Time's Echo Paperback
York , 1577: Hawise Aske smiles at a stranger in the market, and sets in train a story of obsession and sibling jealousy, of love and hate and warped desire.
Drowned as a witch, Hawise pays a high price for that smile, but for a girl like her in Elizabethan York, there is nowhere to go and nowhere to hide.
Four and a half centuries later, Grace Trewe, who has travelled the world, is trying to outrun the memories of being caught up in the Boxing Day tsunami.
Her stay in York is meant to be a brief one. But in York Grace discovers that time can twist and turn in ways she never imagined.
Drawn inexorably into Hawise's life, Grace finds that this time she cannot move on.
Will she too be engulfed in the power of the past?
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 460 pages
- Publisher: Pan Macmillan
- Publication Date: 01/08/2012
- Category: Historical romance
- ISBN: 9780330544252
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Review by john257hopper
This was an excellent mystery/supernatural/time travel novel set in contemporary and late 16th century York. Grace, a young woman, moves temporarily to York to look after the affairs of her godmother Lucy, who drowned under mysterious circumstances in the Ouse. While in the city she has a range of increasingly vivid experiences about the life of a 16th century woman, Hawise who lived in a house on the same site. The boundaries between present and past become more blurred and Grace's reliving of events in Hawise's life becomes intertwined with traumatic and buried experiences in her own life. This was quite a powerful novel with some chilling and haunting scenes and some interesting characters paralleled in both timezones, though I found Grace's attitude rather irritating at times. Recommended to anyone interested in time travel, the supernatural, Elizabethan history or York. 5/5
Review by tina1969
York 1577, Hawise Aske meets a stranger which leads to sibling rivalry and obsession. Modern day York, Grace Trewe is clearing out a relatives house and hears a ghostly whisper.This book appealed to me because of the witch craft element and the dual time frame. It sounded very similar to Barbara Erskine and Susanna Kearsley, whose books I enjoy.This book was quite good and there was enough for me to keep reading but I did find that at times it dragged. The ending was ok and both women were bought together nicely.The time travel element was handled quite well and I felt there was no confusion and I knew where I was.The book was nice to read and I felt it was a little sugary. It wasn't a dark book which I was expecting because of the theme.A pleasant read for me with likeable characters and a fine story.