, a little lacklustre and Graces character lacked depth and was a bit annoying but I loved hawise. I found the historical story fascinating, and how it all connected. I speed read it at the end, I wanted to find out what happened to Hawise, could there be the slim chance of a happy ending?? Unlikely!!!! It was an easy read, it flowed nicely, it was enjoyable but it wasn’t a best seller to me.

  • Allie Mazon
    2019-03-07 03:28

    I hated this book. It was interesting enough to read into the end at least, but the entire book was so wretched. I received it as a recommendation from Willoughby book club because I love Outlander, and I can see the connections, but at least Outlander is a desirable fantasy! Nothing good happens in this book. Everything is terrible and then it ends. None of the characters are likable. They are all stupid and in denial. I really don't understand what this author was thinking writing this miserable book with such unrelatable and idiot characters that only suffer until the end. The story was extremely simple. Barely anything happened. Not a great book.

  • Sian Thompson
    2019-03-27 02:33

    I did enjoy this the end! I’ve read a lot of this genre. I love it. I love reading about historical England especially the 1500s. However this time it just seemed a little unreal? Grace being pulled through time? A little unbelievable even though I’d never felt this before about a book. It made me not want to read it. Plus the tension and despair I felt reading about Francis, his character and how he treated Hawise, knowing this could happen to women in the 16th century was enough to make me put the book down! However I persevered and I’m glad I did. It was exciting in the end. It was a good story. Well written. I would consider reading another by this author.

  • Louisa Phillips
    2019-03-14 05:18

    haven't fished this book (yet) and left it part way through, the idea is good, but I can almost see where the story is headed, so it's been abandoned for the meantime. It harks back to harsher times. Overall, it's a difficult concept, it's not very 'believable', the main modern day character being a bit 'wishy-washy' maybe it would get better, but I'm finding some of the content upsetting for now! So it's resigned to the 'unfinished section' But maybe I'm being unfair, I may pick it up at a later date!

  • DustyPages
    2019-03-06 02:27

    This is a fabulous, escapist read! I loved it. The dramatic first chapter drew me in immediately seeking answers and justice. It wove the two characters from the two time periods together very well indeed. The story of Hawise and her fate was beautifully crafted, in keeping with the period and thoroughly evocative.The only (very, very, slight) criticism I have is Grace's 'issues' felt a little forced sometimes, over emphasised perhaps..?I would highly recommend this book and I will certainly read more by this author.

  • Shari
    2019-03-13 05:06

    Wow! This book was so well written. In 1577 Hawise (Ha-wees-e) smiles at a stranger in the market and this story follows. In present time, Grace Trewe, a world traveler, goes to York to settle her godmother's estate, which includes a house. The story of these two women intersect and what a ride!I was amazed how the stories flowed together and absolutely loved the book. The story pulled me in and I had a hard time putting it down.

  • Rachel OBrien
    2019-03-14 02:09

    Enjoyable readA familiar ta!e of a modern traumatised woman slipping between past and present. The historical story is the more gripping part to my mind even though some of the events are not in their correct time period. This is where the novel really comes to life. I didn't find it unputdownable but I wanted to know the outcome enough to keep reading

  • Jill1201
    2019-03-03 05:12

    Really liked this book. A few of the historical 'facts' had been altered for the sake of the story but that didn't really matter. Particularly enjoyed Hawise's story which was atmospheric and quite tragic. If you like time slip books this one is worth reading.

  • Sofie
    2019-03-06 01:16

    It was a rather chaotic book, sometimes it was hard to catch up. I miled the story in the present, but the story in the past for some reason I didn’t like so much. Maybe because I already knew what the end would be?