Irina Shapiro

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          Is there anything better then a great story that makes you feel transported to another time and place?  (Well, I can think of a few things, but this is not that type of website!)  I love a good romance that's set against the rich backdrop of European or American history.  What makes a story even better is a touch of mystery and just a sprinkling of the occult.


      I am particularly interested in things that might, or might not, be real, such as reincarnation, ghosts, sixth sense, and time-travel.  I think these elements add a unique dimension to a story, and provide the reader with an unexpected twist.  If you enjoy historical romance with a hint of fantasy, then be sure to check out my books at

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Latest News:

The Lovers (Echoes from the Past: Book 1) has been a big hit with readers around the world.

The Forgotten (Echoes from the Past: Book 2) is now available for purchase.

The Unforgiven (Echoes from the Past: Book 3) is coming in May 2018,

and I'm already hard at work on book 4, The Forsaken.

I've also released The Christmas Gift: A Hands of Time Novella in time for Christmas

for those of you who are missing the characters from The Hands of Time Series.

Haunted Ground and The Inheritance are coming out on audio in February 2018.

Precious Bones and The Wonderland Series are already available in audio format on Amazon, iTunes, and I hope you will check them out.

A Message from the Author:

       First and foremost, I'd like to thank you for all the e-mails and praise for The Echoes from the Past, The Hands of Time, and The Wonderland Series.   Keep them coming!   Reviews are greatly appreciated, as they influence the way Amazon markets the books, so please take a few minutes and post a review if you've enjoyed the book.   I originally planned a trilogy for The Echoes from the Past Series, but given the warm reception from the readers, I'm hoping to continue the series with another three books. I'll keep you posted on my progress.  




        The Unforgiven (Echoes from the Past: Book 3)

2014. Pregnant and alone, Quinn finds herself detained in New Orleans, tasked with obtaining footage for the finale of Echoes from the Past Series. As she delves deeper into the mystery of Madeline Besson, whose very existence seems to have been erased from history, Quinn finally gets closer to finding out the truth about her psychic gift, and to the secret that had remained buried for over a century.

As Quinn prepares to share Madeline’s story with the world, she fails to recognize the danger she’s walking into, and helpless to stop the chain of events her curiosity has set in motion.



        The Forgotten (Echoes from the Past: Book 2)

2014. Newly engaged, Dr. Quinn Allenby is called upon to examine the skeletal remains of a woman and child found buried naked and face-down in non-consecrated ground on the fringes of a leper cemetery. Quinn uses her psychic gift to unearth the secrets that led to the death of the victims and to discover why the deceased were denied a Christian burial and humiliated even in death, a punishment reserved only for the truly wicked and depraved.

As Quinn delves into this disturbing new case, she must confront secrets that are much more recent and closer to home. Some have the power to destroy her future with Gabe, while others may finally shed light on her true parentage and the source of her unwelcome gift.





        The Lovers (Echoes from the Past: Book 1)

1665. When Elise de Lesseps is sold in marriage to Lord Edward Asher, she resolves to be an obedient and dutiful wife, until, on their wedding night, she finds out exactly what her husband has in store for her. His request leaves her feeling shocked and humiliated, but being his chattel, she has no right to refuse. The consequences of that night seal Elise’s fate, and set her on a path that will lead to heartbreak and tragedy.

2013.Renowned archeologist, Dr. Quinn Allenby has a gift; she can see into the past when holding an object that belonged to the dead. When asked to host a BBC documentary called “Echoes from the Past,” Quinn uses her gift to find out what really happened to the 17th century couple known only as “The Lovers,” and unwittingly stumbles onto the secret of her own birth..





The Ties That Bind (The Hands of Time: Book 6)

Several years have passed, and the Whitfields, Sheridans, and their extended family must face new challenges and make life-altering decisions. As the hands of time continue to turn, the events that unfold will either tear the family further apart or bring them closer together, closing the gap in time and space once and for all..





Jem's Journey (A Wonderland Novella)

Feeling disillusioned and unloved, Jem decides to leave home and take his chances in London, but fate has a couple of twists in store for him. What’s meant to be an uneventful trip turns into a coming-of-age journey that teaches Jem that adulthood is not as easy as he might have expected, and life usually has a plan of its own.





Comes The Dawn (Wonderland Series: Book 5)

When Hugo is imprisoned on a charge of treason and Neve is accused of witchcraft by a spiteful rival the Everlys must put their scruples aside in order to save their family and make a bid for freedom. However, their decision will alter not only their own future, but change the lives of everyone they hold dear. Can they escape in time, and will those left behind pay the ultimate price for their loyalty? The Wonderland Series comes to an end in this gripping last installment. 

