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Timeless

by Alexandra Monir

Series: Timeless (1)

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Michele Windsor has just lost her mother in a sudden tragedy and is forced to live with the people who abandoned her small family of two from the time before she was even born. The Windsor family is that of rich socialites that own New York with their status and wealth. Michele’s mom seemed to have had a good reason for naming them as her guardians so she just goes with it. Also inherited from her mother is a key necklace that seems to hold the answer to many of her past’s questions. Not only does it make an interesting accessory but it takes her back in time to meet the matriarchs in her long all-american family tree. But it’s not just the lovely ladies from her family’s history that she gets to meet, somewhere along the way she also manages to find love at the worst time in history.

This book will take you back in time to some of the more interesting moments in American history. Michele gets to take a peak into America’s early industrial revolution, the roaring twenties, and what was known as the great war. And to be honest that fascinating look into the past was the only reason I couldn’t bare to give this the 3 1/2 stars it probably deserved more.

Since this bit I shall talk about isn’t much of a spoiler I won’t tag it as one. Michele’s mother’s death was so quick and sudden I didn’t even really care when Michele took her sweet time to moan and complain about having to move and all that blah. It kind of ended up bugging me how she did all that b***hing about leaving her friends when she ends up never even calling or answering a flipping text. So there’s that kind of annoying main character. My other problem with her would be how she was really only interested in going back for Phillip Walker, the cute rich guy with gorgeous blue eyes instead of the really cool bits of history that she could have experienced with her great grandmothers and such. And then her stuck up attitude with her so called new friend at her posh new school, she very well could have blended in with the queen b’s at the school that she sneered about because of how horrible she was to this chick in the beginning. I may or may not have forgiven her by the end of the book.

SO there’s my complaint about the main character but honestly the rest of the book was really interesting, and to be honest even the romance was nice. Phillip really is the ultimate nice guy and even if it was insta-love it still grew somewhat organically. They were always doomed from the start but that didn’t hinder the progress of the relationship.

Monir did a really good job with this book. The descriptions of the historical places was really interesting and I enjoyed it very much, especially with the closely accurate portrayals of the settings. It does tend to lag a bit when it comes to rise and action in the book but overall it’s a fabulous first book. ( )
  Jessika.C | Dec 2, 2014 |
WOW...

I love it....BUT....I don't...

Conflicted Much?

I finished this book last night and I was all confused about how I felt and what I would say...Well, I'm still feeling the same way..so, if it shows, then, you know why! :-)

I still don't know how I feel about this book. Part of me loves it...Another part of me is still saying its okay...That's why it only got 4 stars.

It would have gotten 5 if I hadn't had so many moments of boredom throughout the book. But the good thing is, the boredom didn't last long. Maybe page or two at most..Then it would pick back up.

I can say that during the last few chapters, I was looking forward to reading book 2 at least. I'm thinking about getting Secrets of the Time Society...Just to get a background of the Time Society

As I was reading this one, I went and peeked at the summary for Timekeeper and saw how things would go in that book. And that made me curious. Then, I finally get to the ending and see that I didn't need to peek at the other book.

How Do I Feel About The Characters?

Guess what?
I'm conflicted on that one too.

I don't know why I couldn't just fall in love with the characters in this book.

But I do love Clara. There was just something about her that I loved...Maybe it was her innocence? No, not the innocence like she was naive, maybe just the time she was in..she had that 1910s kind of innocence..that I wish was still around now-a-days.

Maybe the fact that she was the odd duck in the family? I always felt like the odd one out in my family, so I could relate with her on that one.

Don't get me wrong, I really, really liked..adored most of them but I couldn't love them the way I wanted to..

Now, I can say I was borderline despising the grandparents {until towards the end}...

When I finally got to that last page, all I could do was, close the book, sigh, smile and just sit there for a moment taking it all in...The last few chapters were the best to me...out of the whole book...those last few chapters made it all worth while...I'm glad I was able to make it through the whole book...

Now, if I could just get through Secrets of the Time Society and Timekeeper to see what happens and how they end up. I hope it goes as I expect it will and the do end up together, in the same time, and they don't have to go chasing each other again...


[bc:Timeless|8100422|Timeless (Timeless, #1)|Alexandra Monir|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1275460221s/8100422.jpg|12873812]

Oh, and did I say that I love this cover?

Because I really do! :-) ( )
  MsBridgetReads | Jul 8, 2014 |
May be OK for us. Pretty well worn theme with time travel .....Didn't finish
  FaithLibrarian | Jun 26, 2014 |
WOW...

I love it....BUT....I don't...

Conflicted Much?

I finished this book last night and I was all confused about how I felt and what I would say...Well, I'm still feeling the same way..so, if it shows, then, you know why! :-)

I still don't know how I feel about this book. Part of me loves it...Another part of me is still saying its okay...That's why it only got 4 stars.

