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A Shadow of Time Consumed by a childhood filled with terror and pain Kellyn O’Brien strives to create the perfect familyThen disaster strikes Her husband is dead Three weeks later she discovers her son is heir to Shadow Ley a nineteenth century estate located in the Sierra Nevada foothills Still reeling from Michael's death Kellyn moves to Shadow Ley Soon after her arrival the ordinary becomes the extraordinary broken drinking glasses repair themselves stair rails that were once old are now new and suddenly the estate of Shadow Ley is not what it seems She turns to the local historian and hears the tale of Shanahobet the portal guardian and the Hutto pah a tribe of Native Americans related to the Maya She meets John a doctor who experiences visions of other times and places Her dreams turn into nightmares with windows into past lives hints of multidimensionality and the promise of life beyond death Legends abound and so Shadow Ley the home Kellyn had hoped would bring peace to herself and her children becomes mired first in doubt then in terror and finally in love eternal

9 thoughts on “A Shadow of Time

  1. says:

    A Shadow of Time by Louann Carroll was a little different story from my usual read I seldom have dreams about novels I’m reading but this one must have hit a nerve It scared me Of course I like someone to try to scare me Kellyn O’Brien has just been widowed has a young son and is four months pregnant Not a position most young women would want to find themselves in On top of that she learns her husband lied to her from the start about his family He told Kellyn he’d been adopted the same as she had been After he dies Kellyn is left pretty much penniless but she soon learns her son has inherited her husband’s family home After the shock wears off she learns she could be set up pretty much for life with both children all she has to do is move into Shadow Ley a large home located in the California foothills with her children Doesn’t seem like much of a hardship until she gets thereShadow Ley is not what it first appears There is strange goings on there such as rooms that magically clean themselves furniture and floors repaired right in front of them And there could be a djinn living beneath the enormous home named Shenahobet a guardian of sorts and he might have evil in mind where Kellyn her kids and her new friends are concerned Kellyn and her friends soon learn they have in common than they thought even All of them have experienced strange dreams about past lives but after Kellyn’s arrival what were once only strange dreams become realistic visions during the daylight hours Everyone is at a loss as to the meaning behind themA Shadow of Time is a novel one has to pay close attention to because of all the different twists and turns we take not only in the present but with lives they may have lived in the past How much of their past lives are connected to the present or even the future? Shadow Ley and Shenahobet are the connection Kellyn needs to figure out before one or all of them ends up hurt or killed Somewhere in the past a wrong was done and if they don’t find a way to correct it these friends are destined to keep reliving it over and over again I enjoyed this story and the twists and turns involved as it escalates toward a surprise ending

  2. says:

    Kellyn is torn between keeping her growing family safe fed and living in a home; and leaving the only place she's known as home Without Michael it's going to be hard and it's already breaking her heart All she's ever really wanted was a home and a familyShadow Ley looms in her future but can she live there so far from home? She decides yes if it will mean she doesn't have to worry about her children But there's something strange going on inside the house and all the legends say Shadow Ley is hiding a secretThen into her life strolls Dr John Aldrich and the dreams start sometimes with Michael and sometimes with another and sometimes with the reincarnated image of John and she discovers than life extending beyond the mortal existence but planes of existence that she can't even begin to imagineThe uestion becomes even though Shadow Ley holds her past and her present can she her children and her new love John survive the entity existing within its walls? Will it contain her future? Or bring her death?A Shadow of Time by Louann Carroll is aptly named it is but a shadow of time shown through the multidimensional layers of existence Are these layers planes existing all at the same time? Are the shadows of the past? Visions from another time? Kellyn is both disturbed and intrigued the legends surrounding her new home are mystifying And the old caretaker he seems to appear from nowhere and disappears just as uickly Then the anxiety attacks start again making her uestion even her ability as a mother Can she do this? Bring a new baby into her life when already she's struggling to keep Scotty and herself together? She has to make the best of it Shadow Ley and the fortune attached to it is her only hope When the enigmatic doctor walks into her life she drawn and not only by the man he is now but the one who visits her dreams can they be one in the same? As terrified as she is she comes to realize that her only hope for peace is to discover the answers and the destiny of Shadow LeyA Shadow of Time is a mesmerizing read It captured my attention and held on to the very last page and I have to say I love the cover the timepiece fits the story perfectly I found myself relating to the main character Kellyn both disturbed and intrigued The being living within Shadow Ley has been trapped and denied for so long and now it's hungry in fact it's starving It craves human interaction it craves the souls of those living within its walls it craves what it can't have and demands It promises Kellyn peace and happiness and only brings chaos John doesn't want Kellyn living in the old monstrosity but he's almost as drawn to the place as she is It wants to capture him as well revealing truths from the past but will it be their future or swallow them whole? Will it trap them use them or will they break free slay the monster and live happily ever after?A Shadow of Time tells a twisting story multidimensional much like the planes existing in the story It's also a bit of a ghost story a bit of a horror story and a bit of a love story It's a tale of twisted realities past and present interposed on each other If you love a tale that makes you uestion reality you'll love A Shadow of Time I certainly did Ghost story lovers need to pick this one you you'll be surprised at the depth of the story that lingers after the pages are finished Paranormal Romance lovers will also love this story of love and redemption You'll want to give it a try

