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Reviewed by Evelyn Nan Gwartney for Readers' Favorite
Love Lost in Time by Cathie Dunn gifts the reader with a mystical kind of tale set in Carcassonne, a historical city in France. The plot shifts between two time periods: 973 AD and 2018 AD. In 2018, Maddie is a divorced woman who moves into her deceased mother’s house. An incredible discovery at the house links her to an ancient countess, Hilda, who lived in 973 AD. Maddie feels a bond with everything that is new for her: the house, a love interest, new friends, and a woman named Hilda. Mattie's bond with Hilda feels sincere. Because we get acquainted with Hilda in her ancient city and time, we feel endeared to her when she becomes the ghost. Justice was well deserved for her tormentor/killer. I liked that Maddie softened toward her mother, and she was able to understand her true heritage. I loved the joy she felt when she connected to some of her long lost relatives. It must have been a burden lifted.
Love Lost in Time is a historical and modern-day adventure for anyone who loves a ghost story. Hilda’s immortal state swayed me to embrace an unusual friendship with her. The split in time is intriguing for the contrast between the two different cultures, and I really enjoyed how the dialect of early AD and late AD embraced the two cultural differences between the old world and the new. The novel mainly focuses on the historical Carcassonne, whereas the contemporary Carcassonne sporadically offers the reader a break from the intriguing history of Carcassonne and its story of betrayal. When the two time periods come together, the author does a great job of making it feel like justice is done for Hilda and her family. The proper disposal of Hilda’s remains feels like closure, not only for Hilda and her family but for the reader as well. Love Lost in Time is a wonderful story of love and friendship in modern and ancient times.