by Jennifer Macaire

October 2003
ISBN: 1-59105-115-0
Reviewer Graphic Button Novel Books Inc.

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While this is a time travel novel it is also part futuristic as the heroine comes from the 25th century. The full means of how she came to volunteer for timetravel is well explained. Though I just wanted to get to the core of the story which takes place during the crusades. Isobel, the heroine has to change an historic interview where Jean overheard a conversation which caused him to join the crusades, that could have changed his destiny. Isobel has to persuade him to go back home, not an easy task.

Some parts of the tale are very graphic, like a brutal rape that Isobel experiences in the early chapters, where she tries to get Jean freed from prison. She has to accept this as the treatment of the time but finds it hard to do; Jean is her strength through the aftermath of the ordeal. The way the children were exploited through the crusade is well described by Jennifer Macaire. She has done her research well.

Because Isobel, was a prison inmate in her own time her treatment was far from ideal and she was prepared for life in the time she was being transported to before she was sent so it was possible for her to fit into the era she found herself in without too much difficulty. Prison life was far from ideal and was quite brutal anyway.

Being the time of the crusades, the setting is peppered with an abundance of secondary characters. The child, Charles who became Isobels constant companion is undoubtedly the best of them. He is a strong character with a huge influence on the story.

This story is not a lighthearted romp, it is a dark tale of hard times and easy virtue. Isobel faces many hardships on her journey and love comes late to her. The story is strong and the dialogue and setting very well done. If you like a good historical with a romance added for good measure then seek this book you will have a good read.

Reviewed in October 2003 by Mary.

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