Timeless

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When tragedy strikes Michele Windsor’s world, she is forced to uproot her life and move across the country to New York City, to live with the wealthy, aristocratic grandparents she’s never met. In their old Fifth Avenue mansion filled with a century’s worth of family secrets, Michele discovers a diary that hurtles her back in time to the year 1910. There, in the midst of the glamorous Gilded Age, Michele meets the young man with striking blue eyes who has haunted her dreams all her life – a man she always wished ...

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Overview

When tragedy strikes Michele Windsor’s world, she is forced to uproot her life and move across the country to New York City, to live with the wealthy, aristocratic grandparents she’s never met. In their old Fifth Avenue mansion filled with a century’s worth of family secrets, Michele discovers a diary that hurtles her back in time to the year 1910. There, in the midst of the glamorous Gilded Age, Michele meets the young man with striking blue eyes who has haunted her dreams all her life – a man she always wished was real, but never imagined could actually exist. And she finds herself falling for him, into an otherworldly, time-crossed romance.
 
Michele is soon leading a double life, struggling to balance her contemporary high school world with her escapes into the past. But when she stumbles upon a terrible discovery, she is propelled on a race through history to save the boy she loves – a quest that will determine the fate of both of their lives.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
J-14 Magazine book club: 
  If you like historical fiction like Anna Godbersen's The Luxe or fantasy romances like Aprilynne Pike's Wings (and of course, Twilight), you'll love J-14's newest book club pick: Timeless by Alexandra Monir.

Michele Windsor is just your average California beach girl, but after a terrible tragedy strikes her family, she's forced to move to New York City and live in a stuffy mansion with the grandparents she's never met.

While making friends and fitting in at a new school is hard enough, Michele also has to unravel an unbelievable family secret -- an old diary that has the mysterious power to transport her to the year 1910. In this other world, Michele meets Philip, a gorgeous and sweet guy who's haunted her dreams her entire life. Convinced he's her soulmate, soon she's leading a double life and caught up in a race through history to save Philip's life.

I was so drawn into Michele and Philip's love story that I tore through Timeless in just two days! Once you've finished the book, head over to our J-14 message boards to discuss. You can also download the original songs that play a crucial role in the Timeless plot! (http://www.j-14.com/2011/01/j-14-book-club-timeless-by-alexandra-monir.html)

SAVVY Magazine:

There is nothing quite like curling up with a book you just can’t seem to put down—and wouldn’t want to even if you could. Enter “TIMELESS”, written by Alexandra Monir. I was lucky enough to interview this impressive young author about her debut book and can’t wait to share some sneak peeks into the story, as well as into Alexandra’s own life, with all of you!

“TIMELESS” will sweep you away from era to era, alongside main character Michele Windsor as she defies the constricts of time and engages your heart and mind. The power of music is embedded deeply in this story, as Michele turns out to be a song writer—just like the author really is! Alexandra, in her own words, says that “music is how we express ourselves when emotions are too overpowering for just words, and with a love story like TIMELESS, there are definitely overwhelming emotions at play that only the music my characters write together can fully express! “ Alexandra is so passionate about music that she actually recorded two of the songs from the story (bonus: the songs are available via digital download to anyone who purchases the book!).

Alexandra expertly hits the sweet spot in this story, weaving together the perfect blend of quality content, romance and heart-pounding adventure that fill every page. She is currently working on the sequel to this novel and we could not be more excitedly awaiting its arrival. “TIMELESS” is one book I guarantee you do want to miss, but just let me warn you—the characters and story are sure to come alive in your hands and leave a lasting impression in your heart! (http://savvymagazine.blogspot.com/2011/01/timeless.html)

