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  • Posted January 7, 2014

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    Many Genres Represented in This Unique Read

    Jan Scarbrough has crafted a unique story with an intriguing blend of the paranormal and gothic that brings two lost souls together after lifetimes apart. Though the story moves at a slow pace and has an overly obvious villain whose ending isn't near satisfying enough, I still found this a compelling read that brought the past into the present courtesy of a dead little girl with a heart of gold.

    Beth grew up knowing she was given away and felt resentment towards this unknown woman for being abandoned. Life hasn't been easy as it's just her and her ailing birth mother struggling to make ends meet, until this unknown woman sends her lawyer with a life-altering opportunity. Beth has always feared taking chances but for the monetary help it will bring she agrees to go stay and learn the ropes of running a bed and breakfast. The moment she enters her new home she has visions from the past, makes a connection to a ghostly child, and finds the love of a lifetime. For such a young and seemingly naive girl these are big changes that she accepts easily. Very little ruffles her feathers which leads her more than once into dangerous situations with a charming but cruel young man who has a unique connection to her. Beth is ultimately likable and seeing her finally released from the unknown feelings of guilt that have always weighed on her is satisfying to see.

    There's more to Jeff than what there seems at first. Since 9/11 he's hidden away, working at the bed and breakfast and being a supportive presence to the former owner and now Beth. He's an older and wiser man who's seen terrible things that he's still dealing with. He's a quiet yet comforting soul who's also able to commune with spirits, though fear holds him back from using his ability to the fullest. Though he's constantly having to save Beth from her own poor choices he never becomes exasperated with her. He accepts her completely and it's their combined strength and love that finally puts the past to rest so they can make a future together.

    This was a slowly evolving story that combined the past and present in a unique and ultimately satisfying way. The romance between Jeff and Beth bubbles under the surface from the very beginning and culminates in a very lyrical sexual interlude that sets the stage for them to both excise their personal demons. Ms. Scarbrough has written a memorable story for true romantics at heart and leaves me wanting to read more from her.

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  • Posted January 2, 2014

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    Warm, Romantic, Timeless

    They say things happen for a reason, when they are supposed to happen. Is that fate? Something else? Timeless by Jan Scarbrough is a story of acceptance, inner growth and the connection of love. Beth knew she was adopted, knew she was loved, times were tough for her and her mother, both emotionally and financially. When a man claiming to be the attorney for the estate of Beth’s recently deceased birth mother shows up saying she will inherit her wealthy mother’s estate, things appear to be looking brighter, but as with all things that seem too good to be true, there is a catch. A very big catch. What Beth never expected when she moved into the historical Bed & Breakfast she had inherited was that she would feel a connection to the older man running the home. She certainly never expected to meet the resident ghost, a young girl from long ago, trapped and unable to move on. Was the young child harmless? Did she have unfinished business to attend to? What was she to Beth? Was she the cause of Beth’s nightmares and dreams of people she had never known? Jeff Halstead has his own secrets, but even he cannot explain the magnetic pull he feels to Beth. Is the young girl from long ago the key to unraveling past lives and past truths that have lived on in the hearts and souls of Beth and Jeff? Is she condemned to an existence without eternal rest??

    Far from dark and scary, Jan Scarbrough’s Timeless is an wonderfully enchanting read that blends history with the present in a beautifully structured manner that flows through each page. The world she has created is detailed in its backgrounds and filled with dialogue that feels natural while keeping a veil of mystery throughout. Well done with a mellow pace and perfectly pitched high points!

    I received this copy in exchange for my honest review as part of the TIMELESS Book Tour & Giveaway stopping at Tome Tender January 6, 2014

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  • Posted October 2, 2013

    Jan has hit another homer with this book!  This story was comple

    Jan has hit another homer with this book!  This story was completely different from any of the stories in Jan's Kentucky series and was totally unexpected.  But I was surprised by joy as I read it.  It is not a paranormal, though many who read it might be of that opinion.  To me it is a spiritual story, a story involving Beth's vivid dreams about a long ago time that eerily seemed real because of their connection to the visible ghost that inhabited Beth's inherited bed and breakfast mansion. The developing romance between Beth and Jeff, the manager of the bed and breakfast, was also eerily reminiscent of long ago characters in Beth's dreams.  It is a story of wonder, of hope, of love and of making peace with the past.  In short, it was a wonderfully crafted story that kept me enthralled from beginning to end.  

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