Will is my fiancé. The shy man I met years ago in college. The person I’m supposed to spend the rest of my life with.
This is the life I’ve always wanted until finding a picture of four men changes everything… Étienne says he’s my husband and the year is 1912. He can’t stand the sight of me, but I don’t know why.
Oh, and he’s one of the men from the picture.
I’ve done the impossible and have become trapped in time and I know Étienne is my key to going home.
The more time I spend with Étienne, the further I fall for him until I’m questioning which time I belong in and if the life I left behind is the one I truly desire.
All I know for certain is I need to survive time.
I need to survive love.
And I need to make it out on the other side alive.
This book made me escape to 1912 so well. I felt like I was there. The setting was laid out so beautifully and not overdone at all. I could see it and I could almost touch it. The culture of the time period was easily understood, and I really enjoyed seeing what it was like for Serene to go back in time. Overall I really, really enjoyed this one and am highly anticipating the next book, (yes, it’s a series) but I do have a couple of complaints. First, let’s dive into what I loved.
I loved Etienne. Totally hated him at first, but once I got to know his character and understand the reasons for his actions, I was a fan. I also really loved the aspect of a girl from our current time going back in time to 1912. Serene’s thoughts and actions were spot on and I’m pretty sure I’d feel the same way if I went back to a time when women were perceived so differently than they are now. That’s probably my favorite aspect of the book overall. The setting sounded so beautiful and I could intensely picture it in my head. As well as the clothing described, I was just all in with the quick but detailed descriptions written by Read.
Unfortunately, I did have some beef with this book. The sex scenes were just a little too much for me. I don’t know if I’m becoming a prude in my old age or what, but I found myself glancing over them in order to get to the next part. In my opinion, the sex scenes weren’t integral to the story, so when reading them I just became bored. Also, there were a few times when I had to question the timeline and who was related to who. I got a tad confused and had to go back to other pages in order to figure out what was going on.
For both of those reasons listed above, I put my big girl pants on and gave this book a 4 star rating. I only knocked off one star because I really, really did love everything else about the book aside from those two things. If you are looking for a summer read that will take you to a different time, this is your pick!
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