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review 2015-10-31 10:18
A little lacking in heart
Wishing Cross Station - February Grace

I'm not sure what I was expecting from this book, but it wasn't what I got.

Keigan (our protagonist) finds himself traveling through time and into the past, to finish the job of another man. Things get complicated (as they usually do in good books!) and the reader gets to experience Keigan's journey into 1880.

The scenery and world building was well done. The feel of the station, the trains and the time, we're all rich and brightly coloured. Probably my favourite part of the story. The opening scene was especially beautiful.

Keigan is not your typical protagonist too, he's an asthmatic, librarian and appealed to my inner nerd and geek-meter.

I also liked Mr Best. Marigold was a bit flat for me, I wanted a little more out of her, she seemed to just go with the flow too much.

Overall, it felt a little lacking in heart, so, despite being a good story, it just fails to reach 4 star territory.

**Note: I was provided an electronic copy of this book through NetGally in return for an honest review.**

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review 2015-08-16 09:11
Wishing Cross Station
Wishing Cross Station - February Grace

Another one of my TBR bowl reads. I'm normally not much of a romance reader (even more so, I try to stay clear from the books that actually mention it as main genre because all other genres already seemed to have been packed with romance and I already got my fair share of romance reading that way, However, this was a time travel romance and it's very hard for me (if not impossible) to say no to time travel stories.

 

This specific time travel moves around a special train (the so called Special) who arrives every now and then to bring people back and forth between now and the 19th century. When Keigan finds a book that's quite literally not from this world, he's to take the Special and bring the book back.

 

I was pleasantly surprised by this short book. The story, luckily, didn't draw too heavily on the romance part and there even was a small mystery to uncover. There was however not that much on time travel either. This is not the kind of story that provides with a reason as to why it's happening nor what the exact rules of time travel are. Nevertheless, it kept me entertained and I quite enjoyed myself. All in all, better than I expected.

 

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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review 2015-06-28 19:40
Wishing Cross Station
Wishing Cross Station - February Grace

Keigan is a pageboy at the college library, living a normal life with very little excitement.  He is sent on an errand to pick up a book donation at an elderly gentleman’s house.  One book that is donated looks extremely rare and unique; and the story that comes with it is even wilder.  Keigan is told that the book has the ability to transport him back in time from the historical replica train station in town to the original Wishing Cross Station.  Furthermore, Keigan is given very specific instructions and told that he should be the one to return the book back to its original time and close the time travel wormhole for good.  This is easier said than done when Keigan accomplishes going back in time and discovers the mysteries of the Aurelia Belle and one very charming resident of Wishing Cross.

 

A quick and interesting journey back in time to a charming town.  I really liked the idea of a train and train station being the medium for time travel.  Although, how the time travel actually happens was never quite explained.  It seems that no one really figured it out within the book either, which drove the decision to try and close the wormhole.  I did like that everyone was very cautious of the time travel train and knew that it was inherently dangerous.  Keigan is believable as a reluctant time traveler.  He is wary of interfering with the time line and does everything possible to fit in.  Even though, Keigan fails at not interfering just a bit when he meets the stationmasters daughter, Marigold, who holds the key to the mysteries of Wishing Cross past and present.  Overall, Wishing Cross Station was a cute time travel novella, but with a slightly heartbreaking ending.

 

This book was provided for free in return for an honest review.

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text 2015-03-26 20:31
TBR Thursday #33
The Rising - Terra Harmony
Within - Keith Deininger
Upon a Time - February Grace
The Witch Hunter - Virginia Boecker

Moonlight Reader started the TBR Thursday, and I think it's a good way to a) show what new books I've got and b) confront myself with my inability to lower my TBR. In fact, since I started recording it, it has risen significantly. I get the feeling I'm doing something wrong here...

 

Booklikes seems a bit slow since the update and it's not working all the time for me so I'm just going to post the books. You can always ask me about them.

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review 2015-03-22 21:27
Upon A Time
Upon a Time - February Grace

Once upon a time there was a Ball held for all of the eligible maidens in the land in order for the Prince to choose a bride.  Charlotte Rousseau was maiden number sixty-four in line to meet the Prince, but never got the chance after a beautiful, golden haired maiden swept in and caught the Prince's attention.  Returning home to her small town of St. Fleur, Charlotte dutifully assists her ailing mother in taking care of their home, helps her father with his work as a physician and spends time with her childhood friend, Thomas. Not long after the Ball, the death of the King and the disappearance of the Prince is announced, making Duke Frederick next in line for the throne.  That same day, Thomas and Charlotte find a seriously injured man, Charlotte and her Father fix his injuries that best that they can, but the man will be disfigured and without part of his leg.  Charlotte nurses the man back to health and as he heals, finds the connection between the missing Prince and her injured man; she now gets the opportunity that she never received at the ball.  However, as the Prince heals, Duke Frederick has been creating problems for small towns such as St. Fleur.  It is now imperative to return the missing Prince to the throne and Charlotte and Thomas risk their lives to do so.

This was a really interesting spin on Cinderella.  The writing was very fast-paced and this was a shorter book, leaving me to fill in some gaps in time throughout the story; however I did feel that the character development was very good. I had a good picture of who Charlotte, Thomas and Prince Julien really were.  I also struggled along with them as their relationships developed.  It was evident to me that the hard-working, loyal and brave Thomas was in love with Charlotte, but that she had only ever seen him as a brother figure and friend.  I was glad to see that the Prince did not just sweep Charlotte off her feet with good looks and royal standing, but it was Charlotte who really ended up saving the Prince.  I really liked that Charlotte could see through his injuries, even when his "Cinderella" couldn't.  Wrapping up in an exciting conclusion, the Prince and Charlotte received their fairy tale happily ever after as well as Thomas and the original Cinderella earn a different kind of ever afters.

This book was received for free in return for an honest review. 

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