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Book Review: The Lost Mata Hari Ring by Elyse Douglas

11 Jun

Lost Mata Hari Ring: Time Travel Novel by Elyse DouglasPublisher:  Broadback (May 1, 2018)
Category: Time Travel, Historical Fiction, Romance
Tour dates: May-July, 2018
ISBN: 978-1513634326
Available in Print and ebook, 370 pages

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Up-and-coming actress, Trace Rutland, has had nightmares about a tragic past ever since she was a little girl.  She struggles with her everyday life, finally seeking help from a hypnotherapist.

While under hypnosis, she inadvertently experiences a past life in Paris, in 1916, during the First World War.

Later, while visiting a wealthy man’s private Mata Hari collection, Trace is drawn to a glittering ring, once worn by the convicted spy.

Trace is enthralled.  When she’s alone, she slips the ring on and is swiftly hurled into the past.  There, she must face herself as she was in the past, while struggling to change the course of her destiny.

When she meets the handsome Edward Kenyon Bishop, a World War I British flying ace, she falls in love.  She is soon swept away into a journey of suspicion and treachery, and must fight for her life.

Can she survive the past?  Can she return to the present?  Can true love endure for all time?

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Guest Review by Sal B.

Actress Trace Rutland has had the same nightmare for as long as she can remember.  She has gone to psychologists and tried hypnosis but none of them have helped.  However, she gets the name of another psychologist and gives him a try.  Finally she is able to go under hypnosis and what she discovers is horrifying and exciting.  Why did Mata Hari enter her sub conscience during the hypnosis?

The Lost Mata Hari Ring is a excellent time travel and historical fiction novel!  It is pitch perfect and hits all the right notes.  It is evident that Elyse Douglas did in depth research on Mata Hari.  The characters are well written and engaging.  This book is hard to put down!  If you enjoy books of time travel or historical fiction, you are in for a treat.  I give it 5 out of 5 stars.  It is the best book I have read in awhile!

 

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Praise for Christmas Eve Letter: Time Travel Novel by Elyse Douglas

The Christmas Eve Letter is a wonderful Christmas novel. The authors weave an intriguing time travel holiday romance tale written in the third person narrative that follows Eve Sharland’s personal journey between the present and the past.  The reader is easily drawn into this fast paced time travel holiday romance story as they follow Eve’s journey between the past and the present. The reader can easily envision both the present and the past among the city’s famous landmarks, and easily get drawn into the city’s joyous sights and sounds of the holiday season. You can’t help but relate to Eve and cheer her on as her personal journey brings an unexpected destiny that will change her life forever. I really enjoyed the intertwining of a time travel tale with a holiday romance twist, the historical references were realistic, while the time travel between the present and past kept me intrigued right to the end.  Captivating.”-Kathleen, Jersey Girl Book Reviews

“This book was very enjoyable because I do like time travel stories – the possibilities and potential and having to figure out how to fit into the past (or the present depending on which way you are going!).
I thought the author did a good job of recapturing that time period including the fact that women really didn’t have any rights and were chattel. The men were egotistical which contributed to any downfall they experienced. The ending has an interesting twist that changed how I saw a few characters in the book. This is the first book by this author that I have read and I will be seeking out some of her other books.”-Leslie Storey, Storey Book Reviews

The Christmas Eve Letter is a beautiful, poignant story. It is well written and will have you turning the pages eagerly. Eve is a lovely, smart young woman, especially when she quickly realised that her manners, and the way she talks, needed to alter for her to fit in with her arrival in Victorian New York. All of the characters are well thought out, and believably written, together with the well-constructed scenery, that has you feeling as if you yourself have just stepped into the past.
The story is unique and moving. It will hold you long after you turn the last page. A perfect Christmas tale of love and hope.”-Stacey, Whispering Stories

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About the AuthorElyse Douglas

Elyse Douglas is the pen name for the husband and wife writing team of Elyse Parmentier and Douglas Pennington. Elyse began writing poems and short stories at an early age and graduated with a degree in English Literature. Douglas began writing novels in college, while studying music at the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music.  He traveled the world as a professional pianist for many years.  He has also worked as a copywriter and corporate manager.

