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The Hands of Time

(Hands of Time #1)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  1,466 ratings  ·  102 reviews
When a young woman vanishes without a trace from a quaint fishing village on the coast of England only one person knows the truth, but he remains silent allowing the authorities to search for her in vain.

Meanwhile, Valerie Crane finds herself transported to the year 1605. Terrified and confused she turns for help to the Whitfield brothers, who take her in and offer her a
Kindle Edition, 246 pages
Published by Merlin Press LLC (first published December 7th 2011)
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Jan 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
What a surprise this was. I wasn't expecting much with this freebie and I probably wouldn't have read it otherwise. I could have used some editing and in the beginning it felt like their was a lot of telling instead of doing. But, I really enjoyed it. I stayed up late last night just to finish it. I enjoyed this book more than some other popular authors. I will definitely check out her other books. I think I have one more freebie from her and will be reading that one very soon. ...more
What happens when you decide to set the right time as 16:05h in an old clock and you are transported to the year of 1605?

This is the story of Valerie Crane who, in the wake of a painful divorce, finds herself transported from 2010 to the early Seventeenth Century in England.

I liked the way the heroine sent a "message" to her living sister in the 21st century through a painting made by Joseph Blackburn.

This is the first book of the Hands of Time Trilogy.
Jan 19, 2012 rated it liked it
I had a hard time deciding between a two star and three star review. I gave it three stars because I liked the story but I had a hard time with how fast Valarie slept with Finn and how it seemed she really didn't give too much thought to her family. Her whole relationship with Finn I just really did not believe, There was just something false with it and I can't really explain it. I also had a hard time trying to figure out when things happened. Had Valarie been there three weeks or three months ...more
Maree Repa
Oct 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this beautiful time travel romance book so much. I couldn't, not once put it down. I loved it.

We met Valerie Crane. She is divorced and sadly her ex husband is finally get married to another pregnant woman. Leaving Valerie distraught and deeply upset. Her close sister takes her on a trip visiting England. Until one day Valerie disappears. She goes back in time to 1605.

Such an exciting read. Such brilliant themes this book brought to me describing the Religious oppression. Su
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
When a woman accidentally travels back in time several centuries, things are not what one would expect. Valerie, a modern-day woman, finds herself back in the year 1605, in England, during the time of James I/VI. She meets two charming, handsome brothers who show interest in her.

Interestingly, she chooses one rather early in the book but is still close to the other brother. Valerie marries her new love and becomes pregnant; then tragedy strikes. Her husband becomes involved in the Gunpowder Plot
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Jhommie Kem-ing
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it

The story was very interesting and I found myself lost in the story. But I must agree that some parts may seem a bit boring than the other chapters. Still, it's worth to finish and generally a good book.
Drennan Spitzer
Jan 20, 2013 rated it did not like it
In The Hands of Time, Irina Shapiro tells the story of Valerie Crane who, in the wake of a painful divorce, finds herself transported from 2010 to the early Seventeenth Century in England. Here, she meets two handsome brothers, Alexander and Finlay Whitfield. Both seem to have romantic feelings for Valerie, and she must choose between the two.

This work is a historical romance, one facilitated by time travel, with the focus most heavily on the romance. I have to say that I'd like to have heard mo
Beth Cutwright
Jul 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really do not read much about time travel. But I was pleasantly surprised when I read the story of Valerie Crane Whitfield. Valerie turns to her sister after her divorce and the two travel to England...Valerie trying to overcome her failed marriage and Louisa on a business trip. While shopping, the unimaginable happens and Valerie finds herself in a different time and place. What would you do? How frightened would you be? She seeks help from two brothers living at Yealm Castle and both brother ...more
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really wanted to hate this book. The set up was sloppy. Our lead Valerie was not a historian nor a professor but somehow she slipped into the 1600's seamlessly. Even her name wasn't questioned. She never slipped up with slang terms of acted like a new Yorker from the 21st century. That was a little annoying. She tried for like a day to find The clock then she was pretty ok with everything. The story was intriguing enough for me to finish the book and want to read the next book in the series. ...more
Pam Graham
Sep 08, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
Terrible, terrible, terrible. Poor writing style, heroine is a complete twit. Could not even finish. Will not read this author again.
Sep 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
"The Hands of Time" a loosely-based historical romance heats up when Valerie Crane a divorcee haunted by her ex-husband's infidelity is swept back in time to Yealm Castle in the year 1605. Confused and frightened she's offered a home and protection by Alexander Whitfield, although she quickly falls for his dashing and charming brother Finlay. When Finn, lead by a staunch belief that Catholics are being unfairly treated contributes to a dangerous and treacherous scheme that backfires bringing dea ...more
Lovey Dovey Books
Jun 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Hands of Time is a fun and emotional read. Irina Shapiro puts a clever spin on romantic time travel and takes readers' breaths away. The romance may be more than bargained for upon picking up a copy of The Hands of Time and Shapiro sweeps readers away with intimate scenes and whirlwind relationships. Tragedy strikes, but there's enough love to last throughout the entire novel!

