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Love Lost in Time

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This dual-timeline story set in France is full of mystery and intrigue and will appeal to lovers of romance and historical fiction.

Synopsis

A gripping dual-timeline tale of love, death and redemption set in beautiful south-west France.

AD 2018
Languedoc, south-west France

Madeleine Winters discovers ancient female bones under her kitchen floor. How did the woman end up buried, all alone, in that particular spot in the Cabardès hills?

And why was her back broken?

AD 777
Septimania, on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea

Seventeen-year-old Nanthild must marry Count Bellon of Carcassonne, a Visigoth, as part of his peace agreement with Charlemagne. As a wise-woman, she continues to visit those in need of her help during Bellon’s frequent absences. Not even her children stop her from following her calling.

But dangers lurk on her journeys, and one day, Nanthild doesn't return home…

In Charlemagne’s time a young woman named Hilda has been betrothed to Count Bellon of Carcassonne, a man she barely knows. She is nervous about her wedding to a man who lives a so far from her home and helps protects Septimania for Charlemagne, a position coveted by others. Despite their rocky start, she comes to love Bellon. Her new position as countess doesn’t stop her from following her calling as a wise-woman, but Septimania is a dangerous place and she can’t escape her enemies forever.

 

In the present, Madeleine has moved back to France following her mother’s death to renovate the house and sell it. Madeleine isn’t thrilled about the prospect of staying in the area, but that begins to change when she meets her handsome neighbor. Then strange things start happening in the house. When she searches for the cause of the events, she discovers bones under her kitchen floor. Madeleine sets out to determine what happened to the dead woman and bring her peace. Along the way she learns to find her own peace.

 

The interweaving stories of the present and past work well together. Hilda’s story gives more weight to Madeleine’s mysterious discovery and Madeleine’s story helps tie up the end of Hilda’s. This will be a great match for those who like stories that shift between the present and past. While there is mystery and intrigue, the romance helps lighten up the story to keep it from getting too tragic as does the happy ending. I can see this appealing to romance and historical fiction fans. Madeleine’s story adds a contemporary touch for those who don’t like stories too heavy on the history, giving this book wide appeal.

 

I gravitated more toward Hilda’s story than Madeleine’s, but I tend to favor historical over contemporary. I personally found myself favoring the excitement of the dangers Hilda faced over Madeleine's contemporary romance. The paranormal elements in Madeleine’s story were also accepted rather quickly, which meant I had to suspend my disbelief a few times.


Overall I recommend Love Lost in Time to those who love stories that intersect the present with the past with a dash of intrigue and romance.

 


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Synopsis

A gripping dual-timeline tale of love, death and redemption set in beautiful south-west France.

AD 2018
Languedoc, south-west France

Madeleine Winters discovers ancient female bones under her kitchen floor. How did the woman end up buried, all alone, in that particular spot in the Cabardès hills?

And why was her back broken?

AD 777
Septimania, on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea

Seventeen-year-old Nanthild must marry Count Bellon of Carcassonne, a Visigoth, as part of his peace agreement with Charlemagne. As a wise-woman, she continues to visit those in need of her help during Bellon’s frequent absences. Not even her children stop her from following her calling.

But dangers lurk on her journeys, and one day, Nanthild doesn't return home…

Prologue

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The hills near Carcassonne, Septimania


She woke to complete darkness. 

As she tried to blink, earth covered her eyes. The dull thud of pain pounded in her head. She lifted it, only to find that she could not move. Her hands were tied behind her back, and her full weight bore onto her wrists and fingers. She could not feel her legs, as if they had dislodged.

Breathing was impossible. She opened her mouth to cry out, but all that emerged was a bare whimper, a sound suppressed by earth and stones. She spat but there was nowhere for it to go. The earth turned to sticky mud as it mingled with her saliva. 

In desperation, she swallowed, gagging. But with every short breath she took, more earth blocked her nose. 

Then her memory returned. And with it the terror.

He had buried her alive. 

‘I curse you and your offspring in perpetuity…’ 



About the author

I write historical mystery and romance set in the Scottish Highlands, medieval England and ancient France. My novels often contain murder and political intrigues, but with a strong romantic thread throughout. After many years in Scotland, I now live in south-west France. view profile

Published on November 28, 2019

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80000 words

Genre: Historical Mysteries

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