In the far future, a convicted criminal is given a chance at redemption.
Her mission? To save the crown of France by convincing a young noble not to join the ill-fated Eighth Crusade.
But nothing goes as planned, and Isobel finds herself accompanying a hot-headed youth on his way to fight the infidel in Tunis: a battle Isobel knows is fated to be lost.
From the rainy villages of medieval France, to the scorching desert of Tunis – Isobel faces her destiny and tries to fulfil her duty, knowing she can never return to her time, knowing that a wrong move can doom the future, or doom her to be burned as a witch.
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07ZF4QWNP
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Author Bio – Jennifer Macaire is an American living in France. She likes to read, eat chocolate, and plays a mean game of 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 modelled for five years for Elite. She went to France and met her husband at the polo club. All that is true. But she mostly likes to make up stories.
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There are few authors whose books are must-reads for me, but Jennifer Macaire is one of them. No one blends time travel and history as well as she does. Her Alexander the Great series won me over, and I couldn’t pass up on her newest release. And so, off to 13th Century France I went … and, boy, was it every bit as fascinating and enjoyable as I expected.
So, what happened?
As before, the story starts in the future (2900 A.D.) and Tempus University now offers convicted criminals a chance to wipe the slate clean by completing a task in the past and correcting a tiny mistake in history. Sounds simple, right? Our MC is Isobel, and at stake is the future crown of France. Her job is to convince a young man, Jean, to return home and not fight in the Crusades.
Isobel’s mission begins in a puddle in the French countryside; her attire is historically accurate, she carries money of that time – which she sews into her outfit for safety reasons – and she sets off to find the man in question, with no clue as to which direction she should be travelling.
Medieval France comes alive with the details of Isobel’s journey, sights, smells and noises are vividly drawn as she catches up with Jean. Isobel, while determined not to be erased (the outcome if she fails in her task), also becomes embroiled in a series of disputes and is frequently rescued by Charles, a ten-year-old boy, who continues the journey with her. She faces many challenges, moves in royal circles, survives the heat of Tunis, and witnesses the consequences of battle, all to complete her mission. But is she successful? What follows, you’ll need to read for yourself, but rest assured, this is no easy task.
If you enjoy history in all its glorious detail, then take a shot at this. It’s an engaging, evocative read.
Thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for a review copy. This is my honest review.
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