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review 2016-11-09 20:00
When A Child Is Born
When a Child is Born (A Chronicles of St. Mary's Short Story) - Jodi Taylor

When A Child Is Born takes place on Christmas (though it is not that child that is born). Max and her team end up being sidetracked while they are hiking towards William I's coronation. It's short and sweet and it fits perfectly in the holiday season.

While I enjoyed it thoroughly, all 20 or so pages of it, it did seem a bit incongruent with the previously established laws of the series. (This is something that slightly bothered me throughout the whole series, but here it is very clear). It seems to me there is a regular switch in exactly how much they can interfere with history.

Nevertheless, a sure recommendation to the fans of the series! 

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review 2016-01-17 15:49
When a Child Is Born:: by Virginia Brown Jo Ann Ferguson, Karen Frisch, Sharon Sobel Review
When a Child Is Born: A Regency Yuletide Collection - Virginia Brown,Jo Ann Ferguson,Karen Frisch,Sharon Sobel

A baby changes everything…especially at Christmas!

War-weary Baron Paxton is on his way home to celebrate a peaceful holiday with his family. But when he finds an abandoned baby in his carriage—with a note telling him the child is his—there’s no peace to be had in Child of Mine? by Virginia Brown

Ladies’ maid Adelaide Rowland finds herself on a Yuletide adventure, fleeing her home with her mistress’s child, in What Child is This by Jo Ann Ferguson. But what happens when her mistress doesn’t meet her, as arranged? And a very curious—and handsome—gentleman takes a personal interest in her andthe little girl?

In Through the Eyes of a Child by Karen Frisch, Annabelle Sedgewick’s hope of having a family of her own disappeared when her husband was killed in battle. But while en route to her cousin’s home for Christmas, she gets a Christmas proposal—from her battle-scarred first love…and the baby boy he’s just inherited!

In Baby’s First Christmas, by Sharon Sobel, newly widowed Marianne Westlyme expects her young son’s first Christmas to be a somber affair…until her best friend arrives to brighten things up—her bookish, but irresistible, brother in tow. Little does Marianne guess she’ll want to give her son a new father for Christmas!





I lovely way to pass a winter's evening. All of these romances are a bit terse with interior emotions but the historical details, steady heartbeat of love you can believe in, and babies of all kinds make it a good read.


I especially like the lack of Dukes in these short stories and diversity of the troupe found here.


I was given this book for my honest review. So, there you have it.

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review 2015-12-09 00:00
When a Child Is Born: A Regency Yuletide Collection
When a Child Is Born: A Regency Yuletide Collection - Virginia Brown,Jo Ann Ferguson,Karen Frisch,Sharon Sobel This is a multiple books in one (about 300 pages).. they are short second chance at love stories that I really enjoyed. It is a really nice to have a book that gives us a second chance at love and also will give a good Christmas story too! I would recommend this is you need a quick Christmas story pick me up. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did.
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review 2014-08-16 12:37
Child of War - A God is Born - Lisa Beth Darling

The review link can be found on my blog.

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2014/08/my-august-2014-indtale-magazine-reviews.html
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review 2014-04-24 16:31
St. Mary's Chronicles, A Time Travel Series
Just One Damned Thing After Another - Jodi Taylor
A Symphony of Echoes (Chronicles of St Mary's) - Jodi Taylor
When a Child is Born - A Chronicles of St. Mary's short story - Jodi Taylor
A Second Chance (The Chronicles of St Mary's) - Jodi Taylor

Just One Damned Thing After The Other, the first title in the series, must surely rank as one of the most appropriately named books ever; because it's true.  Every time another catastrophe is averted, and you think you can now breathe a sigh of relief . . . Well, think again because it's not happening.  Some other damned thing is just around the bend, and not only do you not have time for a breath, you also don't have time to check that your stun gun is recharged, your pepper spray is handy, or your last enemy is truly down.


The saga begins with Max, Madeleine Maxwell, showing up to interview for a position at St. Mary's Institute of Historical Research, where purportedly they research history.  The actual thing they do is top secret, but Max clues into it before the end of the interview and her attempts to pin down the Director to admit to time travel is a humorous beginning to the tale.  


