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Combining the language, humor and manners of Jane Austen’s era with charming characters and colorful storytelling, PERSISTENCE OF MEMORY is a mystery, a love story, and a speculative novel about accidental time travel. Charlie Lowe has two obsessions: saving the Stoneford Village Green from unscrupulous developers and researching her ancestor, Louis Augustus Duran, whose mCombining the language, humor and manners of Jane Austen’s era with charming characters and colorful storytelling, PERSISTENCE OF MEMORY is a mystery, a love story, and a speculative novel about accidental time travel. Charlie Lowe has two obsessions: saving the Stoneford Village Green from unscrupulous developers and researching her ancestor, Louis Augustus Duran, whose mysterious origins perplex her. When a freak lightning strike and a rogue computer virus send her back to 1825, Charlie discovers she must persuade a reluctant Sarah Foster to marry Duran, or two centuries of descendants—including herself—will cease to exist. Unfortunately, Louis Duran turns out to be a despicable French count who spends his days impregnating a succession of unfortunate housemaids and attempting to invent the first flushing toilet in Hampshire. A hopeless romantic, our heroine does her best to encourage the happiness of those who surround her—but will she be able to mend a matrimonial wrong, restore the Village Green to its rightful owner and, of foremost importance, conclude the tale in the company of the gentleman with whom she was always meant to be?...

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ISBN : 25867616
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Number of Pages : 356 Pages
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Persistence of Memory Reviews

  • Margarita Gakis
    2019-02-24 19:14

    I was utterly charmed by this book! Charlie Lowe is a woman out of time. Shas two obsessions: saving the Stoneford Village Green from unscrupulous developers and researching her ancestors. When a freak lightning strike and a rogue computer virus send her back to 1825 [and one of her ancestors forward!], Charlie discovers she must persuade one of her ancestors to marry or two centuries of descendants -including herself- will cease to exist. Unfortunately, her future husband is a class-A jerk. Charlie herself starts to develop feelings for someone she meets in the past. At the same time, developers are closing in to destory part of her home. Due to a mysterious connection, she's able to use her phone to communicate with people from her present. Charlie is in a race to get her ancestors married, find a lost land deed, and maybe fall in love herself! This book was so wonderful. I loved the time travel aspect and Charlie's 'discovery' of the past, as well as her counterpart's discovery of the future. I was equally invested in both time-lines - past and present. Love, betrayal, smugglers, unscrupulous men and charming gentleman, this book was a joy to read!

  • Terri
    2019-02-12 18:14

    One aspect I (rather predictably) loved was the setting of a small English village. As an American, I’m continually fascinated by stories where the characters live in old-to-me houses and cottages. The cottage that the main character lived in was several hundred years old, and when she time-traveled, she moved only in time, not in space, so she ended up in the 1700s version of her own home. That was very cool! The emphasis on genealogy was done well too. I could not be less interested in that topic, but Kent managed to create an interesting village where the plot in the present day timeline was able to move forward based on information the MC learned about their ancestors. It helped that Kent didn’t make this aspect over-complicated. She didn’t attempt to draw a family tree and list out every single resident and make the plot hinge on some fourth cousin eighteen times removed. She kept the lines simple, though not so clear that you knew what would happen from the beginning.One of the weaker aspects of Persistence of Memory was the emphasis on technology. I never really bought the “rogue computer virus + mysterious-microns + lightning = time travel” explanation, and that her cell phone worked in the past because of a very old tree was just too convenient. Anything that reminds me of a time-traveling mailbox by a lake house is questionable. The parts of the book that focused on the technology felt a little forced, like the author had learned a very little bit about computers and then based the manuscript on that information, rather than having a solid working knowledge. (I’m probably overcritical there since I work in IT, but that’s how it read to me.) Despite my issues with the premise and technology, once you set aside those reservations and embrace the story, it’s done very well.The writing was pretty good, and the plot was well-structured and paced. I never felt like the story dragged, and I was actually very interested to see how the plot resolved. I liked the main characters, though they read a little bland at times. They each had a back story and sufficient personality, but lacked the spark of originality that tends to push them over into “favorite character” status. The end was quite gripping, and the time-travel structure that Kent used worked very well for the story. It’s what Stormy calls the Fixed Timeline – meaning that whatever the MC did in the past didn’t alter the future because she’d already done it in the past. (Essentially, the Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban effect.) So yes, they get to act, but no, they don’t nullify their own existence.Persistence of Memory was a solid read, and one that I recommend if you enjoy light time travel like the Ruby Red series, or adult time travel fiction set in small town England.The review "Persistence of Memory" first appeared on

