Thursday 11 October 2018

Review ~ The Road to Alexander by Jennifer Macaire

The Road to Alexander (The Time for Alexander #1)
Accent Press
My thanks to the author for my e-copy of this book

What's it all about..

After winning a prestigious award, Ashley is chosen to travel through time and interview a historical figure. Choosing her childhood hero Alexander the Great, she is sent back in time for less than a day. He mistakes her for Persephone, goddess of the dead, and kidnaps her, stranding her in his own time. What follows, after she awakes under the pomegranate tree, is a hilarious, mind-bending tale of a modern woman immersed in the ancient throes of sex, love, quite a bit of vino, war, death and ever so much more..

My thoughts about it..

Taking a character from the future back to an ancient time is always a bit of a gamble, sometimes it pays off and others not quite so much. In The Road to Alexander, the gamble pays off as  the author has taken, Ashley, a woman journalist from the future, and delivered her back in time to the age of Alexander the Great, who happens to be Ashley's absolute hero. What then follows is a lively romp through Alexander's world, filled with all the customs and traditions of this ancient time.

The author has given her characters, particularly Alexander himself, a great sense of style and a zest for life. That Ashley finds that she is trapped in this ancient world adds the necessary excitement and intrigue, and the eventual love interest between Ashley and Alexander fairly sizzles on the page.

It's obvious from reading The Road to Alexander that the author loves writing and has done her research for this particular historical period, which must be said, I know absolutely nothing and so I came to the book with no preconceptions of history and just enjoyed the story for what it was, a light and easy historical fiction read with a feisty heroine and a dashing hero.

That the story is a fun read and not a treatise on the ancient world comes across and the author has done a good job in recreating time and place whilst at the same time not taking it all too seriously, this is fiction, after all.

The Road to Alexander is a the first book in a series of historical novels which explores this theme.

Jennifer Macaire lives in France with her husband, three children, & various dogs & horses. She loves cooking, eating French chocolate, growing herbs and flowering plants on her balcony, and playing golf. She grew up in upstate New York, Samoa, and the Virgin Islands. She graduated from St. Peter and Paul high school in St. Thomas and moved to NYC where she modeled for five years for Elite. She went to France and met her husband at the polo club. All that is true. But she mostly likes to make up stories.

Twitter @jennifermacaire


  1. Thank you for the lovely review! Auguste sends his best wishes to Jaffa - :-)

    1. Thank you, my pleasure. Kind regards from me and the kitties x


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