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The Messenger (Mortal Beloved Time Travel Romance, #1)
     

The Messenger (Mortal Beloved Time Travel Romance, #1)

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by Pamela DuMond
 

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USA Today Bestselling author, PAMELA DuMOND, pitched the real life ERIN BROCKOVICH story to 'Hollywood', where it became the smash hit movie.

Now she brings readers THE MESSENGER, the first book in The Mortal Beloved Time Travel series: a "gritty and gorgeous", romantic thriller.

A Boy from the past. A Girl from

Overview

USA Today Bestselling author, PAMELA DuMOND, pitched the real life ERIN BROCKOVICH story to 'Hollywood', where it became the smash hit movie.

Now she brings readers THE MESSENGER, the first book in The Mortal Beloved Time Travel series: a "gritty and gorgeous", romantic thriller.

A Boy from the past. A Girl from the future. Their love could be forever, but their time is running out... 

 
Madeline falls in love with Samuel when she accidentally time travels hundreds of years into the past. Their relationship is forbidden. Samuel's half Native and Madeline's white. Every rendezvous they share must be secret. If discovered they could be brutally punished. 

But Madeline's traveled to the past not only to fall in love, but also to claim her birth right as a Messenger, a soul who can slip through time's fabric, delivering messages that change one life, or save many. Deadly Hunters, dark-souled time travelers, crave her powers and seek to seduce or kill her. 

Can Madeline find her way back to the future in time to save herself and Samuel? 

PRAISE for THE MESSENGER:

"For those who like The Immortals series by Alyson Noel, Timeless by Alexandra Monir, or The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller – The Messenger is a must read." Breathe in Books Blogspot

"This book held me captive because not only did it have time traveling in it but it had Native American history... a magical story with lots of twists and turns... " A Diary of a Book Addict Blog

"DuMond is a superlative writer who sets the stage for an historical romantic adventure, and then fiendishly leaves the reader hanging at the end. Will we read the next book? You bet!" Midwest Book Review, Shelley Glodowski

"... by the end, I was getting a bicep workout from all the fistpumps... I'm dying to hear the rest of the story it started telling me right at the end of the night." ForeverYoungAdult.com Review

READERS say:


"...I stayed up to 5 a.m. to finish this book." 

"Gritty and gorgeous..."

"All the excitement of OUTLANDER if it was a YA series!"

"...I couldn't tear myself away from it." 

"...connection with another human being so strong it defies time..." 

"...Samuel - I wanted to stick my hands in and grab him... and pull him out." 

"...I really wish I could give it more than 5 stars." 

"...See it as a movie as you rip through the tale." 

"...I was in love with the character (Samuel), myself just like Madeline was." 

"...adventure, romance history all in one amazing book... praying she writes another." 

"...I was captivated." 

"...heart stopping, adrenaline-pumping adventures... 

"...this author is fantastic." 

"...without question. Buy it. Read it..."

 

THE MESSENGER was optioned for Film/TV.

THE ASSASSIN (Book #2) is on shelves now. THE SEEKER (Book #3) publishes in 2016. 

GRAB. THIS. BOOK!

