Each night, when Robin drifts off to sleep, she finds herself dreaming about the life of a woman in the Victorian age. She soon realizes it’s not a dream at all, but she is truly slipping into San Francisco’s past.
While living two lives — one as a mom in the modern day, the other as a proper young lady at the turn of the century — she discovers *how* she’s being sent back to a bygone era is only the first mystery. A much more important question is *why* she’s there.
With the help of a rookie police officer, Robin takes off on a spellbinding adventure, sifting through a century’s worth of clues to untangle the past — and to put love to the test. History, though, proves itself a worthy opponent, and she comes to experience firsthand how destiny can be kind and cruel in the same stroke. – Goodreads.com
Anything concerning time travel has always fascinated me and that’s initially what drew me to this book. The idea that you may find a letter you left for yourself decades ago or receive a necklace from someone you gave it to almost a century earlier – you could spend hours just thinking about it – or I could, anyway. There were things about this book I really liked and some, not so much.
I loved Robin/Jennie’s voice. As someone who also speaks before thinking far too often, I could completely identify with her. The way she perceived the world and references she made to pop culture were very humorous. I also thought Travis’s character was easy to like and, without giving anything away, definitely had an open mind.
I struggled with the slow pace of the novel. After being thrust into a different era, I understand Robin/Jennie would need time to adjust, but it seemed as if too much time was spent on describing her surroundings and the unfamiliar customs of that time rather than why she was there and what needed to be done.
The writing flowed well, the ending was satisfying in a bittersweet way, and the links within the novel to pictures of various things from the early 1900’s were unique and helped with the imagery.
If you enjoy a slower-paced novel with time travel, mystery, romance, and humor, this is your book.
I received a digital ARC of this novel from the publisher through NetGalley.