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  • Posted September 14, 2011

    Exciting Read

    A trip through time will always leave a footprint, the question is: how big and how destructive to the future will it be? That is a question that Their Royal Highnesses, Edmund and Alice Windsor, will have to answer as they go tripping backwards in time.

    Ms. Burkhart gave me a delightful Victorian tale with just a slight fantastical historical twist. This story won't be found on the pages of a newspaper unless it's the National Enquirer. Her story lines took me through many plot twists and turns, and time travel and fantasy kept me wondering, guessing and wish to know what was to happens next.

    Her narrative may seem stilted at first, but the further I read, the more I got that Victorian feel, and what at first seems to be a flaw turns out to be its strength. The author's use of fantastical gadgets in the Victorian era give this a slight steampunk taste. Her characters are enigmatic, eclectic and all worth their weight in gold especially the Royals, Alice and Edmund, whose personalities constantly kept me turning pages. They didn't lessen my admiration for the other characters in the book, from the ordinary to the sublime. The romance in the first episode in this series is sweet and naughty at the same time. Yet even when naughty it has that Victorian properness to it.

    The hero is Earl Grayson Swinton, and he many times comes to the rescue of our heroine, Alice, who's left to her own devices by her mischievous Cousin Edmund. The love scenes are pretty modern in taste for our very improper couple. They delve into the forbidden fruit of passion with both feet and leave their audience fanning themselves.

    This is the perfect romance to read while sitting on a wrap-around porch on the swing sipping a cold lemonade and enjoying the last vestiges of summer. It's the perfect romance if you love the proper etiquette of the Victorian era mixed with the fantasy of time travel. This is the first in this new series and I'm excited to read the next episode.

    Originally posted at the Long and Short of It Romance Reviews

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 6, 2014

    Fingerprint or Dinosaur print... When two cousins, Alice and Ed

    Fingerprint or Dinosaur print...

    When two cousins, Alice and Edmund Windsor, travel back in time anything can happen. Edmund, the mischievous one, has one purpose when he steps into the time machine at the British Time Institute. Alice, on the other hand, has one mission, keep Edmund from changing the future. When Alice picks up a coin marked March 1851 and steps into the time machine with her cousin, she has no idea what the past will hold for her.

    Will Alice succeed? 

    Or will the unlikely pair return to the present and discover life as they once knew it has changed?

    Book one of the Windsor Diaries is fast paced and full of twists and turns. This well-written book is a page-turner, which I can easily recommend to everyone who enjoys a sweet romance and a look into the history of Victorian England. The cliffhanger ending will have you buying the next book in this series.

    Will the cousins leave a tiny fingerprint with little impact on the future or will their escapades leave a dinosaur print that changes the world forever

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  • Posted July 8, 2014

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    A fun look at an alternate history of the Great Exhibition.

    A fun look at an alternate history of the Great Exhibition.

    Victorian Scoundrel by Stephanie Burkhart is Book One in ‘The Windsor Diaries’ series and is an intriguing look at the conundrum of time travel with the added twist of an alternate past being explored. Edmund Windsor and Alice Windsor are royalty in 2011 but have the invaluable opportunity to interact with their forebears in 1851 but Alice is attempting to make sure that her cousin Edmund does not substantially change history, only to fall afoul of the dreaded potential paradox herself. Grayson Kentfield, Earl Swinton develops a fascination for the unusual female, Alice, but his suspicions about her and Edmund are almost too fantastical for him to accept. He will have to balance his obligations to his country and the desires of his heart but unfortunately, time may be his enemy.

    This steampunk romance blends fact and fantasy in an enjoyable tale. There are interesting quirks such as the use of ‘whuzzies’ which allow messages to be exchanged once the owner’s scent is known, a heroine who has overcome a significant learning disability, and a search using magic and science for alternative fuel sources. I was a little surprised that there didn’t seem to be any difficulty with the cousins sharing a hotel
    room despite being opposing sexes but I have to admire the tenacity and daring that allows them to travel to the past and experience history firsthand. The reader should be reminded that this is the first in a series and the story ends on a bit of a cliffhanger but it is a fun and exciting tale that will stir one’s imagination and whet the appetite for more adventures involving these intriguing characters.

    A copy of this story was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.

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