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  • Paperback: 246 pages
  • Publisher: 4rv Publishing LLC (July 20 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983801886
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983801887
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 299 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
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We start A Shadow in the Past with a prologue. 9 year old Sarah Shand goes to the stone circle with her grandmother. She has an inquisitive mind and through questioning her grandmother we are introduced to Weetshill Mansion, both it’s past and it’s present state of disrepair. The reader is also made aware of a paranormal event.

As Chapter One starts it is ten years later. Sarah is heartbroken over a recent split from her long-term boyfriend and gives her cause to question her friendships. She makes a drastic decision with leads to an accident and she loses consciousness. When she wakes, she stumbles her way to a building and before collapsing, realises it is Weetshill Mansion but it is no longer in disrepair.

When she wakes she thinks she’s in an historical re-enactment as the costumes of the people around her are from history. Looking at a newspaper tells her it is the same day and month … but the year is 1886.

While Sarah is trying to make sense of what is happening and becoming involved in the lives of those around her, briefly we see what is happening with her own family.

Sarah’s character is true to life…from the way she acts as a teenager in her own time to the uncertainty and fear of finding herself in 1886. Conflict and tension sees her grow and develop. I thoroughly enjoyed watching her relationship unfold with the young Jenny and the role she chose to play in her life. Sarah’s abduction and the secret that’s uncovered add conflict and tension.

Life in Victorian Scotland with it’s superstitions and expectations is well written. It was interesting to be able to step back in time and experience the medication and life in an asylum! I also learnt something about Scottish customs …rituals celebrating death and bethrothal.
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I devoured this book. It's been a long time since a book called me to pick it up again, when there were other things I SHOULD be doing. This one did. Do you remember the things you dreamt of as a child? Being a princess, or a wizard or what you would be if you lived somewhere else? This tale takes a normal teen-ager, the day-dreams of a child, adds a little magic and stirs the pot. And what a great story developed. I've never been to Scotland but I could see it through the author's eyes and hear it in the brogue. I could feel the confusion Sarah (the main female character) felt over finding herself in the past, the dismay over confining Victorian practices and the fear she felt in a far-less forgiving era of social mores. I could feel the growing attraction between Sarah and Robert and the instant surge of protectiveness Sarah felt for Jenny. Great research, great imagination equals a great story. Well done.
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A Shadow in the Past is a romantic YA novel that transports readers on a compelling time-travel journey to rural Scotland in 1886. The story begins in the present with teenager Sarah Shand struggling with typical parental and peer issues in her modern life. An unexpected fall near the mysterious stone circle in the same vicinity as her home, delivers her into a world beyond her wildest imaginings.
Robertson-King deftly weaves imagery with authentic detail as the reader is drawn into the heart of the story and easily visualizes the settings. It is obvious that extensive research was done into life in Victorian Scotland and the history and superstitions of this country for which the author demonstrates a true affinity. The character and plot development are gripping and believable for adult as well as YA readers.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel and would welcome a sequel.
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A Shadow in the Past is a well-done time-travel book set in Scotland. The 19 year-old heroine returns to the same place she lives in present time, only about 130 years prior to her birth. The research had to be fantastic for this book. Being a Texas who has never visited Scotland, Ms. King put me there in present and past time. I occasionally got lost with the accents and terminology since is was so foreign to me, but she painted a vivid picture of the geography and the people while at the same time, she portrayed very real up-to-date problems. This coming-of-age novel is a romance, first, and most of all, a very enjoyable read. I recommend purchasing a copy of your own.
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HASH(0x9cd10180) out of 5 stars A Shadow in the Past by Melanie Robertson-King Sept. 30 2012
By Nikki Bywater - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Sarah Shand had always some how known that she would someday she would live in Weetshill Mansion. Sarah didn't know how or why, she just knew she would. The mansion was now an old abandoned ruin so how could she possibly ever live there?

When Sarah has an accident she finds herself at the mansion. The mansion is now fully restored to its full former glory. Sarah is injured and taken in by the aristocratic family that are living there now. Sarah gets on really well with the Laird's grandson Robert. Sarah is even more dazed and confused when it would appear that she had travelled back in time to the year 1886. Can that be right or are all the people she has now found herself with completely mad? Could this be anything to do with the mysterious stone circle? A group of ancient stones that no one knows why are what their purpose is.

