Category: Time Travel

Beneath the Lake by Casi McLean

Beneath the Lake by Casi McLeanBeneath the Lake by Casi McLean
Published by The Wild Rose Press Inc on August 5th 2015
Pages: 398
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three-stars

Reeling from her boyfriend’s indiscretions at a party, Lacey Montgomery escapes into the throes of a torrential storm. Her car spins out of control and hurtles into the depths of an icy, black lake. She awakens in the arms of a handsome stranger, in a place she’s never heard of—thirty-four years before she was born. Bobby Reynolds is smitten the moment the storm-ravaged woman opens her eyes. Learning the truth about her origin does nothing to stop the passion taking root in his heart and leaves him torn between finding a way to return Lacey to her time and convincing her stay with him. Will the couple be able to discover the key to a mysterious portal before time rips them apart? Or will their spirits wander forever through a ghost town buried beneath the lake?

A series of (orchestrated) events come together in a perfect storm to hurtle Lacey Montgomery into the past, where she meets the love of her life; unbeknownst to her, she’d already met him at a party earlier but doesn’t quite recognise him because she has yet to go back in time to meet him.

Confused much, yet?

‘Beneath the Lake’ is a paranormal romance story with all the ingredients of suspense and mystery, wrapped up in a whooping blanket of syfy-induced time travelling and its consequences.

My head hurts already, just thinking about the time travel paradox and the contradictions that must already be there. That aside, Casi McLean delivers a pretty decent read that’s undoubtedly atmospheric and engaging, even if the first person narration seems to lack the sophistication of the voice I’ve come to expect of a grown woman who’s an attorney. My attention was expertly steered in the direction of the hints and clues given because of (and despite) the confusing narrative segments of different time periods. Even so, I was left scratching my head at the believability of the entire time travel plot.

three-stars

Forever Mine by Monica Burns

Forever Mine by Monica BurnsForever Mine by Monica Burns
Published by Maroli SP Imprints on December 2nd 2014
Pages: 468
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four-stars

Thrown back to the year 1897, Victoria Ashton is mistaken for, and forced to impersonate, the spiteful, unfaithful Countess of Guildford, who's been missing for three weeks. Despite Victoria's attempts to convince the earl she's not his wife, her double's infidelity and lies make it difficult, especially when Victoria falls in love with a man who loathes her.
Nicholas Thornhill, Earl of Guildford, is plagued with rumors he murdered his missing wife. When she unexpectedly reappears, he scoffs at her latest in a long string of lies. But the changes in Victoria make him to alter his opinion as he forges a bond with her that crosses the boundaries of time.

The fixation Nicholas Barrows has on a certain portrait in his gallery comes in the form of a person one day when Victoria Ashton walks in. An explosion however, sees her thrown back in time about a hundred years ago, straight into the aristocratic ranks of late Victorian England and into the arms of a husband whom ‘she’ had taken great delight in humiliating. The narrative switches back and forth between 1898 and the present time, thought the bulk of time is spent unfurling Nicholas’s and Victoria’s conflicting relationship in the past.

Reading Forever Mine is a solid read, a revisit of the epically sweeping time-travel romances of yesteryear, where the relationship between 2 star-crossed lovers is prioritised above the flaky science of time travel and the unanswered questions of reincarnation and past lives – which are only hinted at by the author. (Where really, is the dead body of ‘Vickie’, for instance, is that merely a figment of Victoria’s memory?)


Despite the loose strings and the slight suspense which I found unsatisfactorily resolved, Monica Burns does manage to write a wholly poignant and heart-wrenching tale of lovers lost and reunited. I wasn’t exactly convinced or moved by Nick/Victoria’s present-day, slightly rushed reunion which seemed almost anti-climatic, but the last few angsty pages definitely added a subtle sheen of emotional complexity that has been lacking of such stories of late.

four-stars