Liz Cooke has two problems in life: Her social media is filled with brewing political conflict and her idea of a perfect man seems to have gone extinct a century ago. Inspired by the contents of an antique trunk, Liz dreams she time-travels to 1885. As she sets out to enjoy the Victorian era in all its glory, armed with knowledge gleaned through historical novels and period dramas, will she find the past to be all that she thought? And does the right man for her exist only in her dreams or has he been in her life all along? Loosely inspired by Alice in Wonderland, A.M. Heath brings you a fun read chock-full of humor and whimsy with a special message for the avid reader in all of us.
Besides being an Indie Author, I’m a wife, mother of four, ladies’ Sunday School teacher, sweet tea drinker, history fanatic, romantic, bubbly, lover of broccoli, and a retired cake decorator who has a soft spot for Christmas trees, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. After years of watching Scooby Doo, Matlock, and Murder She Wrote, I’ve partnered with my best friend to write Christian cozy mysteries under the pen name Chelsea Michelle. What I’m not is a laundress (or at least not one who keeps up very well), tall, or patient in a doctor’s office.
Oh my, this book is incredible! Humorous, relatable, and just plain good, all in one package! Don't you just hate it when you don't know how to write your review for an amazing book? And you just sit there staring at the keyboard and computer scream like, "hello words, where are you??!!" :D
Liz was a blast! Her love for historical lifestyles, ways, and dressing was funny, especially when her friends didn't understand why she liked that stuff so much! She was such a fun person - I think I could get along with her! Let me just say, her love of books is rather wonderful … and she works at a library!
Scott was great too! No, he doesn't like tea, even though one of Liz's dreams is that her husband likes tea! Poor guy. He's tried it so many ways, but still doesn't like it!
Betty was sweet! I loved her personality! I love how she has tea, scones, cookies, and other goodies in her office at the library! She's a wise, sweet friend for Liz, that's for sure!
Now onto the dream! *squeals while jumping up and down* Absolutely hilarious and fun!
Liz bought an old trunk that actually had things in it! She finds pictures, a dress, and a blanket. After looking through everything, wondering who the people are in the photos, she falls asleep. And that's when the dream begins!
She goes back in time to the Victorian days and meets the people in the photos - they live in the same town she's from, but obviously a long time ago, so everything's different! She has to learn their ways, instead of wanting to do modern things. One of the young men in the picture meets her and she is invited to stay with his family. And on it goes! It's really quite sweet! There were awkward moments, especially when Liz 'couldn't' say where exactly she was from - after all, they wouldn't understand the year was 2016 where she lived! I can't say a whole lot, because of spoilers, but it was such a great book! Worth buying, that's for sure!
Have you ever had a dream that just seemed so real that you felt you actually lived it? Well, that's how Liz felt! I know it's happened to me before and I feel so happy and sad when I wake up to find out it's just a dream!
Content: Some scenes when Liz is getting dressed, but no inappropriate details. A semi-detailed kiss at the end.
To end this review, I must recommend it to you readers! Recommended for 15 and up!
*I received an advanced copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review
Things were so much better in times before us... weren’t they? I’ve been as guilty as Liz Cooke in wishing for simpler times and fantasizing them. Liz learns a timely and much-needed lesson in here.
Yes, this is a time-travel book in a sense—through a dream. I thought the author did a fantastic job at keeping things realistic and interesting at the same time. I’m not a fan of time-travel, but there were absolutely no weird overtones in this book.
The spiritual message was solid and very applicable. Many Biblical principles were presented and Liz was super real as a struggling human. Yet she learned and grew.
The romance... Liz was definitely a hopeless romantic. But even in this, she learned reality. I was personally rooting for her and the man she ended up with, because it was just so natural and not all-consuming passion.
I had the privilege of beta-reading this book, but I liked it so much that when the manuscript was polished for publication, I read and enjoyed it just as much the second time in one year. It’s not a super long book, but it is a super cute and enjoyable book.
The sheer amount of thoughts I want to share is overwhelmingly crazy. This will be very long and contain hidden spoilers.
To begin with, I'll touch on the easy basic info. I recently bought this via the author's newsletter. The crazy part is that I actually read this really soon after buying (like in the same month) instead of simply adding it to my ever-growing tbr list. That never happens and I'm really proud of myself. If only I could do this more often... This isn't my first read from this author. The Accident was yet another semi-impulsive read and I ended up forgoing an entire night's sleep to read it in one sitting (no regrets). I'll touch on this later, but I recommend this author. I really like her writing style and the fact that she always incorporates Godly themes.
