Historical Fiction, Series

A Twist in Time by Julie McElwain – Kendra Donovan #2

I received this novel as an advanced copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND HOW EXCITED I WAS TO GET AN ARC OF THIS NOVEL!! I absolutely loved the first book in the series and as soon as I saw this ARC I wanted to get my hands on it ASAP! I had to wait so long to read and publish my review on it, but it was so worth it! So here I go:

Former FBI agent Kendra Donovan is still stuck at Aldridge Castle in 1815 and has found no way to return to the 21st century. And that’s just one of her many problems. She soon finds out that the Duke of Aldridge’s nephew, Alec, is under suspicion for murdering his former mistress, Lady Dover, who was found viciously stabbed and disfigured. Lady Dover had plenty of secrets, many which could ruin the lives of other people – which doesn’t exactly narrow the list of suspects. In order to clear Alec’s name, Kendra must navigate the treacherous 19th century to pick apart the strands of Lady Dover’s life.

This novel. I loved it. I have to say that this is one of my favorite novels that involves time travel. The author does such a great job of highlighting the struggles that Kendra has adapting to her new place in time, with her new status and her lack of power. It puts things into perspective and makes one realize that women have come along way from the 1800s – even if we still have a ways to go! Another thing I really like about this series is that Kendra isn’t some helpless woman who needs the men around her to solve all her problems. She is very adept at taking care of herself and figuring things out on her own. This image of power remains with her even though she is not in the 21st century, and I really liked that the author maintained that. The way the author showed the disparity in attitudes, mindsets, and language between Kendra and the people she interacted with in the 19th century was really interesting to read about. I also really enjoyed the actual mystery itself and the way Kendra and her allies worked together to solve it. All in all, this was a great read that caught my interest just like the first book in the series! I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book!

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