Cidney Swanson moves from traveling in space to traveling in time.
In this new adventure a modern girl, Halley, manages to briefly travel to the 16th century via a secret time machine. When she returns, she is not alone. The rest of the book concerns rectifying this. At the same time, Halley must also try to figure out what to do about her own past and her future.
Halley’s whole life has centered around her mother’s whims and lifestyle. Her own needs and wishes are continually brushed aside by her mother’s immediate concerns. Even the one event in her childhood that has been her guiding star was orchestrated by her mother. Halley manages to work around all this to find the life she so desires. All while trying to deal with the time traveling problem. I don’t want to go into details of this, I want you to read the book!
(mini) Spoiler Alert: Everything works out okay in the end. But it is an (enjoyable) roller coaster ride to get there
One element of the book that took a while to appreciate: 16th Century speech. It was jarring initially (but then so it would be if one was thrust into such an unexpected experience, which becomes evident as the story progresses). While it seemed a bit artificial at first, as the book developed it dovetailed right in. Very cleverly, I might add.
This seems to be the first in a series, so I am looking forward to the next episode.
I enjoy reading Cidney Swanson’s books and appreciate the ARC. Thank you Cidney!