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The Time Collector

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  963 ratings  ·  195 reviews
A thrilling page-turner from Gwendolyn Womack, the USA Today bestselling author of The Fortune Teller

Travel through time with the touch of a hand.

Roan West was born with an extraordinary gift: he can perceive the past of any object he touches. A highly skilled pyschometrist, he uses his talents to find and sell valuable antiques, but his quiet life in New Orleans is about
Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 16th 2019 by Picador USA
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Gwendolyn Womack Hi Mari,
Thank you! Yes, I may do a sequel at some point. I'm busy with another story right now, but I would love to see how it continues for the new …more
Hi Mari,
Thank you! Yes, I may do a sequel at some point. I'm busy with another story right now, but I would love to see how it continues for the new group and find out those answers. :) (less)
Gwendolyn Womack Thank you, I'm happy you enjoyed it! That is what I tend to do at antique stores too. I wasn't able to pinpoint where I first learned about psychometr…moreThank you, I'm happy you enjoyed it! That is what I tend to do at antique stores too. I wasn't able to pinpoint where I first learned about psychometry until a friend of mine, after they read The Time Collector, asked me if I had ever seen the movie VIBES with Jeff Goldblum and Cyndi Lauper. I said yes with surprise. It was a film that came out in 1988 when I was a teenager. I'd forgotten about it over the years but Jeff Goldblum was a psychometrist in the story. That was the first time I'd ever heard of psychometry. So special thanks to Jeff Goldblum! If you'd like to read more about psychometry I recommend Dean Radin's books & research. He spans the whole gamut of parapsychology.(less)

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Apr 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Something I really, really hate is reading a book which everyone is five starring and wondering what they see in it that I do not. The Time Collector is one of those books. Not that there was anything wrong with it and I quite enjoyed the read, but definitely not five stars worth or even four.

I really liked the basic premise - people who could know the history of an item just by touching it. There was so much scope for a brilliant story there and the main character, Roan, had huge potential. I
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is an engrossing and very original book about a group of people who call themselves psychometrists. Just by touching an object they can tell its past history and connection with all the people who have handled it. Roan West has this gift and uses it to return stolen and lost artifacts to their owners or heirs. Recently a group of psychometrists, including Roan's friend Stuart, has become interested in "out of place artifacts' (known as OOPArts), objects found in the wrong place or an imposs ...more
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
May 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’ve not read a book like The Time Collector before, and its originality is a breath of fresh air! It’s not just that it spans genres either. It’s also the alluring and fascinating storyline! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Roan West has a gift in that he knows the past of any object he touches. He uses his gift for his work in finding and selling antiques, and he lives an easy life in New Orleans. (Have I mentioned I love antiques?)

Roan is a psychometrist, and his closest friend is also a psychometrist named Stua
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A fascinating and unique trip across time, continents and history with just the touch of a hand

Roan West is a highly skilled psychometrist, able to perceive the past of any object he touches. He uses his talents to find, sell and even return valuable antiques. Stuart, a fellow psychometrist and Roan’s close friend, has just unearthed several “ooparts”, out-of-place-artifacts that challenge recorded history. Soon after this remarkable discovery, Stuart disappears, making him one of severa
Gail C.
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
THE TIME COLLECTOR by Gwendolyn Womack crosses several sub-genres of books. It has elements of historical fiction based or inspired on actual events, a bit of romance, a bit of mystery, even a murder that is revealed late in the story. All these different factors combine to make a fascinating, delightful read that defies labels or any type of formula.
From the start of the book, the reader is captivated by the central character, Roan, a gifted paranormal psychometrist, who can touch an object and
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved reading about psychometrist or those who can get a history from touching an object. Womack brought together two persons with this skill and created an amazing romantic mystery. Clues to follow and danger had the characters traveling across the world to discover answers. Think this could be a series as there were some in depth auxiliary persons involved. "A copy of this book was provided by Macmillan-Picador via Netgalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinio ...more
Amy Bruno
Have you ever finished a book with your heart racing and thought "woah, now that was a fun read!"? That just happened to me with The Time Collector by Gwendolyn Womack!

