A Twist in Time by Julie McElwain Review

Title: A Twist in Time

Author: Julie McElwain

Publisher:  Pegasus

Format: eBook

Publication Date:  April 4, 2017

Overall: 4 out of 5 stars 

Source: Edelweiss

Former FBI agent Kendra Donovan’s attempts to return to the twenty-first century have failed, leaving her stuck at Aldridge Castle in 1815. And her problems have just begun: in London, the Duke of Aldridge’s nephew Alec—Kendra’s confidante and lover—has come under suspicion for murdering his former mistress, Lady Dover, who was found viciously stabbed with a stiletto, her face carved up in a bizarre and brutal way.

Lady Dover had plenty of secrets, and her past wasn’t quite what she’d made it out to be. Nor is it entirely in the past—which becomes frighteningly clear when a crime lord emerges from London’s seamy underbelly to threaten Alec. Joining forces with Bow Street Runner Sam Kelly, Kendra must navigate the treacherous nineteenth century while she picks through the strands of Lady Dover’s life.

As the noose tightens around Alec’s neck, Kendra will do anything to save him, including following every twist and turn through London’s glittering ballrooms, where deception is the norm—and any attempt to uncover the truth will get someone killed.

A Twist in Time felt pretty different to me than the first installment. Kendra is slowly having to accept that she isn’t going to be going back to the 21st Century anytime soon. This leads to hurt feelings between her and Alec, because she desperately wants to go back to her own time and of course he wants her to stay. This is hard for Kendra, because she values her freedom and independence and this time doesn’t allow her to have either. She is completely dependent on the men who care for her, and while they are not horrible people they are a product of their time, and she really struggles with this. I know some other reviews have mentioned that it seemed repetitive because Kendra thought about it all the time. I don’t, because I think in that situation as a woman, that is what I would be focused on. It would be awful to have to trust that you will be taken care of by a man. Even if they’re not horrible we have the freedom to be independent in the 21st century, and I know I would have focused on that too.

The writing was well-paced and action packed. I genuinely enjoyed the mystery, and the plot development was incredible. Julie McElwain does a fantastic job of blending the classes and the mystery with Kendra Donovon’s 21st century attitude. It makes for an engaging read, it also is helpful to readers I think because we are getting introduced to the social structure the same way Kendra is. It makes it easier to understand the plot.

This book’s ending though made my heart hurt, it was so sad that the social class structure was so rigid that it caused someone to go to such extreme measures. What hurt most was that the killer was a product of the society, and no one seemed to recognize that except for Kendra. I thought the whole story was tragic. Overall I would give it 4 out of 5 stars, and recommend it to anyone who likes historical romance and mysteries.

4/5 – An Enjoyable Read, Well Written

**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**

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“Times have changed, Miss Donovan. Mankind has evolved. We are more enlightened thinkers than our ancestors.” “I’ve heard that before.” He raised his brows. “You don’t believe we are evolving as a species?” She thought of her earlier epiphany, that she wasn’t superior to her nineteenth-century compatriots. And she thought of the countless murder boards she’d stood before, centuries from now, detailing man’s depravity toward man, and shook her head. “We might be becoming more civilized as a whole—and I’m not even sure about that—but I don’t think mankind ever really changes. We’re not smarter, better, kinder people, Doctor.” She paused, grim. “We’re just inventing better technology.”

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