Intermezzo

Intermezzo

by Melinda Morgan

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Two weeks - that's all Jonathan said he needed. For two weeks Grace and Jonathan would hide me from an enemy that until recently, I didn't even know existed. It sounded logical, but when has love ever proved to be logical? The catch? Grace's plan involved traveling-and traveling meant taking a trip back in time to Marensburg, Pennsylvania, where Jonathan grew up more than 150 years ago. The idea was scary, but kinda cool. Grace's plan was simple. While I hid in the past, Jonathan would stay in present-day Andersen where he'd train a special regiment of Lebas to fight against the legion of intruders who (according to my friend Eric) were on their way to destroy me. Why me? And why a whole legion? When I finally discovered the answers to those questions, it put everyone's nerves on edge. But Jonathan believed keeping me safe would help him focus, so I was willing to go. Nothing is ever simple, however. I knew something was wrong when I discovered my mortal body couldn't travel. When I woke up, I was in the body of Eleanor Hastings, Jonathan's first love. I admit that for the first two weeks, I didn't mind being Eleanor. Eleanor was beautiful-the absolute embodiment of perfection. She turned heads wherever she went. Moreover, she had full use of her left hand! But two weeks became three, then four, and eventually months passed with no word from Grace or Jonathan. Then I discovered that Eleanor was still present inside me, and she didn't feel about Jonathan the way he felt about her. Her strong desire to surface and be with the man she loves has created an inner conflict I'm having difficulty controlling. So, here I am, trapped in 1864 with no way to return to the present. I hope someone, someday, finds this diary. I'm trying not to consider the possibilities of what went wrong; it's unbearable to accept the only possible explanation that makes any sense-Jonathan and Grace aren't coming because the intruders won. Will I ever be Beth Arrington again? Oh, Jonathan.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781600650291
Publisher: WindRiver Publishing
Publication date: 11/30/2013
Series: Birthright Legacy Series , #2
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Melinda Morgan received her BA in Liberal Studies from California Baptist University and earned a Master's Degree in Education and Administration from Azusa Pacific University. Melinda has drawn upon more than thirteen years of experience as a secondary language arts, science teacher, and classically trained pianist to write a story with a scientifically intriguing plot and endearing characters.

