- Author: Claire Fullerton
- Published: November 2013 by Vinspire Publishing LLC
- Category: Romance, Paranormal
Enigmatic and spirited Anna Lucera is gifted with an uncanny sixth-sense and is intrigued by all things mystical. When her green, cat-eyes and long, black hair capture the attention of a young lawyer named Kevin Townsend, a romance ensues which leads them to the hauntingly beautiful region of California’s Carmel-By-The-Sea where Anna is intuitively drawn to the Madeira Hotel.
A Portal in Time is set in the same location, the beautifully described Carmel-by-the-Sea, but two different time periods. It tells the story, in alternating chapters, of Anna and Kevin in the present and Valeria and Anders from the past, and how both couples meet and fall in love. The story opens with Valeria walking onto the beach, ‘listening to the fury of the wind as it intermittently drowned out the pulsing rhythm of the sea.’ And as she faced a particular spot in the water she declared it a portal in time.
Anna and Kevin are visiting Carmel, where they married, to celebrate their first wedding anniversary. The hotel where they are staying intrigues Anna, with the old photographs lining the walls and the beautiful star shaped stained glass window. It was once a house and the original owner and designer was a painter by the name of Kristiansen.
In 1902 in San Francisco, Valeria Sienna is overjoyed when her father, Domenico, agrees to allow Anders Kristiansen to call upon her. Although Anders is from Norway and not Italy, as Domenico would have preferred, he is more open-minded than many men of his generation.
He supposed the changes in him had come about at the hands of his wife, Adriana. She was beautiful and sophisticated and people naturally gravitated to her. Her favourite pastime was entertaining, and the invitations she extended were always reciprocated. As the years of their marriage progressed, Domenico had unwittingly grown from an austere, serious-minded young man to a man who enjoyed the pleasures and frivolity of society………Domenico found he had cultivated a more tolerant attitude accompanied by a more lenient mind towards everyone.
Anna’s and Valeria’s stories are interwoven seamlessly and, although so far apart in time, they are bound together. Both are strong-willed with artistic talents. The language and lifestyle for both periods is written realistically, the descriptions vivid and easy to picture, full of beauty and colour. I love the historical details, the element of the paranormal and the fact I didn’t know where the story was ultimately going, even though the connecting thread was there to see. An enjoyable debut.
Click here to read my review for Claire Fullerton’s second novel, Dancing To An Irish Reel
About Claire Fullerton
Claire Fullerton grew up in Memphis, TN and now lives in Malibu, CA. She is the author of literary fiction, “Dancing to an Irish Reel,” which is set in Connemara, Ireland, where she once lived. She is also the author of “A Portal in Time”: A paranormal mystery that unfolds in two time periods set on California’s hauntingly beautiful Monterey Peninsula, in a little village called Carmel-by-the-Sea. Both of Claire’s novels are published by Vinspire Publishing. Claire is a three time award winning essayist, a former newspaper columnist, a contributor to magazines including Celtic Life International and Southern Writers Magazine. She is a five-time contributor to the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” book series and can be found on Goodreads as well as the website under her name. Currently, Claire is fine tuning her third novel, which is a Southern family saga based on her award winning essay in the 2013 San Francisco Writer’s Conference. The manuscript’s epilogue appears in “Southern Writers Magazine’s” November 2015 issue as a finalist in the magazines’ short story contest.