Gwyneth Shepherd’s sophisticated, beautiful cousin Charlotte has been prepared her entire life for traveling through time. But unexpectedly, it is Gwyneth, who in the middle of class takes a sudden spin to a different era!
Gwyneth must now unearth the mystery of why her mother would lie about her birth date to ward off suspicion about her ability, brush up on her history, and work with Gideon–the time traveler from a similarly gifted family that passes the gene through its male line, and whose presence becomes, in time, less insufferable and more essential. Together, Gwyneth and Gideon journey through time to discover who, in the 18th century and in contemporary London, they can trust. (Synopsis taken from Goodreads)
This is a book series that was originally written in German, I believe, and translated into English when it started to get popular. And I’m quite glad, too. This was a fun, exciting read with an interesting twist on time-traveling and likeable characters.
The main character, Gwyneth (Or Gwyn), isn’t the typical YA tomboy-like heroine. She crushes on her teachers, has a great love for movies and books, and rather prone to giggling over cute boys. Oh, and she can time travel.
It was her spoiled, snobbish cousin, Charlotte, who was supposed to get the gene. While Charlotte learned how to waltz and fence, to wave a fan and to dress to blend, Gwyn was living the life of a completely average teenage girl.
Until the day she jumps back in time while going out for groceries. At first, she’s understandable skeptical, because the way people tell if a person has the gene is if they’re born on a certain day. Gwyn is one day off. But no, it turns out her Mom wanted her to have a normal life, and faked her birth certificate.
And then there’s Gideon de Villers. The son of the man who runs the Lodge (the time traveler’s headquarters). He’s standoffish, arrogant, disapproving…and undeniably handsome. And also appears to be in a relationship with Charlotte.
This is a fun, exciting novel with an interesting, quick-paced plot, time travelers, and ghosts. What’s more to ask for?
I’ve decided to change my signature to my real name. Partly my “Ink” signature keeps glitching, partly because I’m not really seeing the point of going by anything but my name, and partly because of a conversation with my cousin where she asked if I didn’t use my real name because I didn’t like it. No, I like my real name(And it’s pronounced the same as Anya for those wondering).