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“It is hard to find really skillfully written time travel novels but this one was one. It is rare to say this but I was glad it was as long as it is and sad when it ended.” --Laurie Pollack (Pennsylvania)--

"Characters are believable and real, events and locations are so well described, you feel as if you are there. Use of actual
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Kindle Edition, 486 pages
Published June 4th 2012 (first published August 2nd 2011)
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Lincoln
This book is so great. It is the story of David and Monica and their two little daughters. They go for a visit to Colonial Williamsburg and are magically teleported through time to 1780. The author writes such vivid descriptions and such masterful prose that I found myself sucked in and caring about the characters and their plight from page one. They find themselves on an unlikely quest to abolish slavery in Virginia but in the whole of the United States all during the revolutionary war. Revisin ...more
Harv Griffin
Jul 06, 2013 Harv Griffin rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: time travel nuts like me
Shelves: reviewed, own
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Scott Spotson
As many reviewers have noted, this book is noble. This book consists of a family's efforts (through main character, the father, named David Gearns) as they travel from 2006 to 1780, in the midst of the American Revolution, to abolish slavery.

I sure learned a lot about the process of manumission, which I found out to mean the freedom of a slave. The description of the complex legal documents to effect a one-time manumission for one slave in Virginia was very interesting as the documents are detai
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John
What a great book!! I enjoyed this a lot, and it's clear that the author really knows his stuff regarding Colonial history. I also love his writing style, and would love to read more from this author. My only criticism is that the story seemed to get a little bogged down for me during the chapters that detail the battles of the American Revolutionary War. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading about time travel, early American politics, colonial history, or the American ...more
E.B. Brown
What a wonderful read! The author clearly is a master of his chosen historical setting, and I loved the way he crafted portrayals of real historical characters into the fictional story. I would read more by this author.
Debbie
I loved the characters in this book. David and his family were very real to me and I felt for them.
The writing style read much like I was having conversation with David's mind, but minus any digression (that would be annoying!)I liked this. I liked David and related to him because I live, what I believe to be, an upstanding "do the right thing" lifestyle based on strong convictions and morals. I have an amazing husband that I feel absolutely completes me, and better yet, I am certain he feels t
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Amy
There are some places on earth where you wouldn't immediately know that you were slipping into the past. One such place is Colonial Williamsburg where the past is alive and well. But the past will recognize your family in their Mickey Mouse rain ponchos trying to buy lemonade with worthless currency as not being from around there (or from around then). Fortunately, you can just claim that you're from the exotic and mysterious land of California, and all will be well. Such is the case for David w ...more
Peter
I met Paul on GoodReads, and then started to chat about time travel rules and paradoxes, and only lately I have read his book. It did not disappoint me at all! :)
The first thing I liked, since the first chapter, is the writing style. Clear, swift, and catching. Especially considering that he keeps on thinking, talking and writing in 'first person' for over 400 pages.
As a non-american, I have to add that I learnt a lot of American history. And, of course, being a time travel fan, I enjoyed the p
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Grumpus
Good premise but the book just lumbered along. While there were moments of excitement, during much of the book nothing was happening and often left me wondering why it was there. This is the reason that this was the book that wouldn’t end. Even when I thought the story wound down and could have been wrapped up, it went off on another tangent that could have been eliminated.

This is revolutionary historical fiction that is right in my wheelhouse but sadly, fell short of what it could have been.
Garrett Smith
The author challenges the reader to consider the hypocrisy within us all, and how even the best and most enlightened in society, can often fail to apply the very truths they argue others have been blinded to, or intentionally ignore.

The story centers on the American Revolution which produced a Bill of Rights declaring that all men are created equal, at a time when many citizens were treated by the new government as if they were born to, and could not escape, inequality. Blacks were enslaved, wom
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Nathan Van Coops

This story is a fun ride. A chance to spend time at the genesis of the United States and not just witness history but ask the question, could we have done better? It’s an intriguing question and Paul Sherman gives us a tale that is as educational as it is thought provoking. His excellent research of the period shines through the details of the story without drowning you in them. Having just finished Jack Finney’s “Time and Again,” prior to this, I was leery of getting into another historical tim
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Heather
Jul 01, 2014 Heather rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Heather by: Time Travel Group
This is a very well written time travel story. As I am not terribly familiar with US history, I can't comment on its historical accuracy. It feels like a good friend is telling you an amazing story. The exact vehicle which allows the characters is not fully explained, but it is through the special abilities of "Harriet" . If you are looking for hard core scince fiction, this is not the book for you, but a great historical fiction which includes time travel, this is a great book.
Peter Boody
What a great ride it has been following the Gearns family through Revolutionary War Virginia, meeting a cast of memorable characters including Thomas Jefferson and his family. Mr. Sherman writes beautifully and is in full command of his craft, not to mention the historical facts. Highly recommended.
Maria Claudia
I like about 60% of the book. Then I became bored. So many details about slavery, revolution. I skipped some pages and went straight to the final. Desappointed.
Juli Pennock
Very well written and definitely imaginative, but didn't resonate with me. I skimmed most of the ending, sadly. Just not a period of history that holds a lot of fascination for me and the fight scenes didn't hold my interest (it's NOT the writing, it's ME, swear).

I may give it another try in the future. I'm not sorry I read (most of) it, but it wasn't really my cuppa (tea).
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I was born in New York, grew up in North Carolina, lived in Ohio, Hawaii, and Ontario, and am now incredibly well settled with my family in our northern California home. During an early stint as a professional student, I concentrated on English Literature and American History as an undergraduate, then continued with graduate studies in American Culture, Race Relations, and Law, followed by a caree ...more
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