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Chasing Shadows by T. A. Williams
Amy had it all – money, brains and beauty. And then the accident happened.
The Present Day: Left blind and without her family, Amy feels she needs to get away. On a trip along the Camino, she is accompanied by the mysterious and troubled Luke. Having been set up to help Amy by a mutual friend, Luke finds he is also running from his past…
1314: A Templar Knight, Luc, is also running. He meets the wife of a former comrade, now blinded in a terrifying attack: Aimee. Taking her under his wing, they must journey together through a dangerous world.
As they travel through the stunning scenery of Northern Spain, this couple, so very like Luke and Amy, emerge from the shadows of time carrying a treasure of inestimable value.
Information about the Book
Title: Chasing Shadows
Author: T. A. Williams
Release Date: 16th January 2017
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33401178-chasing-shadows
Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01N6GGI1G
I have thoroughly enjoyed everything I have read by this talented and highly entertaining author and, although a written in a totally different style, this is another total winner for me. The other stories I’ve read by him were romantic comedies but this is a timeslip story involving the main characters Luke and Amy in the present day and Luc and Aimee in 1314.
In both cases, the leading lady has lost her sight in the last few years and they are being escorted along the Camino by the male character. This gives superb opportunities for the author to have Luke and Luc describe the landscape, other people and even the food to the lady they are guiding. The author’s love and intimate knowledge of both the area and its history shines through as it is brought to life in the imagination of the reader as both couples pursue their adventures through this dramatic landscape. The couples’ stories complement each other, sometimes mirroring aspects but it is the contrasts that build up as the stories progress.
The adventures of both couples are full of twists and turns, this is another enthralling page turner that I have no hesitation in highly recommending. Whilst this is a different genre of story, the author’s skilled writing makes the two timelines work well together and I felt invested in both couples throughout the story. I was particularly impressed with how the story continued to flow even with the timeslip elements. I hope the author will do other stories in a similar vein in future – as well as more of the romcoms that I just can’t help giggling my way through, of course!
I was gifted a copy of this novel by the publishers via NetGalley and this is my honest review after choosing to reading it.
My name is Trevor Williams. I write under the androgynous name T A Williams because 65% of books are read by women. In my first book, “Dirty Minds” one of the (female) characters suggests the imbalance is due to the fact that men spend too much time getting drunk and watching football. I couldn’t possibly comment. Ask my wife…
My background, before taking up writing full time, was in teaching and I was principal of a big English language school for many years. This involved me in travelling all over the world and my love of foreign parts is easy to find in my books. I speak a few languages and my Italian wife and I still speak Italian together.
I’ve written all sorts: thrillers, historical novels, short stories and now I’m enjoying myself hugely writing humour and romance. My most recent books are the What happens… series. What happens in Tuscany reached #1 in the Amazon.uk Romantic Comedy chart and What Happens on the Beach, the last in the series, came out in July. Chasing Shadows is still romance, but with the added spice of a liberal helping of medieval history, one of my pet hobbies. I do a lot of cycling and I rode all the way to Santiago de Compostela on a bike a few years back. This provided both the inspiration and the background research for Chasing Shadows.
I’m originally from Exeter, and I’ve lived all over Europe, but now I live in a little village in sleepy Devon, tucked away down here in south west England. I love the place.
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