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- Print Length: 65 pages
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- Publisher: Czidor Lore, LLC (February 7, 2016)
- Publication Date: February 7, 2016
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01BKSC6MU
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Shirlyn is a girl on the verge of becoming a young woman, being raised in a loving home where nearly anything seems possible. Her mother is a sweet and nurturing woman, her father a caring but somewhat disconnected genius. Rather than give his family a normal gift for Christmas, he arranges a trip in their yacht. But this is no ordinary yacht; it takes them back in time, and transforms to a more appropriate mode of transport. They find themselves in Bethlehem, directly in the path of three magi on their way to meet a very special newborn. They are riding a camel now, and join the historical procession for a while.
Her father has prepared for the trip: he knows how to act, and has learned enough of the tongue to communicate with the magi. His wife and daughter are not so well prepared, it being a Christmas surprise for them. They are left to find adventure in something other than what is being said. When adventure finds them, it is a little more than they had bargained for. Their camel bolts when they stop to rest and say goodbye, and the family is faced with being trapped in the past without it. Fortunately the magi are understanding, and wish to be helpful; they mount up with them, and head off to find the camel/yacht that will get them home.
Shirlyn finds herself riding with Balthazar, and realizes that he is both young and handsome. She begins to consider the rules of time travel, as her father has so carefully explained them, and how unfair they are. Although she knows that leaving the wrong kind of thing behind is forbidden, it is just the kind of thing Shirlyn most wants to leave. Without it her connection to Balthazar will fade from his memory forever, and so will she. It is too difficult of a thought to imagine, as they grow closer and the bond deepens.
She searches for a way to keep both her father and her own heart happy as the search continues. It becomes increasingly evident that this young woman is more obsessed with the contents of her heart than with the rules as the story moves along. What begins as a harmless teen’s desire takes a dark turn, and desire becomes obsession. It’s a beautiful and unpredictable ride, from beginning to end.
I thoroughly enjoyed ‘Wrapped in the Past’; it made me wonder what more this curious author has written on the subject. Clearly she has thought deeply about the endless repercussions implied, and has found a way to dance across that line at least once in this book. The world that she explores and explains is as fun to get to know as the characters living in it, and I look forward to the chance to see what kind of angle she approaches ‘Travel Glasses’ from. I would highly recommend ‘Wrapped in the Past’ to readers of any age, particularly to those interested in time travel and its many consequences.
Three magi follow the Star of Bethlehem, carrying gifts to welcome the newborn child.
Shirlyn's father is an inventor, and obsessed with time travel. His gift to Shirlyn and her mother is to travel back to the first Christmas, and observe the three magi. Shirlyn finds she grows attached to those of the past, but there are laws against leaving reminders. But can she leave without leaving a piece of her?
Janine's narration is done with a clear voice and flow. The accent voiced for Shirlyn feels to fit her, as it's what I thought she'd sound like. Janine has an accent I can't place when she speaks as the three magi. Janine expresses the feelings Shirlyn is feeling in voice as Shirlyn thinks and tells the story. The background is clear and seamlessly flows through the chapters.
This is a Christmas story at the heart. When Shirlyn sees the Christmas star she's taken by the sight. Her description is beautiful. Her and her family follow the star, her father hoping to cross paths with the three magi to study them. We experience the travels of the three magi following the Star of Bethlehem to welcome the child. We learn of the three magi's and what gifts they bare. But when Shirlyn sees the young Balthazar, she is attracted to him and he is her age. Balthazar is a special person as well. What he can do, and it's a touch of magic, is beautiful.
This feels like this is Shirlyn's first experience with time travel. We get to experience the effects of traveling, goggles/visors to protect eyes from the blanching effect, the change of traveling vehicle, and the affect of their arrival. Shirlyn's father, Edgar, also tells her of the rules of time travel.
Shirlyn is a young girl and we get a feel of so from her. Shirlyn is young and influential. She finds kind and sweet young men in her travels. Shirlyn falls for them each too. Shirlyn feels she's been impacted by meeting those of the past and she wants them to remember her as much as she'll remember them. Shirlyn is so young in her thinking and it shows, naive in a sense. Then we see Shirlyn meet Romaso for the first time too.
This story is set in the world of "The Call to Search Everywhen". You do NOT need to read the series first to read this one. This is a story of a secondary character's adventure to the past. We do get a few drops of the time travel agency and ways here. There are rules and consequences, but Shirlyn is just learning as she's new to traveling with her family. She hasn't seen any negative affects yet. Maybe you'll become curious of the world at a larger view after this story.
Wrapped in the Past will tell you some. Shirlyn and her family went on a time traveling adventure during the holidays and found themselves in ancient Persia. And ooh, what a bumpy ride it was.
Balthazar had the biggest impact on me, despite him being the youngest and aggressive. It is understandable how young Shirlyn had fallen for his charms. But of course, things didn't always go along with her wish, and so she was left heartbroken and disappointed somehow in the end.
I enjoyed this novella or short story accompanying Chess Desall's Travel Glasses series. I have read her other books and the author was really good. This short story was even more memorable because of the characters who easily interested me. Can't wait to read Lantern next!
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I still liked it - so it's more of a 2,5 stars rather than 2 - but there are a lot of aspects who left me baffled.
I absolutely adored the part about the time-travel: that's the best part of the short story. I liked the concept of the silhouettes and I love the means of transportation the protagonist uses to travel back in time.
I also love the ending because it was set in Italy, in Venice during the Carnival. I had my doubt about Se vedemo, though. When I first read it in the short story, it sounded weird because I didn't recognize it as a part of the Veneto dialect (the one spoken in the whole Veneto region) but it sounded more Southern Italian. I would have said something like se vedaremo to make it more Venetian (this adjective, on the contrary, only refers to the province of Venice). I did some research on the Internet and apparently it is used both in Rome and in the province of Verona. Still, I wouldn't have pegged it as Veneto.
Sorry, Ms. Desalls, I'm just nitpicking here.
As I pointed out in my review for Lantern, I think that Chess Desall's weak point lies in the characters. I didn't feel anything toward the protagonist of Lantern and I felt even less for Shirlyn. She's a girl from the Twentieth-Century England and I'm not sure that this helped the story. The twentietch-century part only served the purpose of creating a bigger distance between me - the reader - and the protagonist. I kind of disliked her and I didn't agree with her actions, especially what she does in Venice at the end of the story. I was more than ready to hit her with her medallion...
Then, let's be honest. You have a time-travel device and all you want to see is the three Magi following the star of Bethlehem? That wouldn't even have made my top 100 destination. The Carnival of Venice is a completely different matter but I wouldn't have picked that one either. (Soobie, tell the truth, you live one hour away from Venice... ^__^)
Despite the 2,5-star rating I will read more short stories by Chess Desalls.
The picture of the camel under the sand was sweet.
All in all an interesting read and I recommend downloading the book.