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Thorne Manor has always been haunted...and it has always haunted Bronwyn Dale. As a young girl, Bronwyn could pass through a time slip in her great-aunt's house, where she visited William Thorne, a boy her own age, born two centuries earlier. After a family tragedy, the house was shuttered and Bronwyn was convinced that William existed only in her imagination.

Now, 20 years later Bronwyn inherits Thorne Manor. And when she returns, William is waiting. 

William Thorne is no longer the boy she remembers. He’s a difficult and tempestuous man, his own life marred by tragedy and a scandal that had him retreating to self-imposed exile in his beloved moors. He’s also none too pleased with Bronwyn for abandoning him all those years ago.

As their friendship rekindles and sparks into something more, Bronwyn must also deal with ghosts in the present version of the house. Soon she realizes they are linked to William and the secret scandal that drove him back to Thorne Manor. To build a future, Bronwyn must confront the past.

©2020 K.L.A. Fricke Inc (P)2020 K.L.A. Fricke Inc

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  • Becca
  • 22-10-2020

Even Better Than I Hoped!

I was given free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review:

When I saw time-travel, ghost story, romance, and mystery all in one book by one of my favorite authors, I about jumped out of my chair. This was everything I wanted and more, and I finished it in one day, staying up way too late in the process. I only wish there could be more of this book. It's been ages since I've been so sucked into a novel, and I almost want to read it again straightaway. It was that good.

Admittedly, I really came to this book for the Victorian, manor on the moors, romance with a brooding gentleman, but I ended up being just as hooked by the mystery and the way it unfolded. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time, either losing myself in the romance or waiting to see what Bronwyn would discover next. More than once, I was also pretty spooked my the ghosts, but I'm admittedly pretty weak when it comes to horror. The romance was still very much the heart of the story, but the ghosts and the way they interacted with the romance added just enough suspense to keep the pages turning.

Likewise, I absolutely adored both leads and the way their relationship felt so real despite being between a Victorian English lord and a modern Canadian history professor. Both were charming, interesting, realistic, and endearing, and I was absolutely smitten with them and their romance (and the realistic ways they had to manage being in different time periods).

Narration was superb, and she handled accents incredibly well! I honestly forgot it was a woman voicing William more than once.

I would recommend this to fans of romance, particularly historical romance, who want more depth and plot than you usually find in a bodice-ripper. It was perfect for the Halloween season without being too scary, and a truly immersive reading (listening) experience.

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  • Sandra Miller
  • 07-02-2021

three words: verb tense agreement

Ok. so I stumbled on this today and the plot sounded intriguing. This is the first title from this author that I have read. Probably will be my last. I'd give 5 stars for the premise. The concept of an outlander type plot, complete with time travel, ghosts, and a haunting mystery.
However the authors technical skills, or lack thereof, ruined the story for me. I couldn't get past the present/past tense flipping (that sometimes happen in middle sentence). I write as an amateur and that is an epic feaux pas. And to be honest I wasn't fond of the political correctness. I read to escape politics and real life.
all in all good plot. good premise. poor technical writing.

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  • 🎧 Cyndi Marie🎧 ☆★Audiobook Addict★☆
  • 14-10-2020

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I'm going to have to go with 3.75 Stars for this one. This book was a very slow book for 75% of the story but then it got exciting and turned out to have a great ending. I liked how everything wraps up and that we get a happy ending. I have some questions about the time travel that didn't really work for me but all in all most of it made sense. The narration was good, in the beginning I struggled with the accents but I got used to them and was easily able to understand the few characters with the odd accent.

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  • Chandra R Guill
  • 21-01-2021

Fantastic!

I loved this book. It was a great story, well written. The narrator was very easy to listen to. I definitely recommend the book and I have listened to it twice!

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  • Cindyf
  • 28-10-2020

Another great read!

Loved this book! I expected a love story, the mystery was a bonus. I love the combined elements of mystery, love story and the supernatural elements of ghosts and time travel. I love Kelley Armstrong's books because they never disappoint and this is no exception. The narrator does a good job with voices and accents as well.

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  • Heather Woods
  • 19-12-2020

Thoroughly enjoyable...

