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Tumbling Through Time

3.3  ·  Rating Details ·  293 Ratings  ·  47 Reviews
In her sparkling and hilarious debut, author Gwyn Cready introduces Persephone "Seph" Pyle, a total control freak who plans for everything -- until a pair of killer heels sends her back in time and into the arms of a ruggedly handsome sea captain straight from the pages of a romance novel.

Wandering the Pittsburgh airport before a business trip, Seph decides to kill time
Paperback, 400 pages
Published January 29th 2008 by Pocket Books (first published 2000)
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Oct 20, 2008 Annie rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2008
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Brenda (b)
Here is another of those books that I have a hard time rating. My first instincts are to give it 4 stars, but the ending left me a bit puzzled which makes me want to mark lower. I'd read several reviews that didn't like this book and since I'd already gotten it, I put off reading it and let it languish in my TBR pile. It was advertised as a humorous story, but I didn't read it with any expectations in that area since my sense of humor doesn't align with most others. There were a couple of places ...more
Jan 10, 2015 Cathy rated it liked it
This was one of those silly romance novels that kept me laughing throughout the story. Very imaginative storyline about a girl who finds a pair of pink shoes at the Nine West shoe store in an airport that spoke to her and she felt she just must have. Turns out the shoes were sent to her by a gypsy in the 1700’s from one of her characters from a story that she hasn’t quite finished writing yet. The shoes help her time travel back to this Captain that needs her help and change the outcome of his l ...more
Aug 28, 2008 Gail rated it it was ok
I had a hard time following this one. The hero was a character in the heroine's unwritten novel, and magicked her into his world with a pair of sparkly pink sandals--but the heroine could look him up in real history books and find out about him. She went back in time--but it was really a figment of her imagination--or was it? One minute, it was almost over the top silly, the next, they were dodging real bullets. And yet, I read it all the way through. I had trouble making sense of it at times, b ...more
Aug 04, 2008 Jessica rated it liked it
Cute romance/mystery/adventure along the lines of a "Motor Mouth- Janet Evanovich. Some parts seemed to go on a bit too long for me, but in all this was a fun weekend read. I read bits here and there, including in the movie cinema waiting for Journey to the Center of the Earth to begin, and didn't miss a beat. I'm looking forward to her second, Seducing Mr. Darcy.
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Gwyn Cready quickly became one of my favourite romance authors, someone whose books I can always count on to make me laugh and totally absorb me. Original, intelligent plots, fun and sexy characters who never irritate me, and great resolutions to time travel conundrums. This is her first book, which I've come to after reading her other three, but by no means is it weaker for it.

Seph - short for Persephone - works in branding for a large pharmaceutical company. While at the airport with her colle
May 07, 2012 Jennifer rated it liked it
After reading some of Gwyn Cready's other books awhile ago, and enjoying them, I was in the mood for something light so I went back and got this one for my Kindle. Apparently this was her first book. I enjoyed it, but found it very true to what I know to be her formula from other books - modern woman either time travels or somehow is transported into romance novel setting (in this case a pirate ship; the other works were Regency England and Dutch Master's painting studio), and quirky love story ...more
Becky R.
Oct 15, 2010 Becky R. rated it it was ok
Having read Cready's Seducing Mr. Darcy, and genuinely getting a good laugh out of the premise, I was eager to go back and pick up her first published novel. Cready's tongue-in-cheek style and sarcastic come backs are still, delightfully present in this story of Seph, Tom, and Phillip. I still laughed, smiled, and even rolled my eyes a bit at the main character's antics. The idea of going back in time and creating out of the main hero the love interest in your present day is pretty cute. Outside ...more
Kris - My Novelesque Life

"Wandering the Pittsburgh airport before a business trip, Seph decides to kill time with some preflight shopping -- anything to get her mind off Tom Fraser, her irresistible, dimple-chinned coworker turned travel buddy. So when a pair of to-die-for pink stilettos calls her name from a store window, she tries them on -- only to be swiftly transported back to the eighteenth century and flung aboard a turbulent ship sailing the Mediterranean!

