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Have any of you found that reading books written by authors you aren’t familiar with but recommended by others can be a bit of a hit and miss affair.  This year going on what I’ve read on ‘book blogs’ I’ve been trying out some ‘new to me authors’ and recently discovered Pamela Hartshorne who is described as an historian as well as a novelist.

Her novel ‘The ‘Memory of Midnight’ was on display at the library, the name rang a bell so home it came. Set in York both in modern times as well as Elizabethan I wondered how the characters mentioned in the book blurb would be linked.

Book Blurb:- One hot day in Elizabethan York, young Nell Appleby is trapped in a wooden chest, and a horror of the stifling dark — and of the man who trapped her – dogs her for the rest of her life. Wed to the sadistic Ralph Maskewe, Nell must find joy where she can, until the return of her childhood sweetheart offers a chance of flight to the New World. Will Nell risk all to escape the dark at last? Four and a half centuries later, Tess and her small son Oscar move to York. Eager to start a new life, away from her overbearing and manipulative husband, Martin, Tess tries to put her marriage behind her.

Well it turned out the author used Time Slip – sort of like time travel but having the two different characters move from one era to another and have similar experiences to each other.  Well at least I think that’s how its meant to be.

The book was readable even if I thought it a bit unlikely.  I thought it was a book for those who like to escape – just like the characters in the book.

Then the day I returned it I notice her earlier novel Time’s Echo so not even looking at the back page blurb and hoping it was different brought it home. (Oh how easily led am I lol) I suppose if an author thinks they are on to a good thing they’ll stick with it – and thats what happened here.   Not quite the same plot but similar circumstances.

Book blurb:- York , 1577: Hawise Aske smiles at a stranger in the market, and sets in train a story of obsession and sibling jealousy, of love and hate and warped desire. Drowned as a witch, Hawise pays a high price for that smile, but for a girl like her in Elizabethan York, there is nowhere to go and nowhere to hide. Four and a half centuries later, Grace Trewe, who has travelled the world, is trying to outrun the memories of being caught up in the Boxing Day tsunami. Her stay in York is meant to be a brief one. But in York Grace discovers that time can twist and turn in ways she never imagined

I did become engrossed in the storyline and given I didn’t give up on it when I realised it was written in the same style I will say it was not quite my cup of tea.

The Memory of MidnightTime's Echo

Pamela Hartshorne talks here on the appeal of the Time Slip genre
Lower down in this Wikipedia article there are supposedly true cases of time slip instances.