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The Hands of Time (The Hands of Time: Book 1) Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 450 KB
  • Print Length: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Merlin Press LLC; 2 edition (December 7, 2011)
  • Publication Date: December 7, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006JRO9WS
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Irina Shapiro will be first in line if recreational time travel ever becomes a reality, but for now, she must rely on flights of imagination, traveling through time and space vicariously through her characters. Irina particularly enjoy stories set in the past, where the characters must navigate the volatile political climates of their time while still managing to live, love, and cause mischief.

Irina has always had a particular fascination with the paranormal, and explores some of these themes in her books. She believes that nothing is truly impossible; true love can transcend space and time, and live on forever.

Please visit Irina Shapiro at www.irinashapiro.com to learn more about her titles and upcoming releases.

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146 of 163 people found the following review helpful By cabinet of curiosities on February 3, 2012
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The writing is ok; a little flat, but enjoyable enough.

What prevented me from really getting into the story is a glaring historical error that came up again and again. The time traveller has gone back to England in 1605, and gets involved with a character who played a part in a significant event that took place in that year. So far, so good. The problem is that the author refers many times to 'the Colonies', and the main character tells people in 1605 that this is where she came from. A relative writes from a 'manor house' (plantation?) in Virginia, and later, we see a ship arriving at a busy port in Virginia. But...the English didn't establish a lasting colony in Virginia until 1607 (Jamestown), and even then, it took several years to get off the ground. The Pilgrims didn't land at Plymouth until 1620, which would be the earliest that anybody in England might have been able to refer to 'the Colonies'.

Some will consider this to be nitpicking, perhaps, but it's my preference when reading about time travel that the general historical details of the time/place travelled to are correct. Additionally, the 1605 characters think and talk pretty much like 21st century people.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Beth Cutwright on August 3, 2012
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I really do not read much about time travel. But I was pleasantly surprised when I read the story of Valerie Crane Whitfield. Valerie turns to her sister after her divorce and the two travel to England...Valerie trying to overcome her failed marriage and Louisa on a business trip. While shopping, the unimaginable happens and Valerie finds herself in a different time and place. What would you do? How frightened would you be? She seeks help from two brothers living at Yealm Castle and both brothers fall madly for their mysterious and beautiful visitor. This is one tale about true love. Religious and political betrayal, what one brother will do for the other and a secret shared between man and wife and a thirty year old disappearance of another woman are just a few of the highlights of this tale.

I enjoyed the strong characters developed for this story. Valerie found in this new time and age what her heart truly desired and what she could not have in her own time and place. She was portrayed as strong and yet true to her heart. I loved how she handled the love of two brothers. Finnlay was not who I wanted her to fall in love with...I wanted her to love Alec, from the start, but eventually.... Anyway, the characters came alive for me as did the world of 1605. I enjoyed meeting the house staff from Mrs. Dobbs to Betty...they were great secondary characters! And of course, Valerie's sister, Louisa....how devastating to lose your only sister and not know how or why, was she still alive? And I now understand Guy Fawkes Day...so even though this was a work of fiction, I learned something! I thought it was a great story and recommend it as a fantasy, fun,and romance at it's best!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Anisa L Lignell on February 23, 2015
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Romance, time travel and history all in one book. I really enjoyed it and can't wait to start the next in the series!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Janet From NH on December 26, 2014
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In the process of reading all of the books in the series, so far all have been wonderful. These books bring you back in time and tell a lovely story. I'm a real softy for saga type of books. In this day an age sometimes it feel really good to go back in time....you can really appreciate what you have in our Century. Good reading. Good Author
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Susan de Siena on May 21, 2012
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I usually avoid time travel books, although I'm not sure why. I'm glad I read this book as I really enjoyed it. Valerie finds herself transported back 400 years in time. Although she figures out how she isn't able to return. She is able to make a new life for herself and finds love and happiness. She also decides she wouldn't return to her family, even if she could. Valerie does find a way to send a message to her sister that her sister understands, 400 years later. I enjoyed the story and all the characters.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By FRYEHI on June 19, 2012
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This was my third book by this author and I wasn't disappointed. I could feel Valerie's fear and dispair as she found herself trapped in the past and tried to make a life for herself in the 17th Century. Her relationship with the Whitfield brothers was delicious and I couldn't wait to see which one she was going to end up with. I don't want to give anything away, but there were some unexpected twists and turns and the Gunpowder Plot served as a good political backdrop for the story. The ending made me think that there might be a sequel. I hope that's the case because I would love to find out what happened next and if Valerie's sister followed her into the past once she found out what happened to her sister.
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54 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Bookworm on April 11, 2012
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There were so many basic historical errors in this book that I couldn't get into the story, and gave up. Basic research wouldn't have gone amiss.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen Kelly on January 20, 2014
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I love time travel so this book caught my eye even before I got the review request. Of course I also love medieval times so this was the perfect book for me. I actually read it in two sittings. This is the first in the series, which continues with A Leap of Faith, A World Apart, A Game of Shadows and Shattered Moments. A young woman, Valerie Crane,accompanies her sister Louisa to England where Louisa has a job chronicling some artwork. Valerie does a bit of sightseeing and ends up in an antique shop where a clock high up on a shelf catches her eye. Before she knows it she is transported back in time to 1605 and wakes up in a field. She goes to a castle that is very near where she is and that is where the story begins. The castle is occupied by two brothers, Alec and Finn who have suffered great tragedy in their lives. They take Valerie in and make her welcome. She is attracted to both brothers but marries Finn. The story takes a fateful turn as this part of the story involves the plan to assassinate King James in the Gunpowder Plot. Finn is involved in this conspiracy and is charged and executed for treason. These are turbulent times as being a practicing Catholic is not a good thing to be. This is a love story if you will, but the historic details in this book are true.
I enjoyed the story very much and had a few teary eyed moments as the story went on. I liked the parallel story of Louisa and her attempts to figure out what happened to Valerie.
I think that if you enjoy a historical novel with a time travel element to it, you will enjoy these series of novels.

I received a copy of this book for review and was not monetarily compensated for my review.
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