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Daughter of Time: A Time Travel Romance (The After Cilmeri Series) Paperback – October 1, 2011
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The completely fresh storyline of a Daughter of Time is one of the strongest aspects of this story ... a sweetheart style romance in that the sexual scenes take place off stage, and an enjoyable look at chivalry in a way that explains how functional it was for the time period, and not just a cliché romantic notion modern readers have about knights in shining armor.
Overall, I give this book 5 stars and recommend you grab a copy or at least download a sample for yourself.
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The After Cilmeri Series:
Daughter of Time (prequel)
Guardians of Time
Masters of Time
The Gareth and Gwen Medieval Mysteries:
The Lost Brother
The Renegade Merchant
The Unexpected Ally
The Lion of Wales series:
The Oaken Door
Of Men and Dragons
A Long Cloud
Frost Against the Hilt
The Last Pendragon Saga:
The Pendragon's Blade
Song of the Pendragon
The Pendragon's Champions
Rise of the Pendragon
The Pendragon's Challenge
The Paradisi Chronicles:
Top Customer Reviews
The dialogue was painful. There was no flow - it was inconsistent, confusing, and sometimes just made no sense. There were so many characters, with poor explanation of who they were - I had to look up the actual history on the internet just to figure out what the heck was happening. The chapters alternate between Meg's perspective, then Llywelyn's - which would have been interesting, except that Llywelyn's "thoughts" were laced with modern-day colloquialisms, much like Meg's- so I wasn't sure who was speaking. Llywelyn speaks of going to his "office." Did medieval princes really call it an "office?" Then later, when trying to correct Meg's way of addressing him, he states, "....if you can just tack `my lord' on there at the end...." Isn't that modern-day phrasing? I got so confused I wasn't sure if it was Meg or Llywelyn who traveled back in time.
Realism - there was none. I would expect if a 13th century Welsh prince came across a 1990's automobile sinking into a swamp with a woman at the wheel and a child in a car seat, he probably would not have figured out how to release both the seatbelt AND the child's car-seat belt in seconds flat, much less figure out how to open the doors. Wouldn't he have bashed the windows in and whipped out his knife to cut the belt? The story started to lose me here....
Character development was nonexistent. I kept re-reading passages, thinking I had missed something. Characters just seemed to change direction at the drop of a hat, and I had no idea what their motives were. The dialogue was not helpful here- in fact, it only made it more confusing.
There were several typos and grammatical errors. I guess for $0.99 I have come to expect that, but that only makes me think that there was no care for how accurate the writing was. This only confirmed my disappointment with the weird dialogue, the lack of character development, and the unrealistic meshing of 13th and 20th century perspectives. I am a fan of time travel stories, but I have read far better.
DAUGHTER OF TIME a stand-alone novel in the world of the After Cilmeri Series. - A TIME TRAVEL NOVEL
I'll start by saying I've never read a time travel novel, so was half waiting for Dr Who to appear! Needless to say, he didn't, but a young widow named Meg and her daughter, Anna, did. Freed by the death of her husband from a violent marriage, Met and her daughter have gone out for the mundane buying of ice-cream when their car skids on some ice. When she wakes up, Meg finds she has flown through some kind of time curtain and is in thirteenth Century Wales, having been rescued from her swamp-sinking vehicle by Llywelyn ap Gruffydd, the Prince of Wales himself. It doesn't take long for the pair to fall in love.
Thanks to her previous study of Welsh history Meg is able to save him from a premature death. They go through a peasant's form of plight-troth and become man and wife. But love can't conquer all, not in this world. Many dangers beset them from Llywelyn's jealous brother, Dafydd to warring Marcher lords, and which, through them, threaten Wales's very independence from an increasingly voracious England.
I very much enjoyed this book. I found Sarah Woodbury wove a telling tapestry of thirteenth Century Welsh royal life.. She had me caught up in the tale and in believing it is possible to pass through centuries to an earlier time. She has persuaded me to try more in this genre. Heartily recommended.