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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. What will it take to put the past to rest? Jack Precy, owner of a nearby cottage, has disturbing dreams too, but it's not until he meets Melissa that they begin to make sense.
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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 influence? Melissa slowly uncovers the tale of her ancestor Sibell's love for handsome knight, Sir Roger. Promised to another man, Sibell defies her domineering father to be with Roger. But does Roger keep his vow to be with Sibell for eternity?
Melissa desperately needs to find out Product Details About the Author. About the Author Christina Courtenay lives in Herefordshire and is married with two children. Although born in England, she is half Swedish and was brought up in Sweden. In her teens, the family moved to Japan and she had the opportunity to travel extensively in the Far East and other parts of the world.
Her hobbies include genealogy, archaeology the armchair variety , listening to loud rock music and collecting things.
She loves dogs, reading and chocolate. Show More. Average Review. Write a Review. The Silent Touch of Shadows 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. AvidRomancer More than 1 year ago Great romance set in England during present day and during the 's.
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Close to the Wind. What would you give to be free? Georgiana da Silva is catapulted out of the Victorian Cross Stitch. A stitch in time may save nine but a cross-stitch spells disaster …It should be A stitch in time may save nine but a cross-stitch spells disaster …It should be the happiest day of her life. Jamie is instantly tempted by the challenge she presents. But when it becomes clear that Zarmina's step-son is involved in the plot, He begins to see another side to her - a dark past to rival his own and a heart just waiting to be thawed.
But is it too late? There is nothing like a little ghostly carrying on to make for an amusing, lighthearted, romantic read which this most certainly is. That the subject of a portrait should speak to Kayla, our heroine, makes you suspend your disbelief. That the artist is Gainsborough is even more incredible but settle into this bewitching tale for it is predictable, charming and well worth curling up with.
Choc Lit, the publisher of this novel, was the Publisher of the Year as voted for by the Festival of Romance. An addictive mix of humour, surprise and several scoops of teenage romance. A new departure for award winning Choc Lit author Chistina Courtenay. With very different rules she struggles to fit in and when she starts falling for the hot guy with tattoos it can only get more complicated In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for New England Rocks a small number of teenagers were lucky enough to be invited to review this title. Here's a taster I absolutely loved it!
The orphaned daughter of a Japanese Warlord is forced to flee Japan with the help of Captain Nico Noordholt but their tentative romance is threatened by secrets they both have and the English civil war. Meticulous research and well-drawn characters make this a highly enjoyable read. An intriguingly romantic and supernatural time slip mystery from Award winning historical novelist Christina Courtenay. Could the vivid life like dreams that Melissa Grantham and fellow villager Jake Precy are having be a message from the sprit world - and if they are what are they trying to tell them?
Although following on from the excellent Trade Winds, which was shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists' Association's Pure Passion Award for Best Historical Fiction this is a romantic and historical novel that can equally be read as a stand alone story and it's as good if not better than Trade Winds.
A fabulous setting - Scotland - coupled with some vivid characters that provide romance and heartache in equal measure. As with many of the books published by Choc Lit this one is a real treat. November Book of the Month. Following on from the success of her first novel Trade Winds which we featured The Scarlet Kimono is another beautifully written, historically accurate story with a real romance at its heart.
Hannah Marston is a head strong girl who stows away on a ship bound for 17th-centrury Japan. While the journey on board is seemingly endurance enough, things take a turn for the worse after she is abducted by samurai warriors. But can fear turn to love?
December Book of the Month. It's a real pleasure to read a well written, historically accurate book, that is still a romance novel at it's heart! In Trade Winds we have not one but two villains attempting to disrupt and destroy the life and happiness of the heroine, an heiress who has been swindled out of her inheritance. However help and support is on hand from a handsome Scotsman, who understands her plight as he has been disinherited himself.
Go on indulge yourself As the velvet cloak of moonlight settled over the ruined towers of Raglan Castle, the shadows beneath them stirred When newly widowed Tess visits Raglan Castle, she experiences an extraordinary vision that transports her to seventeenth-century Wales and a castle on the brink of a siege.
Even when Tess leaves Raglan to return to Merrick Court, her late husband's home, the strange dreams continue as her life becomes increasingly intertwined with the past. And when the new owner of the estate arrives - New Zealander Josh Owens - the parallels become even more obvious. But perhaps the visions aren't just trying to tell their own story, maybe they're also giving a warning Nagasaki, Temperance Marston longs to escape England and explore the exotic empire of Japan.
When offered the chance to accompany her cousin and Captain Noordholt on an expedition to Nagasaki, she jumps at the opportunity.
On a foolhardy venture she meets Kazuo. Kazuo is fascinated by her blonde hair and blue eyes, but he has a mission to complete: Kazuo must restore his family's honour. But when Temperance is kidnapped, he has to make a decision - can he save her and keep the promise he made to his father? Can an impossible love become possible? Nagasaki, Temperance Marston longs to escape war-torn England and explore the exotic empire of Japan. When offered the chance to accompany her cousin and Captain Noordholt on a trading expedition to Nagasaki, she jumps at the opportunity.
However, she soon finds the country's strict laws for foreigners curtail her freedom. On a dangerous and foolhardy venture she meets Kazuo, a ronin. Kazuo is fascinated by her blonde hair and blue eyes, but he has a mission to complete and he cannot be distracted. Long ago, his father was accused of a crime he didn't commit - stealing a valuable jade lioness ornament from the Shogun - and Kazuo must restore his family's honour. But when Temperance is kidnapped and sold as a concubine, he has to make a decision - can he save her and keep the promise he made to his father?
Amelia Ravenscroft is desperate to escape her aunt's home where she endures life of drudgery, whilst fighting off her lecherous cousin. When she overhears Viscount Demarr confiding in a friend that he needs to marry at once , she boldly proposes a marriage of convenience. Amelia soon proves herself a perfect fit for the role of Lady Demarr. But their blossoming relationship is blighted by suspicions regarding Amelia's past. Will they find, all too painfully, that if you marry in haste you repent at leisure? How do you start a new life, leaving behind all you love?