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Children's Literature - JoAn Watson Martin
Michele lives with her single mother, happy in their relationship, secure in her school and her best friends, Amanda and Kristen. But circumstances change and she is sent to live with her grandparents in New York. Michele knew that her mother had been totally estranged from her rich "blue blood" parents since she married and moved to California. Michele has never known her father. Her grandparents seem cold and uncaring. She has the room her mother grew up in, her meals are served in her room, and she rarely even sees her grandparents. While unpacking a box sent by her mother's lawyer, she finds a golden key that looks very old and was owned by her father. It twitches as if it is alive. A recurring dream has persisted since she was young. In the dream she remembers a key and a boy, but she has no idea why or what. Is it witchcraft or voodoo? When she finds a worn and dusty diary she stares at the last entry: October 10, 1910. Today is October 10, 2010, exactly 100 years ago. With the speed of light, Michele time traveled back one hundred years! Only a waif looking girl, Clare, could see her. The author gives the reader a glimpse of society, fashions, customs, and New York City as Michele learns how to go back and forth. When she finds the boy from her dreams, the boy with the sapphire eyes, the two of them try to figure out how this happens. Could Albert Einstein have written about time travel? Many strange adventures keep Michele traveling, but she learns about her family from long ago and realizes she might be able to change history. Would it be for better or for worse? Reviewer: JoAn Watson Martin
VOYA - Ann Reddy Damon
Michele Windsor's humble life changes dramatically after her single mother is killed in an accident. As hard as that experience was, it was easy compared to the events that follow her move to live with her estranged New York aristocratic grandparents, the renowned Windsors. In her struggle to find out what caused the family rift, Michele is put in the exact room and school as her mother. It turns bizarre when she finds the diary of her great-great-aunt Clara, and in reading the entry from exactly one hundred years ago, she is transported back to 1910. Reminiscent of Audrey Niffenegger's The Time Traveler's Wife (MacAdam/Cage 2003), Michele falls in love with Phillip Walker, who is not only an anachronism but also from the rivaling family who lived in the mansion next door. While she cannot completely control her travel, especially the return to 2010, she uses a glowing key she found in her mother's possessions. Like all good historical fiction, this novel effectively compares courtship, the constraints of society living, and differences in language. Most of the novel takes place in turn-of-the-century New York, but Michele also visits her teenaged great-grandmother during the roaring twenties and her grandfather as a child during World War II. While the novel suffers from some incredulity in the time traveling, it is a good read for teens looking for a love story. Reviewer: Ann Reddy Damon
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—When her mother dies in a car accident in California, Michele Windsor is sent to New York City to live with her high-society grandparents whom she has never met. Via her Great-Great-Aunt Clara's diary, she is suddenly propelled back in time to 1910, where she not only meets and interacts with her Windsor ancestors but also with the young man whom she has been dreaming of her entire life, Philip Walker. The two fall in love. Trying to live between her two worlds, Michele discovers that only by giving up her "timeless" love for him can she allow Philip to attain happiness and reach his true potential. While much of the explanatory prose and dialogue tend toward trite, there are enough twists and turns to make the story interesting, if rather hokey. Philip's promise to find a way back to her will entice readers to seek out the sequel. While the protagonist is generally well-developed, the secondary characters are fairly stereotypical: e.g., the ever-faithful boyfriend, willing to sacrifice his societal position for love, who finds solace in his music. Youngsters intrigued by time travel will revel in Michele's adventures into the past, enjoying the historically accurate details, while her amorous trysts with Philip, accented by the difference in mores between his time and hers, will appeal to romance fans. An additional purchase for collections trying to attract reluctant, romance-prone readers.—Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, The Naples Players, FL
Kirkus Reviews
Following her bohemian mother Marion's sudden, accidental death, Michele Windsor is shipped off to live with her estranged, Old Money grandparents. Marion could never forgive the elder Windsors for bribing Michele's father to abandon them when she was in utero, so naturally, Michele is devastated to leave groovy Venice Beach for the uptight Windsor family mansion in Manhattan. Everything changes when Michele discovers that the unusual skeleton-key necklace she's seen countless times in her dreams is real and that it sends her back in time whenever she touches a historic document. Whoosh! Michele is off to 1910, where she meets the boy who haunts her dreams, Philip Walker, scion of the Windsors' neighbors and business rivals, and—oops!—her great-great-aunt Violet's fiancé. Traveling through time chasing after her would-be ancestor and befriending her sassy female forebears from the 1910s, '20s and '40s, Michele learns about love and strength and begins to unravel the mystery of her father's true identity (hint: He's not a cad, after all). At least one sequel will follow. Overwritten, overwrought and undercooked. (Supernatural romance. YA)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385738392
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 3/13/2012
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 402,332
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Alexandra Monir

