Author: Alexandra Monir
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.
I really enjoyed this book. I found it to be an interesting take on an almost impossible love story centered around Michele Windsor who lives in the present and Philip of 20th century New York. While I'm aware that time-travel isn't exactly a new concept, I really believe it was what made this book great. Alexandra Monir really did her homework on life in old New York, creating a convincing setting with the details she described.
The writing of this novel wasn't without flaw, but I will give that a pass because the story was still told and it was fantastic, illustrating a beautiful story of love conquering all boundaries, including time.
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