Love and Time Travel
Dear Gwen, thank you for your story and for sharing it with us. And here is your well-deserved review:
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The book is a romantic adventure story about a woman who travels to the past where she has to find not only herself but also love.
The plot captivates the reader and convinces with its uniqueness. The author not only uses rich vocabulary but also shows great talent in using terms and words to create vivid characters and scenes. From a narrative point of view, the author has mastered difficult passages such as the time travel itself or love scenes wonderfully, and I really felt for the characters. The author uses an omniscient narrator, but the focus of attention is on the main female character - I enjoyed this very much, thank you. Furthermore, I loved the little details that makes the story so relatable, like how Samantha's mother worries about her; or the professor who takes on a kind of father role.
But what I appreciate most about this story is the choice of conflict - remember, a book only works if there are conflicts and tasks/quests the main character has to overcome. In this case, it's an internal struggle Samantha, but also James, have to deal with. The struggle turns out to be both conflict and the story's 'antagonist' at the same time. I find that very interesting, clever, bravo. What's more, it adds quality to the book. I'm usually a bit sceptical when it comes to romances because a lot of conflict is about a toxic on-off relationship. However, Gwen Thame's protagonist has moved past that stage. It's a love story about trusting someone else again, trusting yourself and last but certainly not least, it's a story about letting go. Who wouldn't relate to that. We've all been there.
I would also like to talk a little bit about the book's aspect of time travel. This theme fulfils two functions. Firstly, in terms of a narrative point of view, which I will talk about a little bit later, and secondly, in terms of a literary device. For me, the story's time travel is a symbol par excellence. Samantha has to travel into the past to face her past, and then accept the quest of returning to the present to finally live in the here and now, and to welcome her new self and life. The historical journey stands for her own story - for HERstory ;-) Wonderful.
From a narrative point of view, I enjoyed the fact that the author didn't try to overpower the reader with the time travel. She focuses on individual, clear aspects and scenes, such as the healer or the festival, and thus underlines the individual developments throughout the book. The plot is embedded in the Neolithic period, but the focus is clearly on the inner process of the characters. Great job.
From a grammatical point of view, I have nothing to complain about. Everything seems very smooth and coherent, and if there are errors - my god, who doesn't have them in their text – I didn't notice them and they don't disturb the reading process.
All in all, I can say that I enjoyed the story very much, and the characters have grown on me. For this reason, a well-deserved 'army' of five stars, and to all who read this, a reading recommendation. There is a second book, but with other characters, I believe. I think it's a good idea, because I find Samantha's and James' story to be coherent and complete as it is.