Author: Kerstin Gier
Provided Synopsis: Gwyneth Shepherd’s sophisticated, beautiful cousin Charlotte has been prepared her entire life for traveling through time. But unexpectedly, it is Gwyneth, who in the middle of class takes a sudden spin to a different era!
Gwyneth must now unearth the mystery of why her mother would lie about her birth date to ward off suspicion about her ability, brush up on her history, and work with Gideon—the time traveler from a similarly gifted family that passes the gene through its male line, and whose presence becomes, in time, less insufferable and more essential. Together, Gwyneth and Gideon journey through time to discover who, in the 18th century and in contemporary London, they can trust.
Review: Gwyneth Shepherd believes she is one of the gene-free members of her family. After all, it is her cousin Charlotte who had been born on the prophesied day and groomed since she was a child to be a time traveler. So imagine everyone’s surprise when it is Gwyneth who falls away from the 21st Century to another era.
Suddenly, she is thrown into a family legacy she does not understand and her life is changed forever. Secrets she had been denied to hear are within her grasp, yet she knows she can trust very little as her interactions with others distort the line between truth and lies where the ultimate mission of time travelers is concerned.
Based upon my opinion of this being an adventurous and entertaining read, I would recommend this book to young adult genre lovers. It’s nothing extraordinary, but it does have in its favor a good premise and the pace was just right. Gwyneth was a relatable character, and I already look forward to the second book since this one left off right after some action that deepened the plot of the mystery. Gwyneth has plenty to think about and I think she next has to consider where to align her loyalties; a war for power is clearly on the horizon.