Hope Walton’s mother was believed to have been killed in an earthquake eight months ago. Her father has moved on with his life and met someone new but Hope still believes there’s a chance her mother could be alive.
After the service for her mother Hope receives an invitation from her mother’s sister to come for a visit while her father travels. Not wanting to be left with her grandmother that has never accepted Hope into her family since Hope was adopted, she battles her anxiety and boards a plane to meet her mother’s family.
When Hope arrives at her mysterious aunt’s home she is told that her aunt had to leave for a few days. Hope is full of questions, especially when it’s let slip that her mother had been there right before her supposed death but no one is answering Hope’s inquiries until she stumbles upon some strange artifacts and costumes beneath the manor.
Only after Hope’s discovery do her newly acquired family let Hope in on their secrets. They are a group of time travelers and her mother has been trapped in twelfth century England, left by another group of time travelers who have been in somewhat of a feud with Hope’s family.
After scanning a few reviews before picking this book up and reading it myself I was a little iffy going in as to what I would find. I have to say when finished though I’m glad I gave it a fair shot and read it all the way through because I really enjoyed the story once it got going. In the end I decided to rate this one 4.5 stars.
The beginning gets off to a bit of a rocky start which is what seems to be turning some readers away from the book. Hope almost seemed a lot younger than she is supposed to be to me but we learn that she’s been home schooled by her mother her whole life and not allowed to have friends with anyone her own age and also has a slew of anxieties and phobias. She makes a few questionable comments in the beginning but there is actually logic behind them so I overlooked them myself and waited to form an opinion.
Hope at one point says boys prefer “girls like my cheerleader cousins. Size two. Blond. Busty. Brainless.” Ok, if you were raised in a family that treated you as an outcast your whole life because you weren’t like them then it’s a bit understandable that you would be jaded towards that type. Again later she makes a comment about the “slutty girls” at a school, well that’s after the boy she had just met denied knowing her unless she went to that school and they had “hooked up”.
After the rocky start and finally getting into the time traveling I really enjoyed Hope as a character along with all the others in the book and the story line. Perhaps the beginning could have been a tad better but once the story takes off it’s a completely enjoyable read with a lot of adventure and a great look into a historical era. Looking forward to see where this series heads in any future books.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.