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A Witch in Time Kindle Edition
Helen Lambert has lived several lives-a young piano virtuoso in 1890s Paris, an actress in 1930's Hollywood, a rock star in 1970s Los Angeles -- only she doesn't know it. Until she meets a strange man who claims he's watched over her for centuries, bound to her from the beginning.
At first, Helen doesn't believe him. Her life is as normal as any other modern career woman's. Then she begins having vivid dreams about ill-fated love and lives cut short.
Caught in a curse, Helen will be forced to relive the same tragic events that ruined her previous lives. But with each rebirth, she's developed uncanny powers. And as the most powerful version of herself, Helen must find a way to break the curse before her time runs out.
A Witch in Time is a bewitching tale of passion, reincarnation, and magic perfect for fans of A Secret History of Witches and Outlander.
Praise for A Witch in Time:
"A sweeping story of magical, star-crossed love, as glamorous as it is romantic. Prepare to be dazzled."―Alma Katsu, author of The Hunger"Incredibly engrossing and decadent in all the best ways, A Witch in Time is a sumptuous story of love and loss that's perfect for fans of historical fiction with a touch of fantasy."―Hypable
"A narrative rich in historical detail, brightened by flashes of humor, and filled with colorful characters and fascinating settings. A most rewarding read!" ―Louisa Morgan, author of A Secret History of Witches
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"Fresh and original... a narrative rich in historical detail, brightened by flashes of humor, and filled with colorful characters and fascinating settings. A most rewarding read!"―Louisa Morgan, author of A Secret History of Witches
"A sweeping story of magical, star-crossed love, as glamorous as it is romantic. Prepare to be dazzled."―Alma Katsu, author of The Hunger
"Sayers cleverly twists the loves-lost-through-time motif....A smart, engrossing debut from a writer to watch."―Kirkus
"I fell in love with Sayers' perfectly plotted debut. There's history and romance, humor and heartache, Paris and Hollywood, and a protagonist who's bewitching no matter the decade. It's time travel with a fresh twist!"―Karin Tanabe, author of A Hundred Suns
"Fans of Deborah Harkness will devour this page-turning tale of love, reincarnation, and dark magic. A highly unique and enjoyable read!"―Hester Fox, author of The Witch of Willow Hall
"Incredibly engrossing and decadent in all the best ways, A Witch in Time is a sumptuous story of love and loss that's perfect for fans of historical fiction with a touch of fantasy."―Hypable
"With lush historical details and a wicked sense of humor, A Witch in Time fully immerses the reader in the story of Helen and her fated demon, unpacked like nesting dolls across time and lives, fortune and chance. From Belle Epoque France to modern-day D.C., from worlds pastoral, decadent, flashy to commercial, Sayers weaves a spell of love, lust and magic to create a page-turner like no other. All the thrill of a Discovery of Witches, with all the mystery and epic romance of Richard Matheson's classic Somewhere in Time."―Steph Post, author of Miraculum
"Sayers traverses time periods effortlessly with lush, graceful descriptions....This spiraling narrative will appeal to fans of historical fiction and complicated love stories ."―Publishers Weekly --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B07RKW28HG
- Publisher : Redhook (February 11, 2020)
- Publication date : February 11, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 1445 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 449 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #44,409 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed my time reading this book. Each life that is lived is uniquely different but also seamlessly connected. Juliet, Nora, Sandra, and Helen give this story just the right amount of punch. Even though you are reliving the stories over again and again, you never truly know how the story is going to ultimately play out. There were times where I thought I knew exactly how each story was going to go only to be sadly mistaken. These woman go through more then any woman should have to.
I wish we got to explore a little more of the magic system. I understood it but I wanted more of it. There wasn't enough time spent with the magic. Also the ending, although very satisfying, felt rushed just a tad.
Constance Sayers really hit it out of the park with this debut. If you are fans of Outlander or historical fiction then please give this a whirl. I don't see it being talked about at all.
TRIGGER WARNINGS FOR RAPE, SUICIDE, MURDER, DRUG ABUSE, PHYSICAL ABUSE, MISCARRIAGE, LOSS, ETC. This is a very dark novel and it is not afraid to go there so be careful.
Frustrated with not having enough time to sit and read the book, I ended up purchasing the audio version as well so I could finish it more quickly. It's a little bit Night Circus, Time Traveller's Wife, and Outlander, but so uniquely it's own, too. You’ll fall in love!