It would have gotten 5 if I hadn't had so many moments of boredom throughout the book. But the good thing is, the boredom didn't last long. Maybe page or two at most..Then it would pick back up.

I can say that during the last few chapters, I was looking forward to reading book 2 at least. I'm thinking about getting Secrets of the Time Society...Just to get a background of the Time Society

As I was reading this one, I went and peeked at the summary for Timekeeper and saw how things would go in that book. And that made me curious. Then, I finally get to the ending and see that I didn't need to peek at the other book.

How Do I Feel About The Characters?

Guess what?
I'm conflicted on that one too.

I don't know why I couldn't just fall in love with the characters in this book.

But I do love Clara. There was just something about her that I loved...Maybe it was her innocence? No, not the innocence like she was naive, maybe just the time she was in..she had that 1910s kind of innocence..that I wish was still around now-a-days.

Maybe the fact that she was the odd duck in the family? I always felt like the odd one out in my family, so I could relate with her on that one.

Don't get me wrong, I really, really liked..adored most of them but I couldn't love them the way I wanted to..

Now, I can say I was borderline despising the grandparents {until towards the end}...

When I finally got to that last page, all I could do was, close the book, sigh, smile and just sit there for a moment taking it all in...The last few chapters were the best to me...out of the whole book...those last few chapters made it all worth while...I'm glad I was able to make it through the whole book...

Now, if I could just get through Secrets of the Time Society and Timekeeper to see what happens and how they end up. I hope it goes as I expect it will and the do end up together, in the same time, and they don't have to go chasing each other again...


[bc:Timeless|8100422|Timeless (Timeless, #1)|Alexandra Monir|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1275460221s/8100422.jpg|12873812]

Oh, and did I say that I love this cover?

Because I really do! :-) ( )
  OBridget1 | May 4, 2014 |
When Michele has to move in with her grandparents (who she never met) in New York, she discovers a diary that sends her back to 1910 and a young man who haunts her dreams. Flimsy explanation for how she can travel back and forth in time. Silly story line. Would not recommend. ( )
  SparklePonies | Apr 9, 2014 |
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After her mother is killed in an automobile accident, Michelle Windsor is flown from her cozy Venice Beach, California, neighborhood to the palatial New York City home of her grandparents, whom, due to strained family relationships, she has never met. In this new, wealthy environment, she is introduced to the family history through a diary that transports her back to 1910 and details a feud between the Windsors and the Walkers. In a riff on Romeo and Juliet, Michelle falls for Phillip Walker and must decide how to extricate herself from their romance so that he can live a rich and fulfilling life in his own time and space.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0385738382, Hardcover)

Amazon Best Books of the Month, January 2011: Music can draw us back into memories, moments, and places, and in Timeless, debut author and recording artist Alexandra Monir transports readers into the glamorous Gilded Age and Roaring Twenties with soulful lyrics and swooning jazz tones. Alexandra wrote two original songs for Timeless, the lyrics of which are trickled throughout the book, slowly revealing a decades-old family mystery. In Timeless, we are introduced to Michele Windsor, one of the modern bluebloods of the historic Windsor family. Struggling to find her place in a world of prestige and old-fashioned values, Michele sifts through family relics in search of answers. When she discovers her great-great-grandmother’s diary and begins poring through its pages, she finds herself whisked back in time to the Gilded Age. There, Michele meets the man whom she always wished existed, but hadn’t dared to believe in. Inextricably drawn to each other, the two fall in love. But as Michele drifts between modern life and the world of the past, she begins to piece together an alarming family mystery -- one that may doom her life and the life of the man she loves. Timeless is a captivating romance and mystery spanning three decades of high-society life and intrigue in New York City. --Jacqueline Segall

Amazon Exclusive: Alexandra Monir’s Timeless Playlist
(Click on the song name to listen to a sample)

Chapter 1
Schubert's "Serenade" by New York Philharmonic Orchestra

"Shining Down" by Lupe Fiasco feat. Matthew Santos

"Sodade" by Cesaria Evora

Chapter 7
Chopin's "Nocturne No. 19 in E Minor, Op. 72, No. 1" performed by Claudio Aurrau

Chapter 10
"Bring The Colors Back" by Alexandra Monir

Chapter 12
"Chasing Time" by Alexandra Monir

Chapter 14
"Fascinatin' Rhythm" by Fred & Adele Astaire

Chapter 16
"My Man" by Fanny Brice

"Anything Can Happen" from Mary Poppins

Chapter 18
"Over There" by The Eric Rogers Chorale and Orchestra

"Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" by The Andrews Sisters

"The White Cliffs of Dover" by Vera Lynn

"I'll Be Seeing You" performed by Billie Holiday

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:35:44 -0400)

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Forced to live with her wealthy, estranged grandparents in New York City after her mother dies, sixteen-year-old Michele retreats to her room where she finds a diary that transports her back to 1910--with life-changing consequences.

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