Book Blog Tour: The Hands of Time by Irina Shapiro (Review)

Today, we have here The Hands of Time blog tour with a review of this time travel historical romance. Hop on the tour and enjoy!

About The Hands of Time

The Hands of Time

When a young woman vanishes without a trace from a quaint fishing village on the coast of England only one person knows the truth, but he remains silent allowing the authorities to search for her in vain.

Meanwhile, Valerie Crane finds herself transported to the year 1605. Terrified and confused she turns for help to the Whitfield brothers, who take her in and offer her a home. Both Alexander and Finlay Whitfield fall in love with the mysterious woman who shows up on their doorstep creating a love triangle that threatens to consume them all. Valerie must make her choice, deciding between the brother who will lead her down the path of destruction or one who will give her a love she couldn’t find in her own time.

My Review

I wrote a lengthy and personal review. I even talked about how much I love my sister. It was full of emotions but it went down the drain when for the first time (!!!), WordPress failed me. So just imagine that I’ve opened my heart out but WordPress ate it all. So let’s get right at the meat of the review.

The only time travel novel I have read is The Time Traveler’s Wife and it sits on my favorite shelf. There’s something about love transcending time that just gets me here in my heart. I know Valerie here isn’t in love with someone who time travels or to someone of a different time while she’s in another time. Nope, she’s the one who time travels back to the past and lands with the Whitfield brothers who both fall in love with her. Choices, choices. And of course, a love triangle. Unlike me if I were in her position, she handles this way better than I though a person would. She was a strong character and strongly characterized. I adore the secondary characters too! Everyone was written greatly.

I’m not that into historical romances but the books I’ve read makes me want to read more historical romances. Think about balls and gowns, this is it. You also get politics and the world Shapiro has created is so colorful.

However, the one that really tugged at my heartstrings was the sisterhood between Valerie and Louisa. Imagine your sister just disappearing. I know I’d be devastated. What’s worse is you don’t know what happened to her. It seems wrong to move on but after some time, you’d got to move on. Life goes on while you grieve. But when is the right time to move on? I was willing Louisa in my mind while I was reading not to give up. I’m rooting for their sisterly love.

A love triangle set in the 17th century with a time traveler as one of the legs of the triangle, this is perfect for a lazy day. You’ll finish it in one sitting and you won’t regret spending time on it. I enjoyed this so much and I’m excited for the sequel!

About Irina Shapiro

I made my entrance into the world in a little known hospital located within walking distance of Moscow’s famed Red Square. For the next eleven years I lived the life of an ordinary Soviet child, in then communist Russia, until my family’s emigration to the United States in 1982. It was a difficult adjustment, but eventually I became an all American teenager who loved to watch soap operas and listen to pop music. Due to my love of reading I was able to pick up English very quickly and was an honor student throughout my school career.
After graduating from Bernard M. Baruch College in 1992 with a Bachelor’s degree in International Business I worked in advertising for two years before coming to realize that long hours and low wages were not the life for me. I shifted my focus to Import/Export and worked my way up to the position of Import Manager in a large textile house before leaving the work force in 2006 to focus on my autistic son.

It wasn’t until I had been at home for some time that I began to write. Eventually my characters began to take on a life of their own and have conversations in my head. Once I started writing my musings down the stories came easily enough. I incorporated my love of history and travel into my writing to create a rich and detailed background for my characters. Since then I have written five novels. I am currently working on a sequel to “The Hands of Time.”

I live in New Jersey with my husband and two children.

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