Lost Echoes, A Time Travel Romance by Rob Shelsky
Peter Vincent, a young stockbroker, journeys back in time to Elizabethan England, searching for the beautiful woman of the portrait, the tempestuous Aurea Pentrose. Finding her, he falls hopelessly in love, but is it a star-crossed romance? History says Aurea is soon to disappear, murdered under mysterious circumstances. Can love find the way? Can the two save their love from this fate? Peter and his green-eyed Aurea struggle amidst court intrigues and dark conspiracies. They must discover what is to happen before it is too late! Set against the sweeping backdrop of real events and characters of Elizabethan England, this story is a race against time itself. Will Aurea and Peter change destiny, or are their hopes destined for failure, their love fading away down the centuries into mere Lost Echoes?
When Peter finds a miniature portrait of Aurea Pentrose in an antique store in Boston, he becomes infatuated with her image. The shopkeeper tells him she has an unfortunate life, that she disappears from Hampton Court Palace, shortly after the painting is finished. It is presumed she was murdered.
Transferred to England, Peter is intent on seeing the last place where Aurea lived, so he journeys to Hampton Court. There, through some mysterious agency, he is thrown back in time and meets Aurea for real. He falls in love with her. But whoever or whatever is allowing him to move through time doesn't ever let him stay long. And somehow, despite this, he must make Aurea realize he is not a demon or ghost, and convince her that her life is very much in danger. There are plots at court, conspiracies to topple Queen Eliabeth The First from her throne. And somehow, Aurea is involved in all this. Can Peter save her? Can he cheat fate? Will Aurea love him back? And even if she does,can the two of them find some sort of happiness, torn as they are between two very different worlds?
A miraculous love, but one that must battle merciless foes, survive desperate situations, and even challenge fate itself! Can Peter and Aurea's timeless passion endure the tests of time? Or will their love fade away through the centuries, destined to become mere Lost Echoes?
Devil's eyes; the thought leapt unbidden to Aurea's mind. They had such a look to them as could make young girls surrender up their very souls, as well as other things...
Peter stopped some paces away from her. For long moments, they just stared at each other. The silence seemed to buzz it was so loud.
She could bear the suspense no longer. "What are thee, demon, or ghost?" Although Aurea's voice echoed loud throughout the empty chamber, it carried a tremulous note. "And who sent thee? Are you just earthbound, oh spirit, and denied heaven's blessed entry, or of hellish origin?"
A slow smile creased the man's face. His eyes glittered with a sudden humor. "I could ask the same of you." His voice was low, husky. "But to me you appear as an angel from above and certainly no demon. You're very beautiful. Did you know that?"
This gave Aurea pause. Was one supposed to be able to converse with a ghost, especially so charming a one? Demons most assuredly could talk for they tempted and enticed, but could ghosts speak? They wailed and moaned perhaps, but surely, they didn't carry on such flattering conversations?
"Stop your blandishments and name yourself, as well as your place of origin." Aurea's voice still quavered as she said this, disproving her brave words. "Who and what are you? Spirit, I demand to know."
"I'm Peter, Peter Vincent. And I'm a man who's come far to find you. Look." He fumbled for the jewelry box in the pocket of his coat. He pulled it out and opened the lid. Peter held it out for her to view.
"See this? It's what brought me to you. I've crossed an ocean and I don't know what all else to find you. I just thank God, I did. You're every bit as wonderful as your painting showed you to be."
Just then, a faint waver passed over him, causing his image to shimmer, but then the effect faded. Aurea ignored the phenomenon and concentrated instead on what the spirit held. She gasped. Her right hand flew to her alabaster throat in surprise. There could be no doubt. The little painting was a portrait of her!
"Now see here, Sir Ghost." It came out as more of a croak. "Where did you obtain this? What dark arts did you use to conjure this thing, evil one?"
The young demon who called himself Peter threw his head back and laughed. It was a melodious sound and pleasing to Aurea. Extra pleasing, she felt, when one considered it came from a dead person, or something of similar ilk.
A most charming demon, this one, she thought, but then Aurea had no prior experience of what to expect from such as he. Maybe all demons were this way. Or maybe, he was better at it then most. She'd have to be on her guard.
"Don't you feel something special, Aurea?" he asked. "Don't you feel something marvelous? I do just looking at you."
She flushed. This was getting out of hand. Aurea decided to go on the offensive. "You know my name, Sir Ghost, or whatever creature you are. How is this possible? Is it one bandied about in the pits of Hell? Am I so already fallen?"
He laughed again, revealing the whitest teeth she had ever seen and then said, "I guess you could call the Twenty-First Century hell. Some do and in some ways, the name does fit. But from what I've read of your period, it isn't any better. Probably, it's worse in fact. Aren't your people always chopping off each other's heads? Even your royalty does it to each other a lot, don't they?"
"How dare you? It isn't fit for a lowly spirit to speak ill of our monarch. Even for such a handsome and comely ghost as you!"