Editorial Reviews

Author - Shelly Fredman
"Having just read THE HUNGER GAMES trilogy, I was hard pressed to find another book that would involve me as deeply. The Messenger... did that and more." Shelly Fredman (Author of Brandy Alexander mystery series.)
Shelly Fredman
"Having just read THE HUNGER GAMES trilogy, I was hard pressed to find another book that would involve me as deeply. The Messenger... did that and more." Shelly Fredman (Author of Brandy Alexander mystery series.)
ABNA Expert Reviewer
This is a wonderfully creative and updated twist to time travel stories. Not only is there history here, and teen trial and tribulations, but also the concept of this girl being a "Messenger" who can help those in the past and help to make things right. The existance of the "Hunters" also adds something new and different to this tale... It's a nice combination of history and sci-fi.
ABNA 2012 Contest - ABNA Expert Reviewer
This is a wonderfully creative and updated twist to time travel stories. Not only is there history here, and teen trial and tribulations, but also the concept of this girl being a "Messenger" who can help those in the past and help to make things right. The existance of the "Hunters" also adds something new and different to this tale... It's a nice combination of history and sci-fi.
MIdwest Book Review - Shelley Glodowski
Pamela DuMond takes the reader on a wild ride, from modern day Chicago with all its adolescent insecurities to the Endicott settlement in New England. Madeline learns that she is meant to be a messenger and that her mother is somehow involved, but what that means is slowly laid out in the tale. DuMond is a superlative writer who sets the stage for an historical romantic adventure, and then fiendishly leaves the reader hanging at the end. Will we read the next book? You bet!
Shelley Glodowski
Pamela DuMond takes the reader on a wild ride, from modern day Chicago with all its adolescent insecurities to the Endicott settlement in New England. Madeline learns that she is meant to be a messenger and that her mother is somehow involved, but what that means is slowly laid out in the tale. DuMond is a superlative writer who sets the stage for an historical romantic adventure, and then fiendishly leaves the reader hanging at the end. Will we read the next book? You bet!
Meghan Miller
ForeverYoungAdult.com Review: "The Messenger's Handbook... offers the can't-lose combo of time travel and romance... it was a runaway train of a book -- definitely in a good way... by the end, I was getting a bicep workout from all the fistpumps... I'm dying to hear the rest of the story it started telling me right at the end of the night."
ForeverYoungAdult.com - Meghan Miller
ForeverYoungAdult.com Review: "The Messenger's Handbook... offers the can't-lose combo of time travel and romance... it was a runaway train of a book -- definitely in a good way... by the end, I was getting a bicep workout from all the fistpumps... I'm dying to hear the rest of the story it started telling me right at the end of the night."
Goodreads - Goodreads Readers
READERS say:
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"...I stayed up to 5 a.m. to finish this book."

"...I couldn't tear myself away from it."

"...connection with another human being so strong it defies time..."

"...Samuel - I wanted to stick my hands in and grab him... and pull him out."

"...I really wish I could give it more than 5 stars."

"...See it as a movie as you rip through the tale."

"...I was in love with the character (Samuel), myself...
Goodreads Readers
READERS say:
?
"...I stayed up to 5 a.m. to finish this book."

"...I couldn't tear myself away from it."

"...connection with another human being so strong it defies time..."

"...Samuel - I wanted to stick my hands in and grab him... and pull him out."

"...I really wish I could give it more than 5 stars."

"...See it as a movie as you rip through the tale."

"...I was in love with the character (Samuel), myself...

Product Details

BN ID:
2940014126380
Publisher:
Pamela DuMond
Publication date:
04/10/2012
Series:
Mortal Beloved Time Travel Romance , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
249
Sales rank:
496,637
File size:
515 KB

Meet the Author

USA Today Bestselling Author Pamela DuMond discovered Erin Brockovich's life story, thought it would make a great movie and pitched it to 'Hollywood'. Her book, THE MESSENGER, was optioned for film/TV.

Pamela writes mysteries, romance, and YA. She's addicted to The Voice and The Blacklist. She likes her cabernet hearty, her chocolate dark, and loves dogs and cats equally. She loves reading, the beach, working out, and lives for a good giggle in Venice, California with her furballs.

Visit her website at www.pameladumond.com for news, reviews, and sign up for her mailing list for info on special deals and upcoming books.

