The Silent Touch of Shadows by Christina Courtenay
The Silent Touch of Shadows by Christina Courtenay is two stories in one. We meet Melissa Grantham first, a professional genealogist who is a single mother trying to get by. She is a history lover and once she receives an invitation to visit her family’s ancestral home, she can’t refuse. But, she starts having visions and vivid dreams upon her arrival about a medieval young woman and a forbidden love, and she is determined to solve the mystery. Jake Precy, owner of a nearby cottage, has always had similar dreams, and upon meeting Melissa, there is an instant connection and he begins to wonder why. We soon learn the real truth and that these two are already entwined … and maybe have been for the past few hundred years.
I was pleasantly surprised as I flipped through pages of The Silent Touch of Shadows. Upon reading the synopsis, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, and even more so curious upon learning that there is a ghostly presence in the story … but it isn’t at all what you think once you dive in. This book is a love story unlike any that I’ve read before and I found it fantastically written. I loved the historical pieces the most and thought they added a very authentic feel to the story. I also loved the mysterious presence that was always present around the story. Overall, a really unique read.