Book Review: The Rescue Book One of the Timestream Travelers Chronicles by Sher J. Stultz

It all starts when the sheets go slack, and Aeneas vanishes! He and his two best friends, C.J. and Tabitha are spellbound as they watch the video feed of his disappearance and witness him climbing through his bedroom window an hour later, wearing different socks. Aeneas Entwistle, a slightly above average eighth grader is about to discover that the mystery of waking up with different socks is much more than just a prank.

Adding to that dilemma, Aeneas is struggling with new feelings for Tabitha and loses his cool during her birthday party. Meanwhile, Aeneas’s twenty-something daughter, Cassie has traveled thirty-eight years from the future hoping to find any small detail that might help locate her missing father.

Enlisting Harold, the Entwistle’s quirky housekeeper, Cassie works to rescue a middle-aged Aeneas, who vanishes into the timestream when a 7.2 earthquake strikes northwest Washington in May of 2053. But Cassie’s presence in the past might have unforeseen consequences for everyone in her circle. As she struggles to find her father, a carefully guarded family secret is revealed, and Cassie must choose between altering the past or violating the shamanic rules of time travel!

My Review

I’ve always been intrigued with time travel so I was happy to read The Rescue which takes place mostly in 2015 and 2053. Can you imagine finding out that you’ve been time traveling in your sleep? That’s what happens to Aeneas, and, of course, he and his friends, Tabitha and CJ, have to find out what is going on!

This story is full of adventure, family and teen drama, and a little romance. It’s one that young adults as well as adults will enjoy, especially if they like time travel.

The characters are well developed and since Aeneas and his friends are entering puberty, things are changing in their relationships and they’re all confused. There are quite a few characters in two different times but there’s a list of the characters at the beginning of the book that will help. I looked at it before I read the book and that didn’t help much, but it did help later on while reading the book.

My favorite character is Harold. He is the housekeeper for the Entwistles, Aeneas’s family, but he is so much more. He’s really more like a member of the family. He’s smart and cooking and cleaning help him to think, so he cooks a lot and they all love his cooking. Harold is also a little odd which makes him even more endearing.

There are always rules with time travel about not doing something to change the future, and I was interested in Cassie (Aeneas’s daughter) and her interactions with people in the past. Would those interactions change the future? If so, was it worth it to find her father?

I enjoyed reading The Rescue and look forward to reading the next book in the series. The last line in the book hints at what’s next, and I can’t wait to see what happens!

About the Author

Science teacher and indie author Sher Stultz shares her life with Juniper, a miniature Australian shepherd, a cat named Nelson Cruise, two chickens, Maria and Flavia, her amazing daughter Astra, and many steadfast friends. The Timestream Travelers Chronicles: The Rescue is her debut novel.