Hardcover, 280 pages Published January 11th 2011 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers Rating:5/5 Stars
I LOVED LOVED LOVED this book from the beginning to the very end. I could not put this book down. I fell in love with the characters and the theme of the story. When I was reading this book I felt like I was in the story along with the characters. I can’t explain it. If you want to read a really good book where you feel satisfied when the book is over with then this is the book.
Michele Windsor, the book’s main protagonist, sees herself as plain jane. Her life hasn’t been the most extraordinary and exciting, despite her last name. She lives with her single mother, who is her best friend and her crutch in life, in a Venice Beach bungaloo barely making ends meet. Michele and her mother live there, because her mother didn’t want to raise her daughter on the East Coast. The most excitement and mystery she encounters is through her dreams. In her dreams, there is a mystery guy with the most gorgeous sapphire-blue eyes and she has a interesting skeleton key. The Windsor family comes from a long line of old money. From the turn of the century, they have dominated their wealth in New York City. The Windsors also had some competition with their next door neighbors, the Walkers back in the day. Between all the wealth and pressures from society, Michele’s mother ran away with her husband, Henry Irving. Michele never really knew her dad, but she recalls of the stories how her mother fell in love. You can tell, Michele wants a love like that for her own. But it’s just Michele and her mom and she’s happy with that. Unfortunately, a tragedy changes Michele’s life forever. Her mother gets in an accident that causes her to go to New York City with her grandparents. She is not looking forward to leaving her friends and her whole life in California. She is not looking forward to living with her grandparents. They were the reason why Michele’s mother left and they never tried to make contact with Michele. Needless to say, they didn’t have open arms to her. Michele however, found secrets and hidden treasures inside the Windsor mansion. She uncovers the past and time travels her way back to the early 1900s. She travels through time through her ancestor’s journal that she finds. She unlocked the past and falls back through time. She encounters a time where debutantes and changing your clothes is common when going out shopping. She helps Clara through her problems and is with her every step of the way. Only Clara can see her. Nobody else. Then, she meets him. The guy from her dreams. The one the only. She sees him; he sees her. It’s like a match made in heaven. Phillip, her mystery man, and Michele flow harmoniously together. Even though he’s perfect, he’s taken and he is a Walker. An enemy. However, that doesn’t matter. He’ll do anything for her. Even when times get tough for them, Phillip always tries to find a way back and Michele too. True love cannot be broken and Monir shows that perfectly through Michele and Phillip’s relationship. It will always find it’s way back to you. Ultimately, this book was an extreme hit for me. The setting in turn of the century NYC really brought this book alive. You can just imagine the bustling horse-drawn carriages on Fifth Ave. to the Art Deco-style
mansions. I love both the history and romance in the story. I am squealing for more Michele and Philip in the next book. I thought that science fiction element was believable ad there were a lot of unexpected twists and turns in this book.
I cannot wait to get my hands on the second novel in the series!
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