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I wasn't completely sure about the idea of this book initially, kind of sci-fi/fantasy romance but as soon as I began it, it really reminded me of recent series' of Dr Who. In fact so much that throughout it, in my mind, John spoke with David Tennant's voice (my favorite Doctor Who actor) and it swept me along in a lovely swirl of excitement and continued to entertain and enthrall me as much as this tv show does. It's a fast paced easy reading contemporary romance which follows the adventures of Sarah, a middle aged divorcee teacher, struggling to get job satisfaction from her work as a history teacher, licking her wounds following a very painful breakup of her marriage when suddenly her life becomes complicated and exciting in ways she'd never dreamed of. Into her life appears the enigmatic and undeniably attractive John Needler, who reveals that he's involved in time travel and Sarah has been chosen to go back in time to put right some wrongs to ensure history doesn't re-write itself to the suffering of many folk. Her knowledge of history proves invaluable as she is whisked back to the blitz, then the early 1900s and even further back as an American settler. But her vulnerability, having been badly hurt and unable to trust anyone seems set to ruin any chance of happiness she might seem to be going to find with John whom she finds she is passionately attracted to yet unable to really trust. What unfolds is an exciting and interesting story with lots of historical detail, and a lovely will they/ won't they/ get together/ stay together romance with enough twists to keep you guessing, a delightful hero you want to grab hold of and snog, and enough throw away laugh out loud one liners to keep you thoroughly entertained wherever you're reading it. The perfect holiday read and of the consistently high quality writing I have come to expect from Choc-lit. If you're looking for a fun and enjoyable reading experience with lots of romance thrown in you won't go far wrong with this book (or others from the same publisher)
A Stitch in Time by Amanda James is published by Choc Lit, a publisher I have recently come across. The novels of theirs which I have read so far have been fairly light and enjoyable, so I decided to try A Stitch in Time. Sarah is a history teacher who finds herself newly single after her marriage breaks up in a pretty unpleasant way. One day she is visited by John, who says he is a Time Needle, and offers her the chance to be a Stitch, travel back in time and help people with their happy endings, and make sure history takes the course it should. Unexpectedly, Sarah is convinced she is hallucinating, but decides what has she got to lose. Then she travels back to Sheffield in World War Two, London during the time of the suffragettes, and the American West. A Stitch in Time is a fairly straightforward novel, but no less enjoyable for it. It is easy to predict what will happen in the present, and you can have a good idea of how each episode in the past will turn out. Sarah is a fun and very normal character - would you immediately believe a strange man who told you that you could time travel? Unless he looked like Matt Smith that is...in addition to her time travelling fun, we see Sarah's normal everyday worries about her love life and not being able to control her students. The episodes in the past are enjoyable and seem to be historically accurate, at least in terms of the environment and people. The least convincing for me was the Second World War, not because of historical inaccuracies, but because Sarah seemed to have it a bit too easy there, the outcome was too easy to come by. But then that seems to the way of it, things got progressively trickier as she got more experienced with "stitching". If you're looking for some deep and meaningful insights on the past and how history may have differed if certain things had not happened, you won't find that in A Stitch in Time. It is a light novel, easy to read and follows a predictable path - but it is a pleasant read, one which I can't really fault although I also can't call it brilliant. I read it between two hefty historical biographies, and it provided a bit of light and easy reading, which is exactly what I was looking for at the time.