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3.96  ·  Rating details ·  50 ratings  ·  36 reviews
"Don’t stay a moment longer than you have to. Don’t say too much. Don’t pollute the timeline."

When nineteen-year-old college library page Keigan Wainwright is sent to pick up a private donation of books for the school’s collection, he has no idea where one of those books will take him, or what it will take from him.

Retracing a powerful man’s footsteps through the past, Kei
153 pages
Published by Booktrope Publishing (first published May 13th 2015)
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Jun 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

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Another one of my TBR bowl reads. I'm normally not much of a romance reader (even more so, I try to stay clear from the books that actually mention it as main genre because all other genres already seemed to have been packed with romance and I already got my fair share of romance reading that way, However, this was a time travel romance and it's very hard for me (if not impossible) to say no to time travel stories.

This specifi
Sep 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Would've been more like 3.5 stars, but that ending was super abrupt! Felt like I was missing at least fifty pages and it was such a depressing ending. Definitely deserves the comparisons to Somewhere In Time , which could be viewed as good OR bad. In case some people don't know the ending of that book/film, it could also be compared to (view spoiler). The writing and characters did pull me in though, which is why this is graded as ...more
Jun 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Keigan is tasked with investigating a mysterious book, part of a legacy donation to his community library, but soon finds himself an uncertain time traveler, dumped in the past with no control over his return and wholly dependent on the townspeople.

It reminded me a little of Tesla's Attic in inventiveness, but this is definitely targeted at the older end of the market and doesn't fit neatly into a genre. (Normally I'd count time travel as science fiction, but this seems to stay away from any sci
Dec 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Review originally published on my blog, Musings of a Bookish Kitty:

Wishing Cross Station by Grace February
Booktrope Publishing, 2015
Fantasy/Science Fiction; 153 pgs

Upon collecting boxes of donated books for the college library he works for, Keigan Wainwright comes into possession of a particularly unusual book. One whose province is quite the mystery. Promising to return it to its rightful place, Keigan takes on more than he bargained for. He suddenly fin
Kirstie Ellen
Jul 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Wishing Cross Station

**I received a free eBook copy of this book via NetGalley for an honest review. Thanks also to February Grace for writing such a fun book!**
"Retracing a powerful man’s footsteps through the past, Keigan finds himself caught in the same dangerous trap: falling in love with a woman he was never meant to know, and uncertain he will ever find his way home."
Wishing Cross Station is a cheerfully short story about a man who gets caught up in some time travelling shenani
I'm not sure what to make of Wishing Cross Station. It's a time travel romance of sorts, it's also got a bit of a young adult mystery feel. It's not my usual sort of read but it's not a bad choice. It was full of intrigue. Will Keigan make it back to the present? What secrets were buried in the community of Wishing Cross?

I found the writing style easy to read. As I normally read dark crime fiction, I found this a refreshing change despite it being set in the depths of winter.

Many thanks to Boo
I'm not sure what I was expecting from this book, but it wasn't what I got.

Keigan (our protagonist) finds himself traveling through time and into the past, to finish the job of another man. Things get complicated (as they usually do in good books!) and the reader gets to experience Keigan's journey into 1880.

The scenery and world building was well done. The feel of the station, the trains and the time, we're all rich and brightly coloured. Probably my favourite part of the story. The opening sce
Jun 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wishing Cross Station my February Grace is a fantastic novel that caught my imagination unlike any book has in a while.
Jun 27, 2015 rated it liked it
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Received via NetGalley from Booktrope in exchange for an honest and completely unbiased review.

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February Grace's newest novel Wishing Cross Station is about a young man who is given a book with a mystery only he can solve. A mystery that is over a hundred years old.

Lately, Ive been attempting to venture into new literary avenues without straying too far from what I know. Wishing Cross Station is filled with things I know absolutely nothing about (trains and the 180
Jun 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Wow. This book left me with a heavy heart. Some twelve hours after I finished reading Wishing Cross Station, I’m still trying to come to terms with its story and how it ended. This was far from a typical read for me. I rarely pick up time-travel stories, but something about the blurb called to me. And though there was a point early on that I considered putting this book down, I’m glad I didn’t. Despite the mixed emotions it stirred up in me—or maybe because of them—this book made an impression a ...more
Jun 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
***I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in the exchange for an honest review***

I just need a moment to collect myself from that ending.

