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I have to say that I have read other books by this author before and while they were good they were not great like this book! I loved every line of this book. I am a fan of time travel novels and was excited to get into this book.
Aphra Behn is a playwrite in Restoration London trying to make her living without a man. She has high and lows with her plays and lives her life as she sees fit. In our time, she is considered a so-so writer that had either her lovers write her work or copied her work from others. While this book is a work of fiction, Aphra Behn was a real person and there are some facts intertwined in this book. There are "feminist" (not my words) scholars and fans that feel that Aphra has been wronged throughout history and that since there isn't an autobiography or memoirs written by her, she is unjustly discriminated against.
We meet Billy in modern London who is an American studying at university there. She is doing her thesis on Aphra Behn and faces discrimination from her professor and her London boyfriend who believe that Aphra is depicted as she was in her life. A crude and untalented playwrite and author. They both tell her that she is wasting her time and that nothing she or anyone else does will change the historical opinion of this woman. This unjust judgement in Billie's life comes at a time when there will be a symposium about Aphra that she is decorating for. She receives artifacts from the Albert and Victoria museum to display and as she is setting up she comes across a mirror. She is reciting lines from Aphra's play The Dutch Lover while looking in the mirror and she is transported to Aphra's time. She meets the famed playwrite and a host of other playwrites namely one we know as Edward Ravenscroft who goes by Damon. We get a fictional glimpse of Aphra's life and her friends with some facts mixed in.
I enjoyed this story a lot and couldn't put it down. It intrigued me so much that I looked up the author and others throughout this book to discover more.
I recommend this book as i felt it was a great read and worth my time!
There is nothing better than when a time travel story is paired with real characters from the past and an excellent writer. This book hits the mark. I commend Nestvold on the amount of research she had to do to make this story so rich and detailed. I felt completely immersed into the seventeenth century. I liked the fact that once Billie was through the mirror, beyond her quest of meeting her idol, she also had to learn how to make her way and live there. This was an added element that I absolutely loved. This is a highly recommended book.