Thursday, April 21

Book Review: Daughter of Time by Sarah Woodbury

Author: Sarah Woodbury
Titles: Daughter of Time (A Time Travel Romance #.5)
Genre: Historical Romance, Sci-Fi, & Fantasy
Pages: ebook
First Published: March 2011
Where I Got It: My shelf (Amazon Freebie)

Daughter of Time tells the story of a young widow, Meg, healing from the pain of a brief, unhappy marriage, who falls through time into the Middle Ages-and into the arms of Llywelyn ap Gruffydd, the last Prince of Wales. He saves her, and she in turn saves him, thanks to her knowledge of future events. Although powerful forces seek to divide them, by working together, Meg and Llywelyn have a chance to navigate the dangerous and shifting alliances that constantly undermine his rule and threaten the very existence of Wales-and to create a future in which Llywelyn's death does not come too soon.

NOOOO! *shakes fist* NOOO! I am so upset at the ending even though I TOTALLY knew what was going to happen! UGH!!!!!!!

Okay….I will backtrack a bit, but I had to let go of my emotions about that bloody ending.
It is a time traveling “romance” story. Meg and her daughter for some odd reason gets sucked back to 13th century Wales. Meg is saved by Llywelyn the Prince of Wales who – at this point in time – is fighting for his throne against not only England, but some family members. Of course the two fall in love, but it does take a wee bit. Sort of insta-love (more lust then anything), but it takes time for them to come to grips with their love. I’m glad that Llywelyn didn’t act upon his lust, because why on earth would you trust this random chick with a weird accent and clothing?? So it was “realistic”.

SPEAKING of which. THANK goodness Meg did not magically speak the language. Yes, she knows a few words bc her granny is from Wales, but Meg and Llywelyn could only communicate through French at the beginning. Sounds about right.

Meg was meh. I do pity her about her whole first husband issue. Llywelyn was okay; I did enjoy his POV better than Meg’s.

I am on the fence of the “level” of romance. At times it seemed to be more historical fiction then romance. I liked it, but I do wish there had more romance-y aspects to make it feel more like a romance. But I did like the historical fiction feeling behind it as well and it seemed like a “realistic” romance not over-the-top sappy. OH love-hate relationships.

And now back to my utter hatred of the ending. Granted…it made me want to read more, but eGAGS!!!! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! You can’t end it like thattttttttttttttttttttt! You might as well ripe my heart out of my chest and step on it. THE FEELS IN NOT A GOOD WAY! Brilliant writing, but GAH! I cannot SAY what happened….but I am tempted to read the second one, but the author BETTER fix it or I will not be a happy ducky.

In the end, this was pretty good. I do adore time travel novels especially the romance ones. This wasn’t over-the-top sappy, but at times I forgot I was reading a romance and was instead reading a staunch historical fiction. I am on the fence on how I feel about that. The ending I hated it as a reader, but I applaud as a writer myself. It has made me interested in the second book, HOWEVER, the author fix what was broke. Out of five stars, I stamp this with 3 stars.


Melliane said...

well an ok book, to bad it wasn't a bit more

Blodeuedd said...

Schhhhh you are scaring me! Is it his death..since he does die. Noooo, i can't handle it

Carole Rae said...

Melliane, I hope the next one is better!

B, I will never tttttttttttttteeellllll - you must read.

Anachronist said...

I don't dig time travel in my fiction - nuh-huh. Thanks but no thanks.

Carole Rae said...

lol tis a guilty pleasure of mine.