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Time Travel by Design #1

Mid-Century Mayhem

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Book One in the Retro Romance Presents: Time Travel by Design

Modern day Nashville and 1950s Detroit clash worse than an IKEA futon and a plaid Barcalounger when a free-spirited interior designer and a strait-laced automotive engineer find themselves in another time. TOMS-wearing Olivia Haugen and Madras-shirted Kyle Daniels have no idea why they've ended up in 1954 Michigan, but it's probably not because of all the swank mid-century furnishings. Discovering the reason might have something to do with a wily salvage warehouse owner and her not-so-little shop of secrets.

186 pages, Kindle Edition

First published December 1, 2014

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Bella Street

17 books466 followers
Bella Street lives in Nashville so of course she writes time travel romance, southern gothic romance, science fiction romance, and faerie romance.

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September 3, 2019
A vivid and enthralling adventure that will leave you feeling delightfully swept into another world!

A simple review could never do this exquisitely rich novel justice! The characters, story line, and imagery are masterfully woven together. Bella Street succeeds in taking her readers on a wild throw back ride into the retro world of the 50s! Bella Street’s flawless and unique rendition of modern day Nashville will make anyone want to visit the great Music City and find a musty old vintage shop full of sunburst treasures!! Very excited to read the next two books! 5 stars!
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89 reviews
May 27, 2021
I very much enjoyed reading a mid century Mayham romance goes retro by Bella Street. Unlike every other time travel book out there trying to copy The Outlander Series. this book does not take place in Scotland and so far Scottish not involved at all. Lol I love that the first book in the series takes place in the USA and the time travel is from present -1954. It was well written and I’m giving it a 4 1/2 out of five. I look forward to reading the next two books in the series.
156 reviews10 followers
June 1, 2018
Mid-Century Mayhem

I have fallen in love with the writings of Bella Stteet!! In this one she manages to get two people back to 1954 unknown to each other and they went separately! They started in Nashville in 2014 and go to Detroit in 1954 very confused and uncertain of how to get back. Their adventures are many and enjoyable only to the reader. I hope you also enjoy this book.
33 reviews
November 12, 2020
Too many questions - not enough answers

Good beginning to a series with interesting characters (I loved Lucille Ball) but too many unanswered questions. I realize this is just the beginning of a series but would have liked more background. Still, I would definitely recommend this book to others - especially if you love time travel.
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2,909 reviews14 followers
May 4, 2020
Olivia was an unkind person who spoke so harshly that normally I would not have stayed with the book. However, I did keep going. There were some funny spots but, until reading the last chapter, I had decided not to read on in the series. But now I am.
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December 31, 2016
Loved it! Great story. Love the Nashville setting, since I'm native. Can't wait to read next book. Have read all of her books. This is my favorite!
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91 reviews9 followers
December 8, 2014
Oh my freaking goodness!!! You did NOT end it like that... I was actually holding my breath and gasped after that last page! Whoa. I can't wait to read what happens next. Hopefully the second book won't be a long wait.

You just get sucked right into these stories. Such a vulnerable state to be swallowed into a different time, not knowing anyone, nowhere to go, no idea what is going on... So much action and suspense! I love all these time-travel stories. They are all packed full of emotion and you always know that somewhere in there, a love is blooming. Wow, is all I can say. Love how Bella Street tells a story.

Olivia is an independent woman, interior decorator, with clients that have mid-century mod on their brains. She gets sucked back in time to 1954, real deal--no clue as to how to get back. Kyle is sent after her by Aunt Constance, store owner who Olivia gets all her furnishings from. Olivia and Kyle must figure out how to get back to 2014, with no real idea where to start.

Exciting, thrilling, sweet, funny and little tender moments where you just might shed a little tear.
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319 reviews32 followers
December 13, 2014

Wow!!! What an adventure, I loved this story.

Wow this book just drew me right into it from the start. I love the fact that the character, Olivia Haugen is an interior designer, so popular right now with all the TV shows, very easy to relate too.

Another thing that got me hooked was the fact that she is in Nashville and ends up in Detroit 1954, what gets me there is that my Dad is from Detroit and I knew what they were talking about. I also love the Mid-Century look as well and also thought it should be black and white. (You will have to read the book)

I thought this book was well written and I enjoyed it throughout. Read pretty fast and can’t wait for #2,
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Author 26 books156 followers
February 21, 2015
This has a good plot and fun characters. i did feel the 50s and the characters there were a little stereotyped. People did wear jeans then and some women did work outside the hope. But the buildup to the loss of the necklace was very well done--lots of suspense and mystery.
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12 reviews
April 18, 2015
Fun time travel romance

This was a surprisingly well written romantic novel. It held my attention while hurtling through the adventure back in time. A thoroughly fun and enjoyable read.
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82 reviews
December 10, 2014
This book was so amazingly good! I loved it!!! It was funny, harrowing in some places, and nerve-racking in others. Overall, this was an awesome book.
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Author 4 books10 followers
April 7, 2015
Much is unresolved . . . very definitely the start of a series. But it was an amusing, light read. As more books follow, it could pick up a good bit of momentum and make for a fun series.
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5,655 reviews54 followers
November 21, 2015
Because of various incidents Olivia Haugen and Kyle Daniels find themselves back in 1954
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