Hugo and Neve find themselves in danger once again; for outstanding debts must be paid, and old enemies will no longer wait to settle scores.






The Queens Gambit (Wonderland Series: Book 4)

Home at last after years of exile, Neve and Hugo Everly just want to pick up the pieces of their life and enjoy time with their growing family, but destiny has its own plan.  A tragic loss nearly tears the family apart, and an unexpected guest brings a warning of dire events still to come. 

Hugo and Neve find themselves in danger once again; for outstanding debts must be paid, and old enemies will no longer wait to settle scores.






Sins of Omission (Wonderland Series: Book 3)

When Hugo and Neve settle in Paris, they assume that they will enjoy a few peaceful years away from the turmoil of British politics, but they are not nearly as safe as they believe themselves to be, especially since everyone has something to hide.

Meanwhile, Max must learn to adapt to life on a sugar plantation in Barbados, and decide whether to accept help from an unexpected and dangerous source; a decision which may cost him his life.






Wonderland (Wonderland Series: Book 2)

Forced to return to London to try to help save Max from the gallows, Hugo and Neve are well aware of the danger of their situation and try to anticipate every eventuality.  But, betrayal comes from an unexpected quarter, putting Neve and Hugo in mortal danger, and forcing them to reevaluate whom they can trust.

Unexpected reunions, simmering old hatreds, and shocking betrayals abound as Neve and Hugo race against time to help Max, and flee England before it’s too late.





The Passage (Wonderland Series: Book 1)

In the spring of 1685, Lord Hugo Everly, ardent supporter of the Protestant upstart the Duke of Monmouth, vanishes without a trace just before the Monmouth Rebellion, leaving future generations forever baffled as to what might have become of him.

In 2013, while visiting Everly Manor as part of her job as a location scout for a film production company, Neve Ashley stumbles onto a secret passage that leads her into the seventeenth century and straight into the path of the ill-fated lord.  Neve is able to return safely to her own time, but she can’t forget the man she met or the fate that’s about to befall him.  Against her better judgment, Neve decides to go back and warn Hugo of impending danger, not realizing that she’s walking into danger herself, for history is never straightforward, and people’s motives not always what they appear to be.  Taken hostage by the very man she was trying to save, Neve is trapped in the seventeenth century, her fate now intertwined with that of her captor, and the future something that neither one of them could have envisioned.





Haunted Ground 

When American Lexi Maxwell buys a derelict mansion in a quaint English village and sets about turning it into a manor-house hotel, it’s a dream come true. But, events take a turn for the bizarre, as a heartbroken ghost makes a nightly appearance and kneels beneath a tree next to a centuries-old ruin, and people in the village keep commenting on Lexi’s resemblance to a woman who’s been dead for a quarter of a century.

         As Lexi tries to find out more about the man in the ruin, she unexpectedly stumbles upon secrets from her own past – secrets that threaten to destroy everything she’s come to believe and hold dear. As Lexi struggles to put the pieces of the puzzle together she’s drawn deeper into the mystery, and can only rely on the man she’s come to have deep feelings for – a man who’s battling his own demons.






Shattered Moments (The Hands to Time Series: Book 5) 

A year has passed since the Sheridans fled the plague in England, but a new crisis tears Valerie and Louisa apart once again, with dire consequences.   As the stranded Whitfields try desperately to return home to the seventeenth century, the Sheridans face a threat of a different nature.  The past rarely stays in the past, and a shocking murder brings things to a head as Kit is accused of the crime, and shameful secrets are brought into the open.

         Meanwhile, in the eighteenth century, the Revolutionary War is still raging, and Finn comes face to face with an old enemy who won’t be outwitted again.  As Finn fights for his life, Sam must face his own demons, and figure out where his loyalties lie.

         Long-buried    blackmail, murder, and a tender new romance take center stage in this final installment of The Hands of Time Series.



 A Game of Shadows (The Hands of Time Series: Book 4)

 It’s 1624, and the Whitfields finally arrive in England, eager to spend time with Louisa and Kit, but their visit is not the happy reunion they’d hoped for. 

      In the meantime in 1777, Abbie and Finn go behind enemy lines to spy for the Revolution, putting themselves in grave danger.  The slightest mistake can mean the difference between life and death, and tear them apart forever. Even Finn’s knowledge of what’s to come is not enough to keep them safe from their own carelessness.

