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Out of Time (Time Series Book 1) by [Truscott, Deborah]
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  • File Size: 845 KB
  • Print Length: 361 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: July 10, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005C2COA0
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I'm a sucker for time-travel stories, but most simply aren't very well written. This one engaged me from the start and held my interest to the end. In fact, I read the whole book in one sitting, which says a lot for the book's quality. Engaging me for a full ten pages is difficult, but to engage me for an entire novel is an Herculean task! The characters are believable and likable, and I very much enjoyed the way the historical tidbits and scientific theory were woven seamlessly into the narrative and dialogue. As a writer myself, I recognize how difficult that is to do, and I heartily applaud Ms.Truscott's skill in getting it right. My only quibble is that some of Robert's speech sounded a bit too modern, but it was not modern enough to break my suspension of disbelief. I loved the story anyway. "Out of Time" has become one of the few modern books I have labeled a favorite,and I will definitely read it, again!
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I recommend making time for Out of Time. This story focuses on the physical and emotional journey of two lost souls, but it's so much more than that. The author cleverly incorporates a fascinating history lesson on the revolutionary-era (with an incredible feel for period detail) and an examination of 21st century culture, amidst an intriguing love story. It kept my interest and attention to the very end AND I learned many new things without even trying. I wish history in high school had been this interesting!
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I'm only 61% through the book but I couldn't wait to review it. When I start reading a free book, I usually lose interest quickly. But this is a well written book with good character development. I very much recommend this great story.
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Later, It's romantic without being silly. I've finished it now and still think it's a great book. I'm looking forward to another book from Deborah Truscott!!!
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I love a good time travel story, and this one is no exception. The attention to history make it even better. I am not the biggest fan of first-person narrative, but I think this story is well told just the same. Other readers who love that style of writing will love this one.

There were a few minor caveats that kept me from giving it five stars.

1. The small number of grammatical errors and typos, especially towards the end, are somewhat distracting.
2. The book does drag a small amount in the middle when it seems that all the action revolves around Robert remembering things and learning about everything that's transpired in the past 200 years. His delight in modern inventions is entertaining, but it does get a little old after a while. Still, it doesn't take long for things to get interesting again.
3. The sudden switch from Kathleen's point of view to that of Lila at the end is, frankly, jarring. I kept getting confused, thinking it was Kathy Lee talking, when it was Lila. I almost didn't want to finish that last chapter for that reason alone.
4. *Spoiler Alert* While I am glad the book has a happy ending, it does almost seem too easy as if more time should have elapsed where Kathy Lee was learning to move on alone but still hopeful. She hardly has enough time to accept that he is even gone before he shows up again.
5. This is minor, but her name drove me crazy. I loved it that Robert calls her "Kathleen" and "Kitty" so I didn't have to read "Kathy Lee" any more than necessary. The name "Kathy Lee" has other associations for me (and I'm sure others) that I found distracting every time I read her name.
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This was an interesting idea. There were spots where it really dragged, I didn't need to know so much of the history lessons or the "how does relatvity work" stuff.

I really liked the Colonel and enjoyed his take on the good and the bad in his time and in the present. Kathy Lee, however, was not the most likeable of people. I am not really sure what rubbed me wrong about her, maybe her ablity to just dump her kids depsite that fact she sees herself as someone all wrapped up in being a June Cleaver mom and housewife. And this is a whole new centruy as she is always trying to explain to the Colonel---she doesn't need her husband's permission to get a divorce and really, a couple of pictures could have her declared an unfit mother when everyone in town knows her husband is hopping in a different bed each week? This just made her seem weak and unappealing to me.

Parts of the book were entertaining and it held my interest. The change in narrator at the very end could have worked well, but I found myself with unanswered questions.
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"Out of Time" briefly was offered at no charge, and after reading the sample, I downloaded it to my Kindle.

I have eclectic reading tastes--sci fi, mystery/suspense, bodice-ripping gothics--which may explain both why I enjoyed this book so much and why I didn't enjoy it as much as others might.

First, let me state that I love getting the opportunity to read words written by unknown and/or indie authors. Sometimes, these works are ruined by grammatical errors, typos, and just crappy writing. For the most part, this was not the case with "Out of Time," although I was distracted a few times by glitches that could've been caught by a stern editor.

I found the premise appealing and appreciated the author's efforts to help me "suspend disbelief." In fact, her efforts in this regard probably will lead some readers to downgrade their ratings because of "all the science talk." The "place" at which I had a difficult time "suspending disbelief" was in the male character's easy acceptance of this new world in which he found himself.

Two other flaws: (1) the repeated intrusion of one particular character gave him away as KEY to the overall story, and (2) the quick reappearance of the male protagonist took away from the story's ability to hold us in thrall over months or years as the female protagonist watched the garden shed (because, truly, we would've been right beside her, hoping where there should be no hope).

Overall, I found this to be a story that was "prickly" at the outset but sweet and charming at the end.
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