Timeless by Alexandra Monir
Publisher: Ember, an imprint of Random House Children’s books
Genre: Contemporary, Historical, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (280 pages)
Age Recommendation: 12+
Rating: Best Book
Reviewed by Lavender
When tragedy strikes Michele Windsor’s world, she is forced to uproot her life and move across the country to New York City, to live with the wealthy, aristocratic grandparents she’s never met. In their old Fifth Avenue mansion filled with a century’s worth of family secrets, Michele discovers a diary that hurtles her back in time to the year 1910. There, in the midst of the glamorous Gilded Age, Michele meets the young man with striking blue eyes who has haunted her dreams all her life – a man she always wished was real, but never imagined could actually exist. And she finds herself falling for him, into an otherworldly, time-crossed romance.
Michele is soon leading a double life, struggling to balance her contemporary high school world with her escapes into the past. But when she stumbles upon a terrible discovery, she is propelled on a race through history to save the boy she loves – a quest that will determine the fate of both of their lives.
What would you do if your true love were born a hundred years before you? Sixteen-year-old Michele Windsor finds out. When her mother dies, she moves across the country to live with her wealthy grandparents in New York. There, she's surrounded with opulence, a first for her.
Michele is grieving, of course, but then something very strange happens. She gets transported back in time to the fascinating Gilded Age—1910. At a fancy ball, she makes eye contact with the young man who has haunted her dreams for years, and it’s a magical moment. Philip pulls her aside, equally entranced. They develop a friendship and more. She gets yanked back to her present but finds her way back to him periodically. These are two completely endearing characters. Philip is so respectful and romantic he sets a new standard. Michele is his equal, deserving of this great guy, and the chemistry between them is amazing. When they get separated, it’s heart wrenching.
The descriptions of the era, as well as those of the twenties and forties enrich the story and make the world of the characters realistic. Michele’s adventures in the past are interesting. The subplot adds intrigue with its family mystery. Supporting characters are just right.
This is a fast-paced book, hard to put down, and so well written. It’s moving emotionally and lovely in presentation. The author is a singer/songwriter, and the original songs mentioned in the book can be found online. I look forward to reading the sequel to this great story and highly recommend this book.