The first time Julia Beckett saw Greywethers she was only five, but she knew that it was her house. And now that she’s at last become its owner, she suspects that she was drawn there for a reason.
As if Greywethers were a portal between worlds, she finds herself transported into seventeenth-century England, becoming Mariana, a young woman struggling against danger and treachery, and battling a forbidden love.
Each time Julia travels back, she becomes more enthralled with the past…until she realizes Mariana’s life is threatening to eclipse her own, and she must find a way to lay the past to rest or lose the chance for happiness in her own time.
You know what I don’t like about books labelled as his-fic romance and time travel fantasy? Well, practically everything. Still beggars and flu invalids are no choosers. When a free book lands on you lap you say ‘thank you’ and enjoy an evening of gratuitous entertainment. And then you write a review dripping with snark. ;p
Both Julia and Mariana were two-dimensional, completely artificial Mary-Sue-ish heroines. Mariana was better but only slightly so. The plot was driven by misdirection, time travel and reincarnation. It also made me wonder: why the contemporary heroine identified not with her grandmother or great grandmother but with a girl living in the 17th century? It was idiotic to begin with. The romance story arc hardly helped as it was barely there. In fact I didn’t feel any connection between either of heroines and their beaux. When it comes to the secondary characters neither the ‘witch’, nor the pastor brother, nor the bartending friend existed on their own. They were added only to provide a match for the earlier incarnations of characters, though their soul pairings seemed incidental and emotionally unfulfilling. Like almost any pairing in this little beauty.
Well, the novel had one saving grace: it was an easy read. I finished it in one evening and even laughed a bit.
I did enjoy the potential of the book but I felt the execution was devoid of any finesse. MEH.