WHY BOOK?? 😭😭Julian ’ s and Ellen ’ s love story achieves epic proportions in book 2, as Julian time travels 4 times ( yes, 4) in different periods starting from 1600s+ to early 1900s.
so for those of you who haven ’ t read book 2, steer clear.Also, just a warning: this review is going to be super long because I am going to comment on each time travel period individually.Julian first time travels to 1665.
Because the time travelling itself happens very early in the novel ( page 20 or so), it felt a bit sudden and awkward to me.
I didn ’ t like Josephine-Mallory – not a big surprise there- and I couldn ’ t help but wonder why Julian puts himself through all that crap to be with this person who is so obviously cunning and manipulative.This time around she is a smuggler and a urderer.
When they try to escape through the great fire of London she dies and he is brought back.The second time Julian time travelled, he landed on 1775 right in the most poor, dangerous and disgusting part of London.
I didn ’ t want Ashton to be cast as this important and impactful presence in Riley ’ s life whose absence and betrayal made her to literally go mad.
The hird time Julian travelles was to 1854 and this was hands down my favourite period.
It was the irst time I actually liked Jospehine-Mirabelle.
It was the last time it was hinted that Jospehine-Mirabelle knew Julian already, and their coming together was just glorious.
If Mar was like that in book 1, it would be just perfect.
Sounds super cheesy I know, but Simons is just that good: she makes you care about the most unlikeable characters and have all these deep feelings about the corniest situations.The fourth and final time, Julian travelled to 1911 and this time he lands in New Zealand where “ Josephine ’ s ” mum took her, after she had a gypsy warn her about her daughters ’ s urse.
I liked the directness and how it played out, finally showcasing a strong minded man other than Julian.
I thought to myself many times " Do I actually like this nove?