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Linked Through Time

(Through Time #1)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  126 ratings  ·  45 reviews
Fifteen-year-old Kate Christenson is pretty sure she's about to experience the worst possible summer at her grandparents' rural farm in Baudette, Minnesota. Without cable, cell phones, or computers, she is headed for total isolation and six tedious weeks of boredom.

Until the storm.

A freak lightning accident has Kate waking up in 1960.

But she is not herself. She's the aunt
Paperback, 201 pages
Published June 11th 2012 by Solstice Publishing (first published April 16th 2012)
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When I read the blurb for this book I though "Hell yeah, a book about time travel, strange new places, mysteries, magic, monsters and heart stopping action scenes ? " I am so in.


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But . . .

In reality

During a lightning storm Kate get's transported back to 1960 (lame) where she assumes to life of her dead aunt Sarah ( what happened to the real Sarah during this time is unclear ). As Sarah, she takes to the tasks of a 1960's farm girl (lame) doing tedious boring work such
Scott Spotson
Jul 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I recently read "The Mirror" a month ago and could barely finish it. Not only were there two time jumps, but the book "The Mirror" meandered on, at least in my opinion.

This book is much more compact. While the writing style is different, i.e. The Mirror is more of a literary style, and this book is more of a young adult read, Jessica Tornese's book has a much better story, and is better told.

I enjoyed how Kate, the heroine, adapted from city life to country life in a few short days (although it
K.C. Sprayberry
Oct 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing

Kate Christensen is a typical, twenty-first century fifteen-year-old. She adores the latest electronics, her music, constant contact with her friends. She even has a teen's disdain for her dad and his roots. Then he takes her to what she believes is a prison for summer vacation, where she is caught up in a forty year old mystery about how her aunt died – the same aunt Kate resembles enough to be her identical twin. Caught up in a twist of time, she lives ou
Dec 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wow, wow wow! I absolutely LOVED this book and could not put it down. I'm now disappointed I have finished it so quickly- I want it to go on!

The story focuses on a 15 year old girl - Kate- who, after bumping her head during an accident whilst on holiday at her Grandparents farm, becomes linked back through time, and actually becomes her Aunt Sarah when she herself was a fifteen year old girl.
How will this spoilt, work- shy, technology loving girl cope with her new life of farm labour living as
With the blurb telling you pretty much what you'll work out about 10% in, this book does come across as a bit predictable. There were a lot of stereotypes scattered throughout, some that work and others that didn't quite sit right.

I much preferred Kate while she's in 1960, but then, that really is the whole point isn't it. I did often feel like I was being transported back to my grandparents era. The story took on similarities to tales they have told about their childhood, so it wasn't much of a
May 31, 2013 rated it it was ok
If you're expecting a murder mystery, like i did, this one isn't for you.
"Linked through time" mainly focuses on the love life of Sarah/Kate, and the mystery (if you can call it that) didn't really come into to it until about 70%.

The mystery wasn't really mysterious. It's pretty obvious who it was from the beginning.

The only character i liked, was Kate's dad in his child years.
He was really sweet, and was really protective of his sister.