  • Jana
    2019-02-02 20:16

    I really enjoyed reading this! I have liked everything Ms. Kent has written, and this is no exception.It was a fairly quick read, but I don't mean that in a bad way. ;) It's one of those novels that you hate to see end, but I don't think there was much more the author could have included in this book.Her extensive research and sense of humor really shine in this time travel/historical fiction novel.I chuckled at some of her references to other fictional characters, not because they were necessarily funny, but unexpected.I would recommend this to everyone who enjoys historical fiction and/or time travel novels.

  • Andi Houtsch
    2019-02-08 21:14

    Note: I received a copy of this text in exchange for an honest review.When you sit down to read this book be prepared for a light hearted look at accidental time travel, unexpected romance, a well-envisioned and researched glimpse into the past, and a liberal dose of humor across the board. This was a fun read that kept me turning the pages, waiting to find out what happened next … or previously … depending on how you perceive the time spectrum. Charlie Lowe, an introvert who happens to be from current times but might as well belong to a bygone era some two hundred years ago for all her intimate knowledge of Stoneford Village where she lives, accidentally manages to travel back in time via a computer virus and quantum mechanics. In the course of doing so she switches places with an ancestor with almost the exact same physical likeness, a Mrs. Catherine Collins. Both women are widows of five years, Charlie losing her husband in a car accident and Mrs. Collins’ husband to a loss at sea. This switch plunges Charlie straight into her family’s history. A near-expert on her genealogy and those of the families living in Stoneford Village, Charlie swiftly adapts to the change in time, assuming the identity of Mrs. Collins for the sake of ease. Her adaptation is queerly aided by the mysterious presence of a Wi-Fi signal transmitted by the village’s Great Oak, received by her Smartphone which has made the trip with her (but she has no charger, nor is there electricity anyway) – a precious anomaly that enables her to stay in touch with the future and her cousin Nick, a quantum physicist. This switch also transplants the real Mrs. Collins from 1825 to 2013 but because she looks exactly like Charlie no one believes she’s actually someone from the past. Nick and Charlie’s family think she’s gone on a mental vacation after vandalizing the office of Reg Ferryman, one of the brothers currently trying to bulldoze the village in order to build high priced housing, etc. The truth isn’t realized until Charlie makes contact with Nick via cell phone and a two hundred year old Wi-Fi transmitter. I loved the back and forth of this book as we hop from Charlie’s perspective in the past to Nick’s perspective in the present. Kent explores the potential for paradox through Charlie’s hesitancy to meddle in the affairs of her forebears only to discover that (LOST fans will relate to this) “What happened, happened.” It’s only a matter of understanding the how and why events occurred the way they did, and being able to witness it first-hand puts much of Charlie’s knowledge into perspective. It’s in this first-hand witnessing that Charlie has the opportunity to make right several wrongs (without tampering with facts as recorded two hundred years in the future) and make a profound and personal connection with her ties to the village. Mrs. Collins (the real Catherine) had me cracking up at every turn. Her naiveté is charming; she’s almost like an overgrown child thrown into the middle of a world she can barely imagine let alone understand. Technology is naturally a wonder to her but she embraces it, quickly becoming addicted to reality television, music played on an iPod, imbibing a pot brownie, etc. One might question the ease at which she adjusts but Stoneford Village hasn’t changed much in two hundred years. The buildings remain the same; it’s only the people (and technology) that are different. There’s a great mystery in all of this time travel, the resolution of which brought about a pleased satisfaction. Charlie’s unexpected romance with Mr. Deeley is a rewarding element, helping Charlie heal from the loss of her husband. Winona Kent delivers a well rounded novel in Persistence of Memory. Well worth the read, I recommend it to anyone looking for a light read that doesn’t take itself too seriously but is still chock full of historical fact woven into wonderful storytelling.

