by Marcia Maidana

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Could there exist a love powerful enough to overcome the grave?

Hard times during the Great Depression force nineteen-year-old Florence to leave her service at the monastery and seek employment. Fate brings her to work for a wealthy recluse, General Alexander Sterling. Despite many daunting events and a meddling housekeeper with dark secrets of her own, Florence and the General find themselves falling deeply in love.

What she doesn't know is that General Sterling has left his native country escaping a painful past, one he yearns to forget. Destiny won't allow it as he meets Florence, whose resemblance to his deceased wife is unbearable. Could Florence actually be the same woman who still owns his heart and haunts his dreams?

When their blossoming romance is shattered by an explosive truth, a mysterious stranger gives her an opportunity to go back in time to unlock the secret to her existence. Florence must strive to return to the present time to save their relationship from the imminent danger that awaits them.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940158672071
Publisher: Satin Romance
Publication date: 06/27/2017
Series: Shadows of Time , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 374
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

I was born and raised in Argentina during the military regime which ended with the loss of many young lives in the invasion of the Falkland Islands. Amidst the devastating effects of military government and war, reading and writing became a passion which expanded and transported my imagination with the possibility of a brighter future.

At the age of eighteen, I moved to the United States, where I studied English and started my own family. I soon discovered that the love I have for my husband and children would naturally unfold towards my European roots, leading me to become a genealogist and family historian. A decade of searching, compiling, and learning the stories of thousands of people has instilled in me a profound gratitude for the strong ties that can be achieved in families through personal sacrifice.

So it is that through fiction, Awaken explores and exposes the characteristics of true love and loyalty in times of fear, war, and finally, death. But perhaps the most captivating element in the story is the battle within the souls of the main characters as they search to know who they really are and how they are connected.

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Awaken 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read each word of the first 100 pages and then skipped briefly to the middle and then to the end. I was glad I did. The story was too convoluted and unreal.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Arya Fomonyuy for Readers' Favorite Awaken, Shadows of a Forgotten Past by Marcia Maidana is a beautiful blend of mystery and romance, with enticing elements of the supernatural, a book that will appeal to fans of time travel and romance. Set against the backdrop of the Great Depression, the reader meets a nineteen-year-old girl, Florence, who has to leave behind her work at the monastery to look for a job. She is employed by a loner, the rich General Alexander Sterling. Her boss is a troubled man, with very dark secrets, haunted by a past he wishes never existed. General Alexander feels strangely connected to his employee and as though he were seeing his dead wife in her. The reader follows these two compelling characters as they brave all obstacles, fast falling in love with each other. But their romance won’t last long when the past catches up with their present. Thanks to a stranger, Florence must travel back in time to reconnect with her destiny, but can she return in time to the present to save their relationship from grave danger? I was pulled in from the very beginning of the story and I enjoyed how the author portrayed elements of the setting, immediately drawing the reader’s attention to the hardship Florence experienced. Character development is top-notch and the reader can’t fail to connect with the characters. The plot is well-imagined and constructed to move fast. The story is told in excellent prose, filled with emotionally rich text and powerful descriptions that capture elements of the plot. Awaken, Shadows of a Forgotten Past is a work of great entertainment, a tale with deep characters and an emotional intensity that will keep readers focused. Marcia Maidana has the gift of sustaining the reader’s curiosity for as long as her story lasts. She is a mistress in the art of entertainment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In this beautifully written book, you will be taken on a journey through time to try to solve a mystery as a love story unfolds that transcends time and space boundaries. As you get to know Florence Contini, General Sterling, and Mrs. White, you will be hoping that on the next page, the answers will be found to the mystery of their troubled past. They are all connected, but how? In a twist that will leave you reeling, you will find out why true love really does conquer all, and you will be anxiously awaiting a sequel to this book when the last page is read. The combination of suspense and fantastically clean romance provides a reading experience unlike any other! The imagery is crystal clear, and you finish this novel wondering if these people really lived! A definite must read. Well done, Marcia Maidana!
BeccaO More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! From page one, I was captivated and wanted to learn the mystery behind Mr. Sterling's past. Florence is a 19-year-old girl who was searching for employment during the rough times of the Great Depression. Through this search, she found employment at a large estate with some interesting characters as the residents. Florence's curiosity leads her to discover secrets and mysteries about the estate and it's owner, despite the frequent warnings given to her by the housekeeper. There is something different about her employer and the way he acts around her and she is determined to find out his past. "Awaken" is a great romance for all ages. The book is beautifully written and keeps you enthralled during the entire read. I would highly suggest this book to anyone who loves to be thrown into the past by a good, clean romance.