BY LOVE BETRAYED: RECOMPENSE: Book 1: Casey's Story---Holiday Gift (Timekept Series I)


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Praise for the first installment of
Timekept Series I
Book 1: Casey’s Story
Holiday Gift
This is too easy a read—it flows well. This is the type of book I would read on the bus or train and to and from work. Before bed would be another option—in all cases a chapter could be done at a time and you would not feel like you left off in a bad spot on a page or plot wise.—B.R., Retiree
I love the story line! This is a beautiful and encompassing novel. For romance enthusiasts the heat and the heart throbbing suspense of intimate love with a mysterious man who is one’s own husband comes as a surprise. One of the big messages in this novel is that we should try to look at our situation in life with a new and fresh perspective—I cannot wait to read the next novel!
—D.Y.W., Instructor
I really enjoyed reading this book. What makes this story so gripping, engaging, and fascinating, is that it is not just another novel about reincarnation. In this case the main character knows she has been reincarnated (in the past). Casey, as Elizabeth undergoes a transformation of many levels, and connects with the previous Elizabeth as she comes to terms with her new identity. Fantastic job!
—L.W.M., Adjunct
LOS ANGELES, 2014: Casey O'Sullivan Sterling thought that she had put her painful past to rest, but when she comes home early from her athletic training club on All Hallows Eve and opens the door to her bedroom, she finds her husband, Steven, in the clinches with her best friend, Anita. Betrayed by love for the last time, she walks out, leaving "everything, and nothing" behind. Casey vows never again to trust anyone---if she can't trust her father, mother, husband, and best friend, who can she trust? Eager to begin a new life, she decides to outrace a coming storm, but loses control of the wheel and plunges over a cliff. Her car is struck by lightning on its way down to the raging sea, and she is catapulted almost two hundred years into the past. . .
SCHUYLKILL RIVER VALLEY, 1824: Casey is "reborn" in the body of Elizabeth Wyckham Gregory, who has just died in childbirth. To her intense dismay, she learns that as Elizabeth, she is married to a successful merchantman, Randal Gregory; that she has two children, Essie and Michael; and that she is embroiled in an affair with Gregory's best friend and business partner, Philip Mallory---while Gregory is finding his own comfort in the arms of a gypsy woman, Maeve. With increasing horror, Casey discovers through terrifying experience that she begins to fade into nothingness when she becomes too emotionally overwrought. How can she ever hope to survive in her altered reality without ceasing to exist?
EXCERPT:A thick silence filled the chamber where she lay prostrate before the armoire, too wrung out to attempt the arduous trek back to the bed. The fire had gone out long ago, leaving her to face her future in the dim light cast by the bedside lamp—and that, too, appeared to be fading. . .
Then, from out of the darkness flowed the deep notes of a rich baritone voice, and two powerful arms caught her up, cuddling her to a broad, satin-covered chest.
“Blazes, Elizabeth, what the devil are you doing?” The strong, masculine way of him, and the bold freshwater scent that swirled about him, surged through her, stunning her like a physical blow.
He held her so close that even in the dim twilight of the room, she could see the dark stubble that shadowed the clean, straight lines of his chin and smudged the base of his sharply defined under lip.
Her supercharged senses registered a hint of tobacco and oak, the pungency of leather, and the musky smell of him beneath the freshwater.

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