A 1937 vintage camper trailer half hidden in weeds catches Lynne McBriar's eye when she is visiting an elderly friend, Ben. Ben eagerly sells it to her and she just as eagerly embarks on a restoration. But after each remodel, sleeping in the trailer lands Lynne and her daughter Dinah in a previous decade - exciting, yet frightening. Glimpses of their home town and ancestors 50 or 60 years earlier is exciting and also offers some clues to the mystery of Ben's lost love. But when Dinah makes a trip on her own, separating herself from her mother by decades, Lynne has never known such fear. It is a trip that may upset the future if Lynne and her estranged husband can't team up to bring their daughter back.
©2014 Karen Musser Nortman (P)2016 Karen Musser Nortman
I enjoyed this little story, and I wouldn't want to discourage anyone from reading or listening to it. That being said, it felt more like a draft in need of fleshing out. There were so many hinted at subplots that were never fully explored. In fact, that was the thing which bothered me the most. The story had a delightfully whimsical set up and ended up trying to be a dark-ish "no place like home " morality tale. The time travel aspect had so much to offer. I was disappointed that it wasn't dealt with in a more in depth way.
I've read a lot of sci-fi and quite a few time travel books so I suppose I had expectations that this would be similar. It wasn't. It had more the feel of a cozy mystery, although there wasn't much mystery, either. You don't travel back to witness any important historical events, no one is trying to manipulate time for their own purposes and there is no alternate timeline. Not much excitement to be had, really. It wasn't bad and I didn't dislike it, but it did fall short of what I'd hoped. I would like the author to have spent more time on the whole "why" of this trailer traveling through time, which I think would have been more interesting than the main mother/daughter story. I finished the story mainly to find out why. Instead, it was simply explained away in a sentence or two at the very end. That was disappointing. The narrator was good, though.
"This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com."
I was impressed with the historical research that went into this book. There was plenty of suspense in all time frames, and any lingering questions were r/t the backstory. Publisher's blurb will give you clues, and I won't insult the author with spoilers. It is a book that grabs your attention and brings you back whenever you have a few minutes to stick your nose in it. No gratuitous erotica. I, too, want to get the next installment.
I got the audio version, and supersnark Valerie gave a great performance!
What a fun young adult listen! It held the usual of a teenager’s life in modern times in a small town, but mixed with time travel it was both entertaining and educational. We learn just how society and culture condition how we respond to events.
Dinah is the typical fourteen-year-old—curious and a bit snappy when things don’t go her way and very sarcastic when she’s ticked off. She isn’t happy about her mom and dad’s separation. Nor is she happy about how much time her mom spends with her career.
Lynne, Dinah’s mom, feels the gap between her daughter and herself. She knows part of it is because of the separation from Dinah’s dad, but it’s also what happens to teenagers as they experience the pangs of growing up, coming to terms with who they are.
When her mom buys a trailer from one of the neighbors and starts stripping away the many coats of paint, changes of flooring, etc., she gets involved in the transformation. Lynne decides the trailer may bring her daughter and her closer by taking some weekends for camping. And if not, it would make a great work office. But reader, this is not just a trailer, but one with secrets. Would you be willing to sleep in a trailer and wake up somewhere else not knowing if you could return home again? Lynne and Dinah had very adventurous souls and it was a pleasure to join them as they discovered that which came before them!
Usually my time travel book reads go back to the highlands or medieval times. This one is recent history, which makes it enticingly readable. We come to understand how events shaped people’s lives during the late 1930’s through 1960’s. The author had to have done some thorough research to get the ever changing dialog slang and clothing correct during these periods.
Narrator Valerie Gilbert does what she does best. Her voice has a smooth charm about it and she’s able to handle different accents fluidly. She’s outstanding with sarcasm and bored dialogue. For this listen, she’s perfect! I loved how absolutely authentic Dinah’s sarcasm and annoyance with life shone through Ms. Gilbert’s voice.
I liked this book so much, I want to read the second in the series, Trailer on the Fly.
The descriptions of clothing, slang and current events during the different historical periods.
The author's familiarity with camping in a vintage trailer, and the believable relationship between the Lynn and Dinah added a great touch of realism to a whimsical time-travel fantasy.
Valerie Gilbert's deliberate pacing and varied vocal performance for each of the two main characters, helped ground the story and keep me engaged.
A "Hot Tub Time Machine" for the Emotionally Mature.
Denver, Co metro area resident for over fifty-five years. Retired, Mid 60's, Male, own over 9,600 Kindle books, and over 400 Audible books.
The nostalgia factor. Escaping back to when things were supposedly so much simpler snd better. Valerie Gilbert's narration fit this book very well.
This was written by Karen Musser Nortman who is / was a History teacher. She brings back each era or decade with descriptions of dress, speech and important social events. Very enjoyable!
Valerie Gilbert's narration is exceptional. Not over the top, like some narrators. Her work did NOT detract attention from the story. A positive!
Nostalgic. Whether it was a simpler time, I can't say. I recall turmoil in each of the decades visited by the characters. the Depression, Civil Rights, etc. I'm sure that families today face similar challenges. I saw mention in another review that this was a YA book. And it is appropriate to that audiences, but it should appeal to adults too.
This was a very entertaining work, with characters and settings that involved the reader. To me the gist to the story allowed a family to reconnect in a,strong way.Thank you for allowing me to listen and review this audio book.This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com
I didn't read the print version, but I am enjoying the audio version
I'm not sure. I think she does a good job capturing the essence of the female lead. I have never cared for the "gruff" male voice when women are reading stories. Kinda makes me feel like the adults are having flings with teenage boys. Bit if a creep factor. But I get the purpose.
They got a get away they would never have expected
Tends to drag a bit in the middle with regard to Dinah's story line, but not enough to make me want to hit that 30 second skip button.
I am at that half a century mark in years. I enjoy audiobooks,cats,rats and most days my family,not necessarily in that order!lol
This was a very unique time travel book.Imagine going to sleep in your refurbished camper only to wake up in another time at that same location!It left me with a lot of 'what ifs'.I loved it and can not wait to get the next in the series. Valerie Gilbert is great with the narration.I was given this book free for an honest review.
I am a sucker for time travel books, so I especially loved this one. Lynne McBriar acquires a 1937 vintage camper trailer from an elderly neighbor she has befriended. When she takes the trailer out for an overnight something unexpected happens – she wakes up to a day in the 1960s! She chalks this up to some weird dream or imagination until it happens again after she has begun renovation on the trailer and ends up in an even earlier decade.
The plot is simple and the book is an amazingly quick read (or listen, as I listened to the audiobook). Lynne and her daughter uncover some clues about the elderly neighbor along the way, and help to solve a little mystery regarding him.
This isn’t great literature, and it honestly isn’t even particularly original, but that doesn’t even matter to me because I really loved it, and I can’t wait to get my hands on the sequel!!
Highly recommended for anyone who wants a simple beach read, or just loves time travel books like I do!
The narrator, Valerie Gilbert does a fantastic job with this audiobook, too.
I received this audiobook from Audiobookboom in exchange for an honest review.
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