While house sitting for friends in the English countryside, Jonni Peterson touches a milestone, which turns out to be a portal across time. When she takes her next step, it is into a dusty country lane in the England of 1841 and into the path of a horse drawn carriage. The carriage’s owner, Lord Sebastian Tyler, begrudgingly decides to bring the injured young woman back to his estate and Jonni wakes later to find herself in a time and situation for which she is ill prepared. She seeks some way to return to the 21st century, but also comes to care for Lord Tyler and his daughter.
Clare Revell’s TIME’S ARROW is a charming mix of time travel romance and inspirational love story. I enjoyed the romance between Jonni and Sebastian. Though the characters initially seemed to be at odds and certainly to have very different values, their attraction to each other eventually leads to tenderness and a love that endures dangers and difficulties.
The author did a wonderful job of portraying her characters’ relationship with God. Their inner dialogues and reliance on prayer in trying moments or confusing times revealed a faith that was strong and consistent. Through these scenes, I saw that a common thread of faithfulness existed between the hero and heroine, despite their many outward differences.
Though the characters face significant challenges and even moments of danger, the story conveyed a sense of hope and resilient love throughout. The clear message of TIME’S ARROW is that love will find a way, even through difficulties and across the centuries. By the time Jonni and Sebastian finally admit their feelings for each other, their relationship has already endured many trials and they have the chance for a happy ending that is well deserved.
There were some anachronistic phrases in the story and, at moments, the plot felt slightly predictable, but all in all TIME'S ARROW is an enjoyable read with characters who consistently rely on their faith in God. Best of all, the story offers a great opportunity to time travel back into Victorian England.
Joni Peterson is catapulted through time into a world both familiar and strange. Finding herself in Victorian England, she discovers love in the most unexpected place- at the feet of the man whose carriage knocked her down.
Lord Sebastian Tyler needs to remarry, but preferably not to a woman of his mother's choosing. The woman his carriage runs over both irritates and fascinates him, but could she be the answer to his prayers?
Will the arrow of love find them before time runs out and history rights itself?