Thursday, January 29, 2015


Tess McKinnon was looking forward to her senior year in high school when a stranger named John Bartley shows up.  He has the most fantastic "story" about 1800s time travel, rewritten lives, and their having met before.  John was ready to stay there with Tess, until they both saw an old newspaper clipping that says John's uncle was hanged for Tess's murder in 1875.  John just has to do something about that so he returns to his time and when Tess checks again, the clipping now reads that John Barley was hanged for her murder.   What's a girl to do? 

As soon as I began to read the very first chapter, I thought, " You know I think I'm as confused as poor Tess."   It was a good way to pull the reader in.  You have to keep reading to begin to figure things out right alongside the heroine.  The history/culture of the 1800's part of the story was pretty well done, with plenty of information and showed some of John's innocence of some of Tess's time period.  For me, some of it went a little more in depth than what I normally would have enjoyed.  The drama of trying to bring Tess's murderer to justice I thought was well done.  And so was the final ending when it came to how things turned out.    This story was a clean read which I liked but it was kind of thin on the romance part of the story.  I thought that there would be a little bit more of that.  The caring and the beginnings of friendship was there though. 
Oh, and watch for the twist at the end.  Did I say twist?  Make that "twists", there are a couple.  

"I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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