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The Messenger 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Rockport_rocker More than 1 year ago
Wow! Highly recommended I have enjoyed Pamela DuMond's humorous mystery series, and while they are well written, they do not emphasize the high quality of writing that I found to stand out in this novel. For the most part, I have turned away from "darker" novels in the last few years, but as a DuMond fan, I had to try this one and luckily for me, I won a copy of the ebook! There were both sad and frustrating moments but the book was awesome. The history was well written and built into the story, not always an easy job. I loved the characters once I got to know the main character; that did take a bit but it was worth it, Dumond wove the modern past, the historical past and the "present" well beautifully. It took the whole book for me to understand the job of the "messenger" but my discover coincided with Madeline's so it was fair. Although the protagonist is sixteen years old, the story is not a "young adult" book, it is a winner for readers of any age. I see the romance between Madeline and Samuel as a potential topic of our time. I can't wait to see where this series leads.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
very good
KrisPB More than 1 year ago
This is such a good book! Madeline captured my attention and held it through the whole book. I found myself totally wrapped up in the story and rooting for her and Samuel. It is one of those books that takes you out of your world and into theirs, which is no ordinary world. I am looking forward to the next book because I want to know more. I know this is supposed to be a young adult book, but it's for us older adults too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would highly recommend. This is my first read from Pamela DuMond and I absolutely loved it. I had mixed emotions and on the edge of my seat page after page. My interest was kept from the very beginning and I'm excited to read the next book. By far the best read I've had in a while.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldnt get into this book...too high school for me
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read
Angelized_1st More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the concept of a young woman traveling through time, and discovering her soul mate. True, there’s already a popular book series with a similar premise, Outlander, but this one is different in so many ways. While Outlander’s Claire Fraser is a WWII nurse, and later a physician, capable of surviving in the past, Madeline is a young woman without any expertise for the time period she travels back to. This added a fish out of water element to the story that was short-lived in Outlander. While reading this novel, I felt as if Madeline’s experience would have been mine if I’d been in her shoes. Aside from the well done plot, I also fell in love with Madeline and Samuel’s romantic development. It was sweet, and endearing. Madeline is very inexperienced with Samuel, and I loved how gentlemanly he was towards her. The other aspect of their relationship I enjoyed was the realism of the Colonists’ reaction towards it. These two were embarking on an interracial relationship during a time when that was extremely taboo, and would have had dire consequences for both. Especially the person of color. As much as I enjoyed the story, I feel as if there were too many elements that were highly predictable. This was disappointing, because there were several mysteries in the story, and yet I was able to predict them long before I should have. As I begin to read the sequel, The Assassin, I’m hoping that any twists, turns, and mysteries are better developed so that I’m given the surprise I can only assume Pamela DuMond intended. The Messenger is a nice young adult time travel story. The book introduces many good characters, some of which were very well-developed. I’m expecting Madeline’s friends Aaron and Chaka to be more developed in the sequel. While there was some action and romance, the book isn’t full of it, but will probably have more in upcoming novels. Overall, a very well-done entry into a new series. I received this book for free from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Beverly_D More than 1 year ago
Brilliant. 16 year old Madeleine Blackford of modern- day Chicago was traumatized by an childhood accident that led her mother to abandon her - or did she? I'm not normally a fan of YA, but this was terrific. After being almost hit by a train, when Madeleine wakes up in Rhode Island in 1675, during the time of King Phillip's War she is sure, at first, she is simply having a very strange dream. And why is everyone calling her Abigail? There's a very cute boy named Samuel as a romantic interest, but most of this is Madeleine trying to figure out what is going on, to help her very pregnant supposed cousin, Elizabeth, and also trying not to get killed by either the natives or being hanged as a witch. The teenage voice and angst feels right, and the historical sections feel very real, very gritty. Ends in a cliffhanger, for those that are bothered by that kind of thing. I wasn't because the pre-cliffhanger ending was satisfactory enough.
snaggelpuss71 More than 1 year ago
Wow this book was not only a great young adult romance, but it had a bit of a historical lesson with it. the lead in the story Madeline had a rough start to her childhood. with the disappearance of her mother after a terrible accident. she has to learn to concur her fears. with the Help of a Friend and a young man she is falling for. she dose just that. be for warned this book can be upsetting at times. when she travels back in time, she learns that things were harder back then. And Pamela DuMond must have done a lot research as this book is real close to what really happened. thier was one scene when a charicter in the story gets punished for something he dose. But today would not happen as we have grown as a country, and now treat each other better. No matter our race or religious beliefs. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did. I cannot wait to see book tow comes out.
debralmartin More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I've read by Pamela Dumond and it was a pleasant surprise. The Messenger is a well-written time travel story of teenager Madeline Blackford and her adventures when she finds herself waking up in 1675 at the height of King Phillip's War in early American history. The author weaves a compelling story of a clueless teenager as she tries to make sense of her predicament. Not only does she not know where she is, but any words spoken could get her thrown into the stocks, whipped or hung as a witch. Not exactly modern-day Chicago, that's for sure. The author does a good job of fleshing out Madeline's character as she learns her way around the settlement meeting new friends and cruel adversaries, all the while keeping her reactions true to a 16-year-old girl. Madeline falls for the half-native young man Samuel and together they form an unbreakable bond - destiny's lovers. I especially enjoyed reading about King Philip's war--a little know war between early colonists and native Indians. The twists and turns in this book kept me turning the pages to find out what happened next. My only criticism is that the book ended at 75% on my Kindle. I realize that this is book 1 in the series, but I was sorely disappointed at this. It felt so abrupt. The book could clearly stand on its own without another story thrown in at the end. At least I would have been prepared for the cliff hanger ending. There were also a number of typos in the manuscript. Those two things aside, YA fans who love time travel novels will thoroughly enjoy this book. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago