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The Road to Alexander

(The Time for Alexander #1)

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  180 ratings  ·  35 reviews
After winning a prestigious award, Ashley is chosen to travel through time and interview a historical figure. Choosing her childhood hero Alexander the Great, she is sent back in time for less than a day. He mistakes her for Persephone, goddess of the dead, and kidnaps her, stranding her in his own time. What follows, after she awakes under the pomegranate tree, is a hilar ...more
Kindle Edition, 370 pages
Published March 9th 2017 by Accent Press (first published 2006)
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Kirsty ❤️
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
This turned out to be quite an interesting read about time travel and love. I wasn't sure about Ashley to start with but by the end of the book I was really rooting for her. I loved the polygamous angle with her being in love with both Alexander and Plexis but then all they all seemed to be in love with about 3 other people so you have to pay attention to keep up. I liked this though, it made sure I paid attention to the story. 

This is a book 1 and I am interested in seeing how the story plays o
Angela Verdenius
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This isn't something I'd normally read, but it proved to be very interesting and very different. A time-travelling journalist who has been intrigued with Alexander the Great and works towards being chosen to be the one to travel back through time to 'interview' him, without upsetting history or letting on who she is.
I feel as though I stepped into the ancient Greek world and could see everything that was happening to the characters. It is certainly different in that the heroine isn't the only wi
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
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My Thoughts:

This is the story of Ashley and how she travels back in time to meet one of her heroes, Alexander the Great, to interview him. Alexander unwittingly prevents Ashley from returning back to her time and she is left stranded in history and decides to embrace the predicament in which she finds herself.

Now I did wonder how I would get on this story, time travel and ancient history. I really should not wonder when it comes to reading as this author did an absolut
Tom Williams
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ashley comes from the future where they have time travel. She has the chance to travel back in time to meet one famous character and interview him. She has always had a crush on Alexander the Great so she chooses to go back to meet her hero. She is supposed to spend just twenty hours in the past but something goes wrong and she finds herself trapped in 333 BC. Fortunately Alexander has taken a shine to her and she finds herself travelling with his army, first as his concubine and later as one of ...more
Erika Messer
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I started reading these books - I just knew that I had to check them out because I am a HUGE fan of this type of historical fiction and Alexander the Great is a very elusive character in history. I definitely did not expect a time-travel series, but it's almost like you just naturally start reading and it's over 3600 years since Alexander was alive. Immediately we discover that the main character of the books is in a Time-Travel university, and she is goin ...more
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book and loved the whole concept of a time traveling journalist going back to interview Alexander the Great... only to be mistaken for a goddess and stuck in that time when Alexander "rescues" the heroine from being kidnapped by Hades.

I have never read any historical fiction, but I do enjoy romance, fantasy, and adventure and this book had all of that. Ashley, the time-traveling journalist, was raised not to show emotion and had never loved before, nor shown much affection from he
Beth Sponzilli
I liked this OK. The time travel part I liked but it was all too easy and lacked depth. There was a lot of historical content about Alexander the Great, and the geography, people etc. I thought it could have been better. I don’t think I would continue the series.
Lynda Warnock
Apr 27, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to admit that when I read the synopsis I was kind of skeptical about this book. We all know the story of Alexander the Great – and how he wanted to rule the world. I have always been fascinated with ancient history but mixing that with a time travel journalist from 3,000 years in the future -- well I really didn’t know how it would work out. But I have to tell you that A Time for Alexander was absolutely phenomenal. Jennifer Macaire did such an excellent job of bringing the two together t ...more
Paula Houseman
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Jennifer Macaire has a way with words! Her novel, the richly descriptive The Road to Alexander, sweeps you up and carries you along as it tantalises the senses.
Macaire’s protagonist Ashley is a futuristic journalist who wins a prestigious award that sees her time-travel back to 333 BC to interview a figure of her choice. Alexander the Great has it. Ashley has long idolised and idealised this hero, so much so that no man in her present-day existence ca
Jessica Belmont
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Road to Alexander has an interesting premise, and it’s what made me want to read it. Time travel is always fun, and this novel proved to be unique.

