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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
When Marion takes her two daughters to visit the ruins of Sparnstow Abbey, little did she know of the adventure that awaited. It was an adventure that would take her back many centuries to a time when the abbey was still intact and fully functional, to meet an abbess and a nobleman, both whom had some mysterious connection to her. Using her twenty-first century knowledge of allergic reactions, Marion managed to save the life of an important personage in medieval history. Marion wasn’t the history buff. That was her daughters’ fascination. But the pact she made with the abbess and nobleman formed a connection between her world and the one many centuries before, a pact she couldn’t break. Or history might be changed forever. Hers included.
The fascination with the theory of time travel has many different realms of possibilities: a specific location, a specific person, a talisman that connects the past to the present. Loretta Livingstone’s novel, Out of Time, uses a portal at an historic site, an abbey, and a person that is somehow connected, past and present, to the people of another time. Marion, the protagonist, is a very believable twenty-first century mother. She’s interested in her two daughters and their fascination with medieval history. To a point. Until Marion finds herself drawn back in time to that specific era. The author knows her history and manages to embellish a very probable time travel plot with the unique complexities of the innumerable possibilities of what ifs. A compelling tale of past and present and the binds that connect and interweave between the two.