I always enjoy reading Jody Hedlund’s books. This one really caught my eye. While I am not a fan of time travel this one was different, especially being my favorite genre, historical romance!
After his wife died from a rare genetic disorder and upon finding his daughter, Ellen also inherited it; Marian’s father poured his life into finding a cure. His theory was that water that had come in contact with seeds from the Tree of Life had the power to transport people back in time and cure any disease in the present day. It was so outlandish she just chalked it up to him possibly being mentally off. That is until she is summoned to his bedside in England where he lay in a coma. As she follows cryptic clues he had left her she quickly realizes he was onto something.
Upon finding an ancient flask he has left with a residue of the water, she experiences passing back in time. Convinced this is something that can save her sister and bring her father out of a coma; she drinks some of the water. She finds herself transported back to the middle ages where she meets Will Durham, a handsome and brave knight for the King of England. The adventures she faces not to mention the time restraints to return to present day are harrowing! What an adventure! I found myself actually becoming anxious. I loved the detailed description of her experiences in the late 1300’s from the view point of a 21 century woman! I must admit she took it in stride much better than I would have. I felt her yearning for a hot shower and a cup of coffee. There was much Marian could not have for seen in facing but she never dreamed she would fall in love. What a story; suspense, excitement, and mystery! I read at night to go to sleep and for 3 nights it was the wee hours of the morning before I could put it down! The only part I did not like about the book was, while in good taste, there were way too many parts of steamy sensuality between Marian and Will. I was a bit surprised with it being a Christian novel. Otherwise it was a really great, unique book!
I received this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review. The opinions stated are my own.