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While it's never explained why or how, a family of five, after restoring an old home, is suddenly thrown back in time to 1909.
The story centers around relationships, both among the family members and a next door neighbor. I do wish the author had spent a bit more time on how each of the family members coped with the differences in life they were forced into living. Like cooking, the taste of food, the purchasing of food, and storage. (Did they have a refrigerator? Or use an ice box?)
How did the teen agers find school? Relationships with new friends? Studying?
They were forced into driving a team of horses. How did they learn? What did that involve?
I just wanted more.
Two other loose ends bothered me, too, regarding the housekeeper and Georgie. The family had relationships with these people, but the loose ends are never tied up.
Nonetheless, I give this book five stars because it's still an entertaining read and I'm a sucker for time travel.
They had two teenage children. The children went to the local school and remarked on how the teaching methods were so different. They did not get extra credit (or better grades) for good attendance. The teachers made a big fuss over penmanship! They had to study and know their lessons and do their homework! This "confirmed" my own negative thoughts of our current teaching methods!
This book does have a plot and surprise ending and both are good. It even surprised me and I am an expert on seeing through a plot and surprises. (g)
The details of living in another era seemed very realistic, and actually addressed problems I would expect they would encounter, and how the addressed them. There were a couple of places where it required an even greater stretch of imagination to accept something. Such as having the stock certificates and being able to cash them in so quickly and easily, as total strangers in town. However, it is purely fiction, so anything is possible.
Overall, I thought it was handled well and was very interesting. I enjoyed the read, and think it would make a good book for discussions among friends or family. There was some mild language - nothing that offended me, and nothing worse than what is now allowed on network TV. But generally, it was not needed to make the point, and many people prefer to avoid it. It also would make me tend to not recommend it for younger readers. I like literature to show them that a message or story can be effectively told without over use of ugly words.
In my opinion the author has presented us with a well-crafted book full of imaginative characters and rich descriptions. This book was impossible for me not to love.
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