Welcome to my tour stop for In Time For You by Chris Karlsen. This is a historical romance with time travel and is out now. Check out the tour page for the full schedule.
In Time For You
by Chris Karlsen
Published: December 15th, 2015 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform Genre: romance, historical fiction, paranormal Source/Format: ebook; 350 pages Avg. Goodreads Rating: 4.45
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While horseback in the English countryside, sisters, Electra and Emily Crippen find themselves trapped in a tear in time. Thrown back to 1357 England and caught by a local noble, they are in a place that is home but as frightening and unfamiliar as an alien world would be. With no idea how the tear in time came about, the one thing they do know is: they must stay together and stay near to where the event took place in hopes of discovering the way back to their modern life. That certain need to stay together is the first certainty taken from them when one sister is forced to remain in England and one is sent miles away to Wales by royal order.
There is one other hope for help the sisters don’t know exists. It’s Electra’s lover, Roger Marchand. A time traveler himself, he never told her of his past. When he realizes what has happened to the sisters, he enlists the help of a scientist friend to help him open the suspected passageway through time. Any effort to save Electra and Emily with likely cost him his life. This was the time Roger came from, a time when his country, France was at war with England. If he is discovered on English soil while searching for the sisters, he will either be killed or taken prisoner of war. Any risk is worth saving the life of the woman he loves.
I’m not sure what it is about historical fiction that makes me avoid it, but I’m actually glad I didn’t listen to that annoying voice in my head when it came to In Time For You. This book was so far outside of my comfort zone when it came to reading, I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed it as much as I did. For the fourth book of a series, this book reads like a standalone. Though, while reading the first three books isn’t necessary, you can be certain that I’m going to go back and read the first three merely from my interest in a few pairings of couples that popped up in this book briefly.
This book really had me at time traveling romance. My first reaction was “wow, this is different, let’s try this out for size.” Karlsen handles the notion of time travel with such ease keeping the subject more or less scientific instead of magical, which I enjoyed in regards to the rest of the book that really relied heavily on the historical facts of the Hundred Years War between England and France. There were plenty of times when idea of time travel could have been alluded to different and I really respect how Karlsen was able to make something so outlandish seem realistic or at the very least possible.
This comment is going to go down in the history books for me, but I actually wish that this book was a bit more romance heavy. I say a bit more loosely. I loved the romance of this book. Our main couple, Electra (love her name so much) and Roger, are clearly devoted to each other. The man finds a way to time travel BACK to the time he’s from to rescue her and her sister, for goodness sake. I’m just going to put it out there in the open, like hell if my husband would go through THAT much trouble to save little ole’ me if I ended up in medieval times. Then there’s the ultra adorable new love of Electra’s sister Emily and the chivalrous, one-legged Sir Simon. When I say I wish there was MOAR romance, I mean to say that I would have loved to have seen this book focus on one of the couples more than the other. Though, I’m not sure who’d I choose really, since I really adored both storylines.
My one serious gripe with this book is Oliver, our handy dandy astrophysicist. I did enjoy him as a character, he’s funny, loves little American sayings and is sort of a hip dude for almost fifty (no offense guys, I’m holding on tight to my late twenties). However, he was sort of only relevant to the story as a means being able to talk for Frenchy-McFrench Face Roger. Oliver is definitely another reason why I want to read the rest of the series as he had connections to the other time traveling couples we’re quickly introduced to. I’m hoping he’s equally as funny in the first three books. Also, really, what is the luck that all these people from the same time end up in the modern era together? I must know and Oliver seems like the man for the job.
Overall, I really enjoyed In Time For You! It was cute, fun and really laid back read for me. It’s also made me look at historical fiction/romance books in a new light.
About the author:
I was born and raised in Chicago. My father was a history professor and my mother was, and is, a voracious reader. I grew up with a love of history and books. My parents also love traveling, a passion they passed onto me. I wanted to see the places I read about, see the land and monuments from the time periods that fascinated me. I’ve had the good fortune to travel extensively throughout Europe, the Near East, and North Africa.
I am a retired police detective. I spent twenty-five years in law enforcement with two different agencies. My desire to write came in my early teens. After I retired, I decided to pursue that dream. I write three different series. My paranormal romance series is called, Knights in Time. My romantic thriller series is Dangerous Waters. The newest is The Bloodstone Series. Each series has a different setting and some cross time periods, which I find fun to write.
I currently live in the Pacific Northwest with my husband and four wild and crazy rescue dogs.
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