Saturday, September 1, 2012

Review: The Messenger's Handbook by Pamela DuMond

Synopsis:

What if you discovered that your soul mate lived three centuries before you were even born?

It’s been years since Madeline and her mama were victims of a car crash. Madeline survived but suffers wicked anxiety. Her mama simply disappeared. At age sixteen she inherits her mama’s handmade book filled with dangerous family secrets, but barely skimmed it before she’s pushed onto train tracks.

Madeline wakes in 1675, the sole survivor of a Native massacre on a colonial settlement. She has inadvertently time traveled to the War between the Wampanoag Natives and the colonists they recently welcomed to America’s shores. Rescued and taken back to a colonial garrison, Madeline learns she is a Messenger, a traveler who can slip through time’s fabric at will, bringing messages that could change one life or many. She doesn’t know the first thing about traveling let alone surviving this harsh new world. Rumors of witchcraft and spying could get her killed. But falling into a forbidden love with Samuel, a mixed blood boy, puts them both at risk.

The only way Madeline can get home and save both their lives is to train with Samuel and the Medicine Woman, confront her deepest fears and fulfill her destiny as a Messenger. But the Hunters, dark-souled predators as well as skilled time travelers, are closing in – and they will kill her if she doesn’t join them. Madeline learns that falling in love, and falling through time doesn’t have to be accidental, could be deadly, but is worth the fight of her life.

Details:

ebook; Published April 10th 2012

The Elliott Review:

This book's creative plot drew me in. I love the concept of time travel, and it was interesting to see how this works for Madeline. Since she is a Messenger, she has the ability to move throughout time, reconnecting with familiar souls time and time again. When she unexpectedly appears in the past, she must deal with an unfamiliar culture including close minded villagers and evil people posing as good as well as face danger from multiple places.

What I enjoyed most was Madeline herself, her quirks and determined spirit. She has much that she must overcome and learn to become a Messenger, and I enjoyed seeing how that played out. Her relationship with Samuel is interesting and intriguing. I also enjoyed seeing how her relationship with her mentor, Angeni, develops.

Source: Thanks to Pamela DuMond for providing a copy of this title in exchange for a fair review.


1 comment:

  1. I've just read Mariana which was also a kind or reincarnation/time travel. Book review on my blog. I found the idea fascinating.

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