The Time Collector is genre-bending at it's best. Mystery, romance, historical, and the paranormal combine for an exciting and un-put-down-able adventure!

"Roan's eyes took in every bauble, knowing each one held a story. They were all doorways to the past, to histories tucked away. No item was immune, no matter how small. Even the

Title: The Time Collector
Series: Standalone
Author: Gwendolyn Womack
Release date: April 16, 2019
Genre: fantasy, fiction, romance

This was my first Gwendolyn Womack book and it was such a breath of fresh air! It had a lot of elements that I enjoy reading but with a spin that felt thoroughly refreshing. The Time Collector was like a palate cleanser after reading a massive amount of books that are too predictable. I actually thought there may be some time travel in this book based on the synopsis, b
Adrian Dooley
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
A very enjoyable read, something completely different, not without its flaws, but intriguing all the same.

Roan West has a rare gift. He is one of the few people in the world who are called pyschometrists. He can tell the history of an object and all that have come in contact with it, just by touching it. He is among the best in the world having honed his skills over the years.

After making his fortune, he spends his time finding old antiques that are family heir looms and returns them to their ri
Heather Webb
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Womack weaves a suspenseful tale that tackles the question of “time”, how it’s measured, its impact on nature and human consciousness, and I could hardly put it down! The Time Collector is a treasure trove of ancient artifacts, mysticism, and intrigue, sprinkled with a dash of romance—my very favorite things. What a book!
I truly enjoyed reading THE TIME COLLLECTOR and found this novel vastly entertaining with even a bit of romance. Roan West has a rare ability to relive the memories and history of an object with touch. Roan meet Melicent who shares his ability. So begins a wild adventure around the world. I highly recommend this book!
Mary Eve
What if there is a portal to another realm of time? An ELSEWHERE and an ELSEWHEN. The Time Collector asks the reader to believe in the fascinating world of an OOPART. What's an oopart? An OOPART stands for 'out-of-place artifact' – something that doesn't belong in the timeline it was discovered. Turns out, this isn't a fictional phenomenon. True story. Ooparts HAVE been discovered around the world. Some of these objects are hard to explain. In London, Texas, a primitive looking iron hammer compl ...more
May 14, 2019 rated it it was ok

This review and others posted over at my blog.

I was drawn to the cover of this book (ya girl loves keys) and I figured it would have some magical realism vibes.

It did.

But it also had a really annoying insta-romance that soon took over the book and sucked away any enjoyment I had. Sigh.

I do still think the concept is great. I’ve never read anything about psychometry before and this was a fun mix of magical realism, historical fiction, and a dash of sci-fi at the end. Roan is pretty powerfu
Therese Walsh
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: genre-busters
The Time Collector is more than a story; it's a fantastical, inventive, and masterfully woven adventure across many lifetimes. Perhaps a future psychometrist will hold my copy of the book and know how much I enjoyed it. One can only hope. ...more
Jul 07, 2020 rated it it was ok
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Sep 21, 2018 marked it as to-read-so-bad-it-hurts  ·  review of another edition
Here for the chronological-history-goes-out-of-whack premise of this.
Apr 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019, 3-stars
Oh, The Time Collector. I have such mixed feelings about this book. I loved the premise and I wanted to love the story, but it wasn't meant to be.

The Time Collector focuses on a group of gifted individuals known as psychometrists. Psychometrists range in their strength, but all share the ability to discern the past of objects the touch. Our male protagonist, Roan West, is one of the most powerful psychometrists among their small numbers. Roan has become increasingly worried with the disappearanc
Alyssa Palombo
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was thrilled and honored to get an early copy of this wonderful book. My blurb is below!

