Begun by Time

Begun by Time

by Morgan O'Neill



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ISBN-13: 9781943892297
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 08/25/2015
Pages: 222
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.51(d)

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Begun by Time (Entangled Select Historical) 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
MicahPersell More than 1 year ago
I've been eagerly anticipating the next book in this series, so imagine my delight to find there's a prequel while I wait! And that the prequel reveals some of the mystery as to how Catherine was able to move on from the tragedy of losing Jonnie. Arthur was the perfect hero: never jealous of Jonnie's place in Catherine's heart, a perfect gentleman, dashingly handsome. He certainly didn't disappoint, and I didn't know how I was going to feel about the man who "replaced" Jonnie. I certainly didn't expect him to be able to hold his own against the man this reader had fallen in love with in The Thornless Rose, but that's exactly what he did. The authors also did the breathtaking job I've come to expect from them in their handling of historical context. World War II comes to live on Begun by Time's pages, and now I'm looking forward to the next book even more!
gigiluvsbooks More than 1 year ago
In 1945, a man disappeared into thin air... In the final days of World War II, Catherine Hastings meets the man she wants to marry. Flight surgeon Jonathan Brandon isn't just handsome—he's everything Catherine could hope for in her betrothed. But her dream of a happily ever after is shattered when Jonnie disappears shortly before their wedding...leaving Catherine bereft, broken-hearted, and with a lifetime of unanswered questions. Arthur Howard is smitten with the lovely Catherine the moment he sees her. He's certain he's found the woman he wants to marry. Yet behind Catherine's sparkling green eyes is a haunted look—the look of a woman who has known loss. But can he love a woman who still grieves the loss of her fiancé? Now Arthur wants answers about the man Catherine intended to marry. But the truth about Jonnie's disappearance is far stranger than fiction... Review: I loved reading the story of what happened between Catherine and Jonathan before he disappears and "The Thornless Rose" begins. I am so glad that they wrote this prequel, after reading Anne and Jonathan's story I was intrigued by Anne's grandmother, Catherine. This story shows the burgeoning romance between Catherine and Jonnie and what happens to Catherine after he disappears. There are quite a few times in this story that I felt myself wanting to cry for Catherine, for me it was a very emotional story. You think you found the love of your life and then he just disappears when you are supposed to be married. Then Catherine is lucky enough to find love again and she almost throws it away over her guilt. I think they did a wonderful job of giving a backstory and working the two stories into a cohesive series. This is a heart-warming story and while it maybe low on the sizzle scale it made my heart melt. I heard there is going to be a third book and I cannot wait to see what happens next. A very engaging period romance. I know that it is a time-travel romance, but since Jonnie is the only one time-traveling and Catherine and Arthur do not, I am not sure I would necessarily call it that. It is a great WWII romance. 4.5 Stars *Received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.*
gymmom_027 More than 1 year ago
And it begins . . . A fantastic start! Begun by Time is the prequel the story of Catherine and Jonathan touched upon in the first book in the series, The Thornless Rose (love, love, love this story!!). Catherine and Jonathan meet due to a horrific outcome of the bombing of London. When they meet, even through the horror, love blossoms. But, there are other factors at work in our young lovers' lives. When Jonathan disappears, Catherine spends months, years even, trying to understand what has happened to him. The enigmatic Arthur Howard walks into her life, and with him, she finds a purpose, possibly a new role in life. Will he help her in her struggle to find Jonnie? Can he? Jonnie seems to be lost to time, but the machinations of wonder begin and a historical find urges our players further into the events that could change what is held as true. And excellent addition to the Elizabethan Time Travel series!! Five out of five fairy kisses for this reader.
MoniqueD More than 1 year ago
