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Caught in Time

(Kendra Donovan #3)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  2,180 ratings  ·  272 reviews
October 1815: There is only one place Kendra Donovan wants to travel—back to her own time period in the twenty-first century. But since that’s not happening, she agrees instead to travel with her new guardian, the Duke of Aldridge, to one of his smaller estates in Lancashire. Their journey takes them through Yorkshire, a region whose breathtaking beauty masks a simmering v ...more
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Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have really, really enjoyed this series. I would love to travel back in time and feel like I live vicariously through all of Kendra’s experiences. McElwain did a great job with the ending to this one... I was really not expecting it! What I like most about these novels is that they are centered almost entirely on crime solving and not romance. If you enjoy who-dun-it’s & time travel then this is a must read series. 5 stars.
Jul 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
3.5 that I'm rounding up. I like this series, and this was a good instalment for Kendra Donovan, our accidentally time-travelling FBI agent, that progressed some of the larger mystery of Kendra's seemingly random landing in Regency England and of course featured a murder mystery to solve. I continue to be bothered by the fact that she says unsub every five pages because a) it's jarring and surely she's learned to temper her language after months and b) do FBI agents even talk that way in 2018? H ...more
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, romance
Kendra Donovan, FBI profiler from the modern day and involuntary time-traveler to Regency England returns for another entertaining but formulaic story.

While traveling near Manchester Kendra and the Duke of Aldridge encounter a group of Luddites on their way to smash up machinery at a local cotton mill. The manager of the mill is later found murdered at his desk and despite local authorities wishing to pin the murder on the Luddites, Kendra doesn't buy that theory. Kendra and the Duke swing into
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stars-4-0, 2018

Not my favourite in the series but still very entertaining and easy reading.

Kendra is still very compelling with her modern POV in this early 19th century setting. She hasn’t really adapted that much to this civilisation but then it is easy to forget that she’s only been there for a couple of months. She does make mistakes quite often, bursting forth instead of thinking her way through, and yet I guess it fits with her type of character. The murder mystery itself was quite straightforward,
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't stand Kendra in this book (though I'm pretty sure she has been this obnoxious for the whole I guess I just overlooked it in the previous books (based on how I rated them)?\_(ツ)_/) She's antagonistic towards EVERYONE, including the people she supposedly cares for; it seems like every page she is getting offended or annoyed by something. She also can't seem to go more than two sentences without cursing, which is not only unnecessary, but also very distracting; I'm pretty sur ...more
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was going to give this 4 stars until I hit the twist at the end. I never saw that coming and loved it!

I've enjoyed this series since it started. I love Kendra's character although she does drive me nuts occasionally. I like the Duke and Alec. I'm ready for Kendra to face up to reality that she's not going back to the Future. At least that's the way I see it. I suppose the author is the only one who knows what will happen....

I look forward to the next book and wish I didn't have to wait a whol
Caught in Time is the third installment in an engaging series where a modern female FBI agent lands in Regency England and finds herself solving crime the old-fashioned way while attempting to adjust to her new life without modern conveniences or women's equality.

Each book has some darkness and grit to them along with some good internal struggles that give them layers beyond a typical historical suspense/mystery. I've found the author really delves deep into what it would truly be like for a wom
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely bloody brilliant. That is all.
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Julie McElwain is truly a mystery maven!!!! I can hardly wait for new titles in her Kendra Donovan series, and I've never been disappointed. This third book shed more light on what challenges women faced in Georgian England. In fact, I identified with Kendra's reaction to those restrictions more than I have when reading the earlier books. McElwain's descriptions of the period are spot on. I like reading about it, but I wouldn't want to live there. This time the multiple mysteries keep one guessi ...more
3.5 I enjoyed the murder/mystery in this series. The time travel/historical romance part was an interesting spin.
Aug 21, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, library
it's been a year and a half since i read the first two books, which sucks because my memory is awful. i remember the main parts - FBI agent travelled back in time, plus Alec. aaaaand that's about it.

my tastes have changed over the last year or so and i definitely read way more romance than i used to. so when i picked the first book up, i probably liked that it had a smidge of romance mixed with everything else. i didn't enjoy book two as much, though i liked that the romance finally got somewhe
Honestly, I don't write reviews but Kendra bothered me enough in this book to actually get me to write this. Even after 3 books she still has no character growth. She's still the same whiney, self pitying girl she was in the first book. She makes no attempt to learn about her surroundings, local culture, or pretty much anything that would help her survive in her current time. She just spend her time complaining about how unfair everything is and how she doesn't have any useful skill sets for the ...more
Julie strikes again with another amazing Kendra Donovan installment! This book finds Kendra on her way with the Duke to one of his smaller estates, when due to bad weather they're forced to stop at a town they weren't planning to. A murder was committed with the wrong persons accused, so Kendra and the Duke decide to stay and help find the true killer. It has Julie's trademark unforeseen twists and turns with a little extra thrown in which you don't find out till the end. It also has more of the ...more
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoys a time-travel theme-1815 setting!
Loved this - #3 in the Kendra Donovan series by Julie McElwain & this installment’s title is Caught in Time. Kendra Donovan, a 21st c. FBI Profiler, has traveled back to Regency England 1815 and even though she desperately wants to return to the 21st c. USA, Kendra has now found herself the ward of the Duke of Aldridge who happens to have an extremely handsome nephew, Alexander Morgan, the Marquis of Sutcliffe, who is very ‘interested’ in Kendra. Caught in Time begins with the Duke, Kendra, ...more
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have thoroughly enjoyed this series! The ending was definite left open for more books with Kendra Donovan as the main character, investigating murders in the 1800s. And I'd definitely want to read every one! They're well written with likable characters and a mystery that keeps you on your toes until the end.

