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Dream of Time Paperback – June 25, 2013
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Star Rating: 4.5 out of 5: "Fans of books like The Time Traveler's Wife should love Dream of Time. If you like the historical fiction, romance, or time-travel genres, this book should definitely be first on your reading list." - San Francisco Book Review
About the Author
A fourth-generation San Francisco Bay Area native, Nancy co-founded SheKnows.com in 1999, and served as the site's Executive Editor for twelve years. In addition to having written thousands of articles, she also helped launch five national newsstand magazines, including ePregnancy and Cooking Smart. She now lives in Arizona with her four kids and their menagerie, and works as editor-in-chief of Myria.com. Dream of Time is her first novel. See the latest from her online at nancyjprice.com.
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The story builds with steady momentum as we witness Jennie and Travis getting to know each other in the midst of trying to decipher exactly how Jennie had her "accident" to begin with. This, contrasted with Jennie/Robin's modern life as an single mom, circa 2014, creates a back and forth flow between the entwined stories and also a sense of urgency because Jennie/Robin doesn't know how this ability to travel back in time has come about, why it's happened and how long she realistically has with Travis.
Of course, every good time travel story has the element of fate woven into its tale. That realization at the end, that ties together all the incidents and answers the question, "Why?". Dream of Time absolutely provides this but did so in such an unexpected, refreshing way. I certainly won't give away the final plot twist but I will say prepare yourself for an impact.
Lastly, I'd like to mention the vintage images incorporated within the actual book. These wonderful black and white images of Victorian era San Francisco brought Jennie's world to life like nothing else could.
I do love the concept of time travel, and from "A Wrinkle in Time" to "The Time Traveller's Wife," I've read them all. But this was really a standout. Engaging and well-written, with an imminently accessible and sympathetic main character, "Dream of Time" is as much a love letter to San Francisco as it is a novel. With tons of historically accurate detail, the plot is as twisty as Lombard Street, and clicks along like a well-run cable car. (Sorry, bad similes. I couldn't resist.)
The story begins with present-day Robin having increasingly realistic dreams - until eventually when she falls asleep in the "Now" she wakes up for the day in the "Then" as Jennie in 1900. As the story progresses, Robin works to decode what she believes her purpose is in being sent back in time, with the help of her beau-policeman, the toothsome Travis.
As they work to thwart two bad guys in the Then, Robin can see the changes they may have effected in the Now, with the help of the ever-useful internet as well as her own inner compass and possibly some nudges from whatever sent her there in the first place.
As much as this is a light romp through time, it's also a lovely heartfelt commentary on the nature of love, and the deft story plotting by Ms. Price keeps you holding your breath til the very end. Very satisfying.
This was a very easy, very enjoyable read that sucked me in from the get go. The mystery aspect of the story was woven into the "life" side of the story in a fashion that neither was given precedent. I thought the plot wrapped up quite nicely and the denouement was fantastic, really gave the book an excellent sense of closure. The history was researched well (I suppose it could have all been made up, but I doubt it).
On the downside, I noticed some editing/transcription errors. Which I'm used to on Kindle editions of things. They did not detract from my enjoyment of the book though.