This is the debut novel from new author Melanie Robertson-King. The story is a nice light read, with a good storyline. I like a story set back in history, a period drama and I also like time travel stories and there is a touch of romance too. So I really enjoyed reading this book. A great first novel and I will look forward to reading more books by Melanie Robertson-King in the future.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c34ca38) out of 5 stars Fascinating Descriptions and Plot Development through Time Travel March 14 2013
By Joan Y. Edwards - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A Shadow in the Past is a good book. I am fascinated how the author, Melanie Robertson-King had young Sarah to go back in time to the year 1886, yet get back to her present time of 2010. You will wonder as you're reading: Will she be able to get back to her present time of 2010? Will she be stuck in 1886 for her whole life? How can things get worse? Can she get out of this predicament alive?

The author's descriptions help me get right in the past with her, fear for her life, and cheer for her when she wins. It is incredible how she weaves in each character with the story to help or harm Sarah. I loved Jenny, the young child, that Sarah protects and who protects Sarah, too.

The author did much research into Scottish life and dialect during the Victorian times. Each character could easily branch out in a book of his own because of the depth of description, action, and emotion in the book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cde1aa0) out of 5 stars Super read that will have you turning the pages! Nov. 23 2012
By Queen B - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Sarah Shand is a teenager with low self-esteem, a sister who gets all the attention and an ex-boyfriend who dumped her for her best friend. Life is dealing her a bad hand and she wants out! Little does she know that the stone circle near her home she is so drawn to, will transport her not just to another time but to a whole different life path.

Meet the Robertsons! Grandad who's still pining for his late wife and gorgeous, young Robert! Sarah has to deal with finding herself in a strange house in another century!

A charming time-slip love story with vivid description and authenticity throughout!
HASH(0x9c5467e0) out of 5 stars A Young Adult novel that will engage the targeted audience Oct. 12 2012
By Shaz Goodwin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
We start A Shadow in the Past with a prologue. 9 year old Sarah Shand goes to the stone circle with her grandmother. She has an inquisitive mind and through questioning her grandmother we are introduced to Weetshill Mansion, both it's past and it's present state of disrepair. The reader is also made aware of a paranormal event.

As Chapter One starts it is ten years later. Sarah is heartbroken over a recent split from her long-term boyfriend and gives her cause to question her friendships. She makes a drastic decision with leads to an accident and she loses consciousness. When she wakes, she stumbles her way to a building and before collapsing, realises it is Weetshill Mansion but it is no longer in disrepair.

When she wakes she thinks she's in an historical re-enactment as the costumes of the people around her are from history. Looking at a newspaper tells her it is the same day and month ... but the year is 1886.

While Sarah is trying to make sense of what is happening and becoming involved in the lives of those around her, briefly we see what is happening with her own family.

Sarah's character is true to life...from the way she acts as a teenager in her own time to the uncertainty and fear of finding herself in 1886. Conflict and tension sees her grow and develop. I thoroughly enjoyed watching her relationship unfold with the young Jenny and the role she chose to play in her life. Sarah's abduction and the secret that's uncovered add conflict and tension.

Life in Victorian Scotland with it's superstitions and expectations is well written. It was interesting to be able to step back in time and experience the medication and life in an asylum! I also learnt something about Scottish customs ...rituals celebrating death and bethrothal. The kistin was written so well I felt as if I stood alongside Sarah.

I was pleased to hear there will be a sequel ... the thought of those Sarah leaves behind sobbing and not knowing why will haunt me!
HASH(0x9c53ec00) out of 5 stars Travel Back in Time April 26 2013
By Beverly's Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Take a stone circle and a boy and girl dressed in old-timey clothes playing at the circle. Mix with an old mansion that has a history. Add a surprise or two. Stir, and you end up with a mystery, a girl's dream, and a seemingly impossible romance.

Sarah Shand loved the stories her grandmother told about Weetshill mansion. She knew that someday she would live there. The problem was, the mansion was old and falling down and no one had lived there since the 1950's. Sarah still believed, however, as only a nine-year-old could believe.

Fast forward ten years. Distraught over her breakup with her boyfriend, Sarah runs away to the mansion, where she swallows sleeping pills, passes out, and awakens in a different time and place. Author Melanie Robertson-King's debut YA novel, A SHADOW IN THE PAST, is not only a time travel story, it's also a story of love, family, and making choices. The author takes the reader back to a simpler time period, the Victorian era, where people dress and talk differently, and where Sarah certainly does not belong. Or does she?

A SHADOW IN THE PAST has it all: good guys and bad guys, hope and despair, a gentle romance challenged by others. Of course, that's what makes an interesting story, someone causing trouble for the heroine and hero. Sarah faces many challenges to discover who she is and what she wants, and the choices she makes affect not only herself but those she loves as well. Melanie Robertson-King has written a delightful story for teens and older readers too. So pick up a copy for yourself and another for your favorite teen and settle down for a good read.

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