  • Missy Goodsell
    2019-02-16 16:10

    Persistence of MemoryCharlotte Duran Lowe, Charlie to her friends had a long day of listening to an arborist tell her that the village oak tree at the center of town had definitely been poisoned and to towns people talk about how the Ferryman Brothers have this plan to destroy the half the village & build their idea of a better place since they claim to own 2 large parcels of land. She had gone home earlier and was looking for information on the world wide web to discredit the Ferrymen but she didn't come up with much other than to fill herself with much anger. She left the house & went to Ron Ferrymans office gaining access with a key that had been there for a long time by the previous owner of the property. She let her anger control her actions as she went into the office and she saw detailed plans, telephone, nameplate and more on his desk so she wiped it clean and then picked up his laptop smashing it on the floor not once but 6 times, the last time she was in mid-smash and Ron came to the door then came in. She stood and ran out as quickly as she could knowing he seen her. Now she was home at her sitting room desk where she was supposed to be waiting for her cousin Nick to come and go through her computer to see what was wrong with it and if her family tree program was the issue or something else. She had clicked a number of peoples boxes in the program looking up information to prove Ron & Reg Ferryman wrong about the true ownership of the parcels of property they claim to own which originally belonged to her family. But she would have to call Nick and tell him what happened and warn him that Ron and the constable might be here to arrest her when he arrived. When she tried to call Nick, his number didn't pop up, instead a picture of a candle did, her phone was just not cooperating so she sent a message instead. She then went back to her computer attempting to look up family information. Her program was still acting up but she was determined to find the information she needed. All of a sudden there was a loud clap of thunder and a flash of lightening. Storms had never bothered her really but she was a little startled when her sitting room went dark. A few seconds later her lights came back on and her program recovered also, then Lucas Adams and Sarah Fosters changed to a shade of lilac which she had never seen before. She sat staring because beyond her desk and laptop something strange was happening, Some of the things in the room were staying the same while others were plainly dissolving. She stood up thinking it couldn't be real and she reached out her hand and found that there was a transparent jello type of wall that rippled like a pool of water. The she heard them, the voices of Nick, Ron Ferryman and the constable all coming through the door as she stepped through this wall into another time. What comes next you will just have to read the book to find out who Charlie meets and where she goes. I enjoyed this book. This was a quick read. The past and the future flowed easily through all the characters and I liked most of them. The writer painted a wonderful description of a town that made it easy to picture in my mind. I would recommend this for all to read. It certainly made me think about certain things and how they work and the relationship between things and people. Id give this book a 4.5

  • Lori
    2019-01-31 19:02

    Find this review and more at Lusty Penguin Reviews!Winona Kent writes a beautifully entertaining accidental time travel romance in Persistence of Memory, the first book in the Memory Book series. Kent does a compelling job of blending time travel, historical romance, mystery, and science fiction that completely draws the reader into the story. I thoroughly enjoyed how Kent interconnected all of these aspects and really made them work together.Widow Charlotte “Charlie” Duran Lowe loves researching history, including her family ancestors and the history of her small town, Stoneford. As such, Charlie works at the local museum as a docent, giving tours about their town in the old days fully dressed in Regency period clothes. When Charlie decides to save the Village Green from developers, a freak storm sends her back in time to 1825. While there, Charlie finds herself in the unique position of being able to solve the mystery of who owns the Village Green. It’s a good thing that Charlie loves history so much because she is able to blend into her new time fairly easily. Charlie is an open-minded character who fully embraces the new opportunities presented to her, which I just loved about her. Within social norms of the time, Charlie struggles to maintain her independence, which I loved about her too. Little did she know that Mr. Shaun Deeley would rekindle a fire in that she thought died with her husband. The chemistry between Charlie and her Mr. Deeley is endearing as they get to know each other and fall in love. Nick Weller, Charlie’s friend, has a theory that our DNA holds the memories of our ancestors, which plays an intrinsic role within the story, which I just adored. With his physics background, Nick works tirelessly to bring Charlie back to her own time. Kent dramatically balances multiple story lines and emotional plot twists, engaging the reader right up to the stunning conclusion that I cherished.A perfectly blending of multiple genres and an engrossing couple make Persistence of Memory a sweet and delectable read and a wonderful beginning to a new series. I am really looking forward to future adventures with Charlie and Mr. Deeley.I received an eBook copy of the book for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.