Synopsis: Keigan works at a library and comes across an unmarked book. This book has been kept secret for years. The current owner of this mysterious book passes away and leaves this book behind. Keigan is told to take this book back to its rightful place and to destroy it. He has no idea where he is going, or how long he has. He also does not know if h
Jun 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Keigan is a pageboy at the college library, living a normal life with very little excitement. He is sent on an errand to pick up a book donation at an elderly gentleman’s house. One book that is donated looks extremely rare and unique; and the story that comes with it is even wilder. Keigan is told that the book has the ability to transport him back in time from the historical replica train station in town to the original Wishing Cross Station. Furthermore, Keigan is given very specific instruct ...more
John Purvis
Jul 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
“Wishing Cross Station” eBook was published in 2015 and was written by February Grace ( Ms. Grace has published five novels.

I obtained a galley of this novel for review through I would categorize this novel as ‘PG’ as there are some minor instances of Mature situations. This Science Fiction Time Travel Romance novella is set in contemporary times, with time travel to about 135 years ago.

The primary character is Keigan Wainwright. H
Elite Indie
Jun 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wishing Cross Station is a story that will stay embedded into reader's minds. Grace wrote a book about love, loss and time travel that is historical but feels modern. The protagonist is a young boy who is lonely and floundering, who stumbles upon a book that he wants to put in it's proper place. What he doesn't realize is that place is more than 100 years away, and that his journey to return the book will thrust him back in time, and into a love that will shake is very being. While this is a tim ...more
Mar 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Wishing Cross Station is an imaginative tale that takes readers on a journey to the past where secrets will be revealed and lives will be turned upside down.

When Keigan makes a routine book donation pick up for the school's library the donor gives him a very old book and asks him to find out the truth about its history. Agreeing to do just that Keigan meets with an old man who is aghast when he sees the old book in Keigan's possession. He informs Keigan that the book is cursed and must be taken
Cary Morgan
Jun 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Extraordinary. Endearing. So beautifully written. I smiled. I cried. I was never not wholly ‘in’ the story. I could hear the steam engine called the Aurelia Belle, feel her rumble, smell her coal, and I visited Wishing Cross, too.
Keigan Wainwright is not your typical romantic male lead, granted, but he is kind and interesting and the sort person whom you’d wish to have a wonderful life, simply because of who he is. When circumstances point him toward Wishing Cross, he goes there willingly, for
Jun 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The glorious opening passage describes Aurelia Belle as a living, steam breathing creature.
This adventure in a combination of historical time traveling romance and fantasy,
an opportunity to live the lives of those from over a centruy ago.
Whispering Cross - is it real or is it a magical creative imagining?
Keigan Wainwright is a young man struggling to stay true to his personal values.
His parents wanted to put his grandfather into a facility, but Keigan decided to move in with his grandfather to
Jun 07, 2015 rated it liked it
'No. What? You want me to, what?!' Keigan Wainwright, a page for the local communtiy colllege, is sent on an errand that will change his life. After picking up a donation for the J. Howard Fox Library, he realizes that not all of the donations are your typical books. He is sent to do an impossible mission and finds himself back in 1880, but he is not the first to go back in time. He meets a few people in town who are willing to speak to him and finds himself in the same situation as the previous ...more
Jul 13, 2015 rated it liked it
***NOTE: I was provided a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review***

Library page Keigan Wainwright is sent to pick up a donation of books for his school’s collection, and gets a little more than he bargained for. Among the books is a hand-bound leather volume that the donor asks him to hold onto until he can learn more about it. What he discovers about the book is hard to believe, but with it tucked safely in his backpack, Keigan finds himself at Wishing Cross Stat
J.C. Wing
Oct 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Everything about February Grace's novel Wishing Cross Station is stunning, from the exquisite cover to the clean, sweet flow of her narrative. From beginning to end, this novel is just as lovely as it can be.