As far as the murder mystery in this one, it was my least favorite of the three. Not saying that it was bad in any way, just comparing it to the two previous I thought they were a bit stron
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars rounded up. Good one. Took me a little while to get into it, but was hooked by the end. Figured some stuff out but other stuff I didn't and was surprised for a change.

Still don't like that it's considered time travel, when there's actually no traveling involved (anymore). It's just a historical fiction, but it's a good historical fiction.
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author threw a nice little and unexpected twist into this book. I loved it. I look forward to reading the next book when it comes out
Jess Penhallow
This series continues to impress. I like the fact that this case was a bit more complicated than the previous cases and the twist at the end left me gobsmacked! I'm sad that I've finished all the books published thus far and am looking forward to reading the next book in the series later in the year.
Meh. The larger question of the main character's future was brought closer to resolution in this third installment in the Kendra Donovan series, but it was not as engaging as the first two books.
The third book in the series was good, but not as exciting as the previous 2 in my opinion. I wish there were more steamy episodes between Alec and Kendra, sigh....Overall, it was good. And of course, I believe there will be another one :)
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I like the premise enough that I keep foolishly hoping the aspects I find so annoying will be dropped. Three books in and Kendra still spends the majority of the book complaining. The life she left in modern times was pretty empty. Yes, she caught killers for the FBI. She still catches killers, so there's no hole in her life there. Other than that she had nothing. No friends, no family. Now she has people who care for her. If you're doing the same job, what's the complaint? Not getting the recog ...more
Oct 23, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: didn-t-finish
Made it to 40% and did not finish. And that is disappointing because I did like the first two Kendra Donovan books. The first one was the best, I think. The second one I tolerated, though Kendra was wearing on me and her fling with Alex didn't seem natural.

This third one is beating a dead horse. There is nothing new or fresh. Someone else is murdered OF COURSE and Kendra is there OF COURSE using modern forensics and her FBI brain to solve it in the 1800s, where she's mad at everything and every
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is rapidly becoming one of my favorite mystery series'. It's such a fun mashup of some of my favorite genres: murder mystery, an FBI agent, time-travel.... This volume did not disappoint.

Our main character, Kendra, is an FBI agent from our era. In the first volume of the series, she somehow traveled back in time to Regency England. Through some incredible luck, she has managed to land on her feet, under the protection of a very open-minded Duke. In the first and second books, she and the D
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This series is just dwindling in quality. Another example of an author who should have ended this as a trilogy and is now just milking the cow.

Kendra hasn’t had any growth this series. She is angry every time she encounters a male that doesn’t take her seriously and it’s so irritating.

Her consistent pondering - do I leave? Do I stay? Do I want to leave? If I marry there’s no freedom? Has continued on for THREE BOOKS.

We get it! But now you know you can’t leave so suck it up - accept Alec’s offer
Carrie Carter
Another great book in the Kendra Donovan series!

This time, Kendra and The Duke are traveling to another one of his homes when they are stuck in a small town due to the dense fog. During their stay, a murder at the mill happens. Kendra and the Duke insert themselves into the investigation and are soon followed by Alec and Bow Street Runner Sam Kelly.

You may think you have the ending figured out, but the author throws in a twist!

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me an advanced
Shana Karnes
Abandoned — just felt like an incredibly slow start and Kendra felt like she’d gotten dumber.
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an advanced copy from the publisher via Netgalley for an honest review.

This was another amazing story in the Kendra Donovan time travel, murder mystery adventures! If you like Outlander, this is completely up your alley.

Kendra has been in 1815 for a few months now and is feeling less and less like she is going to be able to travel back to her own time 200 years into the future. As Kendra is getting restless her guardian, the Duke of Alridge, suggest they take a trip to one of his coun
Since FBI Special Agent Kendra Donovan fell through the "wormhole" to Regency era England two months ago, she has thwarted a serial killer and identified the murderer of the former paramour of Alex, the Duke of Aldridge's nephew. In the third novel of this series, Kendra and the Duke's diversion to one of his smaller estates in Lancashire take him to Yorkshire, an area in England being changed by the Industrial Revolution. It is also a time when Luddites conspire to destroy the looms in local mi ...more
Tiffany Jones
It’s October of the year 1815 and FBI agent, Kendra Donovan, is still unable to figure out a way to get back to her own era. The only place she really wants to travel is home in the twenty-first century, but since that’s not an option, Kendra agrees to travel with her new guardian, the Duke of Aldridge, to one of his smaller estates in Lancashire. While traveling to the estate, they stop for the night at in East Dingleford, and find themselves swept up into a murder investigation, trailing a vic ...more
Aug 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a fun read! So rich with colorful detail of Regency England. So many twists and turns in plot. Really hard to put down (except when my eyes were practically bleeding from reading all day professionally!). McElwain has certainly raised the stakes for her next novel, which is sure to link past and present in even more confounding and tantalizing ways. Bravo on a most wonderful third entry in the Kendra Donovan series. Did not disappoint!
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Julie McElwain began her journalistic career at California Apparel News, a weekly Los Angeles based trade newspaper. She has freelanced for numerous publications from professional photographers magazines to those following the fashion industry. Currently, Julie is West Coast Editor for Soaps In Depth, a national soap opera magazine covering the No. 1 daytime drama, The Young and the Restless. Juli ...more

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