  • Georgianna Simpson
    2019-02-01 20:05

    Persistence of Memory by Winona KentThis is a time-travel mystery type novel with romantic and heroic overtones. A very interesting concept and sometimes perplexing although intriguing time travel theories.The story takes place in the village of Stoneford on England’s southern coast. This village has been very nearly untouched by renovation for almost 200 years. The central figure, Charlotte Duran Lowe or Charlie to her friends, has lived in Stoneford all her life. Charlie is a young widow who now works as the Historical Guide and Interpreter for the Stoneford Village Museum. Her daily uniform is a Regency frock from the 1825 era.However, a redevelopment endeavor has begun by two very unscrupulous brothers Ron and Reg Ferryman. They want to line their pockets and don’t care at all about the history of the village. They have in fact resorted to the poisoning of the 300 year old Village Oak in the center of town, so that they can tear it down and rebuild with hotels and the like. The main issues center on lost deeds, dubious ownership, and greed of the brothers.The time travel theory revolves around Charlie’s laptop and programs, a lightning storm releasing tachyons and sprites (scientific definitions can be found in the book), sending a shocked Charlie (fortunately still in her frock) back to 1825 and bringing one of her ancient cousins Mrs. Collins to this century in her place. The women apparently looked very much alike and so the adventure begins.An interesting read, as Charlie tries to find out about her ancestors, solve the missing deed issues as well as others, while not blowing her cover. She also finds new love for herself while attempting to ensure her ancestors marry the correct men to ensure her own lifeline.It’s a very twisty, sometimes comical, sometimes scary tale with many a paradox. To meddle or not to meddle…the “Butterfly Effect” type questions.Will Charlie succeed in saving the village by finding the missing deed? Will she ensure Sarah marries the right man to ensure her linage? Does Charlie return? Ahhhh….the questions abound! Solve the mysteries by reading the book! Would it be fun to go back in time…you decide…Copy supplied by author for an honest review.

  • Liz Barnsley
    2019-01-26 19:03

    **3.5 - 4 stars***Charlie Lowe has two obsessions: saving the Stoneford Village Green from unscrupulous developers and researching her ancestor, Louis Augustus Duran, whose mysterious origins elude her.When a freak lightning strike and a rogue computer virus send her back to 1825, Charlie discovers she must persuade a reluctant Sarah Foster to marry Duran, or two centuries of descendants -including herself- will cease to exist. My sunday side read this week, Persistence of Memory by Winona Kent was an interesting story - and a great way to spend my Sunday afternoon. I polished it off earlier today and have to say it was very enjoyable.Perhaps not my favourite "type" of story, this was still well written and involving. Charlie finds herself trying to marry off Sarah to a man who is, well lets say not the most appealing of gentlemen. I found the whole thing quite amusing. Ok you have to suspend disbelief slightly more than usual when you find that Charlie still has a working mobile phone - even so this was a humerous and enchanting tale.A short read but a clever engaging one I would recommend this for lovers of Historical fiction, time travel and romance. Happy Reading Folks!

  • Hannah
    2019-02-16 15:18

    I was really looking forward to reading this after seeing reviews. I was very disappointed. It is a short novel however it doesn't feel like a well-paced, swift read for a time travel fix. It felt very rushed with underdeveloped characters, poor reasoning for their actions and also poor dialogue. The time travel made absolutely no sense and no attempt was made to offer an explanation. I did not finish this book as I really didn't care what happened to the cardboard cut-outs or which ones were arbitrarily coupled off.

  • Patricia
    2019-01-28 21:16

    For most of the book, it was a three-star book for me; however, from about the last third to the end, it became a two-star book. I was disappointed with the ending. In a effort to tie up loose ends, the punch of the ending was dissipated and postponed until it was fairly anticlimactic for me. Perhaps more rigorous editing would have helped here. There was also a gratuitous bit of petting thrown in suddenly that seemed out of character and didn't really advance the story line.

  • David Marshall
    2019-01-29 18:22

    Sadly this is not very well written and the plot makes absolutely no sense as science fiction. There are so many better ways to write books like this, I blame the small press for failing to provide proper editorial guidance.

  • Jane
    2019-01-26 15:05

    I absolutely loved this - fast moving plot, well written characters and completely believable despite the time travel element - it all worked really well and all the loose ends were tied up nicely by the end! Really enjoyed it!

  • Jillian
    2019-02-09 21:07

    An absolutely delightful romp for fans of Austen, mystery lovers, or period film junkies!