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The Forgotten

Echoes from the Past, Book 2
Written by: Irina Shapiro
Narrated by: Wendy Wolfson
Series: Echoes from the Past, Book 2
Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
Categories: Romance, Historical
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It's 2014. Newly engaged Dr. Quinn Allenby is called upon to examine the skeletal remains of a woman and child found buried naked and facedown in unconsecrated ground on the fringes of a leper cemetery. Quinn must use her psychic gift to unearth the secrets that led to the death of the victims, since there isn't much else to go on, and to discover why the deceased were denied a Christian burial and humiliated even in death, a punishment reserved only for the truly wicked and depraved. 

But as Quinn delves into this disturbing new case, she must confront secrets that are much more recent and closer to home. Some have the power to destroy her future with Gabe, while others may finally shed light on her true parentage and lead her to the source of her unwelcome gift.

©2017 Irina Shapiro (P)2018 Irina Shapiro

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  • Just My Opinion
  • 2019-10-26

Poignant!

This was a poignant story that just about broke my heart. Yes, Petra makes some poor choices because of love, but don’t we all. Unfortunately her choices, and the era she lived in, led to her demise and that of her son. Mind you she wasn’t the only one to blame, however you will have to listen to get the full story. It is a tragedy nonetheless. We do learn more about Quinn and Gabe and there is a huge twist in their lives as well. Another wonderfully written story that left me wanting to move on to the next book in the series! Once again Wendy Wolfson does an exceptional job with the narration. I received a free copy of this audiobook and have voluntarily provided an unbiased review.

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  • JennM
  • 2018-09-07

Tragic romance

The Forgotten follows two separate stories - Quinn, a modern day woman with the "gift" of seeing into the past, and Petra, a woman from the fourteenth century, whose grave Quinn is called on to investigate. As an anthropologist and historian, Quinn is fascinated by the past. But she also has a gift - when she holds an object that belonged to someone, she can "see" their life, even in the distant past. The woman buried in the grave was murdered and put in an unconsecrated plot. Why? Using her gift, Quinn relives the woman's last year of life - a year full of betrayal, pain, and joy - and ultimately, murder. The author brings the fourteenth century alive - the people, their lives - and the story of Petra, the murdered woman, is fascinating. Her husband, a lout and a brute, has just died, and Petra is alone with her three children and elderly mother and must find some source of income. Petra is educated, and comes from a good family, despite falling on hard times, so she is hired by a wealthy widow to be a companion and to read to her. Petra has a secret, however. And it will ulitmately be the cause of her unhappy fate. Meanwhile, Quinn, is newly engaged to Gabe and trying to find her biological father, the man who raped her mother and then left her. Gabe doesn't believe Quinn's mother's story, but he tried to help Quinn as much as he can. Then, something happens that rocks both Quinn and Gabe's worlds.Without spoiling the story, I'll just say that Quinn and Gabe must come to grips with their new situation, and it isn't easy. I enjoyed the story, and the narrator was wonderful. Listening to it was like riding an emotional rollarcoaster. Readers who liked Anya Seton's "Green Darkness" and lovers of Barbara Erskine will definitely enjoy this book!

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  • Avid Book Lover
  • 2019-06-20

Great Story!!

Love this series and Book 2 doesn’t disappoint. If you’re a fan of both modern-day mysteries and historical suspense, you’ll find yourself totally hooked into this series. As stated in the book’s description, there are two separate stories in this series—the modern-day tale of anthropologist Quinn’s life and her quest for the identity of her biological father—and in this book, the story behind the sets of bones found in unconsecrated ground… Petra’s story. I found myself wanting to shake some sense into Petra as we learn of her life and the foolhardy choices she makes and was saddened at the consequences of her actions. I voluntarily reviewed this after receiving a free copy.

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  • Guard Dog
  • 2019-03-21

Another great one!

I loved this story as much as the first book. I especially enjoy Quinn's continuing story. I highly recommend this series.

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  • Catrina P
  • 2018-10-30

The Forgotten

I thoroughly enjoyed the style of this story. We follow two storylines, one from the past and one from the present. They are linked together by Quinn’s gift of being able to see into the past. Such an interesting concept! Both the author and narrator did a top notch job and I look forward to their next release! I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Kiss
  • 2018-08-31

Shapiro has done it again!

In 2014, Dr. Quinn Allenby’s life is falling into place in some aspects and falling apart in others. While her engagement to Gabe is like living in a dream and her newly forged relationship with her birth mother is off to a timid, yet warm start, the hunt for her biological father is still on and each candidate leaves something to be desired. But it’s not only her uncertain parentage that leaves her feeling uneasy. An accident leaves Gabe with a series of obstacles and trials that forces her to put her needs on the back burner to support him and take on a new role she wasn’t prepared for. Despite the whirlwind of her personal life, she needs to keep working on the Echoes from the Past television series. It brings her to a pair of skeletons, a woman and a young boy who had been buried face down in unholy ground. Whatever their crimes had been, it had been bad enough to cast shame over them for all eternity. Quinn has to use her gifts to find out who they were in life and how they ended up in the makeshift graves. In 1346, Petra has just buried her husband, who was a good provider, but an abusive man who had no kindness in his heart. She’s left to care for her son and two young daughters alone and she takes a position as a companion to a sharp, old woman she once served in her youth. Petra’s mother pushes her to remarry, but Petra had only loved one man in her youth, and he had left her pregnant and alone, leaving her to marry in haste to hide her growing belly. An eligible man now wants to marry her, but the reappearance of her first love clouds her mind and before long she’ll need to choose between a man she doesn’t love who can offer her the world, or the man she’s always loved that she can never be with, the father of her only son. Both Quinn and Petra are strong women who want to follow their hearts and find they true paths, but when their roads intersect in two different times, Quinn finds that Petra’s tale may be too much to bear. Shapiro has done it again. I listened to this book every spare minute and couldn’t get enough. When I was in Quinn’s car, driving through Scotland, I worried about Petra. And when I was following Petra to market in her seaside village, I wondered what Quinn was up to. It’s easy to get lost in the characters since you’re inserted so firmly into their minds. It also makes their tragedies more painful, but that’s what makes a story stick with you. At times, I wanted to shake Petra for her choices. As a historian, I understood firmly what her life would be like without a good husband and I wanted to push her into her wealthy suitor’s arms so she could finally have some peace. I wanted her son to get a good apprenticeship and her daughters have high dowries so they might pick their husbands. But she was in love, and although I didn’t want her to suffer for it, I knew she had to live her life her own way. This book is perfect for mystery lovers, history fans, people that want some thrills with their romance, peppered with dramatics. I’m waiting with baited breath for book three in audiobook, but since the book itself is already on Amazon, I might just jump the gun.

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  • Sarah
  • 2018-09-23

More echoes

he audio on this book is divine. The author constructs this great parallel between past and present to engage the reader. You get the sense you are living in the past through the description. I can't wait to listen to more.

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  • S. Danks
  • 2018-08-31

Awesome!!

This book was awesome, especially for not listening to book 1 yet. I loved the storyline, it was very hard to put down. Great job to all involved!! Thank you!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-03-21

Another good book

heart breaking, very good performance. The story was wonderful, and so very sad. it is a must read.

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  • Krella Krentoshi
  • 2020-03-10

An excellent sequel

This book deals with different characters from the past than the last book, however the modern characters are still here and trudging on, best they can. I enjoyed this book.