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The Seventh Miss Hatfield by Anna Caltabiano
  

The Seventh Miss Hatfield

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A neat little book containing a very big idea. The first few chapters move very fast, plunging a young girl into an unknown world where time travel and immortality are possible and spitting her out again into the New York of 1904. There the adventure and mystery slow down to be overtaken by a turn-of-the-century love story. Unfamiliar with the restraints and customs of this era, the girl leads the reader on a charming journey into awakening romance. However the secrets of the past and the future will not let her go. As I said, the first few chapters of this book are really something, setting up a premise that I hope will lead to many more such novels.

If you like Anna Caltabiano you might also like to read books by Jude Morgan, Audrey Niffenegger and Helene Wecker.

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The Seventh Miss Hatfield by Anna Caltabiano

Rebecca, a 15-year-old American, isn't entirely happy with her life, comfortable though it is. Still, even she knows that she shouldn't talk to strangers. So when her mysterious neighbour Miss Hatfield asked her in for a chat and a drink, Rebecca wasn't entirely sure why she said yes. It was a decision that was to change everything. For Miss Hatfield is immortal. And now, thanks to a drop of water from the Fountain of Youth, Rebecca is as well. But this gift might be more of a curse, and it comes with a price. Rebecca is beginning to lose her personality, to take on the aspects of her neighbour. She is becoming the next Miss Hatfield. But before the process goes too far, Rebecca must travel back in time to turn-of-the-century New York and steal a painting, a picture which might provide a clue to the whereabouts of the source of immortality. A clue which must remain hidden from the world. In order to retrieve the painting, Rebecca must infiltrate a wealthy household, learn more about the head of the family, and find an opportunity to escape. Before her journey is through, she will also have - rather reluctantly - fallen in love. But how can she stay with the boy she cares for, when she must return to her own time before her time-travelling has a fatal effect on her body? And would she rather stay and die in love, or leave and live alone? And who is the mysterious stranger who shadows her from place to place? A hunter for the secret of immortality - or someone who has already found it?

About the Author

Anna Caltabiano was born in British colonial Hong Kong and educated in Mandarin Chinese schools before moving to Palo Alto, California; the mecca of futurism. She lives down the street from Facebook in the town where its founders reside, along with the pioneers of Google and Apple. Caltabiano's high school classmates are themselves an eclectic mix: the lost offspring of ultra-wealthy Silicon Valley magnates, aspirational internet entrepreneurs and Stanford philosophy professors.

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Publication date

30th November 1999

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Anna Caltabiano

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Hardback

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9781473200395

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