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A Still Point In Time
Marsha Briscoe
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A brooch, a lighthouse, a seashore, a love that transcends time…

Single, childless, and forty-three, college English professor Laura Bouvoire is determined to have a baby by in-vitro fertilization, but her plans meet opposition when she falls in love with her thirty year old college student, Dante Giovanni. Even though she becomes pregnant, she is shocked at Dante's opposition to "test-tube babies" which he deems morally repugnant. Yet the two are drawn together by forces neither understands, forces they later learn stem from a past life.
Obsessed by dreams of lovers in another century, Laura delves into that past life. There, tormented voices from another age reveal century-old karmic debts...

Laura swung her BMW into the Civic Auditorium’s parking lot and cut the engine. Reaching for her red leather purse, she scanned the bulk mail flyer that lay on her dashboard.

Asheville Speaker’s Forum, October 14th
11 AM in the Civic Center’s Rector Auditorium
Dr. Ralph Jenkins: Other Lives, Other Loves
Sponsored by Greater Asheville Alpha Club
Reception Preceding the Presentation

When she saw Emily Forley pull in next to her, Laura shoved the flyer back onto her dashboard, locked her car, and got out to join her friend.

“I don’t know why I let you talk me into going to this Speaker’s Forum this morning, Emily,” Laura said as the two strolled into the Auditorium. “It better not last long, though. I’ve got a doctor’s appointment at one.”

“Laura Ellen Bouvoire, you’re always in a rush. You need to slow down.”

“How?” Laura wrinkled her brow. “I should be spending this morning getting ready for the night class of Dr. Anderson’s I promised to take over.”

“I didn’t know you’d committed to do that. I was asked, but I declined.”

“Dr. Hardwick twisted my arm. Anyway, I didn’t think it would hurt to be in the good graces of the English Department Chair when I’m up for tenure. When I accepted, Dr. Hardwick was quite pleased. Besides, I’ll be paid for it as overload.”

Inside the lobby, Emily looked around. “I think we got here too late to help our Alpha Club serve the punch. Looks like the refreshment tables have already been cleared.”

“Then why don’t I just skip the talk? Would you mind? I’m really not interested in hearing about past lives.”

“Oh, come on. It won’t hurt you.” Emily motioned Laura toward a row of empty seats. “Friend of mine heard this same speaker last month in Knoxville. She said he talks a lot about art. That’s what I’m here for.”

Sitting near the front of the auditorium, Laura drummed her fingers on the chair arm as the speaker read a poem. With her mind mulling over her doctor’s appointment, she found it difficult to concentrate on what he was saying.

“...If you will look now at the program, you can read the poem for yourself.” The speaker paused while programs rustled. “There is no doubt Dylan Leone Gordon intended these lines of ‘Sudden Life’ to convey his belief that he would reunite with his beloved in another life.”
Yawning, Laura glanced at the program.

You will be mine again, my all,
Though at what time I yet do not know;
So when death’s black veil does finally fall
Think not that we part; ‘tis not so.
Our souls, eternally joined, shall search o’er the earth
Until united again they find joy in new birth.

Laura leaned toward Emily and whispered, “I’ve taught a couple of Gordon’s poems in my British Lit classes, but I’ve never read this one.”

“Me neither,” Emily murmured. “Never heard of it, but the Victorian poets are not my field. Just be quiet and listen.”

Laura fidgeted in her seat as the speaker read the poem aloud.

“We will now examine a painting of Gordon’s. Many people are not aware that Gordon was a well-known artist. In fact, in the nineteenth century, he led the Pre-Raphaelite movement. Could we have the lights dimmed, please?” The speaker moved to the side of the stage and continued talking.

“I don’t know anything about art, Emily,” she whispered. “I’m going to leave now while this auditorium is darkened.”

“Suit yourself, Laura.”

As Laura gathered her purse and prepared to leave, a slide appeared on a large screen. Her eyes were drawn to the face of a woman looking out at her. She dropped back into the seat.

She stared at the painting. And stared. And stared again. Red-gold hair, its color a cross between wild honey and fresh molasses, massed about the woman’s shoulders, straight and full.

"There is much information to process...worth the wait...all the different plot lines and characters come together to form a complex whole. Suspense crescendos as more and more of the nineteenth century people and occurrences parallel their modern counterparts...try A Still Point in Time."--Jane Bowers,Romance Reviews Today


"...A great novel, well done, solid, head and shoulders above the general run. The author has a good, strong, structural sense and a fine knowledge of human motivation, as well as a true gift for pacing...A writing lesson in itself...solid esoterica."--Jacqueline Lichtenberg, Sime~Gen Reviews


"...Fascinating and well written...Briscoe has you guessing all through the story and you get deeply involved in Dante's anguish and denial of the facts. Can he deal with Laura's 'obsession' to find out what became of Dylan Gordon? A Still Point In Time isn't your typical paranormal story. Don't miss out on this riveting tale."--Brenda Gayle, The Write Life Style


"....Briscoe weaves an interesting fictional tale around some interesting historical figures."--Kay Vest, Kentucky Monthly Magazine


"...Briscoe weaves an intricate web of historical detail, lost love, and future possibilities as the romance between Laura and Dante blossoms. Their gradual realization of their feelings for each other in this lifetime, and the awakening of the memories from their previous life together, is a graceful unfolding dance...A beautifully rendered love story with a hint of mystery and a heavy dose of karmic destiny for paranormal fans to enjoy."--Melanie C. Duncan, The Book Dragon Review


"...Ms. Briscoe was quite creative in explaining both of the characters mindsets and emotions, paralleling their past lives, reaching the same point in their relationship through very different means. Dante is a very complex and difficult man, a diamond in the rough, with so many defenses that few women would be willing to breach them. Laura patiently tears down each wall he throws up to bar their relationship, without appearing desperate. While the two struggle to come to grips with their past and forge a future, the past is catching up with them in the form of a villain who is determined to keep them apart for all eternity. This is definitely a selling point for those who enjoy romantic suspense."--Leslie Tramposch, ParaNormal Romance Reviews


"A Still Point in Time is a romance based on the reincarnation concept. Marsha has written a very intriguing and fast-paced book. The deep emotions that the characters face are sensitive and touching. The book is well researched and so interesting that the reader cannot let go of the book until it is read completely. The romance is very sweet and undeniably heart-warming. The book is very much recommended.
Dee Herga, Reviewer ebook Reviews Weekly


Fiction Books :: Suspense Books

ISBN: 1593742002
ISBN(13-digit): 9781593742003
Copyright: 2009
Book Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press
Binding: Perfect
No. of Pages: 340
Paper Weight (lb): 14.2

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