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I haven’t read many time-travel books. In fact, I don’t think I’ve read any until now. It’s a subject I enjoy, though, and I can’t wait to read more books dealing with it. 🙂
When tragedy strikes Michele Windsor’s world, she is forced to uproot her life and move across the country to New York City, to live with the wealthy, aristocratic grandparents she’s never met. In their old Fifth Avenue mansion filled with a century’s worth of family secrets, Michele discovers a diary that hurtles her back in time to the year 1910. There, in the midst of the glamorous Gilded Age, Michele meets the young man with striking blue eyes who has haunted her dreams all her life – a man she always wished was real, but never imagined could actually exist. And she finds herself falling for him, into an otherworldly, time-crossed romance.
Michele is soon leading a double life, struggling to balance her contemporary high school world with her escapes into the past. But when she stumbles upon a terrible discovery, she is propelled on a race through history to save the boy she loves – a quest that will determine the fate of both of their lives. (Synopsis from GoodReads)
Timeless is Alexandra Monir’s debut novel and she has started her publishing career with a well-put together story. She has carefully described the past and has really brought it to life. Her attention to detail is remarkable and the amount of research she must have done pays off. I also enjoyed all of the characters, even the somewhat snobby grandparents.
Michele is a songwriter and being one myself, I was able to relate to her more than I thought I would. (In fact, the songs Michele co-writes in the book can be purchased on iTunes as Ms. Monir is also a singer/songwriter.) A lot of main characters nowadays are either way too intelligent/mature for their age or are infuriatingly stupid. Michele is neither. She’s your average teen with a good head on her shoulders. Some of her dialogue did read a little too formal, though, but for the most part it was fine.
And, of course, I can’t go without talking about the romance. I loved Michele and Philip’s relationship and was eager to find out if they’d find a way around the whole living-in-different-centuries problem. At times, however, their love seemed rushed and too instant, but since I believe in love-at-first-sight, I didn’t really have a problem with it. 🙂 There is, however, more to the story than the romance and it all works together to create a fine balance that will keep readers engaged.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. Both the romance and the mystery kept me turning the pages, and the ending, well, it kind of left me speechless. 🙂 Book 2 is going to be great, I just know it! I would definitely recommend reading this book. Also, for all you parents out there, it’s clean and appropriate, so even the younger teens can be swept away with the story.
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