Monday, October 9, 2017

Monday Book Review: Somewhere My Lady, by Beth Trissel

Somewhere My Lady (Ladies in Time, Book 1)By Beth Trissel
Published 2017 by The Wild Rose Press

About the Book:
Is he real or is he a ghost?
Lorna Randolph is hired for the summer at Harrison Hall in Virginia, where Revolutionary-War reenactors provide guided tours of the elegant old home. She doesn't expect to receive a note and a kiss from a handsome young man who then vanishes into mist.

Harrison Hall itself has plans for Lorna - and for Hart Harrison, her momentary suitor and its 18th century heir. Past and present are bound by pledges of love, and modern science melds with old skills and history as Harrison Hall takes Lorna and Hart through time in a race to solve a mystery and save Hart's life before the Midsummer Ball.

My Take:
First of all, for any authors (like me) who may be cynical about book blasts, blog tours, and the like, I'll tell you that I first heard of this book from a blog tour post while I was sitting in an airport with a flight delay and time to kill, and clicked the link to buy it that minute. Always include a link with any post or tour you're on. Amazon makes it so quick, safe and easy to one-click purchase that you've bought it before the impulse has a chance to fade.

Now for my review of the book.

I'm a sucker for time travel romances, and this one drew me in from the very start. A sweet romance with main characters that are 18-20 years old, this doesn't qualify as a New Adult novel, nor does it exactly fit any YA descriptions, but it should satisfy readers of all ages who appreciate romance with a touch of intrigue and paranormal suspense of disbelief.

Beth Trissel does an excellent job of laying out both time periods and keeping them separate in the reader's mind, no matter how chaotic the situation becomes. Her heroine is a feisty 21st century high school graduate who would never be content on the sidelines of any conflict, and the hero is a swoon worthy Revolutionary war hero. Together their chemistry is combustible, which made me a little sad that this was a sweet romance instead of something steamier.

Lorna Randolph recently graduated high school and arrives at Harrison Hall for a summer internship. Upon the moment of entering, she journeys back in time to meet Hart Harrison among a swirling ballroom of ghostly figures, and he entreats her to wait for him before vanishing. Hours later, he returns in a more corporeal form, and the story of their soul deep connection begins to unfold.

The author gives us a slightly unique take on time travel, with the characters slipping back and forth between time periods without rhyme or reason, kind of like in The Time Traveler's Wife, where the main character had trouble grounding himself in any one time, but lived his life in a disjointed manner. This isn't quite as chaotic, and the couple's time slippage only lasts for a matter of weeks rather than years.

A fast paced storyline that kept the pages flipping briskly, I totally loved every Revolutionary detail the author woven to the story, and the way in which the modern day characters reacted to the supposed "re-enactors" hired to take part in the midsummer night performance. If you're looking for a sweet ghostly tale filled with action and adventure, this book will not disappoint! 4.5 out of 5 stars.

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much Katie for your super review. I'm so pleased you enjoyed the story, and to hear about the tour thing working. I am never sure.


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