Author: Gwyn Cready
First Published: 2012
Page Count: 368
Film/ TV Adaptation: No
Rating: 2/5 Stars
A sexy time travel love story that can’t quite reach its potential.
*Dull beginning *Confusing feel of story *Story felt outlandish
“Good lord. I’ve fallen into another world, in another time, and what I’m most unnerved by is meeting the man depicted by a statue.” Panna Kennedy is a widowed librarian who stumbles upon a portal to eighteenth-century England. Like any modern-day woman with a love for classic, historical romance novels, she is beside herself when she meets the rugged, handsome owner of the castle she is transported to. However, Panna also discovers she’s entered into a tumultuous time in English/ Scottish history when a war between these two bordering nations seems probable. Should she entangle herself in this conflict or abandon the man she is falling in love with for a safe return to her own time?
I can’t deny that this book wasn’t completely unenjoyable for me. Without revealing anything, there were many plot twists that are completely unpredictable which was a nice surprise since romance books can come across as predictable and I thought this book might follow that disappointing road. It really made the book pick up its pace and take it beyond the romantic story between Panna and her rugged hero Jamie Bridgewater. It was also a nice surprise, especially after reading Fifty Shades of Grey, to find that the romance scenes between Panna and Jamie were well written and not overdone. The book is not packed with pages and pages of scenes documenting the relations between the two characters which was a huge relief for me. I have no problem with these kind of scenes but they can get very repetitive and a bit ridiculous after a while. I mean, there are only so many metaphors and synonyms someone could use to describe this act. Cready depicts the characters’ romance in a way that should satisfy lovers of romance novels.
That being said, I ultimately couldn’t get behind the main plot, which I can’t even describe other than what I’ve described in the beginning of my review without giving away too many of the plot twists. I understand the story is fiction and about time travel which means that it’s not based in reality, but some events that happen to Panna just seemed strained and I couldn’t believe some of the things she agreed to do in the name of “love.” Essentially the story takes place over a matter of days and even in a fictional world I can’t believe that a woman would so easily fall for someone, especially with the baggage she holds from losing her husband. I also had trouble discerning what type of story the author was putting on. For me, a romance novel falls into several categories as far as the feel goes; it can be extremely erotic and sex-driven i.e. Fifty Shades of Grey, sexy historical fiction like something from Philippa Gregory, humorous chick-lit like the witty Undead series by MaryJanice Davidson, prim and proper Jane Austen type fiction, or something with more serious undertones like a Sparks novel. Cready’s book jumps between all of these categories so I had a hard time figuring out what the author wanted the book to feel like. Humorous jaunt into eighteenth century England or daring time travel adventure? For some reason the book just didn’t come together for me. And the fact that it takes so long to get into the action of the story because of a dull introduction that expects you to immediately connect to the main characters makes the book even harder for me to endorse.
This book had promise with its use of time travel and the eighteenth century. What’s even more disappointing is that the author and I probably share a common love for similar works of literature based on her references to various books and famous characters in the novel. Even so, this could not save the story for me in the least. I wanted to recommend the story because I love time travel, romance, and the setting of eighteenth century England, but unfortunately, this story cannot stand up against other books I’ve read that use these same themes.
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*I received a free copy of this book for this review from the author.