Thursday 7 October 2021

Book Review ~ The Whirlpools of Time by Anna Belfrage

June 2021

My thanks to the author for my copy of this book


He hoped for a wife. He found a companion through time and beyond.

It is 1715 and for Duncan Melville something fundamental is missing from his life. Despite a flourishing legal practice and several close friends, he is lonely, even more so after the recent death of his father. He needs a wife—a companion through life, someone to hold and be held by. What he wasn’t expecting was to be torn away from everything he knew and find said woman in 2016…

Erin Barnes has a lot of stuff going on in her life. She doesn’t need the additional twist of a stranger in weird outdated clothes, but when he risks his life to save hers, she feels obligated to return the favour. Besides, whoever Duncan may be, she can’t exactly deny the immediate attraction.

The complications in Erin’s life explode. Events are set in motion and to Erin’s horror she and Duncan are thrown back to 1715. Not only does Erin have to cope with a different and intimidating world, soon enough she and Duncan are embroiled in a dangerous quest for Duncan’s uncle, a quest that may very well cost them their lives as they travel through a Scotland poised on the brink of rebellion.

Will they find Duncan’s uncle in time? And is the door to the future permanently closed, or will Erin find a way back? 

My thoughts...

Having read most of the novels in the Graham Saga I wondered how this new spin-off novel would work but I needn't have worried as right from the start I was whisked back in time to the eighteenth century to meet with Duncan Melville, who, after a recent bereavement, seems a rather lost, and lonely, character. However, on the night of a great storm Duncan's life suddenly changes when he finds himself waking up in 2016 in the company of a beautiful woman called Erin who seems, from the outset, to make his heart sing. 

What then follows is a lively time slip adventure which moves effortlessly between what happens between Erin and Duncan in 2016, only for them both to be then whisked back in time to 1715 Scotland during the time of the first Jacobite rebellion. Combining authentic history with a sexy time slip romance is a huge task but this talented author always gets the balance just right, never compromising on the integrity of the historical content, whilst at the same time allowing a smouldering romance to burn between the two lead characters. Both Duncan and Erin carry the story well and there's a real sense of adventure throughout, although Duncan seems to make the transition into 21st century life rather better that Erin adjusts to 18th century life but then that's where the real enjoyment of the story lies.

The Whirlpools of Time is every bit as good as I wanted it to be from one of my favourite time slip writers. It had everything I needed, history, adventure, romance and passion, and the promise of more to come from this lovely new series.

About the Author

Had Anna been allowed to choose, she’d have become a time-traveller. As this was impossible, she became a financial professional with two absorbing interests: history and writing. Anna has authored the acclaimed time travelling series The Graham Saga, set in 17th century Scotland and Maryland, as well as the equally acclaimed medieval series The King’s Greatest Enemy which is set in 14th century England. 

Twitter @abelfrageauthor

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