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I was intrigued by the concept of this book, particularly the theme of reincarnation, which is one I generally enjoy. The book started off quite well, with the dinner date between Helen and Luke, a mysterious character, who is a third party in the curse that binds Juliet and Marchant. The chapters then begin to alternate from Helen in an almost modern day America, to Juliet in 1895 France, where we see the initial affair with her and Marchant play out, as well the curse her mother attempts. From here, the chapters continue to alternate between Helen as she tries to piece together her past and attempt to break the curse, and chapters that tell the story of Helen's 2 other lives, as Nora an actress in 1920s America and finally as Sandra, a singer in a band in 1970s. In each of these lives, the reincarnation of Juliet always meets the reincarnation of Marchant, which always plays out tragically and with Luke always involved as a third party.
Unfortunately, whilst I liked the overall idea here, as the book went on the execution of it fell more and more apart for me personally, to the point where I did not actually enjoy the book at all and it felt rather a chore to get through to the end. I have lots of quibbles with it.
Firstly, I ended up disliking all the main characters, which is never a good thing. Helen herself doesn't really have much of a personality, but rather just felt like someone who things happened to and so was almost a non-factor of sorts. From her other 3 lives we spend the most time with Juliet in France. To begin with I didn't mind Juliet, she was a young and naive girl who falls in love and has dreams of a bigger life than that which she lives in her small village. I felt sorry for her as the relationship with Marchant played out, as he was much older and clearly just using her, and in the aftermath of it she goes through some bad experiences in her village. She then goes to Paris, where she lives under the protection of Luke, and this is where I started to find her a bit irritating, as first she just continued to pine for Marchant and then rather suddenly she developed feelings for Luke, and ended up just becoming this very self-pitying sort of character, lost in her own tragedy. Nora had a bit more spunk to her than Juliet, and I had hopes of liking her more in this reincarnation, and whilst this version of her may have been my favorite overall, I still couldn't really connect to her. By the time we get to Sandra, I'd more or less given up on the book anyway, and the character of Sandra did nothing to salvage things.
Marchant in all his reincarnations was unlikeable, and the doomed affair that plays out between him and Juliet in all their lives becomes less and less engaging every time. There is nothing to recommend Marchant ever, and as such it feels implausible as to why Juliet falls for him, and there is never any chemistry between them.
Luke, I initially found myself a bit more intrigued by, as his role in the curse is not immediately apparent. It becomes clear that he is in love with Juliet in all her lives and is doomed to watch her tragedy play out each time with Marchant, knowing there is nothing he can do, which again I liked the idea of, particularly as he is a lesser demon, bound into the curse as a sort of 'administrator' and it is a punishment for him. However, again whilst I initially liked his character and the idea of what he represented, as the lives went on, he too became dislikable and again there was hardly any chemistry with Helen, their whole relationship just feeling forced, and so again there was little investment here.
Parts of the book felt a bit too macabre and darkly occult for my personal tastes. There were lots of secondary characters through the different lives, but again they left little impression. The book felt more and more convoluted as it went on, and with less time afforded to the different lives, it felt harder to connect to the characters and the stories being told.
By the end, this really was just a mess for me and a huge disappointment. I don't think I will be checking out this author again, and cannot recommend the book really at all, as interesting though some of the ideas may have been, they were really poorly handled and this was just bad story-telling.
Cleverly written,it isa compelling story, a jigsaw puzzle, with different pieces making the same patterns each lifetime.
We are not destined to remember past lives, but at crucial moments this woman does. Each time painfully recalling previous times.
Usually it's possible to review a book without revealing the plot line, but this time it's a struggle.
This review doesn't do it justice, read it and you will see what I mean.
I wish I hadn't paid money for this book; if witchcraft or paganism is your genre then don't bother because this has more in common with Mills and Boon, TV movies and cheap service station/airport paperbacks. It's pretty awful.
In 2012 Helen is the latest version of 1895's Juliet. En route, Luke Varnier turns up in various guises to drop hints about what has gone before and what to expect.
Unless the spell can be broken, Helen has only a month to live.
Welcome here a novel certainly different, intriguing too. The 1895, 1995, 2012 sequences work best. Ones in between arguably less so - although in them all there is a good evocation of different places, times and attitudes.
It is interesting how each reincarnation of Juliet leads to memories of the past appearing in dreams as well as disturbing hints of what is to come. Also appealing is how each new characterization has inherited skills of predecessors - most dramatically one with no skills at the piano suddenly playing like a virtuoso.
Many will enjoy the telling exactly as it is. Others may find concentration wavering, especially in the Nora and Sandra sequences.
In short? The outcome has impact, perhaps rather less so because of the time spent getting there.