Andrea Matthews is the pseudonym for Inez Foster, a historian and librarian who loves to read and write and search around for her roots, genealogical speaking. She has a BA in History and an MLS in Library Science, and enjoys the research almost as much as she does writing the story. In fact, many of her ideas come to her while doing casual research or digging into her family history. She is the author of the Thunder on the Moor series set on the 16th century Anglo-Scottish Border, and the Cross of Ciaran series, where a fifteen hundred year old Celt finds himself in the twentieth century. Andrea also writes historical mysteries under the pen name I. M. Foster. Her series A South Shore Mystery is set in the early 1900s on Long Island. Andrea is a member of the Long Island Romance Writers, the Historical Novel Society, and Sister in Crime.
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Will and Maggie are just settling down in the twentieth century, intent on restoring the Foster’s peel tower, when Will finds himself thrust momentarily into the past. Though he’s unable to interact with it, acting as an observer rather than a participant, he’s nonetheless shaken by the experience. The vicar suggests he speak to Richie Carnaby about it, who much to Will’s surprise, has apparently been doing some time traveling of his own.
Though shocked at first, Will soon accepts Richie’s presence in the twentieth-century and is comforted to hear that the former Land Sergeants has experienced the same odd interludes himself. Unfortunately, Richie has no explanation for the events either. Even stranger, he appears unable to recall certain events from his sixteenth-century past, events he should be well aware of.
Richie’s information, it seems, has presented more questions than answers, but when a message from Dylan is discovered, urging Will and Maggie to return to the past or risk altering history, Richie’s amnesia takes on a new significance. Could his lack of memory be due to simple forgetfulness or are they the result of a tear in the fabric of time caused by Will and Maggie’s untimely departure? If that is the case, they have an even bigger problem?
When Will returned to the twentieth century, the amulet was empty. The stone had completely disintegrated, leaving Will and Maggie firmly planted in the twentieth-century. How are they to return to the sixteenth-century and repair the rent in the patchwork of time when they have no way of making the journey? Could Dylan have an answer? Or more importantly, has he left them a clue, or is their world destined to be seriously altered?
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