Dave was a nasty piece of work. He was vile, and really p
Jun 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was an enjoyable read with credible characters. Fifteen year old Kate isn’t very happy about spending the summer at her grandmother’s house in the back of beyond. A city girl she is at odds with her father and resentful about her life. Then after a fall in the barn Kate is transported back to the 1960’s and finds herself inhabiting the body of her father’s sister, Sarah, who it is believed committed suicide at fifteen. As Kate struggles to cope with the harshness of her new sixtie's life sh ...more
Jessica Tornese
Apr 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I am the proud author of this book that is meant to be a trilogy. Working on the sequel right now!
Feb 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Super fast overnight read. I enjoy a good time travel. This definitely YA and frankly broaches on some hard subjects such as domestic abuse in a very young age, but it was a decent read and I will likely read the sequels
Cassandra Giovanni
Jul 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: lovers of romance, lovers of clean romance
Shelves: indie
First, the cover: I think it really fits the tone of the book--a bit mysterious but romantic. The thing that is striking here is the TIME, but the front is that of the magazine the TIME as well. I'm not sure if it was done on purpose because it's an iconic magazine, but I suppose that would work either way. In the novel the main character is a snotty, spoiled brat of a teenager who constantly bickers with her brother. She's a city-girl and couldn't be more upset when her father drags her to the ...more
Jul 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
LINKED THROUGH TIME by Jessica Tornese tells the story of Kate Christenson, a self-absorbed 15-year-old who's forced to spend the summer at her grandparents' farm in rural Minnesota. There's no internet or cell service. No cable. And before Kate even makes it into the farmhouse, she accidentally smashes her iPod: a clean separation from the life she knew. Kate has issues with everyone, from her dad to grandparents to her mother. Nothing is made easier by the fact that Kate's a dead ringer for he ...more
Maggie Thom
May 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this novel, Linked Through Time. Kate is a teen with an attitude and she does everything she can to make sure her dad knows she is mad at him and everything else as well. When he takes his kids to his parents' farm, she feels like she has fallen down a rabbit hole because there is no electronics, no cell services, no friends and no city life. She hates it. Then one night something bizarre happens during a lightning storm and she ends up going back in time to become her aunt who ...more
Carl R.
Jul 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Link Through Time is one of those remarkable Young Adult books that transcends its genre and joins the category of all-around good reads.
15-year-od city girl Kate hates it that her father is forcing her to spend the summer with him on his parents’ farm. Nothing against her grandparents, but there’s no internet, no cell service, no cable, and she breaks her iPod getting out of the car. Add to that the embarrassment of being constantly reminded that she is the spitting image her father’s late sist
May 17, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: time travel fans who love a good twist
Recommended to Ann by: author
Linked Through Time is probably the most meticulous and well thought of book I have read so far. Never would I thought of falling in love with time travel story, basically I'm not a fan of that but lately I've been reading a lot of cool stories and this one definitely hits the spot. I admire how our author came up with such divine setting, characters and plot.

The only thing I know about the 60s is that life was different, people were conservative and there wasn't much to do for fun but Jessica t
Jun 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Goodreads Recommendation
"Linked Through Time is a blend of time-travel and a murder mystery. When the story opens fifteen year old Kate Christenson, her father and young brother have arrived at her grandparents rural farm in Baudette, Minnesota where they will spend the summer. For a city-girl the vacation spells boredom, and to add fuel to her frustration she's constantly reminded of her resemblance to her Aunt Sarah who died tragically at the same age; that is until a sudden electrical storm hurtles Kate into 1960's. ...more
Kathleen Janz-Anderson
Jun 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Kate Christensen is not thrilled about spending the summer at her grandparent’s farmhouse, but it doesn’t take long for things to turn during a thunderstorm mishap when she’s knocked out cold and wakes twenty years earlier in her aunt Sarah’s body.

It’s very interesting to watch modern day Kate in her aunt’s body struggling to keep up with chores that are foreign to her. She watches in astonishment as one of her aunt’s lugs in a pail of water that will be used to wash dishes. The same thing is d
Jun 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: summer2013
I love a good time-travel book, and the pacing of the story definitely kept me engaged. It hooked me from the beginning, and I finished it a few hours. The main character and plot were fairly predictable, but still solid and obviously interesting. There was just the right about of detail so I could create my own movie in my mind. The reason I couldn't rate it any higher than I did was because the whole time element kept throwing me, and obviously for a time-travel book that is a very crucial asp ...more
Diana Rubino
Jun 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
When 15-year-old Kate Christenson equates visiting her grandparents in rural Minnesota for six weeks with a prison sentence, you know it’s going to be the vacation from hell—and Jessica Tornese makes it living hell for Kate—and made a reader unable to put this down out of me. Without giving too much away, I want to tell lovers of time travel that it was executed, wrapped up, and came full circle with exquisite deftness. Kate travels through time to become her aunt Sarah who was believed to have ...more
Michael Thal
May 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-novels
Kate Christenson is a spoiled 21st Century city girl forced by her father to spend summer vacation on her grandparents’ farm in rural Minnesota. To add insult to injury Kate has an uncanny resemblance to her Aunt Sarah. Family and friends who knew Sarah gasp or cry when they see Kate. Sarah died when she was Kate’s age, 15, from an apparent suicide.

After an accident in the barn, Kate wakes to a calendar reading 1960. For some amazing reason she has been transported back in time fifty years to th
Josephine Maltese
Nov 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
Linked Through Time by Jessica Tornese

This book was a free copy given to me by the read and review program (RaR). Also a big special thanks to the author and group administrator (gabs) for being so flexible and allowing me to post this review so late, I am very thankful.