      Unexpected revelations, long-buried secrets, and unforeseen reunions threaten to destroy everything the Whitfields and Sheridans hold dear, throwing their lives into turmoil once again.



A World Apart (The Hands of Time Series: Book 3)

 Reunited with her sister at last, Louisa settles in colonial Virginia, but an unexpected visitor throws life into turmoil once again by offering Valerie and Louisa an opportunity to return to the future.


         Before the sisters have a chance to make a decision, the unthinkable happens; ripping the family apart, and scattering them over continents and time itself.  No one is spared as child is torn from parents, sister is parted from sister, and a devastating famine threatens the colony.  The Whitfields and Sheridans must fight for survival and face challenges they never imagined as they are cast a world apart. 


 A Leap of Faith (The Hands of Time Series: Book 2) 

 Alone and bereft, Louisa makes the fateful decision to follow her sister into the seventeenth century.  But, the best laid plans often go awry, and she finds herself on the wrong continent, and in the wrong year.   Louisa must cross the Atlantic to get to Virginia, hoping that Valerie is still there in 1620, and face the uncertainty of her situation as she makes the dangerous journey to the New World.

Meanwhile, Valerie is facing troubles of her own.  She must discover the truth about the men in her family in order to save her marriage and solve a possible murder. 

Will the two sisters reunite, or will they pass like ships in the night, never knowing how close they came to finding each other? 


          The Hands of Time (The Hands of Time Series: Book 1) 

      When a young woman vanishes without a trace from a quaint fishing village on the coast of England only one person knows the truth, but he remains silent allowing the authorities to search for her in vain. 

   Meanwhile, Valerie Crane finds herself transported to the year 1605.  Terrified and confused she turns for help to the Whitfield brothers, who take her in and offer her a home.  Both Alexander and Finlay Whitfield fall in love with the mysterious woman who shows up on their doorstep creating a love triangle that threatens to consume them all.  Valerie must make her choice, deciding between the brother who will lead her down the path of destruction or one who will give her a love she couldn’t find in her own time. 


         The Folly

          On a cold, December morning in 1815 the body of nineteen year-old Lady Elizabeth Flynn and her stepson, Captain Jeremy Flynn, are found floating in a lake on the Flynn estate.  Sir Henry is devastated by the loss of his young wife and heir to the estate, especially since there is no evidence, no witnesses and no apparent motive.  But nothing is what it seems and the gruesome find is only one link in a chain of events that started long before.    


         Forbidden love, family secrets and betrayal have led to this moment, ending months of speculation and gossip and bringing it to a shocking conclusion.


       Precious Bones

        When the skeletal remains of a young woman and her baby are found entombed behind the kitchen wall of a historic Tudor house, Cassandra is overcome with grief. She seems to know who the young woman was, but not how she knows or how she came to be there.    


        Cassandra becomes inexplicably drawn to the house and the mystery of the "Bones of Blackfriars." As she begins to learn the truth about the Thorne siblings who occupied the house during the reign of Elizabeth I, her own life takes an unexpected turn and she finds that her fate is linked to the Thornes in ways she never dreamed of.






The Inheritance 

 Katie Price is baffled when a man claiming to be her grandfather leaves her his entire estate in the Scottish Highlands.  The bulk of the estate consists of a thriving whiskey distillery and a moldering castle where the eccentric old man actually lived until his death.  The Will stipulates that Katie must travel to Scotland and claim her inheritance in person. 

 As Katie’s stay extends from weeks into months she uncovers the secret that led to her mother’s birth and begins to unravel a two hundred fifty year old mystery surrounding the beautiful, young wife of the last laird of Clan McBride.  According to local lore Isobel McBride vanished from the castle without a trace shortly after the Battle of Culloden and some believe that her ghost still walks the battlements at night.  A strange dream in Isobel’s tower room leads Katie to Isobel’s hiding place where she discovers love letters from a man other than Isobel’s husband, his initials being the only clue to his identity.

 As Katie begins to unearth the clues to Isobel’s fate, she embarks on a romantic journey of her own and finds a new life she never expected.


       Full Circle 

      After suffering a minor head injury during a mugging, Rebecca begins to have vivid, detailed dreams of Lily, a young woman living in London during the Blitz. As Rebecca lives through Lily’s joys and heartbreaks she gets drawn deeper and deeper into Lily’s world.       


      Who is Lily and what is her connection to Rebecca? Are these dreams a product of her imagination or are they memories of another life? Unable to suppress her need for answers any longer, Rebecca travels to London to search for clues and as she delves into the past, she finds her own unexpected future.