Jennifer Macaire did a wonderful job making the reader feel as though they traveled back to ancient Greece with Ashley. I loved the factual characters, I loved the humor, and I loved the romance aspect too.

If you’re looking for something different, The Road to Alexander is one I recommend checking out!!

* I recieved a copy of this book in exchange
Matt McAvoy
Aug 14, 2018 rated it liked it
“The Road to Alexander” is one of the strangest books I have ever been asked to review, in that it is possibly the most contrary. Ordinarily, I love books which cross genres, if done well, and this book certainly does that. It doesn’t take itself too seriously – at least, surely it can’t – and seems, for the most part, to have its tongue buried very firmly in its cheek.

The premise is an interesting one: a time-travelling journalist from the future returns to the 4th century BC, to interview Ale
Paul Wandason
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The Road to Alexander" by Jennifer Macaire is written superbly with a sense of humour and a main character I love! The setting comes to life with a fully researched - but not in-your-face - knowledge about the time and place, and secondary characters with a rich history.

I’m not usually one for history and can barely tell the difference between fact and fiction if it happened more than a few years ago. "The Road to Alexander" disproves the first point, and gobbles me up for breakfast when it com
Jena Henry
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Now here’s a new occupation that might intrigue you. How would you like to be a Time Journalist? Three hundred years from now, you could have this exciting occupation. You would have the opportunity to travel back in time and interview a real person from history. You will be well-prepared, with a detailed and accurate costume and appearance, and a chip will be installed in your brain so you can speak and understand the language of the time. The actual journey through time and back is a bit rough ...more
Carla Johnson-Hicks
This is a very different book from one I normally read, but I did enjoy this historical, sci-fi, romance. Ashley is a time-travelling journalist who has been intrigued and in love with Alexander the Great since she first read about him. She has been chosen by the Time Travelling Institute to travel back in time to do an interview with an historical person. The catch is that they can only remain in the past for 20 hours, and they must not do anything that will change history. Ashley travels to 33 ...more
Georgen Charnes
This book is filled with lots of very interesting historical details. Little things that you rarely read about, like what the Greeks used for soap, how they dressed, Alexander's vision. The author obviously did a lot of research and it really added to the book.

However, there were some serious flaws that made the book less enjoyable. Putting aside that it's very unlikely that our time traveling heroine would have met, fell in love with, and married Alexander the Great, putting aside that she didn
Caroline Venables
I really enjoyed this book. Although at first I found Ashley hard to identify with, I really warmed to her through the book.

The book follows Ashley, who lives in 2089. She wins a highly sought prize to travel back in time to interview a person of her choice. Ashley has always Alexander the Great so naturally decides to visit him in the past.

