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By 1895, the United States is in the 80th year of the isolation imposed by King Thomas I and upheld by his successors. But some are chafing under the shortages and restrictions, and when inventor Dr. Featherstone declares he has found a way to override all borders, there are those who applaud the discovery and those who fear it.

When Dr. Featherstone fails to return home for an important scientific gathering, his daughter Caroline enlists the help of the member of Parliament from Charlotte, Nathan Llewellen. As the two search for the kidnappers, Caroline is plunged into a world where travel to other realities is possible in the blink of an eye, and people can assume the forms of fearsome as well as familiar animals...and where love comes at the most unexpected times and places.

Nathan's peculiar gift might cost Caroline her life, but she has already lost her heart.

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unique and interesting!

This was a unique and interesting romance with paranormal elements (time travel.) I listened to this with my 14 year old and we enjoyed it. Narration was good and story kept us listening from start to finish. Looking forward to book 2.

** A copy of this audio book was provided in exchange for an honest review**

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Good Story

I got this ARC via audiobook boom. I am not a fan of time travel books but this one is a good one. It is filled with shapeshifters, magic gates, greed, and corruption. The narrator was good and she brought out the emotions that each character exhibited. The story was well developed and kept me listening to the entire time. I completed it in two sittings and was well pleased with the entire story. There was not a real cliffhanger but you know that there should be more books.

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well okay how should I start?

overall I did love this book it was very nice written.... I could feel the timeline very well..
the fantasy and reality collided quite well in this book...
it might sound funny but I liked the progressivity of the Kings..
they were quite modern for this period ...
the fantasy and sci-fi was very very good I didn't feel like it was forced on you...
I loved the romance in the book...
I think everything was in time I can't wait to put my hands on the 2nd audiobook..
p.s. the narrator was quite good she wasn't boring and she didn't enforce too much feelings on the book she read it quite monotonically but not in a boring way....
I certainly thumbs up for this book

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Good mix of Fantasy, History & Romance 🌼

Although paranormal genre isn't my "norm" this book kept my attention. I was pleased to find the characters were believable and the plot was a great mix of fantasy, history and romance. It is written well and is a good beginning to this series.

Narration can definitely make or break an audio book. I have to admit that I had to start and restart this book a few times because of the narration. She read without much inflection and seemed a bit monotone. Once I got used to the rhythm of her voice I got past my judgment and just got into the story and enjoyed it. I recommend that everyone listen to the audio sample a of any book before purchasing.

I was given this free audiobook review copy at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Trisha
  • Arkansas, USA
  • 10-17-17

Enjoyable story

I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It had a very steampunk feel and the story itself was quite entertaining. When your father has been kidnapped (or so you feel), you chase down him and his kidnappers, at least that is how our heroine, Caroline, feels. I like that we get to see a world much like our own, but with a few huge twists. Instead of a free trade, America has closed its borders out of fear of a plague. We get to see what could happen if our political system was similar, but had a king at its head.

This was a fun listen. The only issue I had was with the pacing of the narration. I normally listen to books at 1.25 speed. This was too fast. Slowed down to normal speed, it was too slow. There also wasn't a ton of inflection in the narration, but the story kept me wanting to listen.

I will not hesitate to pick up more books in this series.

This review copy audiobook was provided by the author/narrator/publisher free of charge.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Loved it!

Loved this book! Fantastic world building: alternate history, steampunk, and a touch of paranormal. The storyline kept me hooked and the characters are great. Plenty of action and intrigue, and the romance is more sweet than steam. Awesome narrator put the icing on the cake. I highly recommend listening to this unique book and can’t wait to see what happens next in the series! I received a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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Unusual Circumstances

The author and narrator did a great job in telling the story. It was a very different type of story that made you want to see what was to happen next. I was a clean story.I was given a copy for an honest review.

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Fun story!

*I received an Audible code for this book via Audiobook Boom! to be honestly reviewed*

This is the first steampunk book I've had the pleasure of listening to, and it was a lot of fun! The alternate worlds were intriguing, and I really enjoyed the interactions and secrets of each character. The flow was good, and it kept me interested the entire time. There were a few twists that I didn't see coming, and that's always great! The ending was predictable, but sweet and satisfying. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and would recommend it to anyone who likes steampunk, shifters, and a flat-out good time! 4 Platypires.

The narration was just not my cup of tea. Rather than feeling like I'm really hearing a story, I felt like I was being read to, with the pictures withheld. The tension on words and dialogues just didn't feel right in several places. This is a personal preference, but I didn't find the voice pleasant or melodic. This is not meant to offend, I am simply picky when it comes to narrators. I actually feel really bad for feeling that way. :( 3 Platypires

Overall, Bob says: 4 Platypires

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Great Worldbuilding!