At the age of 25, author and recording artist Alexandra Monir released her popular debut young adult novel, Timeless. Alexandra currently resides in Los Angeles, California, where she is at work on the sequel to Timeless, as well as further projects in writing and music. 

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Michele stood alone in the center of a hall of mirrors. The glass directly in front of her revealed a girl identical to Michele, with the same chestnut hair, ivory skin, and hazel eyes; even wearing the same outfit of dark denim jeans and black tank top. But when Michele moved forward, the girl in the glass remained still. And while Michele's own neck was bare, the reflection in the mirror wore a strange key hanging from a gold chain, a key unlike anything Michele had ever seen.

It was a gold skeleton key in a shape similar to a cross, but with a circular bow at the top. The image of a sundial was carved into the bow. The key looked weathered and somehow wise, as though it weren't inanimate, but a living being with over a century's worth of stories to share. Michele was momentarily seized by an urge to reach through the glass and touch the curious key. But all she felt was the cool surface of the mirror, and the girl with Michele's face betrayed no notice of her.

"Who are you?" Michele whispered. But the mirror image didn't respond, didn't even appear to have heard. Michele shivered nervously, and squeezed her eyes shut. What was this?

And then, suddenly, the silence was broken. Someone was whistling, a slow melody that created goose bumps on the back of Michele's neck. Her eyes snapped open, and she watched in shock as someone joined the girl in the mirror. Michele's breath caught in her throat. She felt paralyzed, unable to do anything but stare at him through the glass.

His eyes were such a deep blue they seemed to dazzle against his contrasting thick dark hair. Eyes the color of sapphires. And though she could somehow tell that he was around her age, he was dressed like none of the other boys she knew. He wore a crisp white collared shirt under a white silk vest and tie, formal black pants, and black patent leather shoes. In his white-gloved hands, he held a black top hat lined with silk. The formal clothing suited him. He was more than good-looking, much more than could be conveyed by the word "handsome." Michele felt an unfamiliar ache as she watched him.

Her heart racing, she stared at him as he carelessly peeled off his gloves and dropped his hat, the three items falling together in a heap on the floor. He then reached for the hand of the girl in the mirror. And to Michele's astonishment, she felt his touch. She quickly looked down, but though her hand was empty, she could feel his fingers interlacing with hers, the sensation causing a flutter inside her.

What's happening to me? Michele thought frantically. But suddenly she couldn't think anymore, for as she looked at the boy and girl embracing in the mirror, she felt strong arms encircling her own waist.

"I'm waiting for you," he murmured, smiling a slow, familiar grin that seemed to hint at a secret between them.

And for the first time, Michele and the mirror reflection were in sync as they both whispered, "Me too."

Michele Windsor awoke with a shock, gasping for breath. As she took in the sight of her darkened bedroom, her heartbeat slowed and she remembered--it was just The Dream. The same strange, intoxicating dream that had haunted her on and off for years. As always, waking up from it brought the pain of disappointment into the pit of Michele's stomach, as she found herself missing him--this person who didn't even exist.

She'd been just a little girl when she'd first begun dreaming of him, so young that she hadn't yet resembled the teenager in the mirror. The dreams were infrequent then; they came just once or twice a year. But as she grew up, looking like the twin of the girl in the mirror, the dreams began to flood her consciousness with a new urgency, as if they were trying to tell her something. Michele frowned as she slumped back against her pillows, wondering if she would ever understand. But then, Confusion and Mystery had been principal players in her life since the day she was born.

