Time-Travel Posts

The Mine

19353394by: John A. Heldt

Published: December 6th, 2013

From Goodreads: In May 2000, Joel Smith is a cocky, adventurous young man who sees the world as his playground. But when the college senior, days from graduation, enters an abandoned Montana mine, he discovers the price of reckless curiosity. He emerges in May 1941 with a cell phone he can’t use, money he can’t spend, and little but his wits to guide his way. Stuck in the age of swing dancing and a peacetime draft, Joel begins a new life as the nation drifts toward war. With the help of his 21-year-old trailblazing grandmother and her friends, he finds his place in a world he knew only from movies and books. But when an opportunity comes to return to the present, Joel must decide whether to leave his new love in the past or choose a course that will alter their lives forever. THE MINE follows a humbled man through a critical time in history as he adjusts to new surroundings and wrestles with the knowledge of things to come.

 

This book was so much fun. I love time travel. I think it’s such an interesting concept and I love the way this author did it. Joel ends up falling in love with where he is and is able to do a very good job at blending in and not really giving people too much reason to be suspicious. Sure, there are a few things here and there, but overall he does a pretty good job. I think it’s really cool that he gets to be friends with his grandmother. It makes you think about what you would do if you were in a similar situation. You get to think about how you would handle events and how you would react to learning things about your close family members that you never would have learned otherwise. I love the way this was written and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I think that anyone who is a fan of time travel (and especially if they’re a fan of romance) should pick this book up and curl up with it for a bit. It’s written in way that won’t throw you out of the story and it’ll make you want to keep reading. If you’re looking for something to read that has these elements, definitely give this book a shot! Also, this is the first in a series. I haven’t read any of the others yet, but they’ve definitely been added to my TBR list. 🙂

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Buy this from Amazon here: The Mine (Northwest Passage Book 1)

The Winds of Time

17285173by: Eleanor Cocreham

Pages: 336

Published: January 15th 2013 by Whiskey Creek Press LLC

ISBN: When a tempest throws you into the arms of love, do you surrender or find your way back to the only world you’ve ever known?

In 1893, a massive hurricane ravishes the small Louisiana community of Chênière Caminada and hurls Madeleine deVille one hundred years through time. Coast Guardsman Hank LaFont rescues Madeleine from a sand bar and takes her home to Grand Isle. Despite the two becoming emotionally involved, Hank stubbornly refuses to believe in time travel and engages others to research Madeleine’s past to disprove her bizarre story while she grieves for her family and seeks a way home. As another storm approaches the island, she wrestles with the most difficult decision of her life—return to her century or remain with the man she loves?

I could not put this book down! I already am a sucker for time travel, so I was intrigued before it even began. But even without that, this book had me hooked! I read it in about two days and it probably would’ve taken me even less time if I hadn’t had work to go to. Everything was very well written and I really got a feel for that time period and got a little bit of a history lesson. I thought Madeleine was a fantastic heroine. She was incredibly brave and strong in the face of being thrown into an entirely new time period. I loved the chemistry between her and Hank, even if I found Hank to be slightly annoying for the first half of the story. (Although, that might have been the point.) I understood why he didn’t want to believe it was time travel, but there was way too much evidence for him to be that stubborn.  I love books that show Louisiana in a good light and actually are written by people who know what they’re talking about. It was rich in Louisiana culture and history, so this would be great for someone who isn’t as familiar with that particular setting. It was a fantastic journey and I enjoyed every second of it. If you’re into history or romance or time travel, then pick this up and add it to your TBR pile. It’s definitely worth it. 🙂

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In His Own Time

17187350by: Melissa Jarvis

Published: December 28th 2012 by Siren Publishing

ISBN: 1622422376

From Goodreads: There is a traitor in the time travel organization the Lineage, and it’s up to new recruit Victoria Vasquez to discover his identity. After an incident (and stolen kiss) on her first assignment in 1923 Egypt, she suspects she knows who it is. Veteran agent Banderan of Ibile is hiding a secret, one that could endanger everything he holds dear. He will do whatever it takes to ensure his goal, no matter who gets in his way.

Victoria has fought hard for her independence, and has no time for arrogant know-it-all men. When both Victoria and Banderan are assigned to 1848 Gold Rush California, they find themselves entangled in a web of deceit and lies. And when they are cut off from the Lineage, it will be up to Victoria to decide if the man she has come to love is a traitor or a hero.

