Monday, October 17, 2011

A Ripple in Time - Angel of the Titanic (Celtic Cousins' adventures) by Juliet Hughes

Wren's dreams become entangled with those of someone who lived 100 years ago. Fearing he is losing his mind, Wren googles the name of young girl he dreams of. He finds her story in a book entitled 'Survivors of the Titanic.'
Through Wren, the girl becomes aware of the tragedy awaiting and manages to avert disaster by warning the crew. What happens next tears the very fabric of time itself, creating an alternative history. If this world is not to become reality, Wren must use the mythical sword Excalibur to turn back time, harnessing the power of ancient standing stones.
Wren is trapped at Stonehenge. Stepping from its protective circle means he will cease to exist. Here at least he has some kind of half life in spirit form.
As days then weeks pass, this version of the world becomes more solid, and his chances to turn back time and restore reality fade.
Wren needs to convince his cousin Rhyllann to bring the mystical sword Caliburn (Excalibur) to Stonehenge. They must turn back time, and ensure that the Titanic fulfils her destiny.
Unfortunately, the only person who can see him is a crazy old woman. Luckily she has a feisty granddaughter. Carrie only plays along to humour Gran at first. But soon she is running for her life. She comes to realize that although Wren may not be on the side of the angels, he is certainly on her side.
Without so much as a kiss, Carrie begins to fall in love with the enigmatic Wren. Too late, she discovers just how ruthless he can be. Too late she discovers the true secret of the stones. In order to reverse the order of the stars, Wren not only needs Excalibur. He also needs the blood of a virgin. (Synopsis from Goodreads)

A Ripple in Time - Angel of the Titanic was a time traveling fantasy.  It started off rocky for me, so stick with it.  I felt like I was dropped in mid-story and it took me a while to get my bearings.  My reward came to fruition quickly, as I embarked on an exciting quest; filled with famous characters, places, events, villains and lovable heroes.

The premises behind the tale started with Wren's dream of the sinking of the Titanic. His dreams became entangled with those of a young girl who lived a hundred years ago. Based on those dreams, her knowledge averted the sinking of the ship. This action altered the course of history.  Wren (who no longer existed in his current timeline) had to convince his brother Rhyllann and Carrie, the granddaughter of the young woman from Wren’s dreams to help him restore the timeline. The story that unfolded was delightful. 

Hughes wove a tale using both fantasy and fact. While there were some errors in her historical references, her knowledge of the subject was apparent. It was highly entertaining the way she brought famous persons throughout history to interact with our heroes. Character development was good, and the romance that developed felt fresh and believable.  I found Rhyllann, Wren and Carrie to be enchanting.  I cheered this trio on throughout their quest. Hughes tale posed several questions regarding the butterfly effect. The novel emitted many emotions from me and I did get weepy at the end. 

A Ripple in Time - Angel of the Titanic, is currently only available as an eBook, and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys mystical fantasies.

I want to thank the author Julia Hughes for sharing this book with me, in exchange for my unbiased review.

I gave this book 3 coffee cups out of 5. 

Buy here: Amazon or here: Smashwords
Author's website: Juliet Hughes

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At October 18, 2011 at 4:12 AM , Blogger Julia Hughes said...

Thank you for a good honest review. I'm incredibly grateful for the time you devoted to this. If I lived closer, I'd take you out for an Irish coffee! Instead, I'm linking to your site, and will urge readers to visit if they want an unbiased recommendation for their next read.


At October 18, 2011 at 2:33 PM , Blogger Grace InAZ said...

Good review! At first it didn't sound like a story I'd enjoy, but once you began to give your reaction, I changed my mind.I am a new follower from Network Your Blog. Pls follow back. Growing Old With Grace Thank you!

At November 1, 2011 at 11:40 PM , Blogger trailsofthepen said...

I find the premise intriguing and was curious about the first few pages where it gave you problems. Some books I've read before start off like that too and before you know it, you're drawn to the action that you can't help but turn more pages until dinner and even sleep was completely forgotten.


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