I was intrigued by the synopsis of this story, thinking it would be a lighter and less wordy approach of an Outlander story. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE those books, but I don’t always have the 2 days free to pleasure read 1000 pages, even though I have read each of the released books at least 6 times. I love the idea of time travel, and the added bonus of being able to direct where you go is intriguing and gives a sense of control to the characters. So I was excited to read this story, assuming that information from the earlier books wouldn’t be as important as this was a whole new leg in the adventure.
Fortunately, I was mostly right in that thought: the character’s relationships and backstories were integrated into the current plot through memories and information, without feeling particularly overwhelming. Annie is learning that she isn’t in control of time, and that often the desires that are most deeply held are not the wishes granted. For his part, Strat is trying to navigate the often cutthroat and heartless world of Victorian exploration, while trying to avoid his father and his expectations
For the most part, I found the story engaging with plenty of unique insets that presented historical information from early Egypt as well as Victorian era Egypt from an Englishman’s perspective. While the story did jump time streams and perspectives often, it was an issue that quickly became part of the story and helped to fuel the tension. For there were tense moments, especially when the author dealt with the underhanded treasure hunters and adventurers, and Strat’s constant desire to avoid his father at all costs. I won’t comment to the ending, for I feel that it was one of those some will love, some will hate situations, even if I did think that it worked well.
This is a story that is well suited to a younger teen reader, and if they start with the earlier books in the series: although the jumping perspectives and time frames may cause some issues with those who aren’t willing to commit to a series read. It did manage to present information to pique interest in history and the other books without feeling teachy or overly complex. A good starter series to encourage interest in historical fiction, with or without the romance.
Title: For All TIme
Author: Caroline B. Cooney
Genre: Time Travel / Alternate Universe
Published by: Dellacorte, Random House
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
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Annie Lockwood is testing Time. She’s traveled through it before, but always at Time’s bidding. Now she is asking Time to take her to the year 1899, when Strat is in Cairo.
But Time doesn’t like to be tested. In what feels like a cruel joke, Annie is transported to ancient Egypt, thousands of years before Strat was born — to a world far removed from the one she knows.
Meanwhile, in 1899, Strat is photographing the same pyramids that Annie walks among. But while Strat eagerly awaits Annie’s arrival, another visitor arrives: his father, Hiram Stratton, Sr., has come to Egypt to collect his son.
Powerless, Annie and Strat both look to Time. Can its force, which brought them together once, help them find each other again?
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.