 

Oh my goodness!  I love this series! I was so excited to read this one. I definitely enjoyed it. I wish I could get a job with the Lineage. Nothing sounds more exciting! That would be a dream job, so just that alone already made me want to completely get absorbed into this world. I thought Victoria was a fantastic heroine. I’ve been having trouble with heroines in a lot of the books I’ve been reading lately, so this one was a breath of fresh air. She was strong and willing to do what she needed to, even when that wasn’t something easy. Banderan took me a little bit longer to warm up to. He seemed a little annoying when I first started reading, but I completely warmed up to him by the end of the novel. There’s lots of action and adventure in this story and it made me want to keep turning the pages to find out what was going to happen next. I would definitely recommend this book to science fiction/time travel/romance fans and actually… just anyone looking for a book that will keep them up wanting to finish it! I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and I really do love this series. I think the whole idea is very creative and it’s they’re great books to sink into and forget about the rest of the world!

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Buy this from Amazon here: In His Own Time [The Lineage 2] (BookStrand Publishing Romance)

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Tandem Tryst

by: Ralph E. Horner

Pages: 271

Published: March 1st, 2009 by Wings ePress

ISBN: 1597056227

From Goodreads: What if there was a ring that, when worn, sent you back in time to reunite you with the soul of a deceased loved one? In Tandem Tryst, such a ring exists. In this paranormal mystery romance, three years after Jeff Voss’s young wife Marcy dies, he locates an enchanted ring. Jeff discovers that, while wearing it, he goes back one hundred years to the time of the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893. Jeff soon learns the purpose of the ring when he meets Melody Bishop, a twin of his beloved wife. He finds out that Melody is Marcy’s ancestor, and her now living soul. Although Jeff has several hurdles to clear, including Melody’s boyfriend, he feels he has a second chance in this distant time with the love that was taken from him prematurely. To complicate matters, dark forces are at work, as a mysterious woman wearing various ethnic disguises, stalks and continually attempts to steal Jeff’s ring, even if by murder.

 

I’ve always been a fan of time-travel. I like the whole concept of it, so this novel was really interesting to me. At first, I wasn’t really sure how I felt about the fact that Jeff was falling in love with an ancestor of his wife’s. But I ended up being won over by their chemistry. I was also really surprised at how well everything worked out in the end, because I wasn’t sure how that was going to work. I won’t give it away, but it did surprise me and was something I hadn’t thought of when I was trying to figure it out. I was impressed at how easily Jeff adjusted to life in the past. I also really enjoyed the moments when Jeff would bring things back from his time to show Melody. It was fun to think about her reaction and try to imagine people from that time period seeing all of the things we have today. I did find some of the writing and dialogue a little abrupt and awkward at moments, but the story is fun and entertaining and that made up for it. I do think that this is a good novel for people interested in time-travel, especially if they’re also a fan of romance. This was a very cute story.

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Past Her Time

by: Melissa Jarvis

Pages: 269

Published: June 7th, 2011 by BookStrand Romance

ISBN: 1610343689

From Goodreads: Agent Alex Raines takes no prisoners—in her job or in her personal life. But all of that changes when the time travel organization The Lineage sends her to 1793 Revolutionary France. Used to a “get in, get out,” modus operandi, she finds her heart and will tested by local English nobleman Lord Gabriel Huntington, whose reasons for being there are as deceptive as her own.

In the midst of revolution and betrayal, can these two learn to take off the disguises and trust each other? Or will the fate of the world and time travel rest on Alex’s ability to betray the one man she has come to love?

 

This was a wonderful story and I couldn’t put it down. I’ve always been a sucker for time-travel romances, but this has got to be one of the best ones I’ve ever read. The characters are believable and the chemistry between the main characters is undeniable. This book will have you routing for their love through everything that happens throughout the story. Alex is a strong heroine and someone that readers can look up to. She fights for herself and does what she feels is right, regardless of what time period she’s in. Gabriel is a hero that readers can find themselves falling for. One thing that always bothers me is when the hero in a romance just isn’t attractive and there is nothing substantial between the hero and heroine. That isn’t the case in this novel.

Another aspect of this novel that is so great is that you can never be sure what’s going to happen next. I was guessing until the end and even THEN the author kept surprising me. I would definitely recommend this book to romance lovers out there, especially if you have an interest in history and/or time-travel. It is definitely worth it to pick this book up. It is a very well-written novel. 🙂

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