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The Silent Touch of Shadows

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Selected by Sarah Broadhurst

Winner of the Best Historical Read Award from the Festival of Romance 2012.

An intriguingly romantic and supernatural time slip mystery from Award winning historical novelist Christina Courtenay. Could the vivid life like dreams that Melissa Grantham and fellow villager Jake Precy are having be a message from the sprit world - and if they are what are they trying to tell them?

Choc Lit, the publisher of this novel, was the 2012 Publisher of the Year as voted for by the Festival of Romance.

If you like Christina Courtenay you might also like to read books by Lisa Jewell, Audrey Howard and Valerie Wood.

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The Silent Touch of Shadows by Christina Courtenay

What will it take to put the past to rest? Professional genealogist Melissa Grantham receives an invitation to visit her family's ancestral home, Ashleigh Manor. From the moment she arrives, life-like dreams and visions haunt her. The spiritual connection to a medieval young woman and her forbidden lover have her questioning her sanity, but Melissa is determined to solve the mystery. Jake Precy, owner of a nearby cottage, has disturbing dreams too, but it's not until he meets Melissa that they begin to make sense. He hires her to research his family's history, unaware their lives are already entwined. Is the mutual attraction real or the result of ghostly interference?

Reviews

This suspenseful, parallel, historical, time travel, paranormal is one huge page turner. It is not difficult to believe every scene and follow Melissa's frightening journey into the cruel past. This reader was thoroughly swept away by the good description, believable emotion, and language appropriate for the timeframe of each scene. Ms. Courtenay is a skilled storyteller.


About the Author

Christina Courtenay

Christina Courtenay lives in Herefordshire and is married with two children. Although born in England she has a Swedish mother and was brought up in Sweden. In her teens, the family moved to Japan where she had the opportunity to travel extensively in the Far East.

Christina is vice chairman of the Romantic Novelists’ Association. In 2011, Christina’s first novel Trade Winds (September 2010) was short listed for The Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Award for Best Historical Fiction. Her second novel, The Scarlet Kimono, won the Big Red Reads Best Historical Fiction Award. In 2012, Highland Storms (November 2011) won the Best Historical Romantic Novel of the year award (RoNA). And The Silent Touch of Shadows (July 2012), Christina’s fourth novel, won the award for Best Historical Read at the Festival of Romance.

Christina was appointed as chair of the Romantic Novelists’s Association in 2013.

Below is a Q & A with this author.


Where and how do you write?
I can write anywhere with my laptop, but my favourite place is at my desk with a proper keyboard (so much easier to type on!). I don’t do much plotting beforehand, I just sit down and write until I get stuck, then I might try and make an outline plan of where the rest of the story is going.

Who do you base your characters on?
I almost always use a real person (actor, celebrity, rock star or similar) as the inspiration for my characters’ looks, then I invent a completely new personality for them. I love going to the cinema and finding new hero/heroine material!

What three things would you take if you were to be stranded on a desert island?
My iPad (loaded with as many books as it would hold), chocolate and a Swiss Army knife I think (the biggest kind with every gadget under the sun).

Author photo © Marte Lundby Rekaa

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Publication date

5th July 2012

Author

Christina Courtenay

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Publisher

Choc Lit

Format

Paperback
336 pages

Categories

Sagas and Romance
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
Adult & contemporary romance

ISBN

9781906931766

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