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Timeless by Alexandra Monir
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Jan 29, 12

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Read from January 28 to 29, 2012

Synopsis:
When tragedy strikes Michele Windsor’s world, she is forced to uproot her life and move across the country to New York City, to live with the wealthy, aristocratic grandparents she’s never met. In their old Fifth Avenue mansion filled with a century’s worth of family secrets, Michele discovers a diary that hurtles her back in time to the year 1910. There, in the midst of the glamorous Gilded Age, Michele meets the young man with striking blue eyes who has haunted her dreams all her life – a man she always wished was real, but never imagined could actually exist. And she finds herself falling for him, into an otherworldly, time-crossed romance.

Michele is soon leading a double life, struggling to balance her contemporary high school world with her escapes into the past. But when she stumbles upon a terrible discovery, she is propelled on a race through history to save the boy she loves – a quest that will determine the fate of both of their lives.

Review:
There's something about this beautiful tale that had me gripped from the very first page. This isn't a paranormal in the strictest sense. It's a time-travel love story that captures your heart and holds you in until you finish the last page.

Michele grew up with her mother, living a simple life on Venice Beach. She never knew her father or the reason why he left. She knows that her mothers family come from blue blood New York money. But they've made little attempt to be a part of her life. Her friends at school have been by her side since childhood. So it's a tragedy when her mother dies and she's taken to live with her grandparents in New York. People that she has no connection with apart from surname.

Before her mother died and for a long time before Michelle dreams of a boy with dark hair and blue eyes. Not just any boy. This is one she knows she loves, and he's always there waiting for her in her dreams.

After her arrival she gets given the last of her mothers belongings and inside one of the boxes is a strange key. The key acts as a portal to times before and she finally meets her family from the past. Actually the women in particular who have all suffered at the hands of polite society and etiquette rules in one way or another.

But at last she meets Phillip, and their love affair starts to transcend across the hundred years seperating them.

I can't tell you what a fantastically amazing story this is. It isn't just about love, although that's the main reason for Michele to travel back. It's also about Michele finding her family. A family she had little knowledge of. She helps them in many ways but they also help her with a sense of belonging to a real family at last.

This book definitely deserves more credit. It's actually a simply told story but very captivating!
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