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Reviewed by Janelle Fila for Readers' Favorite
Enlightened (EVE Series Book 2) by A.L. Waddington is a young adult romance that transcends two time periods. Jocelyn has two selves: one in the 1870s and one in 2009. The 1870s aren't as romantic as Jocelyn had read about in books and she's learning a woman's place in history. Her 1870s self is becoming aware of what is happening around her and she doesn't handle it very well. As her 1870s self becomes more aware, her 2009 self takes on more of the weaknesses of her 1870s self. She is in love with Jackson in both selves, but there is turmoil in their relationship during both time periods because Jocelyn thinks Jackson is keeping a secret from her. He's only protecting her, but as her selves become more and more aware, his protection becomes weaker and weaker. The closer she is drawn to Jackson by their mutual abilities, the more strain develops among her family and friends in 2009.
Enlightened is a very interesting story. I liked the idea of having a character in two different time periods and the history of the 1870s was beautifully described. A.L. Waddington did a nice job of making parts of the story a historical piece, which is something I appreciated and think other readers will enjoy as well. It was a very entertaining and educational experience and I enjoyed it very much. The romance between the two characters was complex and emotional, just like any authentic romance.