Some of Elyse Douglas’ novels include: The Christmas Eve Letter (A Time Travel Novel), Christmas for Juliet, The Summer Letters, The Christmas Diary, and The Summer Diary. They live in New York City.

Website: www.elysedouglas.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/douglaselyse
Facebook: www.facebook.com/elyse.authorsdouglas

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Book Review: Shenandoah Dreams by Lisa Belcastro

13 Apr

22403155Title: Shenandoah Dreams

Author: Lisa Belcastro

Genre: Historical Romance, Time Travel, Inspirational Romance

Publication Date: July 1, 2014

About the Book

(from Goodreads)

What if she met the man of her dreams…in another century? Tisbury, Massachusetts, Martha’s Vineyard. It s just a dream, Melissa Smith whispers as she stares into the intense eyes of a man dressed in Colonial clothes, as though stepping out of an American Revolution movie set. A school chaperone with Holmes Hole Elementary, she d boarded the old schooner Shenandoah for a weeklong educational sail. But they are not visiting Plimoth Plantation, the Boston Tea Party Museum, or the Concord Bridge reenactment. They’re sailing the waters around the island of Martha’s Vineyard. Yet, when she awakes in Cabin 8, the captain claims to be Isaiah Reed, who sailed the original Shenandoah in the eighteenth century. He cannot possibly be real, Melissa thinks. And traveling back in time is impossible. But days pass, and she’s still in 1770. What if Isaiah, who is simply too handsome to be real, is real? What if the fire he ignites in her from barely a touch isn’t in her imagination? Can a dream last for weeks on end? If so, how will she find her way home…to the twenty-first century? And can she bear to leave the one man who has captured her heart, when everything in her longs to stay?

 

My Review

Shenandoah Dreams is the third book in the Wind of Change series. I didn’t read the first two books but this one does stand on its own. There were characters mentioned at the end who I’m sure were in the previous books.

I like the idea of time travel and I was excited to read about how Melissa ended up in Colonial America. It was obvious that Lisa Belcastro did her homework about the Shenandoah and Colonial America before writing this novel because it was full of how they lived. It also shows how important it is to follow God’s will no matter when we live.

The characters, while described well, were hard for me to relate to for some reason. I haven’t figured out why since the writing flowed well and the book was interesting overall.

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About the author

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Lisa Belcastro lives with her family on Martha’s Vineyard. She was inspired to write Shenandoah Nights, the first book in the Winds of Change trilogy, while chaperoning two Tisbury School summer sails with her daughter, Kayla, aboard the schooner Shenandoah. The weeklong adventure, sans electricity, Game Boys, iPods and modern conveniences, kindled her imagination to dream of an altogether different voyage.
In addition to writing Shenandoah Nights and the soon-to-be-released Shenandoah Crossings, Lisa currently pens the cuisine column for Vineyard Style magazine. She has worked as a staff and freelance reporter and photographer for The Chronicle of the Horse and as assistant editor at The Blue Ridge Leader. She has written articles for USA Today, Dressage (London), USA WEEKEND Magazine, The Blue Ridge Leader and Sidelines.
When she’s not at her desk working on Shenandoah Dreams, Lisa is living in paradise, volunteering at her daughter’s school, serving in her church community, planting and weeding her numerous gardens, trying to run a marathon a month, or walking the beach looking for sea glass.