Michele rolled over onto her side, facing her bedroom window, and listening to the waves lapping the shore outside the Venice Beach bungalow. The sound usually lulled her to sleep quickly, but not that night. She couldn't seem to get those sapphire eyes out of her head. Eyes that she had practically memorized, without ever having seen them in her waking life.

"See that I'm everywhere, everywhere, shining down on you . . ."

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  • Posted February 5, 2011

    Didn't Make the Cut

    I'm an immensely big reader, so I've had my fair share of good romances and adventure stories, but when it came to this book, it didn't make the cut. From all the highly recommended reviews I thought it would be really good, but so far all its been is dry, predictable, and frankly, boring. Alexandra Monir writes like a twelve-year-old, asking the dumbest questions and making the outcome of experiences inaccurate and un-relatable. When it came to the love story I was just annoyed because she jumps right into it without any backstory and I have no idea of who this guy is. Other than his "amazing blue sapphire eyes" there's no real taste of his character, his personality, his flaws, and the things that make us readers like him. And when it came to Michele I had only a smudge of sympathy for her circumstances, but other than that I found nothing relatable or interesting about her. The author writes what you expect to happen, not what might actually happen. I haven't yet gotten around to finishing the book but I'm over a good 100 pages in, and if the story isn't good by now, it probably won't be. I regret spending twenty bucks on this book, and highly recommend to other people NOT to buy this book. Its a decent and modest storyline but is executed in the most premature ways.

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  • Posted March 1, 2011

    Timeless

    I don't usually write reviews for books, but for this one ill make an acception. Timless was more than just a story in my opinion. it felt as if it had actually entered my life and succumbed me. Out of most of the books i've read, this book had to be one of the best books ever. i loved every detail about this book;the settings, characters, plot, the whole thing. Of course the author, Alexandra Monir,is a brilliant writer who has talent with storytelling. i loved how she wrote the book and how it made me feel as if i was sucked in the book and i was actually there. i could picture every little detail of the book in my mind, whether it was the beautiful setting of New York or the characters. What i also loved about this book is how the main character was transported back to the old New York and when she was i felt as if i could actually see the old New York in my mind. The book absolutely amazed me and i give my congrats to the author for her first novel. i recommend this book to anyone who wants to read something really good. i will continue to read more of the author's novels and other works once they come out.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 27, 2011

    Highly recommended!!!

    In Timeless, a story of love, music and time travel, Alexandra Monir gives us just the right measure of romance and mystery. Although her life is anchored in today's world, Michele is able to visit her ancestors in other time periods. We travel back with her through various decades of 20th century New York starting with one hundred years ago. I am intrigued by the author's insights on the notion of Time, what it means, and on life and death. Is time just an illusion? Can Michele actually shape her own destiny? As the romance between Michele and Philip unfolds, Alexandra Monir recreates beautifully the sights and sounds of the big city during the rise of jazz as a major musical movement. This is a book I could not put down! I could almost hear the music, feel the mood and smell the scents. And best of all, you can actually listen to the songs on iTunes and allow yourself to be transported back to the story again and again!!! I can't wait for the next book to come out!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 11, 2011

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    Elegant time travel love story..

    Timeless reflected an elegantly written love story that transported me through a charming time travel. Michele, a bright and talented writer, was an easy character to connect with. Her relatable tone, even during tragic occurrences, carried the same level of comfort throughout. Michele, early in the novel experiences a life altering loss that causes her to move in with her rich grandparents in NYC. There, her depression elevates while being in a big house with a cold atmosphere. When she stumbles upon a magical key and her ancestor's diary, a new discovery of time travel throws her into a whirlwind world of questions. The descriptive quality during the 1900's was breathtakingly fascinating. I would have loved to physically see the busy, city lights turn into a calm, and demeanor society. I gratefully admire Monir's research and hard work in developing the scenery. It's nice to be mentally taken back one hundred years.

