"I have never been useless in my life…"
Rescued from a life of servitude by the boy she loves, Susanna Marsh escapes across two centuries, only to be plunged into a world she's ill-prepared to face. Unable to work or go to school, Susanna finds herself dependent on others to survive.
Immersed in the fun and demands of his senior year of high school, Mark Lewis longs to share his world with the girl who's captured his heart. But first he must tackle government bureaucracy to prove Susanna's identity.
Overwhelmed by her new home, Susanna seeks refuge in history and in news of the people she left behind. But when she learns that danger stalks her sister, Susanna must weigh whether to risk her own future in order to save Phoebe's happiness.
If you haven't read Whisper Falls yet, the first book in this series, you should. I loved it. Mark and Susanna are from different times, yet that doesn't stop them from falling for each other and their story is both touching and exciting to read. Elizabeth was nice enough to share a scene from A Whisper In Time, which releases April 8, 2014 through Spencer Hill Press. I'm really looking forward to it.
Setting up the scene: A Whisper In Time begins five weeks after Whisper Falls ends. Susanna has immigrated across two centuries and doesn't understand how modern America works. One weekday, left alone at Mark's house, she finds herself locked out.
It took very few moments to discover that every door at Mark's house was locked.
I tried the garage last. It had a keypad that could raise the garage door, if only I could remember the correct numbers.
Mark said that the numbers changed each month and reflected a special occasion. What was the holiday for September? Had it not occurred this Sunday?
9-1-1. Yes, that had to be it. I pressed the three buttons.
I tried again. There was no difference. Perhaps I should abandon the keypad and seek an open window instead.
I walked to the driveway and then assessed the distance from the ground to the window of the studio apartment over the garage.
A vehicle rolled behind me on the lane and stopped. A car door shut slowly with a deep ker-thunk. I glanced over my shoulder. A man in a dark uniform approached. He must be a member of law enforcement. An unfortunate circumstance.
"Hello," I said, clasping my hands before me. "Are you a police officer?"
"I am," he said, his voice clipped. "Who are you?"
"Susanna. How may I help you?"
"I was about to ask you the same thing."
Were there not crimes to manage in this city? My problem seemed entirely too mundane to concern the police. "I cannot get into the house."
"It ís locked, and the keypad doesn't work."
"Ah. Do you know the combination?"
"Apparently not, else I should be inside now."
His eyes narrowed. "Is this your house?"
"No, indeed. It belongs to the Lewis family, but I do sleep here."
"Where do you sleep?"
"In the space over the garage."
"Miss, Iíll need to see some ID."
"I do not have any."
"Is your ID in the space over the garage too?"
Had he not heard me? "I have no identification card. The government will not give me one." I shook my head. America was far too concerned with identification.
"Miss, why don't you come with me?" He caught my elbow and tried to tug me down the driveway.
"Pardon me, sir," I said, pulling my arm from his grasp. "It isn't proper for you to touch me so."
He reached for me again. "Okay, that ís enough."
Have you read Whisper Falls yet? What do you think of this excerpt?