- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 7 hours and 25 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Dana L. Roquet
- Audible.com Release Date: July 31, 2013
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00E9HVCNO
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Out of the Past: Heritage Time Travel Romance Series, Book 1 Audiobook – Unabridged
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The heroine is an accomplished romance writer that has made it big. she is also a genealogy buff and has done extensive work on her family tree. Now that she has the money she needs she buys the old homestead and sets out to restore it to it's original condition complete with furnishings of that time. Her contractor is a young sexy guy that does restorations and is somewhat of a history buff himself. She is in a relationship so he is sort of off limits but she enjoys his company as they restore the house and hit the flea markets for furnishings.
Once the house is finished she moves in. Now the fun starts. At night when she falls asleep she goes back in time and is in the body of the character that she is experiencing that night. She is always with her family and always a female. Can you imagine how exciting that would be? you go back 100 years and see how your great, great, great grand parent lived? You could get facts and stories right from the people that lived them. What fun that would be. But then things happen. The story is so good you can hardly put this book down. I read until 2 a.m. and had to quit because my eyes were blurring. But I didn't want to stop reading and see what was going to happen next. This book had mystery, romance, some sexy scenes, heartache and sadness. It had it all and was really good.
It is really, really, good and I definitely recommend it.
Technically speaking, the story was decently written. The plot was new and interesting. I liked the characters, and with a few small exceptions for some flowery writing, the narrative was clean and easy to read. There were no obvious spelling mistakes, incorrect punctuation or grammar, and the sentence structures flowed well.
Unfortunately, the pace was also painfully slow. The detail lever was a bit distracting at times, often with the characters rambling on for two or three pages at a time about the histories of certain objects, complicated genealogical lines, and endless lists of replaced historical artifacts. Frankly, I was bored when the main character droned on about the history of her house and family. I had expected the book to be all about the romance and time travel but soon discovered that it had little to do with either. The story was more often about the love of the character’s restoration work and historical research, and I just wasn’t interested.
To make matters worse, the time travel wasn’t really time travel at all, and as far as I could tell, served no purpose in the plot. The characters didn’t learn anything or solve any problems by traveling (I use this term lightly) into the past. The most it did was fill in some blanks on the family tree and spur on the main character’s shopping sprees for antiques for her newly refurbished historical home.
The romance itself was a bit watered down, and in a way, almost too perfect. There was little to no tension between the couple and they never made any mistakes. The male lead said the right things at the right time, and overall, it came across as bland and contrived.
In the end, I had to give the book a 3-star rating. It wasn’t a bad book, but it wasn’t great either. I wasn’t engaged by the story or characters. Instead, it felt like a very long, drawn-out history lesson. It just wasn’t my idea of a gripping romance, and not what I thought I was going to be reading when I picked it up.
The only reason I give it three stars is the attention to details and the idea that, in my opinion fell flat. No interest in the subsequent time travel books in this series.
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