PNWA AWARD WINNER: 2016 PNWA Book Awards winner for Romance and Women's Fiction
A woman, a war, a vision of the future past...
Burdened with the scars of a tortured childhood and a shattered romance, Kitty is being forced to resign from the dull, anonymous job she's been hiding behind. With her life in shambles and her friends moving on without her, she jumps at her cousin, Maggie's, invitation to visit. However, Maggie's new boyfriend, Simon, has a secret that accidentally hurls the trio a hundred and fifty years into the past. Trapped in the midst of the bloodiest war in American history, and acutely aware their actions might trigger a butterfly effect on the future, the events that unfold will require more mettle than Kitty's ever had.
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.72(d)|
About the Author
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Fated Memories by Joan Carney is a well written and interesting exploration into the times of the American Civil War seen through the eyes of Kitty and Maggie who get transported back in time. Surviving as nurses they see the harsher sides of the war, although a romantic light shines its light into the novel. Frequent comparisons between the duo’s past and present keep the time travel theme alive, though as is fitting with the flavour of the novel, there is no heavy scientific content. Kitty and Maggie often seem to wallow around a bit waiting for things to respond to rather then trying to actively deal with their predicament, but Joan writes with an easy style which keeps the reader engaged and interested in what’s happening – and what will come! At times I was reminded of Marlys Millhiser’s "The Mirror" – not in the negative way in that I didn’t enjoy it, but in the way that Kitty and Maggie seemed to resign to being in the past and just got on with things. But where "The Mirror" is dull and misses several time travel opportunities, Joan keeps things active – not through time travel related mechanics and paradoxes, but with active comparison between the past and present, complete with frustration of life threatening changes in medical practices. Whilst the story line is a little slow at times, Joan keeps the characters treading water by taking opportunities to wander around the area in that time. For example, Kitty and Maggie go off to get dresses tailor made which means that they get to meet the temporally indigenous people . There are also frequent links back to the present with references to old houses which now look new, for example, or to local history, how a pinafore got its name, etc. – these things mercifully aren’t done explicitly, but gently and surreptitiously through observations made by the characters. That said, time travel isn’t really a large part of this novel other than it was used to transport the main characters back in time. The time travel element mostly comes into play not through the mechanism or paradoxes, but more through a description of the past through the eyes of Kitty and Maggie who have a modern perspective. I have only a couple of minor negative comments - whilst Kitty and Maggie are well developed characters, I found the male characters to be superficial at best; I simply didn't know or have a feeling as to who they really were or what they thought. Secondly, towards the end of the novel Kitty was winding up in an unrealistic soppy love story with many conveniences and people to help her out. It was just a little bit too cuddly, goody goody and drives the point home that everyone lives happily ever after. All in all, "Fated Memories" is an enjoyable and easy read!
Title: Fated Memories Author: Joan Carney Genre: Sci-Fi/Historical Romance Format: Ebook Pages: 343 Rating: 4 Heat: 2 Thoughts: Wow, this was really good! I was pretty much hooked from the start! Kitty, although a wallflower, is pretty mouthy. That part didn't make much sense but if you take out the wallflower part and put insecure then it's perfect. She cracked me up, especially once they ended up back in time. Having taken self defense classes she ends up laying out a couple of men and shocking the crap out the ones that witnessed it. I couldn't stop giggling about it. This book left me with so many questions though. There's the picture of Maggie's grandmother wearing a necklace that is found before they go back in time. I won't give anything away but they did get to see when that picture was taken, and it really made me wonder how. But other than that question the rest just deal with normal time travel questions like did they change anything in the future? Or did they end up in any history books? Things that really don't matter but pique my curiosity lol. If you love time travel romances then you will definitely enjoy this one! Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.