Ok...the review...can you tell I'm stalling?
1) The Premise. I was sold the moment I saw certain keywords such as: time travel, 1885 and Victorian era. Wanting to escape the drama and strife from current day and travel back to the glorious (or not so glorious) days of gorgeous floor-length gowns and charming gentlemen was and is an intriguing plot. And I really loved that this was loosely inspired by Alice in Wonderland.
2) Speaking of Alice in Wonderland, the quotes at the start of each chapter added a fun and whimsical touch. All the references have made me want to read the classic now. Sometimes there were Bible verses instead and I like those as well.
3) Characters. Liz. If you followed my updates, you'll know that I had her pegged from the start. Oblivious to what's right under her nose. Naive when it comes to expecting 1885 to be as "perfect" as it seems in books. She had way too many unrealistic expectations and needed a good dose of reality. I flipped back and forth between liking and disliking her character. She was relatable and impulsive. Scott and Betty didn't get much page time, but they were okay. I liked Ruby's and Logan's sibling relationship. Both of them were kind and courteous. The very model of proper Victorians. . Surprisingly, I took a liking to Warren. I really want more of his story.
4) Writing style. Liz's narrative was quirky, relatable, easy to follow and enjoyable. The writing flowed nicely, and I believe the author orchestrated everything smoothly up until the very end.
5) Themes/takeaways. There were some really good ones and I'll just name each one. Acknowledging that people are sinners and no matter what era, you're going to find sin. Some eras just did a better job of keeping evil behind closed doors. You can't change the world or the past, change starts at home. Love goes deeper than just passion and physical attraction. You don't have to try to find negativity and strife, but you can choose to not focus on it.
6) Historical. It was so much fun tagging along with Liz back to 1885 and watching her try to fit in. I'm no expert on that era but I thought it was well-researched and believable. I especially liked when meanings behind a certain flower were explained.
7) I LOVED the hints of transition just before Liz's return home. They were so well done and fully prepared the reader. And it wasn't done abruptly either.
Cons/Dislikes: (I told you this would be long...)
1)I did not like having so many unanswered questions. The author stated that these would be resolved in later installments, but I really would have liked them now.
2) Characters. Mrs. Hillman (grandma) was on the rudish side. Not a fan. And Harold. I do NOT trust that man.
This is a sidenote but when it came to the politics, I would just like to add that I believe Christians should have some knowledge of what's going on in the world instead of blocking it out. Some may think a Christian has no business getting involved but if you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything.
Overall: 3.8 because I'm torn between 3.5 and 4. I am most pleased with my purchase and of course I'll have to continue the series! I enjoyed this very much and couldn't put it down at times. If you enjoy Victorian settings, good clean romance, time travel, bookish references, Christian fiction or historical fiction- I recommend you check this out.
My mind was going in so many directions when I finished If Only it Were Yesterday. The heroine, Elizabeth Cooke (Liz) had issues to face and loved researching the past—especially the Victoria Era. A. M. Heath did a beautiful job with research of 1885 era and 2016 in Carroll, TN where Liz lived. I appreciate the quotes from “Alice in Wonderland” or Biblical Scriptures before each chapter. The adventures of Liz in her time travel were vibrant with description and I was in the moment. Will Liz find answers and the perfect soul mate after her vivid time travel dream? This story is a beautiful illustration of some major issues that has change in our American society. I appreciate the true message Heath gave readers to glean with the interwoven of scriptural passages and what life truly is about.
If Only it Were Yesterday is a tremendous introduction to A. M. Heath new series, A Season Passed. I look forward to reading future books in this series that will focus on secondary characters from this book. I received a complimentary e-book from the author. I was in no way required to write a positive review but have expressed my sincere thoughts.
I haven't read many books like this--time travel plots make me a bit leery--so I really appreciated the fact that this one was clearly presented as a dream, with no actual time travel going on (although of course Liz didn't realize it at the time). At least Liz's love of history left her a little more prepared for what she was facing than most time travelers!
