Nita Hughes
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Past Recall

This debut novel by Nita Hughes blends an ancient story of terrifying persecution with a modern vision of world we know today.


The tale is told by a woman photographer who unexpectedly discovers information from the past about a spiritual secret, a treasure so coveted that an entire culture was massacred in an attempt to own it. Her search for answers propels the characters of this romantic thriller through time as history threatens to repeat itself.


Initially we are introduced to Clotilde and Jean de Mirepoix, devout Cathars in 13th century France. Their world of growing enlightenment is being extinguished by a reign of terror.


Clothilde and Jean seek refuge in Montsegur, a Cathar sanctuary thought to be impregnable. But their safety fades in importance as they attempt to secure the Cathar treasure, described in the archives of the Catholic Inquisition as "so powerful as to change the face of the world". Vowing to safeguard the treasure throughout time, their souls commit to return and unveil it at "world's end".


We discover that this predicted time has come, as photographer Dana Palmer and writer Eric Taylor collaborate on a story whose secret may provide the world’s salvation - or its destruction.


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"Past Recall is one of those alchemical reads that left me a different person than when I first opened its pages. The title is apt, making me recall the characters and their lives with a deep sense of "what if?" and wondering if we really do hold the power to
"change the world."


Valerie Storey, author of
"Essential Guide for New Writers"

"Past Recall is a compelling romantic mystery. Its magnetic narrative treats us to spiritual wisdom and historical fact. Nita Hughes' mystical passion informs, entertains and inspires readers, while providing us with an antidote for a problematic future."


Karen Horowitz, co-author of

"Witness to Illness"