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A Trespass in Time (The Rowan & Ella Time Travel Adventure Series, Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Susan Kiernan-Lewis
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Ella Steven’s stubborn independence is the keystone of her identity—unfettered by romantic involvements or family demands—until the day she takes an exciting new job in Heidelberg, Germany. There, she stumbles onto a hidden time portal that takes her to 1620 Heidelberg where all her modern-day techno toys and proud self-reliance can’t protect her from the brutal realities of every day life.

Befriended by a convent of seventeenth century nuns who stand on the executioner's block of the bloodiest warlord in all of Europe, Ella struggles to survive in this primitive and brutal time. With the help of a sexy US Marshal, she tries to break out of her closed world of protected autonomy to help her new friends. When she does, she learns the hard way that when it comes to the things that really matter in life—love, trust and friendship—sometimes opening yourself up to others is the only true way home.


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  • File Size: 681 KB
  • Print Length: 249 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: San Marco Press (January 1, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A6KGLCU
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121 of 128 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Wasn't ready to publish February 16, 2013
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I've had to stop and start several times and I'm still struggling to finish. This has the outline of a good story but it just didn't seem ready to publish yet. There are parts, including near the beginning, that really drag and could be tightened up. The mystical part is poorly explained. And the characters in general need a lot of work. The main character is described as tough and independent but goes running as soon as she (and others) discovers something distressing about a distant relative. Her level of upset for someone far removed from herself is hard to understand, as are other characters reaction to it. And she just seems very young and kind of immature in general. And it isn't just her character that has problems. Old friends are never mentioned and her new friends are pretty clearly lousy. Her father is a mess and says incredibly hurtful things, seemingly by accident. He tells her (.........MILD SPOILER ALERT.......) that her dead mother is a CIA agent who apparently desperately wanted to abort her. Leaving that bombshell alone, the fact that a German citizen with the family connections she had would be accepted into the CIA is hard to believe, other characterization aside.

Not only that but the main villain is just cartoonishly bad. It's hard to keep reading the book when he is just so one dimensional and over the top. The background characters aren't much better. An entire town's peasant population cheer (cheer!) when an innocent nun gets brutally beaten. Other characters, including children, are abused in public to the delight of the general populace. It just doesn't seem at all believable that everyone is so evil except the main character and the small group she's defending.
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68 of 72 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good as a first draft February 24, 2013
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I rated this two-star because I'm kind of a sucker for cheesy time-travel novels. It had enough in it to keep me interested and I was able to finish it after two legs of a long car ride. I stop there because unlike other books I've read, the history is made up (and the author even admits this at the end). Oh, and the errors............

I speak German and have been to German-speaking countries several times. I was excited to read this book because of how familiar the subject is to me. But wow.... it was seriously in need of fact-checking. First of all, 80% of the German used in the book was incorrect. It ran together when it wasn't supposed to, had bad word order, and didn't follow simple characteristics of the language, like capitalized nouns. Even Google Translate would have done a better job with it (and I suspect an online translator may have played a role in many of the constructed sentences). Not that linguistic accuracy should be the most important aspect of a fictional novel, but I would think that if the author doesn't have a background in the language, maybe it should be double-checked before publication (an ad on Craigslist could have done the trick).

Beyond that, there were errors in many other aspects of the book. I cringed every time Wikipedia was spelled with 2 K's. But most of all, I was upset at the false references (when things were built, stating that 2012 is 600 years later than 1620, etc.) given throughout the novel. Again, a simple Google search would have made it much more believable. In my opinion, if the author is spending the time to write a novel, she should put in a couple of extra weeks making sure that the information lines up. And perhaps have somebody else read it first.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A very unhistorical historical May 4, 2014
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I really do not understand an author who puts a coy, "If you noticed some things historically wrong with this story, oh, I know better but I just made up a bunch of stuff up anyway. Tee Hee." in an after note. How can she possibly think that's an acceptable excuse for a bad plot and bad characterizations? This book had so many weird and unhistorical things in it that I suspect that note was a total afterthought when some set of beta readers pointed out just how bad the research was. I seriously think the author got her entire understanding of how a convent works from watching "The Sound of Music". Yes, it was that shallow. She also completely missed ALL the historical problems of early 17th century Heidelberg. She wrote her villains as TSTL (too stupid to live) psychopaths who gleefully go about destroying their own tax base when there is a handy set of 'other' to be plundered nearby and her historical good guys are written as just plain TSTL. After escaping from the destruction of their convent by crawling through a conveniently disused but easy to traverse tunnel into the countryside, the nuns hung around in a large cave near the tunnel exit. Seriously? And they were not found the next day by any half-way competent search?

It's a pity it deteriorated because the start of the story was very well done. It had an interesting twist on time-travel romance, the heroine had a very interesting back story and a good set of challenges to overcome, and the writing itself was smooth to read - until I struggled to overlook the poorly done characterizations of the historical part and the quite unlikely plot. I'm very good at suspending my disbelief - hey, I liked all the improbabilities of the first third!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Story
A storyline that moved along. Surprised how well written the story is. Not the usual time travel story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
This book had me on the edge at every page hope you enjoy ita much as I did can't wait to read the next one
Published 1 day ago by Julie Lowe
4.0 out of 5 stars I don't like graphic sex and there is some in this so ...
This is a little different than I usually read. I don't like graphic sex and there is some in this so be warned. Read more
Published 5 days ago by V. Carter
5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't get enough
This is a must for for a time travel enthusiasts. The only problem is I felt it slow a little midway then pickup and the ride was on. Falling in time to get together.
Published 5 days ago by Sandra K Cheney
5.0 out of 5 stars Predictable, but enjoyable
I love time travel stories.
Published 9 days ago by Lisa M
5.0 out of 5 stars very enjoyable!!!
Love the book , could not put it down ! Can't wait to buy and read the next book in the series!
Published 12 days ago by patricia ruby
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful time travel book.
I have now read all 3 books in this series. I am waiting for the fourth one. If you ever tried to imagine yourself in another time and how you would live, this book helps take... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Time perils
There's always threats to life, no matter the time. Live such in both times here.
Published 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I loved this page turner, couldn't put it down !
Published 16 days ago by M. R. Sugg
5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyed it very
Well written, enjoyed it very much
Published 17 days ago by S. Zinn
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Best-selling author Susan Kiernan-Lewis has been an equestrienne, copywriter, playwright, and video producer. As a writer, she takes her passions--horses, France, cooking, and travel--and puts them in her novels, which usually involve an adventurous female protagonist faced with the challenge of new and dangerous situations. Her popular fiction series include the Maggie Newberry Mysteries set in France, the dystopian Irish End Games, the Atlanta-based Mia Kazmaroff mysteries, and a historical romance time-travel series. Contact Susan at susankiernanlewis@gmail.com and visit her website at susankiernanlewis.com.

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It's not possible to have a US Marshal in 1620.
It certainly is possible when he travels back in time!
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