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Travel back to the Civil War and Reconstruction
Reviewed in the United States on June 28, 2020
This book includes two of Karen White’s early novels: “In the Shadow of the Moon” and “Whispers of Goodbye”. In the first, Laura and her husband find an old plantation home while searching for their new house. Laura is completely taken by it, despite it not being for sale. When she knocks on the door, the woman who owns it seems to be expecting her and shows her an old picture around the time of the Civil War that has a woman who looks remarkably like Laura. They arrange to buy the house and they move in prior to the birth of their daughter. Laura is hit by a series of tragedies, and on a lunar eclipse, she is pulled back into the past. There she continues her search and befriends the family now living at the house. She works to survive and solve the riddle of how to return to her present. But feelings begin to emerge, both for the family and for a particular man, and she knows she must do everything she can to save them from the upcoming destruction before she returns. In the second novel, Catherine leaves her home in the Reconstruction south based on a desperate plea from her sister. When she arrives, her sister has vanished, but she is welcomed by her sister’s husband and is shocked to see that her sister now has a daughter. Something is not right in the household, and Catherine begins to see disturbing things that she is having trouble explaining. When her sister turns up dead, her relationships become more complicated and she must decide where her loyalties lie. The book definitely has shades of the fairytale Bluebeard, but keeps you guessing until the suspenseful climax.