I’ve been on a dual-timeline narrative bender lately (see my review of The Lake House), so I picked up a copy of A Witch in Time at Barnes&Noble on a weekend trip just before the coronavirus pandemic hit.
The protagonist is Helen Lambert, a high-powered DC publisher, who is reeling from a recent divorce and goes on a blind date with a man named Luke Verner. They had never met, yet Luke looks familiar, and in the course of the evening Helen learns of a secret behind the unhappy turn of events in her life: she is living – or rather reliving – a hundred-year-old curse.
The story takes us on a tour of both sides of the Atlantic, beginning in late 19th century France where a young farm girl named Juliette is seduced by a talented but unscrupulous artist. Juliette’s mother dabbles in witchery, and after she botches a spell to rid her daughter of her unborn child, everything goes wrong. Juliette and her lover are condemned to being reborn in various places, including Hollywood in the 1930s and 1970s Los Angeles. Moreover, Juliette cannot live past 34, the age her mother was when she died.
Through a series of vivid dreams as well as guidance from Luke, who is her protector through the lives, Helen learns that she is the fourth reincarnation of Juliette. Even worse, her 34th birthday is fast approaching. With time running out, Helen must find a way to break to curse, not just to save her life but to stop the cycle from repeating endlessly.
If you like historical mysteries, you may enjoy Silent Water, a Jagiellon Mystery Book 1, set at the 16th century royal court in Cracow. It’s available in ebook and paperback on Amazon and FREE to read on Kindle Unlimited.