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.
What really made Timeless stand out, however, was the time travel. I loved how Michele got to continuously travel back and forth between the past and the present, and that rather than just go back to 1910, she got to visit other time periods as well, such as the roaring 20's and World War II. You can tell that the author really did her research, as everything felt as though it really could have happened. Ms. Monir even added an appendix to the end of the novel where she recommended books, movies, and musicians! I love when authors do that, because if I like a book enough it's fun to check those out.
I will say this - Timeless didn't stand out as something epic, and it was a quick read that did seem a little like fluff in some moments (how could you fall in love with someone that quickly?), but I enjoyed reading it. The heroine, Michele, was pretty likable, and so were her ancestors, Clara and Lily. The love interest, Philip, seemed sweet, but he had been engaged for pete's sake! And he showed feelings for her the first time they met! I did try to keep in mind that Michele had been dreaming about him her whole life before she met him, and he had some sort of indescribable connection to her himself. Plus he didn't even like his fiancee, let alone love her (don't worry, she was a b****).
At any rate, I can easily say that Alexandra Monir certainly knows how to tell a story, and I am eagerly awaiting to read to sequel, Timekeeper, which is expected to be released on December 26th. The cool thing is there's already a short story out in ebook form called Secrets of the Time Society, which is can be read in-between the two books. I will definitely be checking that out!
One more cool bonus that I feel I must mention - Alexandra Monir is also a singer/songwriter, and there are a couple songs in the novel which she actually released as a single on iTunes! I wouldn't have known that without checking out her website. It was bugging me not to know how those songs would sound like, but it seems Ms. Monir was one step ahead of me! Those songs were really good, and I couldn't resist purchasing them for my iPod. Definitely check out Timeless if time travel and romance interest you!