  3. says:

    A Shadow of Time by Louann Carroll is a rich complex story Carroll deftly leads us through interweaving the past with the present and taking us from the normal to the supernatural Her characters are realistic and likable The heroine Kellyn is well written and easy to care about Kellyn's love for her son and unborn child act as the catalyst that lands them in Shadow Ley her late husband's family homeWinding through dreams of the past to decipher the mysteries of the present Kellyn and her friends inevitably move into areas none of them had ever imagined literally figuratively and magicallyThe story is an easy fast read that leads to a satisfying and surprising ending If you like fast paced supernatural stories with twists and turns this is a very good one Enjoyable well executed and fun

  4. says:

    I was honestly expecting just another generic ghost story but A Shadow of Time was incredibly surprising It was detailed vibrant and very well written definitely a book that any horror or thriller fan would greatly enjoy

  5. says:

    I was intrigued from the beginning to just before the ending I was not taken by the supernatural ending I don't think death was needed to bring an ending to the story

  6. says:

    This has a fast paced storyline that I thoroughly enjoyed I have never heard of ley lines before and discovered they run all over the world I love the building romance between Kellyn and John I had a good visual of the story and it played out in my imagination like a movie If you like paranormal novels this is a good one to check out

  7. says:

    A Shadow of Time Louann CarrollAn interesting paranormal mysterylove story this book manages to cover numerous eras throughout history all the way back to the ice ages and maybe furtherKellyn is a young widow with a three year old and three months pregnant Shortly after the death of her husband Michael she gets a strange call from a law firm claiming to represent Michael's parents will This is strange to Kellyn because Michael had always told her that he had also grown up an orphan not knowing any family and longing for family and a place to call their own Now with his death Kellyn wonders if anything her dead husband had ever told her was true She mourns his passing her loss and is angered by what she feels to be his betrayalThe lawyers say that for her son to inherit the family estate fortune Kellyn must agree to move just outside of Jackson and living in the family house until he reaches his majority That is the only way that Scott will get the urgently needed funds And Kellyn refuses to allow her kids to grow up anywhere near the way she did She will give them a stable home food clothing and love for their entire lives Upon her arrival in the strange new town Kellyn discovers what she pictured as a charming Victorian is well not Larger than anticipated the house is not what it seems Surprisingly Kellyn uickly meets a few people in town that almost instantly become her closest friends ever which is challenging for Kellyn since she'd always been shyThe four of them soon discover they have in common than anticipated Even the mother of Kellyn's new best friend Connie becomes involved in this mystery they must unravel Luckily for them Leanore is not only Connie's mother she is also a spiritualist who may be able to assist them before time runs out for all of them AgainDecent character building in this book and some very well crafted visual imagery The plot begins a bit slow but once the characters are established the story really takes off from there The energy builds to a fever pitch near the end of the bookUnfortunately like another of Ms Carroll's books I felt cheated by the end Too much was left unfinished It is almost as if the books will become the first in two different series there is that much important material left unexplained Possibly intentionally? But as of this review I am unaware of a second book in the works for this or Gemini Rising Maybe I'll create my own reality in which all my uestions get answered either in the original books or in seuels Until then I then I suppose I will need to make do with the rather somewhat harsh concept that the ending was published while still in draft form

  8. says:

    Louann Carroll’s A Shadow of Time is an interesting mix of suspense romance and supernatural that keeps you on the edge of your seat Kellyn O’Brien is a strong heroine who is mourning the loss of her husband as she unravels the truth about his family and Shadow Ley the family home that her young son has inherited The house which has its own host of secrets proves to be a character in itself providing a very creepy undertone I enjoyed seeing a mother as a protagonist and Kellyn is fiercely protective of her son and her unborn child This is a story with multiple layers and some surprising twists and the plot moves smoothly between present and previous lifetimes Recommended for those looking for a suspenseful tale with supernatural and spiritual elements But you may want to read it with the lights on

  9. says:

    Kellyn O'Brien must find a way to deal with the death of her husband and process the secrets and lies he's told her throughout their relationship in order to raise her children with safety and security Unfortunately a mysterious perhaps even haunted house stands in the wayA Shadow of Time is a great story with paranormal elements gothic horror elements and even some tribal and multidimensional elements thrown in for good measure It has all sorts of things that readers of good fantasy paranormal enjoy with some mystery to bootA fascinating tale with interesting characters and lots of secrets and mysteries to be revealed will keep you reading until all hours of the nightCheck this one out

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