A witch is cursed to relive a doomed love affair through many lifetimes, as both troubled muse and frustrated artist, in this haunting debut novel.Helen Lambert has lived several lives-a young piano virtuoso in 1890s Paris, an actress in 1930’s Hollywood, a rock star in 1970s Los Angeles — only she doesn’t know it. Until she meets a strange man who claims he’s watched over her for centuries, bound to her from the beginning.At first, Helen doesn’t believe him. Her life is as normal as any other modern career woman’s. Then she begins having vivid dreams about ill-fated love and lives cut short. Caught in a curse, Helen will be forced to relive the same tragic events that ruined her previous lives. But with each rebirth, she’s developed uncanny powers. And as the most powerful version of herself, Helen must find a way to break the curse before her time runs out.
This wasn’t quite the story I was expecting, but oh my goodness I loved it and it grabbed me from the onset. It’s such a beautifully constructed story and totally mesmerising. It was so engrossing I found it hard to put down and I became so caught up in the recurring love and tragedy cycle, literally willing for the curse to be broken. The storyline is unique and imaginative; a woman cursed and doomed to fall in love with the same man in every lifetime, trapped in the same pattern in every life. The novel is rich in historical detail and I particularly loved the descriptions of the setting and fashions of Paris in 1895, which are described in such detail and conjuring up so much atmosphere I felt I was there.
It constantly moves back and forth between eras but there is no confusion, it is beautifully put together and flows nicely. We are introduced to Juliette LaCompte in 1895, Nora Wheeler in 1932, Sandra Keane in 1970 and Helen Lambert in 2012. The main point of view is from Helen who sees the past in her dreams. I really enjoyed Helen’s character progression and she gets stronger and feistier after each reincarnation. She gradually begins to unpick her past and tries to find a solution to break the curse. There is a love triangle romance which is very much in the forefront and an integral part of the story.
The quality of writing is outstanding, it is very cleverly put together and what a fabulous debut novel. It became quite tense towards the end, the last chapter was quite emotionally draining and I may have even shed a tear! I would recommend A Witch in Time if you are a fan of time travel and fantasy, rich historical detail and romance. It is a captivating and magical tale and I really enjoyed my frolic through time visiting the beautiful historical settings. I know that this novel and all the characters in it will be on my mind for weeks. I’m very much looking forward to reading this author’s next novel.
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group UK – Piatkus
Publication Date: 8 October 2020
Page Count: 448
Rating: 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Thank you to the publisher for sending me an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest opinion.
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