When Valerie is transported back to the 17th century and taken in by the two handsome Whitfield brothers, her life ch
Jul 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was surprised that this book was as good as it was. There are twists and turns you don’t expect and it fully kept my interest.
I wouldn’t describe the writing style as classic “literature” even though it is, it’s just that the author seems to have a very contemporary style that doesn’t necessarily fit the time period. It’s also that while she can certainly write, you can tell she’s probably not someone that majored in English in college.
I enjoyed how the book develops steadily and keeps you gu
Jan 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished
Irina pens "The Hands of Time", a romance mystery with a very interesting story line filled with emotions. I loved how strong and believable the characters were which made this book is a real page turner for me. Some of the historical facts were incorrect, but what does it matter....especially if you can accept time traveling. There is a cliffhanger at the end and now I can't wait to see what happens next. Highly recommended for all romance, mystery lovers.

This review is based on a complimentary
Jun 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful entertaining read this was. I have read other books by Irina Shapiro and have not yet been disappointed by any of them. I love her style of writing, its just flows easily and makes you not want to put the book down. I enjoyed the time travel adventure Valerie embarked on. The book had everything, history, romance, adventure, love, loss, it took you on a rollercoaster ride of emotions. All the characters were very well developed and likeable. Very much looking forward to reading ...more
Sha Mslvoe
Time travel, love triangle and happy ending. Perfect to spent my lazy day.

I read the book in one sitting and couldn't get to sleep after I finished it. I already miss Valarie and Alec.

The best part in this book when her sister checked painting of her in past, searched history article and confront with shop owner. I love the epilogue. Valarie sent a message to her sister by painting and let her know how happy she was with Alec and 2 children.
Dec 02, 2018 rated it did not like it
The only reason I finished this book is because I really hate not finishing books. The writing was just plain bad—thin plot, historical inaccuracies and anachronisms, and spelling/grammar/punctuation errors throughout.

The premise is kind of interesting, but the bad writing is enough to put me off this series and author. Can’t take any more.
Dec 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Mostly good read

Ms. Shapiro is a decent writer. The story, while not very original, was a decent, easy read. I would have liked to see more in the present time, a bit more depth and twist to the story. I would and probably will read other books by this author.
Shelby A
Dec 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Not as bad as expected, a little cliche however. I don't want to spoil it, but basically she gets a two for one deal on men. She picked the wrong one in the first place I thought. Oh well. I'm guessing next, her sister will come and find her and get her own man too. ...more
Jul 18, 2013 rated it did not like it
I cannot finish this. It's becoming painful - nice cover though ...more
Feb 23, 2016 rated it liked it

The story was good and it held my interest. It' s just that if they were going to have Valerie in first person they should have had the whole book that way.
Boundless Book Reviews
Let me start off by saying that the highest I can rate this book is a 5, but if I could rate it higher I would.

This book follows Valerie a young woman who has known loss. She has found herself unable to have a child which led to her marriage ending. She goes on a trip with her sister, Louisa, to England to get away from all the heartache and soon finds herself on a bigger adventure than she ever imagined. While shopping one day she finds a clock. This clock has powers unknown to her. She is soon
Oct 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
I've decided to use just this to review the series...well what I read anyway.
I gave up after book 4. It could have been great (better than this one) but I'm tired of the same old story and homosexual rape.
This is not much different than Outlander. Not as good though. But similar story with less accuracy in history. I love history. I think to get that right isn't all that hard either. So many errors that most might not notice, but I sure did. Drove me nuts.
James I would not have considered himsel
Jun 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Clif hanger

Not sure if I like the writing style. Wrote in different person forms. You will have to be a fan of that. I thought the plot was good. I do not care for weak individual women and for me Valerie is a weak woman at least in book 1. I found at times it the story just seemed to drag on and found myself skimming words. It seems maybe I'm alone in my thoughts on the story as I've seen some very good reviews. I just feel as though Valerie is one of those women who needs to be taken care of.
Kelly MacIver
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019
Yeesh. Time travel method/device ridiculously clunky. Desperately needed the services of a good editor. Oh, and if you're going to knowingly misplace something in time, it really should NOT be the first permanent English settlement in the New World (that's right folks, the author deliberately has Jamestown, Virginia, as a seaport city with hotels, a bustling population, and nearby plantations years before the fort was established! Like days of fingernails on a chalkboard to this Virginia native) ...more
Jeanne Johnston
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
Ever since I read Outlander eons ago, there seems to have been an explosion of time travel romances (yes, I know Christopher Reeve in Somewhere in Time predates all of them by another eon, but that's a movie). Some are halfway clever. This seemed to leave the mechanism of the incident as a minor thing, though I see by the teaser afterwards that it was designed to drag out into another story (or more). Somehow, I feel like I've got the gist and don't need to bother. ...more
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
This was recommended for me and I decided to give it a shot. This was just not a favorite of mine. The story is about a woman who is sent back in time and she finds two loves. I did like the romance that grew but there was a lot of sex that occurs almost right away so you definitely have to suspend reality for a little bit. There was something that I can’t even put into words that I didn’t love this book.
Sherry Christenson
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
5🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 review for The Hands if Time by Irina Shapiro Author
Two storylines, one in the present and one in 1605! While on vacation in England A clock with time travel ability sends Valerie back in time to the year 1605. While Valerie’s sister searches for her in present day Valerie is taken in by the Whitfield brothers Alex and Finn. Valerie begins to build a life in 1605 that would take her all the way back to America
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I was born in Moscow, Russia during the hight of Communism and "enjoyed" the life of an average Russian child until my family's immigration to the United States in 1982. We settled in Brooklyn, NY where I finished school and then graduated from Bernard M. Baruch College in New York City with a degree in International Business. Despite my business degree, history and travel have always been my pass ...more

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