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Reviewed by Carol Smith for Readers' Favorite
It was the prime of Janelle’s young life when heartbreak and love both came to her in quick succession. Her father died suddenly, leaving her a sizable amount of land, a thriving farming operation, and a tidy sum of money. She had barely walked away from her father’s grave when the love of her life, Richard Grayson, the son of an English Duke, came suddenly into her life. Their courtship was tumultuous; the couple accidentally discovered devastating information about Richard’s heritage, but Janelle and Richard did marry. Although Richard held no property or wealth of his own and he turned down a generous dowry, he chose to reap the rewards of Janelle’s own success. Eventually their marriage came close to crumbling due to this, among other factors.
Ms. Cheser’s writing skill is excellent, and "Janelle’s Time" was written well. It contains the heartbreaks of death, a roller coaster romance, and Richard’s deep shame at the unexpected discovery of a huge lie regarding his family's lineage. The two of them were human and had their faults and limitations. Janelle’s truly earth-shattering secret and the amazing abilities she inherited from her mother’s side of the family were almost downplayed. But the topic could have been used for many spectacular scenes other than their collecting of information, and for the convenience of overseas travel. The events of the story fall into place without any complex obstacles to overcome, without any heart-stopping, nail-biting, page-turning events. Though “Time” forms part of the title, the subject was barely touched upon, whereas it could have been utilized for a truly thrilling story.