In the end, she signs all kinds of non-disclosure documentation, and Dr. Bairstow finally reveals that yes, we do do that here,  "although the phrase 'time travel' is so sci-fi. We don't do that. Here at St. Mary's we investigate major historical events in contemporary time."


This series is about so much more than time travel. It's about Life itself, the best of times and the worst of times, the highest highs and the lowest lows; the triumphs and the tragedies.  It's about love and loss and survival and surviving, hate and revenge, all packaged up nicely with humor, snarkiness and sarcasm.


A recurring theme throughout the series is Belonging and how difficult it can be to fit in and find a place for yourself, in your own time and place or any other:


"You see, people think it's easy, living in the past. You turn up with a big bag of gold and enough fore-knowledge to ensure you back the right horse, or the right king, or the right dot com companies and retire to count your money. It's not that simple.

Try it in the last hundred years or so and you'll find the lack of National Insurance Number, ID card or credit rating means you're officially a nonperson . . . or you think you'll go back a little further before all these tiresome records were invented, but that doesn't work either.  

     Society is rigid.  Everyone knows everyone else in their world. Everyone has their place in the scheme of things. If you don't belong to a family, a tribe, a village, a guild, whatever, you don't exist then, either. And you can't just pitch up somewhere without mutual acquaintances, recommendations or letters of introduction. Life on the fringes of society, any society in any time is rough."


Max will have reason to know the truth of these words more than once as we follow her and the rest of the St Mary gang through historical events.


Another ongoing theme is the quandary of 'History as immutable."  As Historians, they are to observe only, offering no participation or taking actions which might affect the trajectory of the future.  Morality is brought into question, how can we stand idly by when people are in danger of dying, when it is so simple to reach over to lift them out of the mud to save them from being trampled.  But always, the paradox is present, if we take this action how will the outcome be affected.  It is not only this time and place that is in peril, but all the future as well.  This question is addressed throughout the books with varying scenarios.


One of the things I really liked is the ability of the historians to poke fun at themselves despite the dire circumstances in which they often land.  


"He said, 'Do you remember our first jump together?'

'I certainly do. You peed on me.'

'You want me to do it again? For old times sake?'

'Save it. If we have to go into hiding, we may have to drink our own urine.'

'That's something I've often thought about. Do you drink your own – or the other persons?'

'When you say often thought about… '

'Well, you know every now and then. Just out of idle curiosity.'

'You're not drinking my urine.'

'That's a little selfish. Surely, in our current crisis we should be working together. I'm rather disappointed in this me first attitude.'"


"Historians do tend to get lost in the moment. On some assignments we really could do with a couple of well-trained sheepdogs and a cattle prod."


"The whole city was waking now. Shouts and clanging metal echoed off the buildings. Every dog in the city was yelling his head off. You could tell St. Mary's was in town. 'Good job this is a stealth operation, Major. Imagine if people knew we were here.'"


"On the other hand, we wouldn't be St. Mary's if something wasn't on fire somewhere."


"Sometimes, the word 'shambles' just doesn't even begin to describe us…"


Despite their predilection to deprecating each other and their institution, they are extremely loyal to both.  They go to the ends of the earth to defend their counterparts, even when there's nothing to work with.  "'We'll think of something,' said Peterson.  'We're St. Mary's.'"


And after every adventure . . . "in the distance I could hear shouting. And screaming. Familiar sounds. St. Mary's thundered past on their way to make a crisis considerably worse. It was nice to be home."


In conclusion:  


"I had no idea what was going on. An hour ago I was talking to a horse and now here I was, back in the Cretaceous period sixty-seven million years ago, and with a man who'd been dead for nine months. You couldn't make it up."


One catastrophe averted. A new catastrophe set to begin.


But WHEN? When when when will we see the next book?  Not a clue to be found, anywhere I could see, including at the end of the most recent book. Sheer frustration setting in.


Many many thanks to Expendable Mudge for the recommendation.


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