    Michele's back and forth visits through time gained her access into the Windsor's history. Her ancestors such as Clara and Stella were tastefully done. Their personalities shined through even when Michele graced their presence for a short while. Now, the romantic aspect surrounding her travels revolved around Philip. At first sight, he was an attractive and well-mannered gentleman with moralizing values. The inevitable chemistry seemingly showcased a bond that would stand the hands of time. Another element which was easy to follow was the modern and old school, aristocratic acts between the two worlds. All in all, the ending left me yearning for the sequel. After all, I did say out loud, "son of a gun" once I finished it. I really enjoyed the whole feel and concept expressed in Michele's unforgettable love quest and I look forward to continuing it with the rest of the series.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 30, 2011

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    I agree with "Didn't Make the Cut by lexi1001"

    after reading so many good books, I found the writing very boring. It's not very detailed compared to many great books I've read. It just literally sounds like a thirteen year old is writing, and I don't know why I just find the main character annoying.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 5, 2011

    My New Favorite!!

    WOW WOW WOW!! Haven't fallen in love with a book and a character (Philip!!!!) like this since I read my most favorite series, Twilight. The amazing ending has me needing the sequel NOW! Ahhhh the romance and time-travel mystery and music and all is soo good. I went on the author's website and she actually has music from the book on there, soo cool!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 3, 2011

    absolutly wonderful

    i couldnt put it dwn. For the two days i read it i felt i was actually experiencing everything too. cant wait to read the next book. :)

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2011

    WOW.

    this book made me laugh and cry and fall in love with it. it is an AMAZING book! i thought it was even better than twilight and i love twilight! i can't wait till the next one! i really hope it comes soon. :)

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 21, 2011

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    Amazing

    Timeless is a Beautiful nail biting love story,that will keep guessing how this book will end. This book is a must read.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 17, 2011

    Courtesy of Readergirl Reviews a Teen Book

    Some books you just fall in love with, and this is one of them. I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It had adventure, it had an interesting time travel element, and it had a touching romance. I loved the characters in this story, especially Michele, as she was strong, self-sufficient, and smart.

    There were so many details in this book, historically, and I was amazed at the amount of research the author must have done to make these different time periods and places come to life. She did a phenomenal job with this. It gave the novel a vibrancy that was riveting.

    I loved seeing how well she was able to tie in everything together so completely. The book will apparently have a sequel and I am so bummed that this book just came out, because that means I'm going to have to wait so long for the sequel to come out!! I can't take it!

    I highly recommend this book. I loved it,loved it, loved it!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 8, 2011

    A definite YES!

    I just loved this book! TIMELESS is the next Twilight!!! Addictive!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 6, 2011

    Highly Recommended!

    Simply THE BEST.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 31, 2011

    Awesome

    It was a very good read and i cant wait for the second book

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2011

    Great book

    i couldn't put it down i bought it tuesday night and was done with it by thursday night. i want to read the next one. im going to the store this weekend to get another book!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 29, 2011

    A Great Page Turner- Nice Idea for a Story

    Timeless is really a page turner. The story moved me in many ways. Put here is my Pros and Cons of this novel.
    Pros:
    The idea of having someone traveling back in time and finding their soul mate was a great idea. That what really drew me to this book.

    The History be hide all the times that Michele went through was well researched. I learned a lot about the early 19th century from this book.

    The chemistry between Michele and Philip was amazing. Most of the time when Michele was worried something bad might happen to him, made me tear up. The Romance was great. Philip is really a true gentlemen.

    I love how Alexandra Monir puts her intersects into her characters. If you don't know she is a songwriter and a singer.
    In the book, Michele is a songwriter and Philip is a composer.

