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A Witch in Time: absorbing, magical and hard to put down Kindle Edition
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Four lives, one woman, a star-crossed love . . .
In 1895, sixteen-year-old Juliet begins a passionate, doomed romance with a married artist.
In 1932, aspiring actress Nora escapes New York for the bright lights of Hollywood and a new chance at love.
In 1970, Californian musician Sandra's secret love affair threatens to tear her band apart.
And in 2012, Helen is starting to remember the tragic details of lives that never belonged to her.
Bound to her lover in 1895, and trapped by his side ever since, Helen has lived through multiple lifetimes, under different names, never escaping her tragic endings. Only this time, she might finally have the power to break the cycle . . .
Absorbing, magical and hard to put down, A Witch in Time is a heartbreakingly beautiful story about a death-defying love, a time trapping curse and the power of destiny.
'A captivating tapestry of a tale' Gwendolyn Womack
'Sayers weaves a spell of love, lust and magic to create a page-turner like no other' Steph Post
- ASIN : B07ZK932XH
- Publisher : Piatkus (11 February 2020)
- Language : English
- File size : 1471 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 448 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 44,158 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Cleverly written,it isa compelling story, a jigsaw puzzle, with different pieces making the same patterns each lifetime.
We are not destined to remember past lives, but at crucial moments this woman does. Each time painfully recalling previous times.
Usually it's possible to review a book without revealing the plot line, but this time it's a struggle.
This review doesn't do it justice, read it and you will see what I mean.
I was intrigued by the concept of this book, particularly the theme of reincarnation, which is one I generally enjoy. The book started off quite well, with the dinner date between Helen and Luke, a mysterious character, who is a third party in the curse that binds Juliet and Marchant. The chapters then begin to alternate from Helen in an almost modern day America, to Juliet in 1895 France, where we see the initial affair with her and Marchant play out, as well the curse her mother attempts. From here, the chapters continue to alternate between Helen as she tries to piece together her past and attempt to break the curse, and chapters that tell the story of Helen's 2 other lives, as Nora an actress in 1920s America and finally as Sandra, a singer in a band in 1970s. In each of these lives, the reincarnation of Juliet always meets the reincarnation of Marchant, which always plays out tragically and with Luke always involved as a third party.
Unfortunately, whilst I liked the overall idea here, as the book went on the execution of it fell more and more apart for me personally, to the point where I did not actually enjoy the book at all and it felt rather a chore to get through to the end. I have lots of quibbles with it.
Firstly, I ended up disliking all the main characters, which is never a good thing. Helen herself doesn't really have much of a personality, but rather just felt like someone who things happened to and so was almost a non-factor of sorts. From her other 3 lives we spend the most time with Juliet in France. To begin with I didn't mind Juliet, she was a young and naive girl who falls in love and has dreams of a bigger life than that which she lives in her small village. I felt sorry for her as the relationship with Marchant played out, as he was much older and clearly just using her, and in the aftermath of it she goes through some bad experiences in her village. She then goes to Paris, where she lives under the protection of Luke, and this is where I started to find her a bit irritating, as first she just continued to pine for Marchant and then rather suddenly she developed feelings for Luke, and ended up just becoming this very self-pitying sort of character, lost in her own tragedy. Nora had a bit more spunk to her than Juliet, and I had hopes of liking her more in this reincarnation, and whilst this version of her may have been my favorite overall, I still couldn't really connect to her. By the time we get to Sandra, I'd more or less given up on the book anyway, and the character of Sandra did nothing to salvage things.
Marchant in all his reincarnations was unlikeable, and the doomed affair that plays out between him and Juliet in all their lives becomes less and less engaging every time. There is nothing to recommend Marchant ever, and as such it feels implausible as to why Juliet falls for him, and there is never any chemistry between them.
Luke, I initially found myself a bit more intrigued by, as his role in the curse is not immediately apparent. It becomes clear that he is in love with Juliet in all her lives and is doomed to watch her tragedy play out each time with Marchant, knowing there is nothing he can do, which again I liked the idea of, particularly as he is a lesser demon, bound into the curse as a sort of 'administrator' and it is a punishment for him. However, again whilst I initially liked his character and the idea of what he represented, as the lives went on, he too became dislikable and again there was hardly any chemistry with Helen, their whole relationship just feeling forced, and so again there was little investment here.
Parts of the book felt a bit too macabre and darkly occult for my personal tastes. There were lots of secondary characters through the different lives, but again they left little impression. The book felt more and more convoluted as it went on, and with less time afforded to the different lives, it felt harder to connect to the characters and the stories being told.
By the end, this really was just a mess for me and a huge disappointment. I don't think I will be checking out this author again, and cannot recommend the book really at all, as interesting though some of the ideas may have been, they were really poorly handled and this was just bad story-telling.
I wish I hadn't paid money for this book; if witchcraft or paganism is your genre then don't bother because this has more in common with Mills and Boon, TV movies and cheap service station/airport paperbacks. It's pretty awful.