The rules are clear, you can’t alter time or they will eliminate you and wipe you from history. You have less than 24 hours in the past before you get return
Anna Legat
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Time for Alexander series is an enthralling foray into the ancient world of Alexander the Great. The heroine Ashley slips back in time to find herself captivated by Alexander and to embark with him on a journey across the known - and unknown - worlds of the fourth century BC.
The series is populated with historical characters who, as the story unfolds, become real and begin to inspire a whole range of emotions in the reader. The settings are equally palpable. The storyline of the search for
Apr 23, 2019 rated it did not like it
TERRIBLE. DON'T BUY. Mary Sue, meet Alexander. Author has no knowledge of ancient Greek history (the time-travel chick is a "Vestal Virgin"...WTF?, that's ROMAN) They're having sex by page 27, and it's not even erotica to make it interesting. Virtually nobody from Alexander's court is present except mention of his mother and Nearchus? Again, wtf? Where are the main officers of his army, starting with Parmenion? Ptolemy? Hephaistion? Except...oops, we can't have Hephaistion who *might* be Alexand ...more
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
A most enjoyable read combining a journalist from the future and a renowned figure from ancient history. The imagery was wonderful, so vivid in its detail. The main characters -,Ashley and Alexander - were interesting, one minute complex and intriguing, then funny and totally transparent. Their relationship forms the bedrock of the story as we see them travel from country to country in pursuit of their son, Paul, who was taken from them in dramatic fashion.
Of course, such a storyline would sure
robyn dixon
Overall, interesting. I did like the history. Of course, I am assuming that it is accurate. I think this particular time travel premise is a little....well, I was going to say silly, but I’ll just say restrictive — and maybe that’s the point — it’s not a “time travel” book; it’s a historical romance (with a modern heroine).
I think Ashley’s lucky happenstance — meeting Alexander immediately and IMMEDIATELY being seduced by him was disingenuous...but the premise of the book.
It is well written and
Kelsey Bedolli
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
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S.K. Gregory
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ashley is a journalist who is given the opportunity to travel back in time to meet Alexander the Great. While she is supposed to be there in a strictly professional capacity, she cannot deny her feelings for him. Will she return to her own time or stay with Alexander?
An interesting read which seems well researched. Ashley is pulled into a whole new world but being with Alexander is all she wants. I would recommend it.
Karin Jenkins
Jan 28, 2019 rated it liked it
I was recommended this as I love the Chronicles of St Mary’s. It’s quite a good read but not in the same class. I enjoyed the story of Alexander enough that I will probably read the next book but there were some irritations. I found it particularly grating that Ashley regularly discusses concepts the contemporaries don’t understand ( from potatoes to hormones) but doesn’t seem to have any difficulty finding a word for them in Ancient Greek!
Kat Gracey
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story follows Ashley, a time journalist, who goes back to see Alexander the Great and ends up falling for him. This was a good story with a lot of humour and Ashley and Alexanders relationship was strange, but they worked together. Worth a read.
Jul 16, 2019 rated it did not like it
This was completely inane - the characters are shallow and uninteresting, the prose wooden, I think I laughed out loud at how ridiculous some paragraphs were. I'm still on the lookout for anything to rival Chronicles of St Mary's - that's time travel done right!
Feb 24, 2018 rated it did not like it
Sorry, but coming up with this after extensive research???? Plexis says it all....
Dianne Gary
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Listened by audio book from audible
Enjoyed it
Jo Barton
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Taking a character from the future back to an ancient time is always a bit of a gamble, sometimes it pays off and others not quite so much. In The Road to Alexander, the gamble pays off as the author has taken, Ashley, a woman journalist from the future, and delivered her back in time to the age of Alexander the Great, who happens to be Ashley's absolute hero. What then follows is a lively romp through Alexander's world, filled with all the customs and traditions of this ancient time.

The author
Proud Book Reviews
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Story overview
With this one we start of in the future, roughly 2300 (I don’t remember exactly), where time travel is possible to the point where they send one person once a year to go back in time to interview someone famous. Only problem with this is that you can’t do anything to change history in any
way otherwise your time there will be erased.

So our main character Ashley is sitting in the chair preparing to travel back to interview Alexander the Great before he went and conquered all the way
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Avid followers of my blog will know that historical fiction books are a guilty pleasure of mine. Take me back to Tudor England, either of the Great World Wars or the Viking invasion of Britain and I am a happy lass. Occasionally though, I branch out of the usual time periods and find a real gem.

I really like the recurring element of science-fiction in The Road To Alexander. To date I haven’t found a crossover like it. Historical fiction that even includes time travel gives it the curtest nod bef
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Jennifer Macaire lives in France with her husband, three children, & various dogs & horses. She loves cooking, eating French chocolate, growing herbs and flowering plants on her balcony, and playing golf. She grew up in upstate New York, Samoa, and the Virgin Islands. She graduated from St. Peter and Paul high school in St. Thomas and moved to NYC where she modeled for five years for Elite. She we ...more

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