So this was another of those Goodreads Deals that I bought where the premise sounded super intriguing. Hope Walton, described as “fragile” in the synopsis for this book, left reeling after the death of her mother, decides to spend her summer in Scotland. Here she discovers that her mother was part of a group of time travelers and that her mother is not dead at all, she’s just stuck in London in the 12th Century. Super interesting right? Well, our “fragile” heroine is plagued by extreme anxiety and terrible headaches. Not only that, she was homeschooled for most of her life. This means she has little, and I mean very little, experience with people other than her direct family members and the outside world. Yet, immediately after the death of her mother she finds herself on a plane to Scotland and willingly jumping back in time to save her mother?
Yeah, right there with ya JLaw. I’m all about overcoming obstacles and evolving characters, but even this was a little too much for me. Many of the uber positive reviews of this book have likened it to Outlander and there is even a quote from Diana Gabaldon on the cover of the Kindle version, but I would not liken this to Outlander. The premise for time travel is a coil invented by Tesla that enhances already existing ley lines in the Earth. Time travelers in Taylor’s world must also carry a lodestone with them (an Opal) or else their bodies are ripped to shreds on the journey. Hope discovers on her journey that her mother was a member of the Viators. Every good time-traveling group has a nemesis and in this book they take the form of the Timeslippers. Like most elite groups, the Timeslippers broke off from the Viators when they decided they would be protecting any artifacts they found, rather than profiting from finding them in the past, bringing them to the present and selling them for a huge profit (as was the norm).
And so Hope is thrust in to this brand new world of family members she’s never met before (her mom’s sister Lucinda who is the head of the Viators), a whole group of people she doesn’t know (the rest of the Viators), a new concept of how time works, a rival group, her mother lost in the past, her father moving on with a new love-interest, etc. Yet somehow she manages to make it through the book. To be fair, she did seem to shed her anxieties early on in the book so the Hope that ended the book did not at all seem like the Hope we met in the beginning. Not even a little bit. But I will admit, that if I had the chance to go back in time to see Eleanor of Aquitaine in person too, I might be distracted by stressful circumstances as well. Though to be fair, I would probably visit Elizabeth I, even if my mother was stuck with Eleanor of Aquitaine.
The resolution of the story left me feeling a little off. See Goodreads for spoiler. I guess my overall feeling towards this book is one of confusion.
It was a quick little fun read with a different take on time travel that I have not yet come across, though the character evolution was a little hard to swallow. Will I check out the second book in the series? Probably not. This leaves us with a whopping…
Or in Goodreads speak, it was ok.