Review: The Mine by John A. Heldt

30 Aug

   

13492200Title: The Mine (Northwest Passage #1)

Author: John A. Heldt

Genre:  Science Fiction

Publication Date:  February 20, 2012

Description: In May 2000, Joel Smith is a cocky, adventurous young man who sees the world as his playground. But when the college senior, days from graduation, enters an abandoned Montana mine, he discovers the price of reckless curiosity. He emerges in May 1941 with a cell phone he can’t use, money he can’t spend, and little but his wits to guide his way. Stuck in the age of Whirlaway, swing dancing, and a peacetime draft, Joel begins a new life as the nation drifts toward war. With the help of his 21-year-old trailblazing grandmother and her friends, he finds his place in a world he knew only from movies and books. But when an opportunity comes to return to the present, Joel must decide whether to leave his new love in the past or choose a course that will alter their lives forever. THE MINE is a love story that follows a humbled man through a critical time in history as he adjusts to new surroundings and wrestles with the knowledge of things to come.

Review:

I received a free copy of the ebook from the author for an honest review.

This is one of those books that I didn’t want to end because it was so good. Time travel isn’t a new concept but Joel hanging out with his grandma and her friends in 1941 was a little different from other time travel books I’ve read or movies I’ve seen.

It was definitely easy to relate to the characters, especially Joel and Grace Their once in a lifetime love for each other was refreshingly innocent. And I could feel Joel’s anguish over knowing the future of the war and the fate of some of those he became friends with.

John A. Heldt is a good writer. He grabs your interest quickly and keeps the story interesting. I usually read two books at a time, one at work and one at home, but when I got close to the end of The Mine I had to bring it home to finish. Right when Joel made his decision on whether or not to return home, I had to stop to cook dinner. As I was cooking, I decided how I wanted the book to end. I couldn’t wait to get back to it and see if it ended the way I wanted! I was not disappointed.

I definitely recommend this book. I look forward to reading the sequel at some point.

Available on Amazon.

Review: Jumper by Jeff LaFerney

2 Jul

   

7-1-2013 9-56-33 PMTitle: Jumper (Time Travelers)

Author:  Jeff LaFerney

Genre:  Time Travel

Publisher:  Tower Publications

Publication Date:  April 2013

Description: After spending three years in jail and several years completely alone, twenty-four-year-old Cole Flint discovers an amazing ability—he can time-travel and teleport. He’s a jumper. So what should the motorcycle-riding, cage-fighting tough guy do? He should protect an innocent eighteen-year-old girl who happens to be in possession of the Staff of Moses. Following the direction of a trio of angels who are determined to shake things up in the Middle East, Cole pairs up with Hannah Carpenter and her pet grizzly while he also tries to change his past and learn the mystery of his birth. Curiously, the King of Jordan knows all about Hannah, and he’s determined to gain possession of the staff. He’ll do anything to possess its power, but is it possible that he’s no more than a pawn, manipulated in time along with Cole and Hannah? Jumper is a mysterious roller coaster of action and a time-traveling adventure that will keep readers guessing right to the very last page.

Review:

 This is the second book I’ve read by Jeff LaFerney and I do enjoy his writing. He has the gift of getting you interested from the beginning and keeping you engaged in the book throughout. There were so many ways this book could have ended so I had to keep reading to find out which direction it went and why Hannah and Cole were given the gifts that they had been given. Much of the story was predictable but there were also a couple surprises which is always nice.

The time travel is done well. The title of each chapter tells what day it is in relation to gaining possession of the staff so you always know where in time the story is. I did have trouble understanding one aspect of the time travel near the end of the book but I don’t want to give anything away so I can’t go into it any further than that. I reread one chapter 3 times and was still confused.

Both Hannah and Cole are likeable. I didn’t really care for the way the relationships were handled by Cole but, in retrospect, he acted more like a real person than most heroes in novels so I have to say, “Well done!”

There were times in the book that it went more in-depth than I care for, such as when Middle East politics were described or at the beginning when the complete narrative of the tour guide at Mount Nebo was included. This is just a personal preference and I’m sure many people enjoy the in-depth descriptions. I tend to skip over them. I’ve been known to skip pages of descriptions in some of James Michener’s books.

I definitely recommend this book and I’m looking forward to the next one in the series.

Available on Barnes and Noble.

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