Speaking of Liz's historical streak--I was rather amazed at some of the things she was ignorant of. Not so much the social customs as the outright history--for example, not understanding that there would have been bitter political division in the country at the time of Lincoln's election. (See, there's this little thing called a civil war...) I definitely understood her fixation on the past as a better and gentler time, although reading certain period books was actually part of what helped snap me out of that mindset! But even though some of her ignorance was rather jaw-dropping, the lesson of "seeing what you're looking for" made a lot of sense and pretty much moved me past the "and she calls herself a history lover?" questions.
I think the "yesterday was so much better/easier/less complicated" syndrome is a very common one, and this book addresses it very well. I especially appreciated the solid scriptural basis for Liz's lessons and the way that the gospel came front and center in the end. It's so easy to get caught up in the arguments on the social evils of any time in history and to miss the real focus and the only thing that can cure them. Very well done on the message!
That said, some of Liz's fixations, especially when it came to what the perfect gentleman should be, were so over-the-top that I wanted to shake her! Crossing someone off your list of prospects because he doesn't drink tea? What are you thinking, girl?!? But it's very telling that even those eye-rolling moments didn't make me want to throw the book for its unbelievable characters, just to shake said character for her ridiculous attitude!
I couldn't believe it when the book ended with no resolution to the story of Ruby and the Franklin brothers! Whaaaat?!? And then I found out that that's the plot of book four in the series. Seriously, book four?!? I was so invested in that plot! I'm sure there's a lot more going on there than Liz suspects, and I'm going to be on pins and needles until I'm able to finish it. Well done on the suspense, but--aaargh!!!
The historical aspect and characters were very rich and complex, and it's quite obvious that the author has a better grasp of the realities of history than certain of her characters. :) I also liked that not all of the things Liz had missed were the downsides; some people were a lot better than she had given them credit for, even if they didn't live up to her modern-day ideals. Another great message! There were a few word choices that struck me as slightly anachronistic (coming from characters other than Liz), but they were few and far-between and somehow didn't seem as glaring as I usually find them. The story is partially based off Alice in Wonderland, which I haven't read, but that didn't bother me much, and I was certainly able to appreciate it as its own story, even without recognizing the various allusions.
Overall, a very solid read that will definitely have me finishing the series--if just to find out what happens with Ruby!!!
Content--talk about various news stories, including suicides, gender controversies, executions, etc.; mentions of racial discrimination and violence with a short reference to lynching; some noticing, touching, and the emotions of being "in love"; a non-descriptive kiss; quotes from Alice in Wonderland and other movies/books
I fell in love with this book and all its memorable characters. I think everyone has dreamed about traveling back in time to their favorite era. A.M. Heath shows us that it might not be exactly like we imagine! I'm looking forward to more stories from my favorite author. If you haven't read anything else by her, do yourself a huge favor and pick up her other books. I received a free copy of this book; my opinions are my own.
I don’t even know where to start. It will be hard for me to write this review because THERE WERE SO MANY THINGS I LOVED! This story starts and ends in modern day 2016, in Carroll, TN but travels back in time to 1885 much the way Alice steps into Wonderland. But, the world and detail is so real and you are right there for the story. 26-year-old Elizabeth (Liz) Cooke and dear friend Scott are regular hangout pals. He is a gentleman in his own right, paying for movies and snacks, holding open doors, observing propriety and tolerating her joy at old movies. But, Liz cannot see any of that. She is drawn into the old world charm of novels such as Pride and Prejudice whose romantic hero knows how to treat a lady and drink tea. When times were simple without the evils of today. There are Disney references and movie references from favorites like You’ve Got Mail. And the tea, oh the tea! So many flavors referenced (English Breakfast, Earl Grey, Orange Spice Herbal, Apple Spice) and moments shared. Even scones with lemon curd at the Grayson Library where her dear tea drinking, book-loving friend, and librarian Betty works. TEA MOMENT: Ch. 1 It didn’t matter what day or what time of the day, I was always welcome, and I knew there would be a tea party awaiting me.
After Scott helps her lug an old trunk up to her flat above her antique shop, Curiouser and Curiouser Antiques and Gifts, she discovers photos and a dress that have the wheels of her mind turning. Somehow, she is magically transported back to that family and gets to live life with them. But, we see it through her modern eyes, as she compares and contrasts the things of today; things I can relate to and instantly recognize. She is a woman of faith who has gotten lost in expectation and distraction. We get to see her grow in a beautiful way and be frustrated beside her at injustice. I particularly loved how we are enlightened to other points of view when Liz tries to fix problems. I could see myself reacting in the same way, but when people around her explain why her views are slanted my eyes were opened. Brother Nathan; I loved his character. His words dance around like the confusing caterpillar but his wisdom is sent down from heaven.