Linked through time. This is a book about a girl called Kate who gets taken back in time to re-live her dead aunt Sarah's 15 year old self.

This book has everything, with things like, romance, si-fi and action but I think somethin
Feb 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Given To Me For An Honest Review

Linked Through Time (Linked Series Book 1) by Jessica Tornese is a fantastic must read! Once you open up to page one this book will grab you and not let you go until the end. You will be on the edge of your seat watching those pages turning and turning one after another. A few little twists and turns for good measure. The story will engulf the reader so that the reader becomes a part of the story. It has everything a book should have. Adventure, suspense, action,
I was frustrated for most of the book at Kate's actions, most of the characters, etc.
I wish it was made more clear that it's a love story- because that's the majority of the plot. She doesn't seem too concerned with the fact she just dropped into the 60s as her long dead aunt- she's MUCH more concerned about loving this abusive jerk she just met. That was just incredibly weird and unrelatable to me. (He thinks she's someone else after all!) There's a hell of a lot of weird things going on in Ka
Karen Perkins
Sep 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Kate is a spoiled, grumpy typical teenager reluctantly on a family holiday visiting her gran. She hates the fact that she is the spitting image of her aunt, Sarah, who died as a teenager – a death her father and gran have never got over, then she has an accident and wakes up in the past as Sarah.

Linked Through Time is an absorbing tale of Kate’s journey as she struggles to live Sarah’s life of hard farmwork and chores, discovering the values she had so completely disdained as Kate and realising
Sarah-Jayne Briggs
Mar 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
(This review may contain spoilers).

When I first read this book, I didn't expect to like it as much as I did. Kate was fairly irritating and not a very likable character, but something about the book kept me reading it.

The idea wasn't perhaps a very unique one, but I liked the fact that Kate struggled so much with the life on the farm and that it took her a while to adjust. I also liked her relationship with the child version of her father. It was good to see the way they were with each other.

I d
Monica H at the Readathon
Jul 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It has some fun (and some not so fun) twists and turns, it has really good character development, and it is easy to read. I did not like Kate at first because she is spoiled, but by the end I really liked her because she had completely changed her attitude. There were some good lessons that were taught in the book, and Kate is a good, strong character. There was a little bit of language, but there were also a couple of attempted rape scenes and the murder of a charact ...more
Alicia Rivoli
May 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Linked Through Time captures your attention soon after it begins. When Kate, a spoiled city girl, is sent to her grandparents farm for the summer, she is whisked away back into the 1960's, literally. Her journey finds her in a relationship, that to me stood out more as an adult relationship, not one you would typically find a young teenager in. The book had me wanting to flip through pages as quickly as I could. I would also recommend the book to an older genre than young adult as some of the la ...more
Joanne McClean
Apr 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book a lot. I love a good time travel novel and this one did not disappoint. I also loved the fact that there was a bit of a mystery to solve too. I was compelled to read more and find out why Kate travelled back in time and what would happen. I was dying to know what had happened Sarah all those years ago and was very shocked at the truth. It was a very interesting story and the end had me saying WHAT??? I'm now very intrigued to read the sequel when it is available ... I NEED to ...more
Jennifer Comeaux
Jun 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
I haven't read many time travel stories, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one from Jessica Tornese. What I loved most about it were the rich details that put me back in the 1960's rural setting and the relationship between Kate and her father in the past. It was such a neat way to strengthen the bond between father and daughter - a bond that was very shaky in present day. The story kept me in suspense throughout as I wondered if Kate would be able to change the past, and the ending was definitely a ...more
Sep 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I was in between books and wanted a quick read that I couldn't put down and this was the perfect choice!! I read it in a weekend and loved every minute of it. The plot had me waiting to see what was going to happen, and the ending was not precisely what I expected. I know the sequel is coming and I cannot wait! The ending leaves you wondering and wanting more! I would most definitely recommend this book to all ages, adults looking for a great leisure book or teens that you are hoping gets hooked ...more
Aug 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Linked Through Time is a wonderful read for any age group. I especially enjoyed the parts about growing up in a rural setting in the 60's. The author, Jessica Tornese, is a storyteller and the history of the Baudette area comes alive with her words!.
Kate, who is 15, hates the thought of spending the summer on her grandparent farm near Baudette without a cell phone, computer or cable TV. Life changes drastically when Kate finds herself back in the 60’s. Iinteresting things start happening. I cou
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