Publisher: Torquere Press
Date published: 7/11/12
Book format: E-book
Obtained via publisher
Reviewed by Helen
Francis Holden-Burrell’s best friend Sir Desmond Rivest is close to death. At their final meeting Desmond gives him an amazing watch which transports him one hundred years into the future. Fortunately Francis meets up with people who are prepared to help him adjust to his new life.
As an antiques dealer Simon is better prepared than many would be to meet someone from the past. But organizing life in the present is complicated in so many ways.
This is a delightful story, quite unpredictable, and a sweet romance. Francis is treated very logically, both in his own time and in his relationship with Sir Desmond, and in his new time, while he is at the antiques shop, but that doesn’t necessarily mean kindly or fairly. The reader really feels for Francis in the treatment of him by his friend’s wife, butler, and the contrast with his friend’s daughter, then with his confusion and wonder in his new time.
Ms. Wiley has done a great job of characterization. Readers will love Pam and her family, who are somewhat different, yet decidedly not caricatures, and appreciate the tiny touches that make the minor players come alive off the page. For such a short novel, the wealth of detail and understanding of the protagonists is very well done indeed.
The plot is a good one, with the time changes made real, and Francis and Simon dealing with them in a very natural way, yet without slowing the story down at all. Once again, details intrinsic to the plot are slotted in smoothly as part of the story.
The male/male relationships are deeply experienced, yet sensual rather than explicit, which is very suitable to Francis’ time period and background.
I truly enjoyed this story.
THIS IS NOT AN ENDORSEMENT OF THIS BOOK. THIS IS AN OBJECTIVE UNBIASED REVIEW