Nancy J. Price
Historical Romance/Time Travel
4.5 out of 5 Stars
Each night, when Robin drifts off to sleep, she finds herself dreaming about the life of a woman in the Victorian age. She soon realizes it’s not a dream at all, but she is truly slipping into San Francisco’s past.
While living two lives — one as a mom in the modern day, the other as a proper young lady at the turn of the century — she discovers *how* she’s being sent back to a bygone era is only the first mystery. A much more important question is *why* she’s there.
With the help of a rookie police officer, Robin takes off on a spellbinding adventure, sifting through a century’s worth of clues to untangle the past — and to put love to the test. History, though, proves itself a worthy opponent, and she comes to experience firsthand how destiny can be kind and cruel in the same stroke.
This is embarrassing, but there are a few books that have reduced me to tears and a Dream of Time is one of them. The impossible love that Travis and Jennie-Robin had spanned space and time and is perfectly put into words by Nancy J. Price.
Time travel has always fascinated me, starting from H.G. Wells' Time Machine (to have it mentioned as well earned wide eyes) and peaking with that classic romance movie Somewhere in Time. Suffice it to say that I was intrigued by the blurb of this book, set in the city of my dreams, no less! Then, to find a beautifully crafted novel within the pages just made my day.
There's a perfect balance of humor in it - from Travis' jaw dropping description of looking like a sweeter Johnny Depp/Chippendale dancer (not hard to imagine!) to, er, hair-raising descriptions of 1900's San Francisco traffic which is what I swear I have to contend with every day in the third world!
The story blends 21st century perceptions of how "romantic" the Victorian Era was with the reality of the hardships of life at the time. And it makes ample use of history as foresight as Robin uses her time as Jennie to make the world a better place. There is a reality to this book in the humanness of the characters although the antagonists seem a little cartoony at times, but still quite believable. And the ending! Apart from the aforementioned tears, I am very happy that Ms. Price stuck to a conclusion that had a possibility of happening rather than a fairy tale one. There are some things that should not be changed.
I received a copy of this book as an ARC through Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.