"The Time Collector is a glittering jewel of a novel, in which the past is something tangible that is all around us. With multi-faceted characters, a pulse-pounding plot, and threads of history beautifully woven into the story, this is a novel you won't want to put down, and one that will stay with you long after you've turned the final page."
Brenda Knight
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I won a copy of this books from a Firstreads Giveaway on I opened this book upon receipt just to refresh my memory as to why I wanted to read it. I could not put it down and read it almost straight through. Stopping only to take care of my family as needed such as fixing dinner, etc. I was completely enthralled with this story and loved every minute of it. I have only read one other story with some similarity of reading a memory from objects. Nothing at all as detailed as The Time ...more
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May 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Try to envision touching an object of great importance to you. Or an old item that looks curious. Now…imagine having the ability to be brought back in time through touch to know the history of the piece, its previous owners, stories that it could reveal. Truly a case of ‘if these walls could talk’. I would find it to be both a blessing and a curse. I adore history, but the risk of learning something devastating would always frighten me. The people who can do this are called psychometrists. And i ...more
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book I have read by this author. The first was The Fortune Teller. That book was so good that when I saw this newest book from Ms. Womack that I could not wait to read it. Well I am happy to report that it is even better. With this uphill stride; I can't wait to see what Ms. Womack comes out with next. Sadly, I have to wait as this book is the newest one currently.

Roan's gift is very intriguing. Imagine touching an object and learning the history behind it. Visually as if he
An interesting concept that mixed different genres together. Sadly the insta-love spoiled it for me and I didn’t care much for Melicent. The most interesting characters to me were Sun and Jocelyn!
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much that I don’t think I can coherently express it! The story was ingenious and unique, full of suspense, and even a bit of romance. As soon as I read the first few pages I was hooked and it never let me go until I finished. Imagine if you could pick up an object and know its entire history. As an archaeologist I have wished for this ability so many times. It sure beats trying to piece together the story from all the little bits of information that we are able to glean from ...more
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! A little history, a little mystery, a little suspense and a little romance. What more do you need?

This is the first book that I have read by this author, and I will be reading the other books.
J.N. Bedout
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
The tale centers on two “psychometrists” who can sense the past by touching objects. One is a veteran that has done this for all his life while the other is just discovering her rare ability. The trips into the past, immersive visions that can be breathtaking, sorrowful, tragic, or even dangerous, bring the past to life. Such passages span the world, from Mozart to a clockmaker in Prague, to the opening salvos of the Korean War, and beyond. They are like mini-stories within the story.

It is also
Kim McGee
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Take an unusual ability, a mysterious stranger, dangerous thugs, and artifacts that may unlock the mysteries of the ancients and you have the makings of a great mystical, historical romance. Roan finds a new psychometrist after seeing her unfortunate Utube video of her finding a priceless antique. Melicent's ability is one that Roan and a select group of others around the world are well acquainted with but he believes that she and her younger brother might be in grave danger because of it. A fas ...more
Candi Highsmith
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Candi by: Advance reader's copy.
I found the subject matter to be quite fascinating. Not only do we learn about the characters' different levels of psychometric ability but the author has delved into the history of certain items as they occur in the story. I found the connection of psychometry and time travel a bit of a stretch, as well as tracking ooparts to find a portal back in time. I did enjoy the characters and their backgrounds but I didn't have quite the connection to them as I have in her other two novels. For me, I co ...more
Kristina Reid
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Time Collector by Gwendolyn Womack. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I truly loved this book! I had never read a book about Psychometrists before and I was so intrigued and captured by the concept.

Our main characters are Roan and Melicent. They are both Psychometrists meaning they have the ability to touch objects and see the imprints of who it belonged to and basically read the history of any given artifact.

I loved the strong character development, the chemistry between characters, the mystery and puzzle solving
I enthusiastically recommend this novel! This was a definite page-turner for me. I loved Roan as our main protagonist. His heart melts my heart. I didn't agree with every decision he made, but I still love this novel. You can tell that Gwendolyn Womack did a lot of amazing research to invest in this story. The pacing was good which kept the action-adventure component of the plot progressing nicely. There are a plethora of amazing and delicious scenes. I feel that I learned to appreciate the memo ...more
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Writer. Adventurer. Seeker of all things magical in the world. Bestselling author of THE FORTUNE TELLER and the award-winning thriller THE MEMORY PAINTER. Her latest novel, THE TIME COLLECTOR, was published by Picador USA 4/16/19. Gwendolyn lives in Los Angeles with her family. She collects kaleidoscopes and paints as a hobby.

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