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Abby’s senior year of high school is going according to plan: good friends, cute boyfriend, and college applications in the mail. But when Dante Alexander, foreign-exchange student from Italy, steps into her life, he turns it upside down. He’s mysterious, and interesting, and unlike anyone she’s ever met before. Abby can’t deny the growing attraction she feels for him. Nor can she deny the unusual things that seem to happen when Dante is around.

Soon Abby finds herself drawn into a mystery whose roots reach into sixteenth-century Florence, and she uncovers a dangerous truth that threatens not only her future but the lives of those she loves.This award-winning YA love story is the first in a trilogy.

©2011 Lisa K. Mangum (P)2011 Shadow Mountain

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  • Willa
  • 24-04-2013

Good Book Poor Narrator

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A well written story but predictable. I would highly recommend purchasing the book instead of the audiobook. The narrator is absolutely dreadful and lacks the talent to do the book justice.

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  • Tina
  • 08-07-2020

Loved it

Bought first on cd. Liked it soooooo much, bought on Audible. Will keep listening, always.

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  • Trent Gividen
  • 02-11-2018

Great listening!

Loved this book, and its others that go with it! It really took time to write the details of time and dimension, and very impressed with how it all was laid out. I actually listened to this multiple times and enjoyed it.

I would say choosing an Italian is perfect for this storyline. Great job!

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  • Audinette
  • 09-01-2018

Suspend disbelief in the time travel mechanism used here and the story becomes more enjoyable.

The basis of the time travel door invention was too hard to swallow but by suspending disbelief, the other fantasy components make it easy to follow along and like the story.

Narration and writing was good.

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  • poppymom23
  • 12-01-2017

great book

I really loved this book. The author made a good reader for her book,

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-09-2020

The narrator ruined my enjoyment of this book.

The story is fairly good, if a little immature at times, however the worse part of this book was the woman who read it. I can not believe someone was paid to do a performance of reading this book, considering there was no performance. The narrator read the whole book in one voice/tone never distinguishing between characters so at times made the story hard to follow as you became unsure of who was saying what, as there was no change in voice/tone when reading different character parts. Because of this i did not enjoy the book as much as maybe i would have if it had been read by a narrator who brought the book to life. I would listen to the second book for the continuation of the story, however if it was read by the same narrator this would put me off purchasing the next book.

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  • P.
  • 21-11-2016

A welcome surprise!

This was a wonderfull introduction in spacetime, extra dimentions, anthropocentric principle, art and love, in fundamental questions of philosophy about human existence. I would preferred it if the characters were older. Fortunately they are not annoying as most of literature characters of their age are. I feel lucky that I discover this now that all three books are out. I am rushing to next full of excitement.

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