BEGUN BY TIME was not at all what I thought it would be, and it is splendid! London, March 1945. Catherine Hastings is a volunteer in the Women’s Voluntary Services, she and her friends are doing their job when the Luftwaffe drops a bomb, and their leader, Rose Gordon, is killed, among others. At Rose’s funeral, Catherine meets Rose’s son, Jonathan, whom she knew about. Jonathan is a surgeon in the RAF, recuperating at the moment from an injury. They start talking, then dating, and soon realise they are truly in love. Jonathan asks Catherine to marry him, and life is perfect until Jonathan literally vanishes into thin air the day of their wedding. Although the title says it’s a time travel novel, I wasn’t exactly sure when it would come into account, and it’s only at the very end that we get to know how. I’m not exceedingly fond of time travel tropes, but I’m a WWII buff, and I love 1940s movies, so I gave the book a go. Morgan O’Neill recreates the London of the 1940s with such accuracy and care, I felt the book had been written during that time. The vocabulary is impeccable, and the author’s attention to detail is extraordinary: little things such as Pears soap, ration tickets, blackouts, absolutely nothing is missing; what joy! The characters are engaging, the romance entirely believable, and the prose, O the prose! Seldom have I read such magnificent writing: flawless, elegant, descriptive yet light and ever so easy to read! Upon reading the blurb, and while reading for a good while, I thought that most of the story had been told, but I was so wrong, and so glad I was! It would appear to be the first book in a series, and I hope so, because although it does not end on a cliffhanger, I would definitely want to know what the future holds for Catherine Hastings. I most highly recommend BEGUN BY TIME if only for the superlative writing and the nearly perfect historical accuracy. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
legar21 More than 1 year ago
MariaD1 More than 1 year ago
I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a book tour for a fair and honest review from the publisher via NetGalley and rated it 4.5 out of 5 stars. A fascinating mix of time travel fantasy and historical romance, Begun by Time by Morgan O’Neill is the first book in the Elizabethan Time Travel Series. Colorful characters, an interesting look at life in England during the end of World War ii and the unsolved mystery of a man’s “disappearance” kept me turning the pages to discover what would happen next. All in all, I found this to be a very enjoyable read. Ms. O’Neill does a good job developing her main characters, Catherine Hastings, Jonathan Brandon and Arthur Howard. While the first half of the book dwells on Catherine and Jonathan meeting, falling in love and planning their wedding, it also introduces us to the mystery of Jonathan being touched by a force beyond his control which will change both of their lives. When Jonathan disappears the week before they are to be wed, and Catherine is forced to move on, I found myself heartbroken for both of them. I easily connected with Catherine as she suffers through a loss no one can explain. When Catherine meets Arthur, a genuinely nice man who would have made any woman’s heart beat faster, I was just as torn as Catherine. Should she leave Jonathan and his disappearance in the past and move on with her life or should she hold out hope for his return and tell Arthur she could only be friends? Ms. O’Neill did an equally good job developing the relationship between Catherine and Arthur, and I really enjoyed getting to know Arthur, especially since Arthur wasn’t threatened by Catherine’s fond memories of Jonathan. Will Catherine ever discover what happened to Jonathan? Will Catherine and Arthur’s marriage survive what Catherine discovers? And will Jonathan ever come back from where he disappeared to? You’ll have to read Begun by Time to find out, I enjoyed it and look forward to reading The Thornless Rose, the continuation of Jonathan’s story.
Lori-Gonzo More than 1 year ago
When I first read the blurb on this book, it sounded intriguing, but I did not realize it was a prequel to another book until I read a couple of reviews. Then as I read the story it made more sense to me or I could get on board with it more. This was my first story to read in the time travel genre and I have only watched maybe two movies dealing with the same theme. So I am a newbie at this genre. But the story of Catherine and Jonnie is a very sweet story of courtship, friendship and love. I loved the romantic feel as the story unfolded, like the old Cary Grant movies, simply smooth and debonair. A wartime hero protector and a sweet young innocent woman. I enjoyed the two family bonding, very heartwarming. Then Jonnie disappears (here is where I read the reviews and learned the actual type of book I had started). The grief and distraught feelings of Catherine and Nigel were heartbreaking. I felt so much compassion for them, to have to go through that, not knowing what was happening. Then Arthur entered the picture with his bowler hat, and swoon! He was an angel in disguise. Although Catherine and Arthur had hurdles to go through, they truly were a fantastic couple. I loved how he supported her, no questions asked. And their HEA at the end was well deserved. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher.