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Out of Time

4.28 of 5 stars 4.28  ·  rating details  ·  29 ratings  ·  9 reviews
What happens when a twenty-first century woman on a mission to change the past meets a thoroughly 1040's man trying to stay alive in the hellish skies over war-torn Europe?

Melanie "Mel" Morton is an adventure reporter, who lost her grandfather in World War II. With no family left, she's all about doing her job and finishing her grandfather's biography. Enter Jack Hamilton
Paperback, 252 pages
Published by Hard Shell Word Factory (first published 2005)
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Let's face it. You really have to suspend your disbelief to swallow the whole time traveling concept. That said, this book is just so darn much fun to read! I just love Mel, the heroine of this book. She's cute, ridiculously smart, multilingual and clever. Heck, if James Bond books and movies can earn a bajillion dollars with a character that is larger than life, then there is no good reason we can't have a female character who can kick serious butt, right?

And throwing a main character into a d
“Like the Garth Brooks song, she’d stood outside the fire. Now she was getting ready to jump into it. Without a parachute.” – from Out Of Time by Pauline Baird Jones.

Dare Devil reporter, Melanie "Mel" Morton, is unexpectedly recruited by her grandfather’s old WWII buddy, the still handsome Jack Hamilton, to travel back in time with him to fix what they did the last time they time traveled, something she doesn't remember as it hasn't happened yet. And how does one time travel back to World War I
Mel (Melanie) Morton is in love with Jack Hamilton. No big deal, right? BIG DEAL! Mel is 27 and Jack is as old as her grandfather. In fact, they fought together in WWII and were part of The Greatest Generation. Mel is the star of a dubious TV reality show called "Make Mel Cry Uncle". She undertakes some pretty wierd schemes but her last one was the best of all. Doing a HALO jump with a team of SEALS. Gulp! Jack's last job in 1942 was driving a Fort bomber with his crew over France and dropping a ...more
Dec 18, 2010 Sheri rated it 4 of 5 stars
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This is a time travel and requires the reader suspend belief. Still, there should be logic in how the traveling works. The end of the book is not possible, because none of the book could have happened once time was changed and ended as the book did. Well, that sounds ridiculous, doesn't it? The other thing I didn't love was that the heroine, Mel, was just a bit too much of a Superwoman. The author explained that, and I bought it all, even that she spoke both French and German expertly, until she ...more
It was pretty good, though the plot sagged for a while about 25% of the way through. The author starts out with an action scene, which essentially promises the reader a fast-paced book. However, when the heroine travels back in time, the plot stalls for a few chapters. The heroine uses martial arts to repeatedly throw US flyers on their tush (once would have been enough to get the point across, but Jones just kept hammering the point home and making continuous references to it), then hero & ...more
You have to be able to seriously suspend belief and there are a few holes and grammatical/spelling errors but I fell in love with the actual story!
Cheap and Lazy
This is a charming, sweet-romance involving time travel. I love the author’s voice and her quirky heroine. All of the characters are three dimensional, real (if fictional) people. The details in this story sucked me, like Mel, into WWII history. I really felt like I was there with her and Jack and the rest of the gang. Plenty of adventure and suspense—not the least of which was how this couple could possibly end up together (being born sixty years apart). So glad I bought this combo, more Paulin ...more
Lorna Collins
So many writers have problems with time travel, leaving large gaps and holes in the plot. Readers finish the stories saying, "But what about...?" These issues have been avoided in this case by not explaining in detail how the process works. And that leaves the reader with the joy of simply becoming immersed in an interesting and suspenseful story. The author has obviously done considerable research into WWII, particularly the daytime raids over the continent. But it's not just an immersion in hi ...more
Mel, a 20-something contemporary woman is in love with Jack, a WWII pilot who is now 80-plus years old. This can't possibly end well, can it? Unless the young women goes back in time and meets the young man. Well maybe. 'It's complicated.' One of the book's most-used, and easily anticipated lines. And yet, it was my favorite line!

Jack sends Mel back to fix history. Because the first time he sent her back, they adversely altered the time-line. Anyone who knows anything about time-travel knows th
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