"Oh-ho, so you think I'm good looking? You do come right out with it, don't you?" Peter's gaze traveled over her body, as if he was now making his own appraisal.
Aurea bit her lower lip and flushed again, this time a much deeper red. She shouldn't have said that. What had possessed her to say such a thing? Somehow, it had just slipped out. This demon was indeed a devious one to make her speak her mind so plainly and so quickly, too!
Lost Echoes by R.R. Shelsky
When Peter finds a miniature of a beautiful girl in an antique shop and the owner gives the history of the girl who was at Hampton Court Palace at the time of Queen Elizabeth the 1st's reign, he decides that as he is going to London to work he has to visit the Palace.
The girl's name is Aurea and she is a handmaiden to one of the palace ladies. Peter's attraction to her causes him to time travel to Aurea's time and finds the attraction mutual.
This is a story full of intrigue and tension as well as romance. When Peter realises she cannot leave her time because it might endanger her parents who are catholic, he decides to stay and help her. Many dangers face the couple and the author keeps the reader on the edge of seats with the tension of the story. The characters are brilliant, so well thought out and they grab the attention whether they are friend or foe and it is not easy to work out who are Aurea and Peter's friends and who are their enemies. The court is full of intrigue and is a constant threat to Aurea and Peter's safety.
The author has done the research of the time period so well. The reader will feel part of court life and will understand that there was a lot of bad feelings toward the queen as well as loyal supporters.
I found this story fascinating with believable characters and a wonderfully intriguing setting. The tension and excitement was so real from beginning to end.
This is a book well worth buying and gets a 5 rose review from me.
Reviewed in March 2007 by Mary.
Review: Lost Echoes by Rob Shelsky
When Peter Vincent sees a portrait of Aurea Pentrose, he immediately feels fascinated by her beautiful face. It is as if he sees more than only the painting. The expression on the woman’s face is giving him the feeling that she wants to tell him something.
It’s obvious that Peter is falling in love with Aurea but this is an impossible love, since she died a few centuries ago.
We’re going back in time to the year 1586.
Aurea likes the peace and silence of the country. When she’s told that it’s time for her to go to the court , in the hopes of finding a husband, she’s not very happy. She doesn’t want to go, she wishes to stay with her aunt where she feels save. But it's something she has to do so she has no choice.
Peter travels to Elizabethan England, he'll try to find out and see for himself where Aurea was born, where she lived and died. He doesn’t understand why but it’s just something he has to do. When he visits the Castle where Aurea lived, somehow he has the ability to travel back in time. Aurea sees a young man coming near her, it seems as if he suddenly just came out of the sky or something. And he’s so unusually dressed…
Lost Echoes is a story that takes us back in time. A man is desperately looking for a girl he doesn’t even know. The only thing he knows is that he has to find her and save her from something.
Rob Shelsky has written a wonderful love story. It fascinated me from the first page 'till the last. Travel along with Peter to England in the 16th century, and see if he can save his beloved Aurea…
"Rob Skelsky has written an exciting book full of Elizabethan religious persecution and treacherous maneuverings. The heroine and hero are adorable in their innocence and their interactions. Aurea, with her strong minded behavior, will quickly captivate the reader; while Peter gains your admiration for his determination against incredible odds. Their fledgling romance will appeal to many a romance reader's tender heart. This is a great read." Reviewed by Kathy for Coffee Time Romance, 3 CUPS "I'm pleased to recommend this tale to any romantic who enjoys a fun read. Time travel into one of the most interesting eras in history is a plus. Talented author Rob Shelsky weaves the emotions and two disparate times into a story that will keep you reading. Enjoy." Reviewed by Anne K. Edwards of Mysteryfiction.net "Lost Echoes is a star-stunning read. Take a wonderful journey into the lives of Peter and Aurea where love abounds with a simple touch of their hand or a warm gaze as they stare into each other's path, while overcoming some harsh obstacles. They are truly refreshing?Rob Shelsky has a winner in this fabulous tale filled with romance that touches the reader. With a well-crafted storyline and a wonderful plot? this is one entertaining story." Reviewed by Linda L of Fallen Angel Reviews, 4 ANGELS "Rob Shelsky has written a wonderful love story. It fascinated me from the first page 'till the last. Travel along with Peter to England in the 16th century, and see if he can save his beloved Aurea." Reviewed by Annick Lost Echoes is about two people who against all 'normal' odds of time and space are meant to be together. Its romance at it's best, with all the angst of not knowing how long Peter and Aurea will be together and if time will tear them apart. And I enjoyed the fact that the characters were described with such historical accuracy. Just by reading it I could see the 16th century--the fashion, the fervor of religious differences and the reign of Queen Elizabeth the first. I'll admit I love time travel romances and Lost Echoes did not disappoint. I think if you believe that love can overcome all then you will enjoy this book." Reviewed by Janet of Once Upon a Romance
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