Troubador Time for Tanechka

Released: 28/04/2015

eISBN: 9781785894183

Format: eBook

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Time for Tanechka


There are two very special ‘egg timers’ in the world, both capable of transporting their handlers to any specific time they wish to visit… or that the timer wishes them to visit. Down-and-out suicidal loner Arthur Benjamin discovers one of these timers and unwittingly transports Tatiana Nicolaivna, a Grand Duchess of 1918 Imperial Russia confined to the Ipatiev House with her family, to his sanctuary by the sea in present-day South Africa. Both equally alarmed, confused and traumatised by the event, the two are shocked to learn that this is not the first time in history that this kind of occurrence has been encountered. On a mission to uncover the truth behind certain historical events, Arthur and Tatiana begin to experience the timer’s power as they discover what isn’t recorded in today’s history books. But they aren’t the only ones with a mysterious egg timer – the unscrupulous Winston Peabody, a master jewel thief from 1912, has stolen the other timer and won’t stop until Tatiana tells him where the most valuable of the Fabergé eggs is hidden… Through their experiences, Arthur regains his courage, humour and unselfishness while Tatiana gains the independence and freedom she could never have in her Imperial confinement. But the rules dictate that Tatiana must fulfil her destiny and return to the dreaded Ipatiev House. As the bond between them grows, Arthur realises that he cannot leave her to face that fate alone. Time for Tanechka is a thrilling journey through history, with the quiet power of the mysterious egg timers simmering in the background of Arthur and Tatiana’s adventure. Any fans of historical fiction will enjoy this gripping read.

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N. A. Millington

I was born with a full head of hair. Suddenly I realised where I was and it all fell out!

I vividly remember leaving home for the first time. I had packed all I needed, a copy of 'Shadow The Sheep Dog' into a large packing case and then proceeded to trundle down the road to the bus station in order to go where ever Shadow and Johnny were from. They brought me back.

The next time I found my self at the bus station was a year or so later when I was seven, I was looking for destination 'Narnia' I couldn't find it. They brought me back.

The following year I couldn't find the bus that would take me to middle Earth either, so I let them take me back.

Amidst the warm summer of excitement the circus came to town, I was now much more mature so I left with them, but they still brought me back.

The following year the circus visited again. This time I managed to secure employment as a Trapeze Artist, unfortunately during my first show I descended from the wire like a brick and broke my collar bone. With reluctance they brought me back.

It was only when I left town with a band of gypsies that I truly escaped, indeed when I looked for them to take me back I found that they had all runaway with the very same circus! So that was that.

South Africa has always managed to bring me back though, however I will escape for I have recently found a sanctuary by the sea, and beside me here on my writing desk is a beautiful little egg timer.

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