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Not my cup of tea...
February 2, 2019
If you love Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series you'll love this book.
It had everything a time traveling novel should have. Besides the emotional turmoil that comes with being alone in a different time period. As well as the emotional strain of not knowing if the displacement is temporary or permanent, the overall feel was on point.
Unfortunately reading this novel just confirmed that time traveling stories aren't for me.
Although the book was mostly written from Anne's POV additional entries from Thomas's diary gave a glimpse into his POV. While I would have loved more insight into his feelings, doubts and overall thought process, the diary added another layer to a well researched story.
However the novel never satisfyingly explained Anne's apparent acceptance towards being stranded in a different time period. It also frustrated me that Anne's 21st century knowledge rarely added to the overall story. Even though she privately studied that period of time, her political knowledge made no real difference, Ireland's course was set and history didn't rewrite itself just because of Anne.
Because the historical aspect of Ireland played such a BIG part in this story, Anne and Thomas's love story almost became a side note. Although I would have loved more romance the ending was satisfying (HEA), but I would have preferred more of the story to be between Anne and Thomas.
And even though this novel didn't work for me as much as I hoped it would, it will be an amazing book for anyone that loves history, loves to learn about Ireland and its history, and for all who enjoy a well crafted and beautifully written historical time traveling romance.