(From the publisher):
When Lydde Falcone returns to her childhood home in West Virginia, she finds an odd legacy from her beloved Uncle John: a note with instructions that lead her to a mountain cave. There she finds a mysterious skeleton and, just beyond, a hidden crevasse. When Lydde falls in, she finds herself falling back through the years to England in 1657.
Times are dark: the ruling Puritans have beheaded the king and have prohibited song, dance, theater, even Christmas. Though Lydde passes as a boy with her short hair and pants, local official Noah Fallam is still suspicious of her strange clothing and outspokenness. Luckily, she soon finds her uncle, and another man: the Raven, a bandit who provides for the poor through smuggling and robbery. The unlikely couple falls in love.
As Lydde and the Raven move back and forth between Cromwell’s era and the present, mysteries both tragic and beautiful reveal themselves. Lydde’s sister, who died in a suspicious fire that claimed Lydde’s mother and siblings, is very much alive in the seventeenth century. Other strange things happen when people move through the time passage: A church’s whitewashed wall paintings miraculously reappear; the West Virginia mountains destroyed by strip-mining are partly restored. Lydde’s travels through dimensions become a quest to find people and places thought lost and gone forever, and Lydde herself must decide where home may be found.
Original title: Fallam's Secret
Genre: Fiction→ Romance→ Fantasy and Science Fiction Romance→ Time Travel
Fiction→ Historical→ European→ British Isles