Rose thinks she's going crazy when she hears a strange female voice in her head telling a story. Suddenly, she's compelled to search for her roots, in England and then Italy.

Before she leaves, her husband Matt gives her a journal, in which she recounts the stories told by Rosamonde—the medieval woman whose voice she's been hearing. As Rose hunts for the truth of what it all means, Rosamonde leads her to discover intriguing facts about her ancestors. Experiencing overwhelmingly strong déj` vu in Italy, Rose actually interacts with past family members.

This isn't a traditional romance by any stretch of the imagination. Nevertheless, romantic overtones resonate throughout this compelling novel. I especially enjoyed the way the book went from present to past and back to present. I highly recommend this fascinating novel. (May, 376 pp., $24.95)

Reviewed by: 
Kathy Boswell