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The Silent Touch of Shadows (Shadows from the Past 1)


The Silent Touch of Shadows (Shadows from the Past 1)

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    Christina Courtenay(Author)
What will it take to put the past to rest?

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. The spiritual connection to a medieval young woman and her forbidden lover have her questioning her sanity, but Melissa is determined to solve the mystery.

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. Is the mutual attraction real or the result of ghostly interference?

A haunting love story set partly in the present and partly in fifteenth century Kent. Winner of the 2012 Best Historical Read Award from the Festival of Romance and shortlisted for the 2013 Romantic Historical Novel of the Year Award.

This suspenseful, parallel, historical, time travel, paranormal is one huge page turner. It is not difficult to believe every scene and follow Melissa's frightening journey into the cruel past. This reader was thoroughly swept away by the good description, believable emotion, and language appropriate for the timeframe of each scene. Ms. Courtenay is a skilled storyteller. "

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  • By Mandy James on 8 June 2012

    The Silent Touch of Shadows is a haunting love story set in the present and 15th century Kent. Melissa Grantham, a single parent and genealogist is troubled by vivid dreams after a visit to her aunt's ancient Manor House. The dreams are so real that she feels as if she is somehow actually back in the fifteenth century, and sharing a connection to a young medieval woman. The connection is so real that Melissa can practically feel, touch and smell the past. The feelings the woman has for a forbidden lover troubles Melissa also in more ways than one. Unable to get the ghosts of the past out of her mind, she harnesses her professional skills to try to solve the mystery of the Manor and her dreams.Having read this fab story I can see why Christina Courtenay has won awards. Her story telling in general and description of the historical period in particular, makes the reader believe they are there alongside the main protagonist every step of the way. Beautiful writing! If you want an unusual and intriguing love story then look no further than this book. I loved it!

  • By Lissa on 2 November 2016

    First book by Christina that I have read and I can safely say that I have found another author I enjoy. I loved how the characters from the past were similar to those of the present. Roger and Sybill are the couple from medieval Kent and Melissa and Jack from the present. The story intermingles the past with the present so that the story flows. Roger wants help from Melissa but she doesn't know how to help. He haunts her in her dreams. Through her love of genealogy she begins to unravel the mystery of Ashleigh Manor which is her ancestral home and where Sybill lives. Little by little the events from the past begin to make sense. Eventually everything is resolved. Would recommend to anyone who loves history interfused with romance.

  • By Thomas Mac on 31 March 2015

    I felt drawn in from the first few pages. Full of intrigue and wonder. Slipping from present to past was not at all confusing as it was written well. The feelings and hope I had for the main characters was captivating. Found it hard to put it down.....Great!!!!!

  • By Jasmine Lamont on 21 March 2015

    Even though the story takes place during the past and present, it is never confusing . The love that endures over the centuries and the grief that refuses to let the tortured souls rest makes this a book that uses hard to put down.

  • By elliemay on 29 June 2017

    Very good read

  • By Blodeuedd on 12 July 2012

    At once I knew, this could not end well. Ok so not Melissa, but the other story. If there is a ghost there can't be happiness and I raced to see what had happened.The book is two stories in one. First we have Melissa, a single mother trying to get by. A history lover (and this made me like her even more) who goes to live with an aunt. And yes in a spooky big house. I should also mention a nice neighbor who is a widower ;)Then there is the story set in the past. During the War of the Roses a young woman falls in love, but he is not meant for her. I really liked this story even I knew there could not be happiness. But I wanted to know what happened, why the ghost is around. Also the setting for it was nice. Even if I guessed something would happen it was not a sad book, it was just meant to happen and I liked the idea of seeing memories from the past. I always loved that idea ever since I read my first book dealing with it.The sad and past mingled with each other, and Melissa tried to solve the mystery.Conclusion:A good lovestory that gives you a bit more than the usual things. It's not romance, it's passion, hope and despair. And of course, happy endings.

  • By katylittlelady on 4 July 2012

    It's rare that I look forward to a book in the same way I might a film, but as soon as I read the blurb for The Silent Touch of Shadows the premise intrigued me. I'm glad to say it's lived up to my expectations. It's based in Ashleigh Manor, Kent and when Melissa moves in with her aunt, she starts to experience vivid dreams and is haunted by visions. The problem is a ghost called Roger and in order to rid herself of his presence she sets out to find out more about Ashleigh Manor and its history.The story offers a perfect weaving between past and present in its time-slip style. For reader's of Christina Courtenay it's a departure from her historical novels, but still offers you the same quality. It's the kind of story I've always wanted to read and don't find enough of. A must-read.

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