Summary: After her mother dies in a car accident, high school senior Michele Windsor is sent to live in New York City with grandparents she’s never met. They’re “old money” and live in mansion that’s a remnant of the Gilded Age. She gets to experience that time period for herself when a diary she finds sends her back in time. While meeting some of her colorful female ancestors, Michele also finds herself falling in love with Philip, a boy who’s appeared in her dreams throughout her whole life. Will their love be able to transcend time?
Review: Time travel romances are usually fun, yet inevitably complicated. Thankfully, Timeless didn’t hurt my brain too much, but neither was I totally captivated by this story. Monir has definitely done some research, and it was fun to imagine what New York City would have been like in the Gilded Age and the Roaring Twenties. Some of her fact-dropping, like a family casually discussing The Great Gatsby, was slightly heavy-handed however. The detailed descriptions of clothing were fun at first, but soon became repetitive.
This was a “destiny-based” romance, so it wasn’t quite as developed as I would have liked. Michele and Philip decide they are soul-mates in a very short span of time (even counting the time traveling). I did like that Michele was a lyricist and Philip was a composer. The author also has recorded the songs the characters write in the book, which is pretty cool.
I know there’s a sequel coming up, but it really is disappointing how little in the book is resolved at the end. It just…ends. While the “mini-episodes” where Michele helps her ancestors with their problems are resolved, the main plots of the book (Michele and Philip’s relationship, Michele’s parentage, how the time travel happens) are not wrapped up in a satisfactory manner.
In short: Pretty average book. I’d recommend waiting until the sequel is at hand before picking up this book.
Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars.
Cover & Title: Because love is timeless, right? The cover is really pretty, and the key Michele wears on the cover is important to the story.
Where I got the book: Shelves of the local library.