The Time for Alexander Series Book 4
From the scorching plains of Persia to the opulent city of Babylon, Ashley and Alexander continue their sensuous and passionate journey through history.
Alexander the Great is now king of Persia and Greece – but his reign will be short.
Time-travelling Ashley knows when her husband will die. She’s determined to cheat Fate and save Alexander and her children, even if it brings the gates of time crashing down.
Following Alexander on a tour of his new kingdom, she plans her moves and bides her time. She must, however, convince Alexander to abandon his crown and his kingdom.
Jennifer Macaire lives with her husband, three children, & various dogs & horses. She loves cooking, eating chocolate, growing herbs and flowering plants on her balcony, and playing golf. She grew up in upstate New York, Samoa, and the Virgin Islands. She graduated from St. Peter and Paul high school in St. Thomas and moved to NYC where she modeled for five years for Elite. She met her husband at the polo club. All that is true. But she mostly likes to make up stories.
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This is the fourth book in the Time for Alexander series, and if you still haven’t read any, then you have some serious catching up to do. I’m not kidding, this series gets better with each new book.
I knew that this book dealt with Alexander’s death, and while I so wanted to read the story, I didn’t want to say goodbye to him yet.
But, back to the story, Alexander and Ashley head back to Babylon, The journey is torturous, the heat of the desert kills many, but so do the raging floods that hamper their travel and leave them depleted and low. The descriptions of the landscapes, the ‘unfortunate’ smells, the rituals of the different faiths held by the Persians, Greeks and Egyptians during this trek are vividly drawn, coming to life with every turn of the page.
Ashley has always known this time would come – the time when Alexander would die. As a time traveller, she also knows that should she meddle with history, her own life is at risk. Yet, her desire to save him is strong, despite Alex’s own thoughts on the matter. Their discussions about this resolve nothing, but her determination never falters.
While she might well have suggested not going to Babylon as a way to avoid his death, circumstances demand they go – Alexander’s mother has ordered their son Paul be returned to Babylon also. As a mother, fearful for her son, Ashley knows she must save him too, since Olympias is not to be trusted where Paul is concerned.
When Plexis (her lover and father of her son, Chiron – yes, the morality of those days differ greatly to now, and Ashley fell in with their ways so as not to stand out) is to be married en route to Babylon, the use of his formal name at the ceremony jolts Ashley’s memory and she realises his death is imminent too. She faces losing everyone dear to her. The tension mounts and as the reader I was sucked into Ashley’s world, willing her to succeed.
Events escalate rapidly – Plexis is badly injured, Paul may well be in danger, and Alexander falls ill. Each time, Ashley must decide whether she can intervene to save her loved ones. Her emotions are all over the place, being pregnant does not help. How can she save Plexis? Should she, now that he is married anyway? Will Olympias harm her first-born? How can Ashley stop her from afar? And then when her dear husband falls victim to a virulent form of malaria, she is powerless to help – the things she needs have not yet been invented! Can she accept fate? Well, I’m not saying, suffice to say the storytelling is sublimely clever at this point.
A truly wonderful series, and each time I’ve been left wanting more … this time is no exception. Clearly well-researched as far as Alexander is concerned, yet beautifully merged with Ashley’s futuristic mindset and knowledge. Inventive, creative and totally addictive.
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