Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Book review of A Crown in Time by Jennifer Macaire

French. Village Diaries book review A Crown in Time Jennifer Macaire
A Crown in Time by Jennifer Macaire

A Crown in Time by Jennifer Macaire

In the far future, a convicted criminal is given a chance at redemption.  
Her mission? To save the crown of France by convincing a young noble not to join the ill-fated Eighth Crusade.
But nothing goes as planned, and Isobel finds herself accompanying a hot-headed youth on his way to fight the infidel in Tunis: a battle Isobel knows is fated to be lost.
From the rainy villages of medieval France, to the scorching desert of Tunis - Isobel faces her destiny and tries to fulfil her duty, knowing she can never return to her time, knowing that a wrong move can doom the future, or doom her to be burned as a witch.
French. Village Diaries book review A Crown in Time Jennifer Macaire
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My review

Paying the price for a moment of distraction that had devastating consequences on the lives of two families, Isobel is sent back in time on a mission to right another wrong. She knows from the start this is a one-way trip, with the only option being success, as failure will mean she is erased from time. Hers is a lonely mission with huge responsibility and high stakes. 

Arriving in France at a difficult period in time, Isobel is tasked to persuade the young Jean not to leave his family for an ill-fated crusade in Tunis. With knowledge that stands her out from the crowd, she can’t risk those around her becoming suspicious of her behaviour or singling her out as different, but who can she trust as a friend to help her to fulfil her mission.

One of the first people she meets is Charles, who becomes her loyal companion and helps her settle in to her new life, but things don’t go to plan. The facts she has been given don’t match the reality she finds herself living, and very soon she is swept along with the action, quickly becoming embedded in life on the crusade. Alongside her, we experience the discomfort, hunger, dirt and disease of daily life, and get an insider’s eye on the crusade and life in a royal court. 

Living in a family unit and forming relationships, Isobel must battle with her emotions, both memories from her past (in the future) that never leave her, as well as feelings for those who she is now living amongst. She cannot risk her actions changing history in a different way than the Time Correctors planned. 

I enjoyed following Isobel who showed herself as strong and determined, choosing to hang in rather than quit, but her flaws and mistakes are not overlooked either. If you are looking for something a bit different that seamlessly ties together the future, the past and complex relationships, then this book should tick all these and more.

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French. Village Diaries book review A Crown in Time Jennifer Macaire
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Author Bio 

Jennifer Macaire is an American living in France. She likes to read, eat chocolate, and plays a mean game of 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 modelled 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.

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for your lovely review and for hosting my book on your blog!


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