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The story takes forever to get going, while at the same time seeming rushed. Time is wasted on irrelevant details about the protagonist in college before the main action picks up. (How does telling readers about her organizing a fundraiser of coeds running in their panties develop her character for the story we’re being told? It was also tacky: the boys pay to watch!)
When the action does finally pick up, it’s horribly contrived. How is a 19-year-old childhood best friends with a woman who is already a doctor? Who hides a bewildered just-arrived and utterly confused time-traveler, who has no idea of proper society behavior, in a *party*? Nobody behaves like a real person would, and reading became more and more a series of eye-rolls than an enjoyable pastime.
There were frequent misspellings, incorrect word usage, typos, grammatical errors, and awkwardly worded sentences. This altogether read like an early draft before it had seen any editorial work on either the story or the writing. It could be a good YA novel with the fantasy aspect better developed, with proper mythology created and more thorough world-building. The crude language and sex were definitely out of place and set the whole book on a more awkward keel than it was already. It made uneven attempts at stirring emotion, in the reader and in the characters, but the relationships were shallow, no matter how much the book insisted they were deep and powerful. I hate to bring up the old “show vs. tell” chestnut, but it’s not the best, most basic writing advice for no reason!
Furthermore, the characters were either unlikeable or unknowable. For example, the age and immaturity of the main character made her very difficult to like. Her “love-interest” was somehow both wooden and clownish at the same time. The other character development, or rather, lack thereof, left everyone’s actions even more far-fetched.
Though I say it has potential as for YA audience, the cover and blurb made it seem like it was a sweet, staid, cozy novel for historical fiction fans. I held onto hope that once the time travel started, it would get more interesting. But there was very little proper evocation of Time and Place. It was instead extremely cliché and lazily described, as if the research involved simply watching a few episodes of Downton Abbey. (And even then STILL not understanding how people behaved!)
The idea shows great imagination, unfortunately this was too full of plot holes, hampered by juvenile writing, and just too forced. This *rough draft* has potential, but it needs a great, great deal of work before it becomes a real novel of any value to the reading public. I will definitely not be investing any more time or money in other books by this author.
Also, please, I'm begging you Ms. Sloat, get a copy editor. There are too many grammatical mistakes for a professional work.
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Engaging characters and time travel. A winning combination.