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A fascinating time-travel plot.
on June 3, 2015
The story begins with the main character Emily, her life in college, and the people she meets.
Her room-mate, Sophia, brings her into a world she could only imagine about. And to meet Gerd, a man she could only dream about.
The book regularly goes backwards and forwards between her entries in her diary, and the actual events occurring in her life.
Since meeting Gerd, her entire life begins to change. But is it has it seems?
As secrets begin to emerge, the more Emily's life changes. But she still struggles with everything happening.
The character's voices come off quite unique, and I wanted to keep on reading to see where all of this was going.
Emily's life goes down a path quite unexpected, as more events take place, shaping her into a different character… And a different era.
The story kept on having unexpected turns, not sure where this would head.
A certain amount of the novel was based in the present, but then jumps back to 1910, where Emily experiences a whole other life, in a somewhat bizarre time-travel plot.
If a reader likes a book to go into a lot of detail about the surroundings and the culture of certain eras, then this book doesn't disappoint. However, for me, the details, although interesting, bogged down the story.
As the novel progresses into the historical era of 1910, the culture of the place comes alive. But I still struggled to completely put it in the era of the time. It still felt like reading a present day novel, despite other references.
A somewhat unusual love story is entwined with the plot.
Coming closer to the end and I surprisingly was suddenly immersed into what finally occurs. The perfect ending to rather an unusual tale.