This is not my normal type of story, and nothing I would have normally purchased. However, I’m a huge Kelley Armstrong fan, and was in between listens and decided to give it a shot while waiting for the new Casey Duncan book to be released. I’m so glad I did. Excellent story, excellent narration. Kelley did it again!

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  • Brian
  • 18-12-2020

Wonderful story; outstanding performance

I love the Otherworld novels by Kelley Armstrong and thought I would give this a try. Truly fantastic. The characters come to life through a combination of superb writing and outstanding performance. More historical romance Kelley! Please!

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  • Katieann8270
  • 05-01-2021

Favorite author

Wonderful narrator for one of my favorite authors. Loved this book so much! Time travel books have always been a favorite of mine!

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  • Bloomings4
  • 22-10-2020

So good!

I absolutely loved this book. I read every Kelley Armstrong book that comes out and was surprised to see a different type of story then I'm used to reading by her, but it is well worth the read. Kelley keeps you on the edge of your seat and pulls you through the mystery as is per usual in any of her books, the time travel however was a very pleasant surprise. As someone who also has read and is obsessed with Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series, it pulled me in all the more with this story. I love how I can never guess the ending or who the bad guy is, and this book as no different in that aspect. I think the only thing that had me a little disappointed was the ending, it seemed a little rushed and overly corny than I'm used to, but that may just be my own opinion. All in all amazing book! I highly recommend everyone to read this one.

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  • Meg
  • 17-12-2020

Loved it!

I love historical time travel stories and this did not dissapoint! I only hope the author continues the story!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-05-2021

Interesting from Start to Finish

After reading lots of previous novels by this Author, I was eager to see what this held in store.
I was not disappointed.
I could picture these spirits described walking the moors, reliving their last moments.
There were enough twists to keep you guessing who the main killer was right until the end.

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  • S. Lacey
  • 16-02-2021

Excellent!!!

I really enjoyed this book! It was so good and I loved Bronwyn & William! The story had a great plot, mystery characters! Highly recommend!

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  • Heather Hatch
  • 10-02-2021

Disappointed

I wish I didn’t have to write this review. I am a huge fan of Kelley Armstrong, in fact it was her Otherworld series that got me back into reading. So I was so looking forward to relaxing and listening to this latest book.
Unfortunately it didn’t take long before my ears were battered with one of the worst Yorkshire accents I’ve ever heard. It was a Yorkshire cup of tea with a spoonful of Scottish/ Irish mixed in.
The English accent was also very predictable.
The narrator herself was very good when using her own voice and told the story well.
The story I found a bit predictable and I’m sure others will enjoy it as a basic love story. But not enough grit in it for me.
I would advise reading the book rather than listening to the audio.

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  • Max Reed
  • 04-02-2021

Fun gothic style story

Fun, enjoyable timeslip and ghost story. Terrible UK accents on Audible. The narrator's UK accents were distracting at first but then were just downright funny.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-01-2021

Easy listening and very enjoyable

Easy listening and very enjoyable, some unexpected twists, but easy to follow. I will listen to this again.

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  • Mr Vlad
  • 05-01-2021

Officially one of my favourite books of K. Armstro

Light and romantic story with a twist. Beautifully written and performed. Highly recommend if you like romance, mystery and paranormal.

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  • J Barton
  • 04-01-2021

OK, not Armstrong's best, terrible accent attempts

I'm a fan of Kelley Armstrong books but found this was probably my least favourite book though the story was OK. I may have enjoyed this more if I had read it as the truly terrible yorkshire accents attempted, which at first made me laugh out loud, became very distracting and meant I couldnt get lost in the story.

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  • Greg
  • 19-12-2020

Hmm

I liked this book but it was very cheesy at times. I felt like it should have had more on the ghosts and less lovey dovey crap, but maybe that's just me. I'm not a fan of cheesy love stories. I did enjoy it though, despite the accents by the narrator being very annoying

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  • Azalea
  • 14-11-2020

Beautiful tale

I loved this book. It was sweet with just enough twists and turns to keep it interesting. The woman narrating the story really brought it to life and is now my favorite narrator.

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  • missusnoh
  • 05-11-2020

Kelly Armstrong writes another great book!

Engaging & enjoyable to listen & read. Brings the book alive. Highly recommended. Try it!

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