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"Night Study" by Maria V. Snyder
New York Times bestselling author Maria V. Snyder transports readers back to the realms of Sitia and Ixia in an exciting new Study novel full of magic, danger and intrigue. Learn more
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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.
author, of ADVICE AND CONSENT
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 Our little trinkets and baubles are as out-of-date as the living antiques the family bought one another in their temporal flashback.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.
I would like this book much better, I think, if it had a few revisions with a really competent editor.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
While not as detailed and engrossing as Jack Finney's "Time and Again", this is a terrific story all on its own. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Maverick
I'm not particularly a fan of time travel books but this was a fairly quick read with a few curse words. A family buys an old house and restores it to it's original beauty. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Reads4fun
Was it because each page I read was repeated on the next page, or that the page I was reading repeated itself in a disjointed way..... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Carol
Book kept your interest all the way through. Hard to put down. Characters real and well developed. Enjoyed the tie into historical facts Would read more by same authorPublished 5 months ago by Richard Lovstad
Good book. really makes you stop to think how far we have come in medicine and lives being saved with the progress. I enjoyed the read.Published 5 months ago by Kathy
I loved this story! I was immediately pulled in by the premise and couldn't put it down until the very end!
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I really enjoyed "Completely Restored" while a person can always criticize and poke holes in a story about time travel, it can still be a good story. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Will Stockdale
COMPLETELY RESTORED by Robert Kerr was an interesting read – a story interspersed with humor, family interaction, mystery, adventure and a bit of romance.Published 9 months ago by Faye M
I enjoyed the constant state of anticipation of what would happen next and how the family was going to make it work. I loved the ending. It was perfect.Published 9 months ago by kelhock