Although this is a steampunk romance, the wonderful worldbuilding is really what grabbed my attention while listening. The United States is comprised of 38 states and is a monarchy. They have isolated themselves from the rest of the world because of a pandemic. Nothing comes in and nothing goes out and border travel/trade is illegal.

Caroline is searching for her father, whom she believes to have been kidnapped. What she stumbles into is corruption that people are willing to kill for. If she's not careful, she'll be next. With the assistance of Nathan Llewellen, a member of Parliament, she'll solve the mystery of her father's disappearance and maybe even find love along the way.

Paranormal elements, time travel, romance, intrigue and danger made this a fun listen. It made me think about how dependent we are on the rest of the world for everyday goods like coffee and chocolate. The narration was good and held my interest throughout. I enjoyed this and can't wait to start Book 2. I would recommend A Question of Boundaries.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This review is my honest opinion.

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Shifters, paranormal mystery and romance.

Audio version.
This took me a little while to get into. I think it's mainly because of the narrative. I found myself thinking does the narrator think we're all children. She also sounded almost mechanical otherwise she was ok. I found the story to be quite interesting and fun and I'm looking forward to the next part.
Will I listen again, probably not.
This Audio book was given to me for free at my request from the publisher, author or narrator and I provided this unbiased voluntary review.
Reasons I enjoyed this book:
Action-packed, Entertaining, Great world building, Happily Ever After, Original, Romantic, Unpredictable, Witty, Wonderful characters.

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  • ilivetofly
  • 11-01-17

Effortless portrayal of merging timelines

'A Question of Boundaries' is an almost unusual book. As hoped the narration does not begin with a laborious backstory of the alternate timeline that this book centres around. Instead of treating the reader as a student, learning the world of the book, we are brought along for the ride and find ourselves caught up in the search for Caroline's father, presenting itself as if a murder mystery before morphing into its final form. Several times while listning I found myself trying to puzzle out, what is this book? I would advise listners to simply strap in for the ride. Please note that this review was facilitated via a free review code meaning I did not pay for this book, instead agreeing to provide a (hopefully) unbiased voluntary review once I was finished listning. Had I paid for it, I highly doubt I would seek to return it.

It is worth stating that the narration is rarther sing-song. It took me until the conclusion of the first chapeter to ajust to the fast paced flowery tone and I prepared myself a negative impression. As I listened further however the tone and slight inflection used to differentiate dialogue from the rest of the book as well as the books theme of a rarther prim an proper way of concluding affairs in this re-imagining of a post-independance America brought me to appricate the narration. When in rome after all, the fast paced no-nonsese narration mirrored characteristcs I must assume Mrs. Featherstone would expect with all the chaos she tolerates throughout the book. Additionally the sing-song and fake or forced sounding narration, in my mind at least, highlighted just how old-fashoned and over the top this world is. Steamcarrage may well be my newst word.

While the fast pace did take an ajustment I rarely found the need to rewind portions or listen again. Background noise is mercifully absent and near the end the occasional microphone jostling could be heard which does deserve a mention. As always one should listen to the samples provided as I can imagine the frills and pace would discourage some listners. It you want to truely listen to the world that is crafted I have little trouble advising you led this your ear. Perhaps don't listen too loudly however, it will not help you catch any more details from the story and may give you a headache.

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  • 09-21-17

Historical, Suspenseful, Paranormal Romance in 1!

Oh My Goodness!! There is so much going on in this book that I doubt it can accurately categorised. Is it romantic? Yes. Is there an element of suspense? Yes. Is it a historical story? Yes. Are there paranormal aspects and characters? Yes. All yes but also a little bit... no, not quite!

Have I confused you? I kind of hope so, in a good way, because that makes it all the more interesting. For instance, the story is set in the USA in the late 1800s. The country has been completely isolated from the rest of the world for several decades to avoid the spreading of the plague. There is a monarch and the upper and lower parliaments, not unlike the traditional House of Lords, with its inherited seats, and the House of Commons. It is also set in the age of industrial development with the invention of various technology as well. Plus, there are shifters, mediums, telepaths and so on. There are also little moments of time-shifts but I don't want to get into further detail, because that would be a spoiler. Suffice it to say that with each added element the plot thickens, twists and gets more interesting.

What a fantastic imagination author, Sandy Bruney, has!! I wouldn't mind listening to more of her books.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.