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Repeating History: A Time in Yellowstone Novel Paperback – September 7, 2013
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"A GRAND yarn you can't put down." Janet Chapple, author of Yellowstone Treasures
From the Back Cover
The moon gleamed on the pool under the boardwalk, the ripples growing into small waves as the vibrations magnified. A splash, another splash, this one bigger than the first, a chugging racket that sounded like the propellers on an airplane about to take off...
The earthquake, it had to be an earthquake, hit like a giant pounding a sledgehammer. The boardwalk - bounced. With me on it. It was like riding a bucking bronco. I grabbed the edge of the boards, and hung on. Grand's pool was churning like a crazy thing now. Water hit me on the back, the heat soaking through my jacket and shirt.
Then it all stopped.
"That was a helluva ride," I said into the suddenly still darkness, the moon glimmering off the still sloshing pool. My thumb hurt. I held it up a few inches from my nose. A splinter was lodged under the nail. I grasped it between my teeth and yanked it out. Tugged the tail of my shirt out to stanch the blood. And stared around.
Everything seemed to be holding its breath. Not a bit of movement, except the water draining under my feet. Not a sound, except for the now-fading hiss of the runoff. I took a deep breath and started to get up.
That's when the big one hit.
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Although I'm probably mostly right brained and have written a time travel story myself where the impossible becomes possible, my left brain couldn't help but ponder the consequences of becoming your own great-grandfather and it (my left brain) keep looking to the future and the questions piled upon questions which weren't resolved in the end, but may be in a sequel on down the road.
Meg Justus loves Yellowstone and its history, I look for her one day to write non-fiction stories and articles about the park, one of her favorite, if not her very favorite place in the world.
I won't tell the whole story, but he has problems with hunger, Indians, and white folk whose customs and way of life are not what he's used to. He gets into some trouble for saying the wrong things to the wrong people, but in time -- well, the book is about time, and it seems that Charles McManis -- the nickname Chuck isn't known in the time where he finds himself -- is on track to play his predestined role. There's a sequel coming, True Gold, which I'll be looking for.
Ms. Justus has a love for travelling in that part of the country, and she has evidently done her homework about events in Yellowstone back when. (Or at least she's faked it convincingly; I haven't done the research to say which.) Based on general knowledge, she seems to have nineteenth century mores down well. Finally, she writes good prose, and tells a story which engages the reader.
Meg is skilled at drawing the reader into the place and the story and at creating a "can't put it down" type of book. There's a plethora of action, and the dialog makes you feel you are right there.
It's hard to categorize this book, but I guess it could be called paranormal historical science fiction; that about covers it but does not tell you how well thought out and carefully written it is. I could not help but smile when I realized Meg's story reminds me of a 1947 popular song by Latham and Jaffe, "I'm My Own Grandpa," which drew on a Mark Twain anecdote.
In short, Repeating History is a fascinating yarn that you know cannot be true, but you willingly suspend judgment as Meg carries you along. I am eagerly awaiting the sequel.
And it certainly does qualify as a very good book!
Janet Chapple, [...]
Then I hit the second half. At that point, the tale becomes a rather straightforward sweet romance with little of the suspense or excitement of the first half. The characters, which remained well done, keep it from flopping. I wish the tension in the second half lived up to the tension in the first half, yet I still enjoyed reading about Chuck's dumbassery and the complications of daily life in the 1870s.
The historical aspect was clearly well and thoroughly researched. Minor details struck me as something one would have to delve to discover, and the setting is immersive. I felt like I'd been transported to Yellowstone and Helena and the various other places.
I recommend this book for people who like post-Civil War era historical romance.