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by Ciji Ware

Genre: Historical Romance, Paranormal
Setting: England, 1700s


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Not since Anya Seton's classic time-travel / reincarnation romance Green Darkness have I been so entranced by the compelling mixture of history blended with past and present lives.

Ciji Ware is a true master at bringing to life a story so fascinating that it should come with a warning-Do not start unless you want to be up all night!

Recovering from a traumatic divorce and her sister and husband's betrayal, Blythe Barton Stowe rents a cottage in Cornwall hoping to find peace and renewed self-confidence.

Lucas Teague is trying to restore and maintain his family home and renting out the cottage is one way to help with the expenses. From the moment Blythe arrives, Lucas knows she is special and her remarkable resemblance to the first Blythe Barton adds to her mystery.

Blythe is fascinated with her connection to the Teagues and through a magical genealogy chart she finds a way to shift through time between the 18th century and today.

Blythe discovers that, like herself, the original Blythe was embroiled in a love triangle, but unlike the present-day Blythe, she disappeared and left a void in the family tree.

As Blythe returns time and again to the past, she begins to understand the intricacies of her ancestor's tangled relationships, and her own life, and is ready to battle the present and find a better future.

A COTTAGE BY THE SEA is peopled with characters who will capture your imagination. Whether or not you believe in reincarnation, you'll believe in the ability of love to transcend time and place and the wonder of Ciji Ware's writing. Superb! (Apr., 452 pp., $22.95)

Reviewed By: Kathe Robin

Publisher: Random House

Published: April 1997

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