Combining the language, humor and manners of Jane Austen’s era with charming characters and colorful storytelling, PERSISTENCE OF MEMORY is a mystery, a love story, and a speculative novel about accidental time travel.
Charlie Lowe has two obsessions: saving the Stoneford Village Green from unscrupulous developers and researching her ancestor, Louis Augustus Duran, whose mysterious origins perplex her.
When a freak lightning strike and a rogue computer virus send her back to 1825, Charlie discovers she must persuade a reluctant Sarah Foster to marry Duran, or two centuries of descendantsincluding herselfwill cease to exist.
Unfortunately, Louis Duran turns out to be a despicable French count who spends his days impregnating a succession of unfortunate housemaids and attempting to invent the first flushing toilet in Hampshire.
A hopeless romantic, our heroine does her best to encourage the happiness of those who surround herbut will she be able to mend a matrimonial wrong, restore the Village Green to its rightful owner and, of foremost importance, conclude the tale in the company of the gentleman with whom she was always meant to be?
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Find this review and more at Lusty Penguin Reviews! Winona Kent writes a beautifully entertaining accidental time travel romance in Persistence of Memory, the first book in the Memory Book series. Kent does a compelling job of blending time travel, historical romance, mystery, and science fiction that completely draws the reader into the story. I thoroughly enjoyed how Kent interconnected all of these aspects and really made them work together. Widow Charlotte “Charlie” Duran Lowe loves researching history, including her family ancestors and the history of her small town, Stoneford. As such, Charlie works at the local museum as a docent, giving tours about their town in the old days fully dressed in Regency period clothes. When Charlie decides to save the Village Green from developers, a freak storm sends her back in time to 1825. While there, Charlie finds herself in the unique position of being able to solve the mystery of who owns the Village Green. It’s a good thing that Charlie loves history so much because she is able to blend into her new time fairly easily. Charlie is an open-minded character who fully embraces the new opportunities presented to her, which I just loved about her. Within social norms of the time, Charlie struggles to maintain her independence, which I loved about her too. Little did she know that Mr. Shaun Deeley would rekindle a fire in that she thought died with her husband. The chemistry between Charlie and her Mr. Deeley is endearing as they get to know each other and fall in love. Nick Weller, Charlie’s friend, has a theory that our DNA holds the memories of our ancestors, which plays an intrinsic role within the story, which I just adored. With his physics background, Nick works tirelessly to bring Charlie back to her own time. Kent dramatically balances multiple story lines and emotional plot twists, engaging the reader right up to the stunning conclusion that I cherished. A perfectly blending of multiple genres and an engrossing couple make Persistence of Memory a sweet and delectable read and a wonderful beginning to a new series. I am really looking forward to future adventures with Charlie and Mr. Deeley. I received an eBook copy of the book for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.