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A Question of Time

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating Details  ·  32 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
Years later, successful author Celia Cavalotti is still mourning the death of her favorite teacher, who died in a car crash in 1989. But when a car accident of her own hurtles her back in time to the week of his death, she has a chance to change the future.

Finding herself in the 1980s is a shock to the extremely modern Celia-- but even more shocking is seeing her dead Engl
Published November 4th 2012 by Champagne Books
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Kagama-the Literaturevixen
When our maincharacter Celia was a teenager she was shy akward and with a love of writing ,who gave her support and encouraged her dreams was her english school teacher Mr Forrest

To tell the truth she has something of a crush on him wich makes it a huge blow for her when she arrives at school eager to show him what she has written since only to learn he has been killed in a tragic car accident

Flash forward to the present and Celia is now published author going back to her hometown. Of course thi

Why, she could take her salad fork and jam it into her wrist right now, and it would probably really hurt.

It’s a good thing this story was a “stable time loop,” or I would probably never forgive Ms. Renaud for suckering me into reading another time travel book. However, the 1980s setting was a welcome reminder of why I skipped a certain milestone (mumblety-fifth) high school reunion this year.

But I still don’t understand what “stable time loop” means, because a loop could get all twisty like a M
Shaun Welch
Nov 25, 2012 Shaun Welch rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi, romance
A Question of Time is a marvelous little book from Joanne Renaud, which artfully combines time travel with a delicious hot-for-teacher romance. Celia Cavalotti's favorite teacher, Alan Forrest, died in a car accident while she was in high school. His death has haunted her for years, and during an awful storm she ends up in a wreck of her own. Moments later, she finds herself in 1989, in front of the old library she once frequented. There she comes face to face with Mr. Forrest, like a ghost from ...more
Steve Poling
Nov 22, 2012 Steve Poling rated it it was amazing
AQOT is a time-travel romance that takes the protagonist, a successful SF writer, back in time to the 1980s. I don't read a lot of romances, but I know a fair bit about time travel stories as you can read about here. So, if it seems I'm more in touch with H. G. Wells, than Barbara Cartland, don't be surprised.

I should start with another disclaimer. I know Joanne because she illustrates for my story The Aristotelian and my anthology Finding Time. So I'm biased, but I won't lie. I happen to know a
Claire Andrews
Oct 13, 2013 Claire Andrews rated it it was amazing
A Question of Time is a charming time travel/love story about Celia, a modern science fiction writer who finds herself transported back to 1989. The previous reviewers have said it better than I could, but this was a very enjoyable and well written tale that pulled me in on the first page and didn’t let go until the satisfying end.

I was a freshman in high school in 1989 (in a very small Midwestern town) and the author gets the details just right; from the cars to the music to the fashion, I felt
Naj (Unputdownable Books)
Mar 06, 2013 Naj (Unputdownable Books) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2013
Like usual, I picked up A Question of Time without reading anything about the book but simply just basing the book entirely by the look of the cover. I know, it's a bad habit. But you can't say you haven't done it too.

Thirty minutes into the book and I was hooked. It was so simply written and the main character was so likeable, that you can't help but like the book too. So, seeing as the book looked like a time travel book. I didn't know when the "time traveling" would start.

I read and read and
Jude Johnson
Dec 21, 2012 Jude Johnson rated it it was amazing
A Question of Time is an intriguing time-travel romance. I thoroughly enjoyed this journey, starting with the musical references and mentions of television shows, books, and other touchstones. [In fact, Ms. Renaud put together a playlist to set the late 80s mood, starting with Debbie Gibson.] Celia is no longer a geeky teen but a woman of passion who falls for a man she knows will soon die. Alan Forrest is a teacher who cares about where his students are going in their lives, making his impendi ...more
Nov 20, 2012 Kat rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, time-travel
Delightful, fun and whimsical, a nostalgia trip back to the 80s that is probably more enjoyable for the reader than for the heroine ... well, maybe not! Celia's adventures have a happy ending, of course, and a satisfying one for the reader as well.
Steven Booth
Jan 19, 2013 Steven Booth rated it really liked it
A Question of Time is a time-travel romance-fantasy concerning a woman with a long-held crush on her long-dead high school English teacher. While visiting her old home town as an escape from her Spanish Haarlem apartment, Celia finds herself transported back in time to 1989, just days before the fateful accident that claimed the life of Alan, her teacher. As this is a romance, it is inevitable that they should meet and fall in love (or at least lust, as evidenced by the well-handled sex sequence ...more
Aug 02, 2015 Rachel rated it it was amazing
I'm not a romance novel fan. But... the concept hooked me and within two pages I was being reeled in. Who doesn't have that someone you used to crush on and you just don't know if your memory is clear or if you were too biased? And going back into your own 'timeline' but not, that's what I wanted to read.

'A Question of Time' is sci-fi with heart. Not too sappy, not too science fiction-y. It walked the line and turned into something more. What we have here is a story about one woman and how she d
May 03, 2014 Carol rated it it was ok
Shelves: digital, 2014_books
Someone on a social networking site (I think tumblr) said this was great! So I picked it up on Kindle. I'm a hair under 10% done, and... Not for me. As it isn't very long, I'll keep reading and update the review later, but the "I'm not just a flighty girl with a crush on her teacher" lampshading just makes me cringe. The teacher came across as predatory to me. And referencing and name dropping aren't doing it for me, either. Like this review, this book could've also used some better grammatical ...more
Dec 10, 2013 Maria rated it it was amazing
Time travel romance is a tricky field. First, you need a plausible means of time travel. (It does not have to be "possible" according to the laws of physics as presently understood, but the reader needs to be able to accept it without saying "Oh for Pete's Sake this is stupid.) The time travel method used here works for me. Second, you need an actual "story" that involves interesting characters and interesting events. This book happily satisfies both requirements. Renaud tells a great story--whi ...more
Lauren Smith
Jan 04, 2013 Lauren Smith rated it it was amazing
I'm not going to lie. This book actually did make me cry. While the beginning reads pleasantly, almost nostaligically, I was completely unprepared for the ending. I mean that in the best possible way. I'd expected another delightful time traveling romance that swept me away on a sweet, sensual love story. I got that, certainly, but the ending was beyond my expectations. The author did an amazing job, stunning job! of creating the perfect scenario to wrench a reader's heart. I don't want to give ...more
Lovely Rita
Mar 03, 2014 Lovely Rita rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
I ultimately ended up liking how the story was constructed and how she solves the time loop and there was a nice happy ending that worked. While I was reading, I was almost surprised the main character wasn't more straight with the love interest, but I had to keep reminding myself that he didn't know her nearly as well as she knew him. Overall, a quick and enjoyable read.
Dec 09, 2013 Jacqueline rated it really liked it
A lovely little novella. Sort of an ode to the 1980s. I really liked both characters. I felt that the relationship was fairly well developed in the limited word count allowed in a novella. I enjoyed it enough that I would have been happy if it had been a full length novel. There was really only one thing barring that which held it back from 4 stars for me. (view spoiler) ...more
Bella Street
Feb 14, 2015 Bella Street rated it really liked it
A fresh twist in time-travel romance, complete with an 80s 'soundtrack' that will take you back in time in more ways than one. Recommended for fans of the genre!
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Joanne Renaud, who earned a BFA in illustration from Art Center College of Design, has been writing, drawing and painting as long as she can remember. She went to college in a variety of places, including Northern Ireland and Southern California , and enjoys history, comics, children’s books, and cheesy fantasy movies from the ’80s. She currently works as both an author and a freelance illustrator ...more
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