A delightful read full of surprises!
Series: Book 1: A Paradox in Time
Characters: Nell Dodsworth
Setting: 19th Century
Mature Themes: Sex
Recommendation: This was a delightful read, light and satisfying. If you enjoy romance and light historical pieces, reading this will be rewarding. If you're looking for a near perfect factual historical-sheet ripping romance, you will not find it here. This is suitable for YA and is equally enjoyable for older.
Nell's character is pretty typical for a woman in her native time period, easily influenced, mild mannered, and concerned with her modesty. As she time travels her stances change on all of those qualities and she begins to stand up for herself and even gives into her desires. It was an enjoyable character arc to read and one that felt believable, however, there were holes in it. Particularly in the time travel segments.
The act of actually time traveling was not explained nearly at all and left the reader unsure for a few paragraphs what time they were reading after the switches had occurred. Both characters that time traveled to the future from the past were also extremely accepting of the changes in the future from their time. There was very little awe and fear and both were quick to trust anyone the met in the future.
Though there was a love story, it was very light. Little to no romance, and Nell gave in to her forced destiny with the qualities of a woman of her time. Which I understand and agree with, but I was rooting for her to take charge, even if it would have been out of character.
I look forward to the second book in the series as I'm sure the author will continue to improve.