Author: Janet B. Taylor
Published On: 3/1/16
Page Count: 436
I received an advanced copy of this novel. In no way does it reflect my honest opinions given in this review.
Synopsis: (Found on Goodreads)
When fragile, sixteen-year-old Hope Walton loses her mom to an earthquake overseas, her secluded world crumbles. Agreeing to spend the summer in Scotland, Hope discovers that her mother was more than a brilliant academic, but also a member of a secret society of time travelers.
Overall Rating: 3.5/5
Although the near end was predictable I did enjoy reading this. The descriptive history is nice and accurate for what I have learned about it. What made this book better to me was the descriptive language in regards to the landscape and surrounding area. As predictable and a little slow as this was I will be on the look-out for Book 2 because i need more Scotland and want me some time travelesque journeys.
The cover I really love is the one for the UK ARCs I believe. Here is a comparison of both editions. At least I think the cover is for UK. I`m not a cover model fan as those that I have visited my blog know. The colors are amazing in both of these so I can’t complain too much.
|My ARC cover|
Hope: She first started out as being described as weak and having all these fears. As the story develops more though all I see is a girl who is strong and wants to fend for herself. Hope is interesting as a character because she has a photographic memory and the facts she can recall are amazing. She is willing to give up herself in order to save those around her even though she barely knows them.
Collum: I really just feel like he is over protective with Hope. Sometimes it seems like in a romantic way but I don’t think he likes her like that. He has a lot on his shoulders with his dad disappearing at such a young age.
Phoebe: she is wacky and not afraid to speak her mind. I`m not really sure how old she is but she has got it going on. She forms into the perfect time traveler in my opinion. Phoebe is a quick thinker and knows how to work fast when blending in.
Bran: Now he seems to have an interesting story. The tall dark stranger whom Hope meets by chance. He is on private property taking photos and then falls of his horse. What better way to meet a boy you know have a major crush on. I look forward to seeing how Bran`s character can grow in Book 2.
There are a lot more character in here that we get to meet. I just felt like these four really stood out as side and main people.
This is where it gets tricky. Hope is going to Scotland in order to finally meet her “deceased” mom`s family. What she finds when she gets there is a large manor filled with rude people avoiding all her questions. It isn’t till her aunt arrives that we finally learn that’s Hope`s mom is still alive. (this isn’t a spoiler thanks to the synopsis) Theres a run-in with a tall dark stranger and then some quick (almost too quick- training and then Hope and the gang are whisked away to the 12th century under the rule of Eleanor of Aquitaine. That’s where the real adventure begins (about ¾ of the way through the book)
I actually participated in a small buddy read of this via twitter. This was really cool getting to discuss this with other bloggers in advanced of the book releasing.
"Yes oh my goodness yes. Scotland just got moved up on my list of places to visit. The treatment of an adopted child was described really well. Can't wait to dig in more"