RBD: Book Review – A Shadow in the Past

A Shadow in the Past

A Shadow in the Past

Melanie Robertson King

Nineteen-year-old Sarah Shand finds herself thrust back into the past. There she struggles to keep her real identity from a society that finds her comments and ideas strange and her speech and actions forward, unlike Victorian women.

When Sarah verbally confronts confining social practices, including arranged marriages, powerful enemies commit her to a lunatic asylum.

After falling in love with the handsome Laird of Weetshill, Robert Robertson, she must decide whether to find her way back to her own time or to remain in the past with him.


√  A Shadow in the Past Review

A 19-year old student in 2010, Sarah Shand, in northeast Scotland, is miserable. Her beau cheated on her with her best friend. Her sister has a date with a hunk, and her parents are in her face. She storms from the house, heading for the circle of stones, her refuge, to do the unthinkable. She’ll show them!

She fails.

Stumbling around in the dark, she’s struck by a car. Suddenly things change.

Found on Robert’s doorstep, injured, and confused, she wants only to go home. But, ‘home’ isn’t where it’s supposed to be, leaving her even more confused.

In denial over what has to be the only reason everything is so strange, she finally comes to terms with her new reality. It’s 1886 and she’s alone in this strange world. Robert, the young, handsome Laird, her host, is the only reason she’s even still alive.

As her memories of her old life fade, she’s caught up in her new, and different life amidst changes in Robert’s life that affect her. Suddenly, shes gone – kidnapped and sent to an asylum. She and a new friend – a child – escape, while Robert searches for her.

Separated, they each realize they love the other, but don’t yet know how the other feels.

Finally reunited, their love grows.

Later, after numerous dangers and trials, Sarah is given a chance to return to her time? Will she? What about Robert? And, what of the child?

A well-written, well-researched, time-travel romance, this is an excellent debut novel. Ms. Robertson-King and A Shadow in the Past receive a 5-Star rating.  I’m eagerly awaiting the sequel.

Dayna Leigh Cheser, Author, The TIME Series
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Melanie head shotAlways a fan of the written word, Brockville born and raised, Melanie spent many of her formative years reading.

The writing bug first bit when she was about thirteen, but the itch subsided and it wasn’t until a number of years later that she put “pen to paper” and began writing again.

Prior to returning to fiction, Melanie wrote articles for various publications for a number of years and has been published in Canada, the US and the UK.

In addition to her debut novel, A Shadow in the Past, Melanie has a collection of short stories published, The Consequences Collection, and her short story, Cole’s Notes, is included in Carrick Publishing’s Cross-Genre anthology EFD1: Starship Goodwords.

In addition to writing, her interests include genealogy, photography and travel – especially to Scotland, although Paris rates high on her “must return to” bucket list as well. On one of her trips to Scotland, she had the honor of meeting The Princess Royal, Princess Anne.


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