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Intermezzo 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a cliff hanger! You would think that the cliff hanger for the first book was big just wait until you read this book! I LOOOOVED this book! Usually when reading second books in series you feel like it is a filler, totally out of context, or boring. With this book, though this is not the case! This book was so much more tense yet thrilling. The idea that the main character is thrust back into the past and the genre of this sequel is different then the first was very intriguing and I think pretty unique. Even with a whole new crew of characters, you grow attached to them quicker than you would think. But I also love that as answers to old mysteries are unfolded, new ones begin to form and it really sets the third book off with a great start. I have fallen in love with the characters and the story and I CANNOT wait to see how their story ends!!! A+++++ form me!!!
VickisViews More than 1 year ago
Reading Intermezzo often left me feeling as though I was reading a Jane Austen novel, but watching an Alfred Hitchcock movie play out in my mind. Fascinating. Intermezzo is the second book in The Birthright Legacy. Morgan's debut novel, Etude, was romantic, suspenseful, and thought-provoking and generally an all-around intriguing read (see my review of Etude for details), and Morgan's second novel does not disappoint. So often, sequels are a let down; not true with Intermezzo. Book two is set in Pennsylvania during the Civil War and continues to follow Beth Arrington as our main character (the story is told in first person from Beth's POV), but the story is deliciously complex in that Beth is sharing a body with Eleanor Hastings, a rich, beautiful aristocrat, who just happens to be Jonathan Rolling's first love. Beth battles with her jealously demons as she witnesses Jonathan's infatuation with Eleanor evolve. The urge for Beth to "Ah, come on! Just tell him who you really are!" is a temptation throughout the story, but Beth plays by the rules. She has to, or else she risks being stuck in the 1800s forever in another woman's body. Complicating matters, Jonathan's sister, Grace, travels back in time to warn "Beth" that something has happened to upset the natural order of things and that if she continues on the same timeline, she cannot travel back to the present, because she no longer exists in the present. That may sound like a spoiler, but this revelation takes place fairly early in the story, and adds to the tension. Will Beth be able to repair the ripple in the timeline, or is her destiny forever altered? Maybe an alternative destiny isn't such a bad idea? After all, if she stays in the 1800s, she does so as a wealthy, beautiful woman who has not one, but at least three gorgeous men eating out the palm of her hands! Go Beth! I choose what's behind door #2. Intermezzo isn't all fun and games. There's that nasty Intruder, "Bailey," who just won't get a life of his own. Bailey continues to haunt Beth's mind throughout the book and as one might predict, he manages to stir up a great deal of trouble for our heroine. One of the best parts of Intermezzo is the growing strength and confidence of Beth as she confronts Bailey's attempts to control her mentally and physically. Beth may tend to get a little whiney about her plight, but when she comes head to head with her adversary, she is tough as nails and proves a worthy opponent. But Beth's toughness does not come at the expense of her femininity, thank goodness. I've read too many YA novels that portray women as super human and "manlike." Come on, enough with trying to make women and men exactly the same. Where's the chemistry in that? YA books today level the playing field by making boys seem feminine and girls overly masculine. Enough, please. Intermezzo doesn't do that. Case and point? Enter William. He's a colonel. He's strong. He's incredibly handsome, although a teensy weensy older than your average YA hero. And he's absolutely fantasy-worthy. Sorry Jonathan, but you might have some competition there. Don't roll your eyes, this isn't another Bella-Edward-Jake love triangle. On the contrary, William's arrival on the scene makes the story deliciously complicated. I can't say more without giving too much away, so I'll just say that my only complaint is that there wasn't enough of him in the story. There is a downside to Intermezzo, and that is in it's minor attention to Beth's love of the piano. Her connection with music and playing the piano was a strong side story in book one, but definitely takes a back seat during book two. Hopefully, Morgan will resurrect the musical thread with more gusto in book three. Which brings me to my only real problem with The Birthright Legacy. How is Morgan ever going to pull all the facets of her story together in only one more book? It feels like there is too much to resolve to try to force it all into one installment. I am anxiously awaiting the next book, Coda, which I certainly hope will be released soon! In closing, put this book on your "to read" list and treat yourself to a wonderful literary feast. I believe that Melinda Morgan is on her way to becoming our next J. K. Rowling.
LTWRMAMA09 More than 1 year ago
Review:  Intermezzo by Melinda Morgan Intermezzo, the second installment of the Birthright Legacy, picks up where Etude left off, with Beth Arrington inhabiting the body of Eleanor Hastings during the Civil War period.  Without giving too much away, as Beth awaits her return to her own time period and body, we learn some of the backstory about the Intruders and Bailey, as well as Jonathan and Grace. This book is interesting also in that while it is a YA novel, there is an element of sophistication that was less present in Etude.  This is, of course, not to say that YA novels cannot and are not sophisticated.  In fact, most of the better YA novels carry a level of sophistication that allows them to appeal to a much wider audience than those intended, and it is in this realm that I would also place Intermezzo. Three Things I Like: 1.  Two characters in one:  One of the things I found hugely interesting is the juxtaposition of Beth's 21st century voice against the expectations of Eleanor's 19th century cultural refinement.  Beth is constantly aware that she is interfering with Eleanor's life, and the fact that these two women coexist in the same body is an interesting feature of the story.  How they communicate with one another and with those around them provides some intense and often comical moments. 2.  Reinterpretation of story:  As with Etude, I enjoy the reinvention and reinterpretation of story, specifically the Biblical Adam and Eve story.  I don't want to give too much away.  Although it takes a while to get there, Intermezzo picks up where Etude left off with this reinterpretation and it is one of the more attractive features (for me) of the story. 3.  Complex relationships:  The relationships between Eleanor and her father, Eleanor and her mother, and  Eleanor and Beth are real.  They exhibit the intensity and muddiness of all relationships that are real.  Father's drawings and "secret" past and Mother's reticence were beautifully handled and crafted parts of the story. Three Things I Liked Less: 1.  Beth seems a bit whiny:  In Intermezzo Beth comes across as a bit whiny about not being able to return to Jonathan.  True, she is stuck in a seemingly impossible and implausible situation and has little hope of being able to right it all by herself.  However, I would have liked more "conversations" with Eleanor and fewer pouts. 2.  Delay of Bailey's entrance:  Bailey is hinted at a few times throughout most of the book, but when he finally makes his grand entrance, I was thoroughly excited.  This part of the novel was dark and murky and sinister; I loved every minute of it and wanted more.  Is Bailey the Grey Ghost?  Is Bailey more of a factor in the war itself?  What happened to the people from the camp?  I felt like this was such a rich part of the book and truly was anxiety-provoking--in a really wonderful way--and I wanted more of it and I wanted it earlier. 3.  The third book is not yet finished!  There were so many nuggets dropped for the last novel that I feel like I'm clawing at the end of the rope--What's the deal with Jonathan's brother?  What happens when Beth returns to the 21st century?  What's Bailey's ultimate goal?  When's the next one coming???  All in all, I recommend Intermezzo to YA readers young and old. I'm anxiously awaiting the third installment, wondering what's in store for Beth and Jonathan.  Come on, Mindy:  I need the finale!
DianaBlade More than 1 year ago
The first book pulled me into this fascinating world of love, magic, time travel and suspense that kept me guessing throughout the entire book. Book two kept me locked into that world, where I didn't wanted to leave. Melinda takes you on this journey where Beth is now trapped in Eleanor's body in 1864. She did an AMAZING job with the back and forth banter within her mind, speaking to Eleanor's spirit. I was able to truly see each individual woman, in one body. I felt like I was there in the 19th century with the well written description of places, clothing and dialogue. Melinda did her research. The story continues to wrap you into this world and you feel for these characters and what they're going through, especially how hard it is for Beth to be away from her true love, Johnathon. You also have this build up of suspense between Beth and Bailey, and when he makes his appearances, the excitement cranks up several notches. Melinda created a intriguing villain and I can't wait to read more about where this story goes with the intruders. The ending was unexpected. My heart ached for certain characters, but I also fell in love with them as they grew with Beth and Eleanor. This series by far is one of my favorite books. Loved it!!
shanshan25 More than 1 year ago
Fantastic!!!! I was hooked from cover to cover. These books get better and better, my new favorite series. An incredible sequel and I can not wait for the next one!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't think it would be possible to love the second book of this trilogy as much as I enjoyed the first, but alas......Morgan referred back to Etude to refresh my memory at the exact right places. The characters are so well developed. I adored the flawed yet some how still perfect Eleanor and the fact that Beth's love for Johnathan was so deep and genuine that she was somehow able to resist the charms of William! This book not only let me have a detailed and quite interesting peek into life in the 1860's but it also allowed a glimpse into the heaven and purgatory present on earth and alive in each of us. In getting lost in the story, I heard the music Beth and Eleanor played, saw the grandeur of the balls, felt the deep pangs of love and longing and smelled the destruction of evil and death. What more could I ask for? Can't wait for the next one. This is a MUST READ. flag
Anonymous More than 1 year ago