Author: Diana Murdock
Published: June 8th 2010 by Diana Murdock (first published June 4th 2010)
Page Count: 240
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Shelf: Review Copy
Synopsis from Goodreads:
ONCE UPON A TIME…
LADY CATHERINE, a medieval noblewoman has it all: Beauty, wealth, and a handsome, valiant knight whose love for her knows no bounds. Though secretly holding out for a love that would consume her, she acquiesces her fate to wed this knight, a man she loves no more than she could a brother. But a chance meeting with a devastatingly handsome merchant shakes the very foundation of her world, compelling her to act and think in ways she never thought possible.
LOVE CAME BACK TO HAUNT HER…
ERYN REXFORD, a modern-day photographer, has everything many women dream of: Beauty, wealth, a sexy and successful husband, a career she loves, and a beautiful house nestled in a community of beach homes. But passionate love, the one thing she longs for, she learns to live without, until recurring dreams and visions spark memories of a life lived long ago and of a man whose love promises to follow her through time. Eryn recognizes a whisper of that promise in the eyes of a handsome stranger who stays close enough for her to notice, but not close enough for her to remember.
LOVE HAS NO BOUNDARIES…
Two women, born centuries apart, both accept lives of obligation and responsibility; lives without passion, with men who would claim them for their own. Until, that is, a chain of events complicates things in ways they never imagined, all because of one man’s love for a woman…a love that crosses through centuries to find her again.
Adult-content rating: This book contains content considered unsuitable for young readers 17 and under, and which may be offensive to some readers of all ages.
Having never been a fan of novels that jump back and forth in time, I wasn’t too sure what to think about this novel from the synopsis. That said, Murdock took a bit of an off-kilter topic and wove it into a brilliant tale of love triumphing through the ages.
The novel itself jumps back and forth between the turn of the 16th century and the present day. Even with all of this time travel on the part of the reader, we experience two separate stories with very distinct correlations. The separation between the two stories never becomes muddied. I did spend some time at one point wondering which character in the past became which character in the present, but I found that it greatly increased my captivation with this novel.
The characters that grace the pages of this novel are amazing. Each and every one of them is lifelike, even the minor characters. They are all well rounded in a way that allows to reader to connect with them. Many of the characters evoke strong emotions in the reader, be they positive or negative.
The astounding imagery that Murdock employs in her writing brings her words to life without the need for long, drawn out descriptions. Both worlds were vividly real and very distinct while remaining true to the intended scenes. At times, I felt like I was walking along the cliffs with one character or jogging on the beach with another. Murdock’s way with words and writing style kept me captivated throughout this very well written novel.
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