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Completely Restored [Kindle Edition]

Robert Kerr
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Book Description

When Joe Murphy’s wife, Linda, spies an ad for a “beautiful 3-story Victorian house in need of some TLC,” the couple jumps at the chance for their dream home. Renovating it will allow them to indulge their passion for antiques and to get closer to an era they believe was a better time. Privately, Joe hopes that the project will also fill the void that has opened within their family life. They embark upon a grueling three-year renovation to restore the house to its former splendor, and everything seems perfect…until the morning Joe awakes to find a horse-drawn milk cart in his driveway and his family inexplicably transported back to the year 1909. Suddenly the Murphys’ dream for a simpler time becomes a shocking reality, one in which they will struggle to adapt to turn-of-the-century Iowa while seeking a way to return home. Completely Restored is a unique page-turner of a novel, filled with historical figures and events that help to teach a modern family about the simple joys of life. Reader Reviews: “An Unassuming Jewel!, Robert Kerr's Completely Restored, starts as a very unassuming book…But Kerr is careful not to turn this into a simple romantic view of the past by interjecting a number of plot arcs which also convey how different the rule of law, child protection, and the limitations of medicine were one hundred years ago…The book evokes a feeling of nostalgia and desire for simpler times while at the same time making one appreciate the things they have today.” Todd Fonseca, Minneapolis, MN, Author of The Time Cavern “…obviously a natural story teller and this fact shines through on each page… a ‘page turner’…after the first couple of pages into this book, you will be completely hooked and have a difficult time putting it down until the conclusion. Highly recommend this one and highly recommend you put it on your reading list.” Don Blankenship, The Ozarks - Amazon.com Top 100 Reviewer “I read the first five pages on the website and you’ve got me hooked!” Phyllis Pratt, Des Moines, IA “It was nice to read about an American family who cared for each other and which come together, not pull apart, to solve different dilemmas. Robert Kerr seems to have the knack to intertwine suspense with history.” Carolyn Strickler, Des Moines, IA “I'm speechless! Completely Restored is great reading for the whole family…I can't wait to read his next one.” Pat Wadkins, Grand Island, NE “A fine mix of history, the mystical, and the "ticking clock". The story line and dialogue move at a good pace. A most enjoyable read.” B.G., Salina, KS "Charming! Witty! Intelligent! A Mystery with History! Fit For The Twilight Zone! History, mystery and time travel combine to make a charming, witty, and intelligently crafted tale of 'what if...?'" By Gary Val Tenuta, author of The Ezekiel Code "Unique Family Time Travel - Robert Kerr's Completely Restored is a heart-warming part mystery, part time-travel tale of a family in crisis due to unexpected circumstances. As they struggle to adjust to their new lives and try to find a way back home, they also begin to learn more about one another. Although the whole book is interesting, especially for its historical information and characters, the latter chapters pick up speed to a satisfying and unexpected end." By Edie Dykeman - Amazon.com Vine Voice “Kudos for an exciting book about so many wonderful themes--love of family, love of history, love for community!...Once I started reading Completely Restored, I couldn't put the book down. Thanks for a quality book to read during an Iowa blizzard!” Marilyn Dysart, Marshalltown, IA “Mr. Kerr has proven that you can take actual historical events and write a book that is not only enjoyable to read but also leaves you with some actual brain food! Here is one reviewer who is looking forward to Completely Restored...The Movie!” William Wilson, Marshalltown, IA


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About the Author

Born and raised in Nebraska, Robert Kerr has called Iowa home for more than thirty years. He attended the University of Nebraska at Kearney, The University of Kansas at Ft. Hays, and the University of Northern Iowa. He holds a master’s degree in psychology, and his career path has led him through stints as a welder, a carpenter, a mental hospital attendant, a mortician’s assistant, and a general Man Friday for an electrical engineer. Since 1976, he has been a school psychologist in Central Iowa. He and his wife, Joan, have rehabilitated five houses, including a Victorian-era house that inspired Completely Restored. The father of two grown children, he lives with his wife in Ankeny, Iowa. Completely Restored is Robert’s first novel.

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  • File Size: 516 KB
  • Print Length: 220 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007I6QJ04
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Completely Restored January 26, 2010
Format:Paperback
Generally " time travel" novels are not ones I pick up to read, but Completely Restored gathered my interest and peaked my curiosity the more pages I turned.It was nice to read about an American family who cared for each other and which came together,not pull apart, to solve different dilemmas. Robert Kerr seems to have the knack to intertwine suspense with history. Not only did I find myself wanting to know "what is going to happen next" but I learned more about the history of 100 years ago and of life in a smaller midwest town. I wonder what his next novel will be about?
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47 of 51 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Like the old Victorian house purchased by fictional characters Joe and Linda Murphy, Robert Kerr's first novel, COMPETELY RESTORED has a lot of potential.

When I first started the book, I was a bit distracted by the overuse of exclamation points. Thankfully this did not continue throughout the book. I was also a bit confused with the titles of the chapters. Several, but not all, had headlines from newspapers which enabled the reader to follow the timeline. Unfortunately the headlines did not necessarily coincide with the language within that chapter. Then there were a couple of storylines that seemed to trail off (i.e. the key to the front door).

The story does have a nice underlying message: the importance of family and the affect that modern life has on the family unit. All of us at some point or another wish for simpler times and this book does just that: it takes a family back to simpler times. But with simpler times come a different set of problems for the modern family that we all take for granted: transportation, clothing and modern medicine. Mr. Kerr is doing a noble thing through his work by making the reader appreciate what he or she has. And in this crazy world, balance is key.

