Genre: Romance, Adventure
Fifteen-year-old Callie buys a pair of real Prada pumps to impress the cool crowd on a school trip to London. Goodbye, Callie the clumsy geek-girl, hello popularity! But before she knows what’s hit her, Callie wobbles,trips, conks her head… and wakes up in the year 1815!
She stumbles about until she meets the kind-hearted Emily, who takes Callie in, mistaking her for a long-lost friend. Sparks soon fly between Callie and Emily’s cousin, Alex, the maddeningly handsome—though totally arrogant—Duke of Harksbury. Too bad he seems to have something sinister up his ruffled sleeve…
From face-planting off velvet piano benches and hiding behind claw-foot couches to streaking through the estate halls wearing nothing but an itchy blanket, Callie’s curiosity about Alex creates all kinds of trouble.
But the grandfather clock is ticking on her 19th Century shenanigans. Can Callie save Emily from a dire engagement, win a kiss from Alex, and prove to herself that she’s more than just a loud-mouth klutz before her time there is up?
I went through this whole book wondering how Callie was going to save Emily, what Alex was going to do, and if Callie was ever going to go back home. And if she did go back home, what would happen to Emily, Alex, and Victoria? If Callie went back home would she have actually made a difference in their lives or would it go back as if she never happened? Was this a dream or reality? These questions were running through my head, the whole time I was reading this. And if you know me, you know that I love books that make me think while I'm reading and even after.
Callie was a pretty good character. I could connect with her and see where she came from even if we had nothing in common. I would've kept my mouth shut and just listen to Victoria while Callie went all feminist on her. Don't get me wrong, I am a feminist, but I do what I'm told. And when I don't want to, I don't say anything to their face. Callie on the other head said everything that came to her mind. But that just made me love her more as a character.
This book was nicely crafted (as Aria'd say). All the pieces fit nicely to form a story. Alex's letters that Callie read, the look that Alex gave Callie when he first met her, and etc. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and cannot wait to read more of Mandy Hubbard's work. I'm hoping to pick up Ripple and But I Love Him soon.
Dislikes: Alex's father.