Author: Alexandra Monir
Series: Timeless #1
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Date: January 11, 2011
When tragedy strikes Michele Windsor’s world, she is forced to uproot her life and move across the country to New York City, to live with the wealthy, aristocratic grandparents she’s never met. In their old Fifth Avenue mansion filled with a century’s worth of family secrets, Michele discovers a diary that hurtles her back in time to the year 1910. There, in the midst of the glamorous Gilded Age, Michele meets the young man with striking blue eyes who has haunted her dreams all her life – a man she always wished was real, but never imagined could actually exist. And she finds herself falling for him, into an otherworldly, time-crossed romance.
Michele is soon leading a double life, struggling to balance her contemporary high school world with her escapes into the past. But when she stumbles upon a terrible discovery, she is propelled on a race through history to save the boy she loves – a quest that will determine the fate of both of their lives.
While I am curious to see what happens in the next novel, Timeless didn’t really do anything to capture my attention. The story follows Michele Windsor through a family tragedy that leads to her moving into the home of her wealthy and estranged grandparents’ house. Once there, she discovers that she is a time traveler and transports to 1910. While in 1910, Michele falls in love with a boy that she can never truly be with since they live in different periods.
I loved the concept of this book, but I just didn’t really feel the love between the characters. There didn’t seem to be any real reason for the characters to fall in love, other than an instant attraction. Maybe the problem is that I don’t believe in love at first sight. I need to understand what it is about these two people that make them such a great couple—is there an undeniable chemistry? Do they have a lot in common? Do they challenge each other? Sadly, I didn’t really feel that the answer to any of these questions was yes.
I am really impressed that Alexandra Monir actually wrote and reordered the two original songs in the book. They have a big band feel to them, which is how I imagine Lily Windsor would have sung them. You can preview them on Alexandra Monir’s website or buy them on iTunes—I recommend “Bring the Colors Back.” Overall, I think this would be a fun beach read, but it is definitely not a book I would turn to if I was in the mood for romance or anything paranormal.