    Cons
    Alexandra Monir could have been more detailed about the places that Michele was going. Maybe more feeling to it.

    I know this is Alexandra first book, but she should have written it more for older teens. Her written content seems more for preteen age group.

    I felt like Alexandra could have described what Michele was really feeling.

    Over all I would suggested this book to anyone that interested in a love story. It's really good book. I read it in 3 days. And to anyone I think you would fall in love with Philip.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 1, 2011

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    Perfect YA!

    I love New York City. That being said, receiving a book that was not only a great story, but also one that put NYC front and center in all its glory, was a true gift!

    In this debut novel we greet Michele Windsor. Michele is having a great life with her Mom in California. She has good friends and she spends her time writing poetry and lyrics; her dream is to one day do this for a living and put words into the mouths of the greatest singers that the world has to offer. Michele does have a little bit of an issue that crops up once in a while...a dream of a young man with sapphire eyes. The handsome "ghost" always stares back at her from a mirror, as he stands beside a girl who looks just like Michele - the only difference being that she's dressed in a strange costume. As the image takes the girl's hand, Michele can actually feel his fingers interlacing with her own as he whisks her around a dance floor. Then...she wakes up and the dream is over.

    Unfortunately for Michele, when the dream ends a nightmare begins. Her mother - her absolute best friend in the world - dies tragically in a car accident, and in the blink of an eye Michele is transported from her loving home in L.A. to a cold, stark mansion in New York City. Michele comes from a long line of Windsors, an extremely rich family who has ruled NYC society since before the time of the Astors and Vanderbilts. The Windsors were America's first multimillionaires and the reason why Michele's mom had raced away from NY a long time ago. You see, Windsor women had always been expected to marry their own "class" of people, and Michele's dad was from a much lower station and deemed inappropriate for a Windsor's daughter. Michele's mom had gone against the family tree and ran from her home with her true love by her side. Unfortunately, he disappeared before Michele was born, so she was never able to meet Henry Irving for herself.

    In a state of depression, Michele arrives at the Windsor mansion and meets up with her stuffy, cold grandparents who long ago had made her mother's life a true misery. The white columns in front of the stately mansion look nothing like the rest of modern day New York. It's set between high rises and neon signs, looking as if it were simply a historical relic - a memorial to a magical time in American history.

    Trying to fit in with the blue bloods is almost impossible for Michele. But as her story unfolds, it quickly goes from impossible to improbable. She finds a key that unlocks an old drawer in her room. As she sits on her bed with the eyes of the Windsor generations staring down at her from their portraits littering the walls, Michele begins to read an old diary left behind by Clara Windsor - a girl who was adopted into the clan a long time ago.

    Soon Michele finds herself being whisked away - transported through time to 1910. Here, in the Gilded Age, Michele meets up with her lineage and learns the secrets of the past that changed her future. She also meets Philip - the owner of the sapphire eyes who haunts her in her dreams. Not only is he from the family that are literally the archenemies of the Windsors, but he is also a person, like Michele's mom, who wants nothing to do with extending the family wealth by marrying someone he doesn't love. He's a pianist and loves to compose music that perfectly combines with Michele's wonderful lyrics in order to create songs that the world will never forget.

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  • Posted March 25, 2011

    have to read this!

    finally a clean love story that keeps you guessing! loved it! Cant wait until the next book!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 21, 2011

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    the best book !!!!!!!!!!

    i loved this book it was full of romance. it makes you belive in true love agin. i really hope alexandra monir comes out with a 2 book!!!!!!!!!! it makes you feel like youve gone back in time

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  • Posted March 17, 2011

    I loved it!

    This book sucked me in. Its not everyday that a book makes me laugh or cry. I can't wait for the sequal!

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  • Posted March 16, 2011

    Extremly totally Recomended!!!!!!!!!!!

    OMG!!! This book rocks! i could not put it down it was the best book I have read since harry potter. I really hope it becomes a series

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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