SOME FAVORITE QUOTES: Ch.1 Seriously? Me? It was like she didn’t know me at all. An e-reader was so cold and distant, while a book was warm and inviting. A book could very well hug you back if you were to fall asleep reading and it fell on your face, or if you rested it on your arm. Books were friendly. And it was more than friendship. Books were classic. Timeless. E-readers were not. Ch. 8 "Where you're going says so much more about who you are and the heart that beats within. Sometimes a person's past is just plain hard or out of their control. But your future–the purpose you've set your feet upon–this is all of your own planning.” Ch.10 “Ugh! I sniffed a book! In front of people? People who weren’t also sniffing books! Scott would have been rolling on the floor, laughing at me, had he seen.” Descriptions are wonderful in this story: “skin the shade of tea and cream” “deep plum skirt” and several small historical details were educational such as how they heated a bath.
I really enjoyed this story and connected to it in so many ways! I also appreciate how, following the story, the author tells you her inspiration for several of the characters loosely based on the characters from Alice in Wonderland. It was sort of a lightbulb ah-ha moment for me.
Thank you, thank you, thank you to the author who approached me and asked me to review for her and I believe I have a found a new kindred spirit in. I truly did delete things but I had such a hard time condensing this review! BUY THIS ONE! (smile). My opinion is my own without expectation or compensation.
A Season Passed Series If Only It Were Yesterday Yesterday’s Christmas Book 3 Book 4
4 1/2 Stars!! A.M. Heath's latest book, "If Only It Were Yesterday," is the first book in her new series titled A Season Passed. Heath creates an intriguing story loosely based on the premise of Alice in Wonderland. In "If Only It Were Yesterday," Liz Cooke is disenchanted with decline in present day society and the political issues arising in our country that are ever so present on social media. She wished she lived in a earlier time period when men treated women with respect and problems in our country were simpler. After purchasing a trunk for her antique shop with an old dress and photographs of an unknown Hillman family from 1885 in it, Liz's dream takes her back to 1885 where she "meets" members of the Hillman family and experiences what life was like during the Victorian Era. Opportunities for love and adventure arise during Liz's adventures with the Hillman family, and she finds out that real problems and issues exist in 1885 society as well as in present day time. Liz discovers that her true love might have been there waiting for her all along.
This was a very entertaining story, and I am looking forward to finding out more about the Hillman family and other supporting characters in the upcoming books in this series. I am very interested in old photographs and family history, and the idea of imagining yourself living in an earlier time period was very appealing to me. This novel had a good combination of contemporary and historical storylines. A.M. Heath incorporated many pop culture aspects into her contemporary storyline, which allowed readers to easily relate to the storyline. Even though Liz's experience with time-travel were in her dreams, fans of the"Back to the Future" movies and the TV show "Timeless" would also enjoy this story. I would recommend this book!
I received a complimentary copy of this book and was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are mine.
I liked the little quotes from "Alice in Wonderland" and Bible verses that appear at the beginning of each chapter. I also liked the nods to various books and movies. Some of the ties to "Alice in Wonderland" were more obvious, like the uncle who was obsessed with his timepiece and even the story being set in "Carroll". While I was reading, I wasn't quite sure if Liz was experiencing something like in "Alice in Wonderland" or if it were more like "Somewhere in Time". I kept waiting for her to realize her life wasn't so bad after all and to notice what was right in front of her all along. I was happy to see her growth and progress. I found the book to be well written and enjoyable. I liked how we got to meet characters that will have books of their own later on in the series and I look forward to reading the rest of the series.
I got a free copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own and given voluntarily. No compensation was received for my review.
Genre: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, and Contemporary Fiction, Time-travel, (Yes, you read that right!)
My Rating: 5 Stars.
Recommendation: 13 or 15 up based on maturity.
My favorite character/s: Scott, he's adorable and sweet, and the right kind of guy for any love story, even if some characters don't agree! I really liked him, and would love to see more of his story!
My Verse for Scott is Psalm 37:34 Wait for the Lord and keep his way, and he will exalt you to inherit the land; you will look on when the wicked are cut off. (English Standard Version.)
Liz was great as well, (You hear that "but", coming, don't you?) but at the beginning, I wanted to ask her how she couldn't see what was right in front of her! And towards the end I thought she was a little dense, (Sorry, Miss Heath!) but by the end, I loved her, because she got past what I thought she needed to or rather would get past, and I loved how she developed throughout the book.
My Verse for Liz is Romans 8:28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. (English Standard Version.)
My thoughts: This story was awesome, (I use that word too much, don't I? Anyway... Back to my review!) I loved the detail in every word, I've read a few of A. M. Heath's books and so far I think this is my favorite! Sheesh, this book was so cool, I stayed up reading it way past my bedtime, which is allowed once in a while, right?
(I received this book as a gift but was not required to leave a kind review or for that matter leave a review at all! All the thoughts are my own.)
*Happy sigh* This was a perfectly delightful read! The first I’ve read by this author, but it most certainly won’t be my last!
I read this as an e-copy, but I made quick work of securing a print copy for myself, because it was that enjoyable and I wouldn’t hesitate to read it again.
Main character Liz Cooke was real and quirky and lovely, and also very relatable. Starting in present day, we get to know Liz and see how she struggles with believing that times past would be a better place to live instead of this trial-torn present day world. Owning an antique store, she comes across a very special trunk that throws her back in time…
There were so many pleasant nods to Alice in Wonderland, and I love the quotes scattered throughout. The Bible verses at the beginning of the chapters was a joy as well, and it was fun seeing how they were interwoven into the chapters.
“If Only It Were Yesterday” portrayed the historical timeline in a realistic way, showing the beauty as well as struggles that we find today too. I loved the encouraging faith message in this book, and the reminder that God is in control and has placed us in the time period He knows is right for us. Being content where we’re at, and serving Him here.
I was just thoroughly impressed with this novel, and eagerly anticipate the following books in the series! Such a good read <3
(And on a bit of a fangirl note…I loved Scott. He was the best ‘best friend’, and he was adorable. I want to see more of him…XD)
Right off the bat, the Alice in Wonderland touches were wonderful. Many of the characters are directly inspired by characters in the book or movie, and it was fun to try to find them – almost like doing a “hidden picture” puzzle. I loved that – so much fun!
Liz’s own journey is well-worth taking with her, and I don’t *think* it’s spoiler-y 🙂 to tell you that her conclusion toward the end reminded me of the theme of another book/film that I love: The Lord of the Rings – “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.” The strong evangelistic encouragement for Christians is a blessing and joy to see and takes this book from being “mere” entertainment to enrichment.
The characters themselves delight with their carefully-crafted well-roundedness, even the ones you see little of. Scott is one of the more realistic yet still godly contemporary male characters I’ve seen in Christian fiction. As always, A.M. Heath’s writing style feels breezy and lively, and yet carefully-done.
If you love Lewis Carroll’s book or even just the animated Disney movie version of Alice in Wonderland and you’re fond of Christian or inspirational fiction, you’ll love this book. If you’ve ever wanted to escape this modern world and fall straight into a more mannerly and less perplexing era, you’ll love this book. If you want some clarity on the place of Christians in this dark world, regardless of the era in which they live, you will love this book!
I had been wanting to read this since it came out....but I never got around to it until recently :) I was in the mood to read something a bit on the lighter side, but nothing too very frivolous, and this seemed like the answer. I really enjoyed this book, which I seldom ever will say with books that deal with time travel. But because of the ending.....which I won't mention so nothing is spoiled.....it wasn't REALLY time travel =) Anyways. I could have so been Liz. I am Liz, as my friends know, the girl who adores history, and probably is guilty of thinking many of the same thoughts as Liz did about the ideal generation. But, as she found out, there isn't really an ideal generation.....every time period has it's problems, it's ups and downs, and there is really no exception. Because, there is nothing new under the sun, and where humans are found, there is a sin nature to be found as well.
I adored the lessons Liz learned. And I enjoyed meeting the Hillmans, although I now need the other books to know what, exactly, happened to them.
I loved how Liz learned to be content where God had her, and not to pine away over some idealistic fairytale that is only found in books. I also enjoyed how she learned not to let books and story-worlds influence her thoughts about finding an ideal man to marry....although Logan Hillman was certainly an ideal gentleman. *sheepish grin* And Scott was so cute with the whole nose tweaking thing.
I did think the kiss at the end was a bit overkill, and the lines leading up to it were just a little bit cheesy, hence the three star rating. Other than that one kiss, this was squeaky clean, and taught a poignant lesson without feeling too deep or heavy, which my allergified mind appreciated =) When dealing with asthma issues, and not being able to breathe, trust me, you want something like this!
I would definitely recommend reading this at least once, as it teaches valuable lessons on being content.
When the main character finds herself transported to the past that she's dreamed of all her life, she thinks she'll find everything she's wanted. Like Alice, however, it may be that what she really wants is at home.... I enjoyed the way 'If Only It Were Yesterday' incorporated historical details into an "Alice in Wonderland" sort of story, without overdoing the comparison. The characters were likeable (even if the author did allow the main protagonist ample room to grow throughout the story :) ) and the author did a great job of brining up some of the real social conflicts that a modern person would face when going back in time. It sounds as if characters from this book carry on into others- I'd be interested to see where their stories lead!
This is a sweet story of finding one’s place in life and time. Liz Cooke is the owner of an antique store in a small Tennessee town. She’s also a contemporary young woman living in an era she deems as too crude for her tastes. She’s looking for a gentleman.
Liz often loses herself in historical heroes yet can’t see the guy waiting for her in her own time period…until she tries on a 19th-century dress. Her trip back in time is a lesson in “the grass isn’t always greener.” Confession: I related to Liz in so many ways, because in my younger years I was Liz—minus the dress and the dream.
I’m giving this one 4.5 stars (5 for the clever use of quotes from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland at the beginning of each chapter).
This is a very good time travel romance. Lizzie is disappointed in her time period of 2028. She feels that it was simpler in the 1800’s than it is today. She somehow goes back in time and learns that the past isn’t as simple as she thought. She learns some valuable lessons. I received a copy of this book from the author for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
This book was funny, refreshing and relatable. I love the humanness of Liz. Having personally fantasied about living in a previous era there’s also a profound message of realism. The Alice in Wonderland quotes were very apt. Most of all it was sweetly humorous but not sickly sweet. A real feel good read!
I received a copy of If Only It Were Yesterday from the author, A.M. Heath. All opinions expressed are my own.
Whew this was certainly something! I'll get into this more later but the romance was by far my favorite part. Anyone else love getting the warm and fuzzies when they read a romance? Because I do.
1. The plot. The storyline of this installment was particularly engaging. I haven't read many time travel novels and I clearly need to read more because they. are. my. jam. I will say that I didn't like how this particular time travel phenomenon was resolved personally because it is a slight cliché and I'm someone who can't stand open endings (there is the promise of it being resolved in book four but I want it nowwwww). There are difficulties from a psychological standpoint but I'll leave that for another day as well. There was also one plotline involving an interesting mystery involving two of the time travel characters that was never resolved and for me, the person who always has to finish everything, it was a little unsettling. Excepting those two pieces, the rest is absolutely marvelous. I read this comfortably in one day which definitely tells you something. This is one of those books that's best enjoyed with the heat of a fire, a warm blanket, and a fresh pot of tea (or, in my case, hot chocolate!). Also a furry friend helps.
2. The characters. These were also well done. I enjoyed getting to know Liz and all her friends both in her current and past worlds. I found that each character was sufficiently drawn and each had their own distinguishing characteristics that really cemented the inspired retelling (the book is an extremely loose adaptation of Alice in Wonderland) vibes I was getting. In the beginning, I couldn't take Liz that seriously just because of her views of the world. I'm a realist at heart and connecting with someone who is that dug into their fantasy world that they can't see the realities of the world around them is difficult for me so I couldn't help but chuckle and feel slightly exasperated as one would at the antics of a small child when her inner thoughts were exposed on the page. However, because of her starting ignorance, there is a tremendous amount of character growth that happens right in front of our eyes which is breathtaking to watch.
3. The romance. Now this is the part we've all been waiting for! Typically, I don't enjoy romances in books that are centered on something else (as this one is with the historical action and the character growth) but in this novel? Beautiful. Every second of the romance captivated me. I frequently experienced the fuzzy-bunny feeling, as I call it. It's such a sweet, slow burn romance that is just adorable to watch. If nothing else, read this for the romance because it is one of the sweetest things you will ever read. Honestly, I was so disappointed it ended where it did because I wanted more of the happy couple once they finally gave into each other! As I've experienced in this author's previous works, relationships are one of her strongest areas.
4. The world. For this, I'll say I did have a stronger sense of place in the present rather than in the past. There was just a bit more macro in the present and bit more micro in the past. I'm by no means an expert on the 1800s and their standard of living but from my amateurish perspective, it's clear the author took care in crafting the micro world of the past. The houses and dresses were described with tantalizing detail which really helped transform the world's atmosphere.
5. The religion. I wanted to add in this section just as a bit of an fyi (although you probably already gathered what I'll say based on your own intellect). This book does have copious amounts of religious and conservative undertones (which follows it being classified as Christian Fiction). I did think it was integrated well and lent itself well to furthering the plotline and the mentality of Liz. I will say that I couldn't help but raise an eyebrow at the conservative undertones, however.
The Final Verdict: A novel with a beautiful and flowering romance within a lively and elegant setting. 4 stars
A delightful Victorian romp! A twist on the Alice in Wonderland story that will keep you guessing. From page one I was immediately sucked down the rabbit hole, snuggling in for a cozy good read. Ever so delightfully, I quickly found out that our heroine Elizabeth is an old soul, lover of books, antiques, and bygone good manners.
If you like any vintage era, ever wished you lived in a time period before your own, or felt nostalgia for somewhere you've never been, this book might be for you! Our main character Liz Cooke gets the opportunity to travel to another era which she has idealized and felt a nostalgic yearning for, and gets to experience it all in person... It should be fun, right?
Especially recommended for Christian readers who want a bit of whimsy in their reading life.
.... 'Miss Hillman smiled at me as if she knew some great secret. “While that may be true, you cannot change your past. It would be unfair of us to judge you based on where you came from but, rather, on where you're going, because where you're going can still be changed, shaped, and rediscovered. Where you're going says so much more about who you are and the heart that beats within. Sometimes a person's past is just plain hard or out of their control. But your future–the purpose you've set your feet upon–this is all of your own planning.”' ....
I LOVED, LOVED THIS BOOK!! The best time travel/romance story I have ever read.
The thoughts and feelings of Liz and her love for books made me feel right at home the minute I opened the book. The author has an exceptional talent in her writings. The thoughts, actions and personality of the characters flow so seamlessly throughout the book in a beautiful way. It is like A.M. Heath was inside my head as she wrote this fun-filled, humorous yet intriguing and challenging story.
What I liked is - she weaves the gospel in throughout the story, Liz's thoughts on reading mirror my own, the way Liz goes into time to live out what she thinks is a life so much better than the one she lives is written in an amazing way. It opens your eyes to the fact that what we think we want just might make you realize and grasp the truth that what you had to begin with is the right life after all.
I received this book as a gift and all opinions are all my own.
"If Only It Were Yesterday" by A.M.Heath was a joy to read from start to finish. It is a clean love story, a book about time travel and it also has Spiritual truths told within it's pages. It is loosely based on "Alice in Wonderland".
I really don't have much to say except that this book really kept me turning the pages I mean I had to know how and if Liz got back from 1885. This book shows that sometimes what we have right in front of us is all we need and sometimes life is better in the future and that every generation has it problems.
I can't wait till the other books in this series are available.
If you haven't read A.M. Health's books, I only have one question for you, Why? She really inspires you to be a better person with her stories and the truth she writes even through the books are fiction.
I was given a complimentary copy by the author and these opinions are my own.
A great time travel book. I loved the way Liz goes back in time and the lessons she learned along the way. The reality that things are not always as grand as we think they are in different eras of life. I think sometimes we do fantasize living in a different time because we think it’s better. Liz finds great romance and great friendship during her time traveling but she never forgets Scott and Betty in her “other” life. Can she live a normal life after she time travels? Can she be satisfied with Scott after all the glamour and gallantry of Logan that was so real for her? Scott doesn’t even like tea! Oh my she loved the way Logan treated her. Read this wonderful book to find the answers. It’s humorous and serious at times. If you like historical fiction I think you would enjoy this story. I received an advance copy and was not required to write a positive review.
This was such a fun, sweet story with its nod to Alice in Wonderland. The characters and settings were wonderful, and this book has so many great lessons for readers to take away with them. I always know when I read a book by A.M. Heath that I will find wonderful spiritual themes that touch my heart. This book is no exception.