College teacher Ellie Standish thinks she's on a sleek modern train heading to a conference on women's studies in Seattle, but she awakens from a night's doze to find herself on a bizarre historical train full of late Victorian era re-enactors who refuse to come out of character. When the leader of the group-handsome, green-eyed Robert Chamberlain-finally convinces her the date is indeed 1901, a skeptical Ellie rejects any eccentric theories of time travel and presumes she is smack dab in the middle of a very interesting historical dream.
She turns the directorial reins of her dream over to smitten and willing Robert, only to realize that dreams cannot last forever. Someday, she must wake up to reality, though Ellie no longer has any idea what reality is. She only knows that Robert must play an important part in her future. But how can he... if he's only a figment of her imagination or worse yet... a man who belongs to an era long past?
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The story is not complex, but the Edwardian era was well portrayed.
I wasn't sure I liked the narrator in the first chapter, but he got into stride and I enjoyed his performance.
A grateful reader/listener, and hopeful writer in training.
I really enjoyed the story overall. The good stuff first intriquing concept traini as the literal time travel vehicle was brilliant. I felt through the descriptions I could really see it through Ellie's point of view. It was great to step back through the veils of time. However, the back & forth from past to present times with her fiance didn't flow as seamlessly for me and as such there were a few disconnects with story. They didn't spoil the story for me...but that and at times the narrator voice/ delivery was distracting. I can certainly recommend this as a very enjoyable book and will most likely continue reading the series.
elle boards a train in the present, falls asleep and finds herself in 1901. she doesn't believe it even when Robert gives her a newspaper with the date on it.
this story goes between past and present. the past she thinks is just a dream.
well written as you are with elle as she cannot understand where she is in the beginning and hoping everthing comes right in the end.
enjoyed the story very much.
I am looking forward to the rest in the series.
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