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Still grieving the death of her husband, Lauren leaves the hubbub of Boston for the peaceful shores of Cape Cod, where she hopes to come to terms with her loss and devote herself to her writing. Historic Holland House, isolated on a hill overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, seems like the perfect refuge, until Lauren discovers that she’s not alone, and her ghostly roommate might be none other than Sophie Holland, the mysterious first mistress of the house.

With the help of a handsome doctor with an interest in local history, Lauren is soon drawn out of her self-imposed exile as she sets out to learn what happened to Sophie and stumbles onto a story worth writing about.

©2020 Merlin Press LLC (P)2020 Irina Shapiro

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Overly Sad and depressing

I kept hoping it would get better as it got further into the story, it did not. The historical heroine is plagued by tragedy and unhappiness. Too much so even for the times. I found myself skipping forward through the ridiculously long, tragic descriptions of her circumstances.
The modern heroine is likeable, but the author tries too hard to make her mysterious and stretch out her situation longer than is needed.
And finally, then ending is somewhat abrupt and unsatisfying.
I wanted to like this book, but I really just suffered through it.
The narrator was very good and I would enjoy hearing more of her work.

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Wow!

This book was fantastic! You won't be able to put it down. You have to finish to find out what will happen next. Irina Shapiro has definitely outdone herself with this one .

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Speechless 😍

Irina Shapiro is genius , She amazes me every time I read er book 📖!Her writing is so unique. 10000 ⭐️

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Just couldn’t stop listening

A tale of broken hearts, renewed love, passionate embraces between two time period that will lead you to not want to stop listening.

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Just Ok for me

I was not a fan or the narrator. I’m not sure what it was about her voice that was distracting for me. The plot was interesting, but it was over explained in parts and then rushed at the end for me. Also some of the dialogue between characters was cheesy. That also distracted me from enjoying it more. I listened to this after binging on all the Kate Morton books on audible and it was kind of a let down comparatively. It wasn’t a terrible book just not my favorite.

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highly recommended!

i loved this book! the narrator brought Irina's amazing story to life! it was an amazing story full of pain, love, paranormal encounters, and mystery! I would highly recommend it!

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Enjoyed

I enjoyed this book very much. Wonderful love story. Narration of Ryan and Loren could have been smoother. I found it a bit choppy and short. I would definitely recommend this book.

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WOW! I LOVED it! MAKE A SEQUEL!

I am a huge fan of Irina Shapiro's work. I highly recommend The Wonderland Series, Echoes from the Past series, Precious Bones, the Inheritance, etc. This book captured my attention from start to finish. I loved the narrator and the characters. The adept way that Ms. Shapiro weaves the past and present story lines keep me interest and engaged. I also looooovvveeee a good ghost story and this one was so heartfelt!!! I would love to see a second edition to this book where I could find out what happens with Lauren's future and to Sophie's children. I don't want to give any spoilers!
-Amanda Parks

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good story line

I thought the story was good. I very much, DONT, like reading the gory details of someone else's sex life. this book, was chocked full, of sex, very descriptive. I don't think I will read any more of her books. Not over fond of the voice inflections of the reader. I paid for it, so I saw it out

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I really loved this book..but the narrator

I really loved this book from start to finish but I did not care for the narrator. She almost sounded like she was crying the entire time or wanted to cry and spoke sooo slow. The story was filled with tragedy so I get it but I had to speed the book up to 1.2x for it to sound normal (if that makes sense) otherwise I may have never gotten through it.

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  • 05-13-20

Great Novel

Absolutely loved it. One of Irina Shapiro best. Easy story to get into. Very engaging. Highly recommend.

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  • Claire Stevens
  • 11-18-20

Heartbreak, love and tragedy.

Loved it. I didn't expect what was coming at any point. Loved the flip between time lines aand connecting the two. Lovely ending.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-05-20

story of loss and hope

loved this offering from Irina. what a skilled storyteller. the plot twisted and turned and kept the reader involved. more please ms Shapiro !!