I think that Mr. Kerr's book has a lot of potential. What a fun concept: restoring a house only to be taken back 100 years! But as the doctors of 1909 may have prescribed, there is a need for a stronger skeleton and more muscle. I would have liked to see the characters developed a bit more, perhaps more storylines. For example, many things could have happened to the modern teenage Murphy children being thrown back to 1909 to provide humor, concern...whatever Mr. Kerr as our entertainer chooses to provide.

I imagine Mr. Kerr to be a great storyteller in person, and encourage him to continue writing.

J.R. Reardon
author, of ADVICE AND CONSENT
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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Less HG Wells, More Richard Paul Evans February 18, 2010
Format:Paperback
This is a time travel story, but a heart-warming one at that. So expect the standard conventions of both a Back to the Future movie, and a Richard Paul Evans book. Keep in mind that this book is heart-warming, not mind-bending, so the paradoxes are kept to a minimum. Enjoy the ride, without a headache.

As I read, I fell in love with Kerr's symbols. The Grand Central Symbol is the Completely Restored house. This enchanted house parallels the re-enchantment that the aged and weathered family undergoes as they travel back 100 years. Again, families do not need to go back 100 years to experience the good things that 100 year old principles and practices do for families.

For me, the key scene was Christmas 1909, sans tinsel and Gold Cards. Our little trinkets and baubles are as out-of-date as the living antiques the family bought one another in their temporal flashback.

So expect a book with a healthy message about families, and what we need to to to save society and the world.

There are two things that kept this book back. The first was that the ending was rushed. We get this rapid-fire ticking time-bomb scenario, and then the story is resolved in a flashback. It didn't work for Harry Potter, and it doesn't work here.

The second is the language. Here and there words creep up that might offend my grandmother's soul. The editrix should have caught these and been hard-line.

This book is worth a revised edition to iron out these two flaws. It would make a great holiday Movie of the Week, and could spawn several squeals.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good Idea, Fair Execution September 1, 2012
By Rachel
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The premise is good, but the character development falls flat and fails to be believable. The voices of the characters weren't different enough from each other to make me think of them as real people. Plus, the family drops back in time a hundred years and is just kind of...fine. They drop into school and work and domestic efficiency with scarcely a hiccup. They just happen to know how to cook everything from scratch, and figure out how to harness and drive a team of horses just by watching a bit. I'm more willing to believe that the house dropped back in time than that they would all adapt perfectly. The plot is almost consistent, but there are points that are made out to be huge for a chapter or two that then get totally forgotten.

I would like this book much better, I think, if it had a few revisions with a really competent editor.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh fun and delightful September 23, 2010
Format:Paperback
I very much enjoyed reading this story. Kerr did an eloquent job of capturing elements of history and heritage balanced with valuing present day ideals. It was entertaining and easy to read. I was drawn into the life of the characters as they transitioned from their hectic lives into the richness of old time family bonding. The suspense and mystery held my attention and made it hard to put the book down. I was very satisfied with the ending and felt a bit "restored" myself having read it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read!
I found this book very entertaining and would recommend it to all.
Published 5 hours ago by Gailj Rollo
5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous book! should make into a movie!
This story held my interest throughout each page. Really hard to put it down. It sucked me in and I visualized the whole house, town, characters , both past & present. Read more
Published 12 days ago by greg rezac
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book. A little bit of time travel
Good book. A little bit of time travel, but not a sci fi book.
Published 25 days ago by K. Sibille
5.0 out of 5 stars I recommend this for enjoyable reading
Very interesting! A completely new approach to "restoring". I recommend this for enjoyable reading.
Published 1 month ago by squirley
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book
:0) My hubby loaned this book to me & I'm glade he did. I would read this one again. :0)
Published 1 month ago by Trailfox
4.0 out of 5 stars fun time travel
Though it dragged in the middle, it was a fun read and an unusual plot twist. Nice to see time travel in a way that is not too science fiction-y
Published 1 month ago by Abbi Easter
3.0 out of 5 stars Quick read and nice concept
Nice story and an Interesting concept. Enjoyed the book as a quick read, but lacked depth and character development. Definitely not on my reread list.
Published 1 month ago by William F. Shirk
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story!
This book really kept your interest! Really thought the ending would be different. Definitely a story with a different twist
Published 1 month ago by Judy
4.0 out of 5 stars Charming
This is a charming story. I really appreciated the character development and the loving but imperfect family element. It made it all seem more real.
Published 2 months ago by Ashley
5.0 out of 5 stars great story
This story was great and It was hard to put the book down. Intrigued by the wonderful restored house on the front cover the story was just as intriguing. Read more
Published 2 months ago by R. Hatcher
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Born and raised in Nebraska, Robert Kerr has called Iowa home for more than thirty years. He attended the University of Nebraska at Kearney, The University of Kansas at Ft. Hays, and the University of Northern Iowa. He holds a master s degree in psychology, and his career path has led him through stints as a welder, a carpenter, a mental hospital attendant, a mortician's assistant, and a general Man Friday for an electrical engineer. Since 1976, he has been a school psychologist in Central Iowa. He and his wife, Joan, have rehabilitated five houses, including a Victorian-era house that inspired Completely Restored. The father of two grown children, he lives with his wife in Ankeny, Iowa. Completely Restored is Robert's first novel.

www.myrobertkerr.com

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