There, Seph is stunned to meet Phillip Drummond,
Jun 28, 2008 Janet rated it really liked it
Recommended to Janet by: Toni (sort of)
I really rather enjoyed this book. Despite all it's appearances of being a "romance" novel, I didn't find it to be very much at all like your standard formula romance fiction (which I, in fact, normally wouldn't even pick up).

It actually had an interesting storyline with some structure and depth instead of just gooey fluff (in comparison to regular Harlequin-style romance). There was a historical aspect to it as well. Whether it's loosely based upon actual facts, I'm not sure (I imagine it prob
Ceci Marlow
Jul 03, 2012 Ceci Marlow rated it it was amazing
I could not put this down! I picked it up in a used book sale because a)I like time travel romance, especially the funny ones, and b)it had a cover blurb by Evanovich. I was reading it as a paperback, not an ebook, and I thought OMG it is so many pages (doesn't bother me in e-, problem in paper, esp soft cover, now) I'll never finish it.

I wouldn't even get up to "refresh myself" without hitting the pain point first. It was funny premise (one Kasey Michaels has used, too, I believe) of a romance
Aug 05, 2011 Sarah rated it really liked it
I really didn't expect to like this book. I read the blurb and it put me off completely, it seemed too cheesy and ridiculous, but i was on holiday with nothing else left to read, so i gave it a go.

I'm so glad i did, because i ended up loving it, i couldn't put it down!
I really enjoyed the plot, the idea that characters in books come alive and are real people who are affected by our writing, i think it's a great thought.

I loved all the characters and the end of the pirate story, and found that it
Dec 22, 2008 Liz rated it it was ok
Persephone "Seph" Pyle is a take-no-risks type of woman who has a crush on her co-worker Tom Fraser. Just before they board a plane for a business trip to Europe Seph tries on a pair of pink shoes that zap her onto a ship in the year 1706 where she is confronted with a near duplicate of Tom, but calls himself Captain Philip "Drum" Drummond.

This is no ordinary time travel novel though, Drum tells her that he is the hero of the book she is going to write. Unfortunately her vague grasp of nautical
Jul 10, 2013 R.G. rated it really liked it
This book may have that normal romance cover but it definitely has a rather original plot… it’s one of the things I love about Cready’s writing… all her books I’ve read don’t play by the rules of really anything… go ahead and throw physics right out the window… travel through time and into a fictitious story and possibly change history in the process… can anyone say ADVENTURE!!! It’s exciting as you’re trying to figure out exactly what is going on and how any of it can be fixed… I love the dash ...more
Oct 10, 2009 Amanda rated it it was ok
Shelves: guilty-pleasures
Book #88 of 2009

I did not enjoy this as much as Gwyn Cready's sophmore outing, Seducing Mr. Darcy. I found the beginning quite confusing. For example, Seph's new pink shoes take her back in time to a ship of, apparently, her own imagination. A while later, Seph is having visions of showering and sleeping in these magical pink shoes because... well, she can't take them off. But it felt like there was a link missing because no where did anyone even ATTEMPT to take the shoes off and discover they c
Jul 29, 2010 Evangeline rated it did not like it
I'd been looking forward to reading this book as the synopsis sounded very appealing to me, however I was quickly disappointed. The first 100 pages or so dragged and it made no sense to me that the character "Drum" was a fictitious character from Seph's book and also an actual person from history. The author should have made a decision for him to be one or the other but not both. The book did start to pick up again towards the end, only to be ruined by what in my opinion was a disappointing endi ...more
Sandi Jones
Sep 28, 2009 Sandi Jones rated it it was ok
I love time travels and was looking forward to a book with a privateer who looked like Colin Firth. However, the cutesy dialogue started to grate on my nerves, and the plot was a bit confusing. The fact that the heroine was a wannabe-romance writer intrigued me as a premise, but I think her character could've been more developed. As a reader who also loves historicals, I was disappointed that these characters were merely figments of the heroine's imagination. I found myself wishing they were rea ...more
Nov 23, 2014 Jennifer rated it liked it
Shelves: 2009-reads, romance
A rollicking, ridiculous mess of a book that comes damn close to redeeming itself through sheer cheek (and by the thorough application of sassmouth). It's clearly a freshman effort, what with the slipshod and nonsensical plot, but somehow you wind up charmed by the whole thing, rather than just chucking it against the wall. Which is saying something, given we're talking about time traveling shoes as a major plot device.
Nov 06, 2011 Vivian added it
Shelves: romance-pn

