Author: Therese Stenzel
Genre: Historical, Romance, Fantasy, Time Travel
Rating: 3 Stars
After her fiancé’s death, Brenna Keelin travels to England, stumbles up hidden stairs in a cathedral and comes out in 1871 Yorkshire. To keep from starving, she becomes a servant in a great estate. More than anything she wants to return to her modern life, especially in time for her sister’s wedding, but falling in love has changed everything.
Lord Garren Buntingford left Scotland to take over an earldom. He has a lot to learn about the subtleties of being an aristocrat—and a title he never wanted. He desires to
return to his vast farm and family in Scotland until a beautiful housemaid is injured by a horse and he carries her back to the estate where she works in his arms.
Brenna must hide the truth about where she is from and find her purpose for being sent through time before the stairs will open again. But soon discovers that her calling is to help Lord Garren marry an aristocratic wife. Her heart is torn between fulfilling her call and a desperate passion for a braw Scotsman that society says she can never have. Both must choose between the home they long for and a forbidden love, between duty and devotion, the upstairs and the downstairs, all under the roof of Dunstable Park House.
WARNING – SPOILERS MAY ENSUE BEYOND THIS POINT – REVIEW BELOW
Honestly, I’m on the fence with this one. The writing was subpar, and often littered with typos. It didn’t grip me like I’d expected from a time travel romance—one of my favorite genre’s, and I wasn’t a huge fan of the overall narrative voice. In fact, I very nearly put the book down in the first fifteen minutes.
But… I stuck it out, and in the end, I did enjoy the book, even if it wasn’t my favorite. It was a quick, light read, and though it was also light on historical world building and believability most of the time (something I generally look for in a time-travel romance), I did find it entertaining.
Overall, the story was… meh. It wasn’t awful, and it wasn’t great, but it was an okay read. If you’re looking for a light romantic read to peruse while sitting in a waiting room somewhere—this may be something you want to pick up. If you’re looking for a more intricate historical read… this may not be the book for you.