Author Bette Lischke will read from her new novel,"In the Waters of Time" at the Emma Andrews Library, 77 Purchase St., Newburyport, on Thursday, Sept. 17 at 7:30 p.m.

The liner notes say something like this: In the debut novel, a young woman learns that sometimes one’s soul gets a second chance for love. Lischke blends history, mystery, romance, tragedy and love in a luminous story of two women whose lives and souls are linked across time and sea.

In modern day Portland, Maine, Jane Eliot is a sensitive young wife haunted by vivid, disturbing dreams – and by grief over her inability to conceive. 

During a holiday on Peaks Island, Jane’s dreams multiply and intensify, pulling her into a dark current of visions that surge through her waking hours. 

Mesmerized, Jane “sees” through the eyes of Elizabeth, a young Victorian woman who recklessly abandons her marriage and children in pursuit of love. 

As Jane re-lives the passion and calamity of Elizabeth’s last days, she struggles to chart her own course for life.

"In the Waters of Time" sweeps readers from the fresh air of the New England coast, to the claustrophobic, squalid quarters of an Irish immigrant ship and back.

In addition to writing fiction, Bette Lischke is a singer, songwriter, and storyteller. She has written and recorded a CD of original songs and produced a three-act play for children. 

Bette lives in Newburyport with her husband, Jerry Lischke.

Books will be sold and the author will be available to sign copies.

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