Okay time traveling romances are tricky and admittedly I don't generally like them, but this one was based on the one thing that drives me insane--protagonist is a romance writer. Add on the fact that the hero is the character she's writing and shoot me now. I can't read it. Absolutely not, thank you.
Jan 14, 2013 Pam rated it did not like it
I just couldn't get into this one. I made it to page 92 but it was hard. The characters didn't work for me and I didn't understand the whole written story idea. Was the main ship cpt real or just a made up character by the girl in the story? How did he get caught up in her story and how was it suppose to be changing history ? Too confusing.
May 12, 2008 Lisle rated it it was ok
OK, I went slumming for Mother's Day. This time-travel romance exhibited the usual problems with the genre--no grounding in romance or physics. The review on GoodReads said something like sparkling and hilarious. Not. About as satisfying as marshmallow fluff, but I do need to feed my sweet tooth sometimes.
Aug 13, 2010 Liz rated it liked it
I liked the book, but, it confused me at the end. I mean where was the HEA( Happily Ever After). I had to read the last 3 pages 3 times to figure out what exactly happened. Don't get me wrong it was funny and well done, just very little romance, mostly story. I will be reading the next in the series.
Jul 18, 2011 Kim rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
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Apr 18, 2012 Bobbi rated it did not like it
I am not big on historical romances and this one takes the cake.plot was bog believeable and the writing was poor. I will give it one star because I did keep reading instead of giving up. And there were several bits where I chucked at her jokes, but overall, a waste of time
Oct 13, 2008 Sheila rated it really liked it
I enjoyed it. I liked the time traveling and that the pirate--oops--privateer wants the heroine to finish her story so he's not in situations he shouldn't be in. She time travels but so does the man she lusts after in the present day. It's interesting when the two men meet. Fun!
Apr 03, 2016 Maggie added it

This was my first foray into time travel romance, and I thought I'd love it, but the author's writing style was so grating. I hate when the writing tries to hard to be funny/cute/witty. Sometimes it works and sometimes it's just off-putting. I couldn't even get to page 100 with this.
Oct 28, 2014 Gaile rated it really liked it
This book is very funny.The heroine has quite a sense of humor. It is also suspenseful, violent and sexy. Traveling through time and landing on a deck of a ship in the 18th century is not my idea of a good time but this heroine does it and finds her true love too.
Gorgo Mage
Aug 10, 2011 Gorgo Mage rated it did not like it
I love romance time travels and i was expecting more from this story. I liked the fact that she wrote the girl as a little overweight but it was obvious that Gwyn Cready wrote Persephone as herself. I didnt like the characters either. Perhaps it was a little to modern for me.
May 07, 2012 Denise rated it really liked it
I love Gwyn Cready's writing style. So refreshing - sexy, fun, romantic, adventurous and laugh out loud funny at times.
Mar 20, 2016 Sabina rated it it was ok
Shelves: chick-lit
Not bad but not good either. A bit confusing at times and somehow ... not my cup of tea. I hope the next one is better.
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Gwyn Cready is a RITA Award-winning romance novelist. She's been called "the master of time travel romance." She lives in Pittsburgh.
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