I'm not usually a fan of the time travel story line. It has, to me, become overused and somewhat predictable, but that is not the case for Wishing Cross Station. Grace's breathtaking introduction is powerful, and I was lured into the story immediately. The most wonderful thing about this bo
Jun 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
I did this book a great injustice just by picking it up. Romance is not my cup of tea, although this doesn't mean I intantly lose interest in a book because two people fell in love at the course of the story.
The premise of this book is pretty interesting. A young man, working for a college library, comes across a really special book that will change his life forever. Who doesn't like a good time travel story? The catch is that the time travel aspect of this story is a background feature. The mai
Feb 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-of-2016
Letting myself speed along with 19-year-old Keigan via a wormhole into a little town of 135 years ago was a delight. Hanging on to the old book that is the doorstop to the wormhole led to uncovering secrets, meeting kind and very unkind people, and, yes, love. Plunging into a parallel time-travel dilemma, Keigan struggles against the one he faces, its promise and its threat of doom. I think what made this story so fascinating to me was that the narrative voice was completely the voice of Keigan ...more
Mar 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Books about time travel make my head hurt, but I enjoy them nevertheless. This book's synopsis hinted of an epic love spanning time zones. Sadly, the reality didn't quite live up to the promise.
The story was slow to start. Lots of time spent was spent describing the location and the train, such that they almost became characters in their own right. I should also say that the characterisation in the book was one of its strengths - that, and the relationships between the various characters.

Melissa Diaz Lopez
Jun 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received a review copy from Netgalley, in exchange of an honest opinion.

Our main character is a young library page named Keigan that while picking up a book donation made by old man Donahue finds a strange book that will change his life forever.

This novel has a very simple and enchanting storyline. That includes time traveling and a great mystery to solve. The love story presented is indeed beautiful. I was taken by the city (and time frame) the author created and fell in love with the charact
"As Marigold sang, something changed inside of me. It wasn't a subtle, slight difference; it was massive, life-altering shock. It broke me down into nothing, burnt the rubble to ash, and rebuilt me into someone completely different."

This books broke my heart and I wasn't expecting it.

Beautifully written and, even though the plot was quite simple, powerful. I'm not a fan of romances, I always find them to be shallow but this time I got involved and I did really wish for a happy ending, the two m
Jennifer Chow
Jan 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Okay, I loved this book. I think February Grace did an excellent job of creating a twist on the usual time travel story.

She was able to pull me into the novel quickly by helping me empathize with Keigan (go library volunteers!). I was excited to learn that Wishing Cross Station was set in a historical period, which I felt was accurately portrayed. I also liked how there was the element of science fiction involved and multiple quandaries posed to the main character (emotional and otherwise). I w
May 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The author has such a way with words that she is able to take a simple story and weave it into something lovely and magical. I have read previous works by the author and her writing always leaves me with a tender and fuzzy feeling, no matter the outcome of the story.

This was a lovely mystery with love intertwined that left me with a bittersweet taste in my mouth.

Keigan and Marigold are so innocent and perfect for each other in their discovery of love and the awakening of their desires. I really
Jul 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-arc
“Don’t stay a moment longer than you have to. Don’t say too much. Don’t pollute the timeline.”

When nineteen-year-old college library page Keigan Wainwright is sent to pick up a private donation of books for the school’s collection, he has no idea where one of those books will take him, or what it will take from him.

Retracing a powerful man’s footsteps through the past, Keigan finds himself caught in the same dangerous trap: falling in love with a woman he was never meant to know, and uncertain h
Sara J. (kefuwa)
Jun 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommended to Sara J. by: netgalley
Shelves: fiction
2.5 to a 3 star rating? There are a few sticking points for me (namely the convenient plot devising and the lack of build up between the MC and his love interest) and also the apparent mass acceptance of a whole town on the apparent appearance of a time travelling train every once in a while.

But... In the end it did leave me feeling wistful (which may have been the aim if the book title is anything to go by) though if that was the sort of impact the book was going for a more shorter format may
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February Grace is an author, poet, and artist from Southeast Michigan. She is more than mildly obsessed with clocks, music, colors, meteor showers, and steam engines.

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