Welcome to one of the January 28th stops on the blog tour for A Remedy in Time by Jennifer Macaire, organized by Rachel’s Random Resources. Be sure to follow the rest of the tour for more features, reviews, guest posts by the author, and a giveaway! (More on that at the end of this post.)
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About the Book
A Remedy in Time
Tempus U Time Series Book Two*
by Jennifer Macaire
*Can be read as a stand-alone
Published 7 January 2021
by Headline Accent
Genre: Time Travel (Science Fiction), Historical Fiction
Page Count: 250
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To save the future, she must turn to the past…
San Francisco, Year 3377. A deadly virus has taken the world by storm. Scientists are desperately working to develop a vaccine. And Robin Johnson – genius, high-functioning, and perhaps a little bit single-minded – is delighted. Because, to cure the disease, she’s given the chance to travel back in time.
But when Robin arrives at the last Ice Age hoping to stop the virus at its source, she finds more there than she bargained for. And just as her own chilly exterior is beginning to thaw, she realises it’s not only sabre-toothed tigers that are in danger of extinction…
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My Rating: 4 Stars
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I was granted complimentary eARC access to A Remedy in Time by Jennifer Macaire via NetGalley as part of my participation in a blog tour for this title through Rachel’s Random Resources. Thank you to all involved in affording me this opportunity! This has not swayed my opinion. My thoughts are my own and my review is honest.
The year is 3377 and Robin has a chance to travel back in time with the hope of finding clues toward a cure for a strain of typhus that has become a significant problem. The trouble is she needs to travel back to the last ice age, and time travel seems to have a finite cap on exactly how far back a traveller can go and still return. The last ice age is beyond that.
I was immediately charmed and won over by Robin’s account of how she came to work with her current mentor, exposing herself for the strategically agreeable and opportunistic woman she is, and noting that he gave up on his grumpy act that scared away her predecessors after failing to scare her off for a couple of years. I was immediately invested in these characters! It was clear from the start that Robin is our protagonist and the plot will follow her, but honestly, I wanted a little more of her and her stubborn mentor in the beginning. The way she introduced their working relationship sounded like it would be so amusing to be a fly on the wall!
The prospect of taking a human from a millennium in the future and sending her back into pre-history is an amazingly tantalizing idea, and the payoff in this novel does not disappoint! The creatures we read about in National Geographic and hear about on The History Channel are brought to life with great skill in this book, and the kid in me who dreamed of a career in paleontology could not get enough.
The reason this book is solidly a 4 star for me and not a full 5 is that the relationship that attempts to develop between Robin and the prehistoric man Yah just didn’t do it for me. He’s quite interesting and endearing, but the dynamic between them exposes just how accurate Robin’s self-diagnosis of sociopath is. She doesn’t change at all. She doesn’t respond to him the way he thinks she should or the way the reader thinks she should. There’s nothing truly there on her part. (And besides, isn’t contact with paleolithic people prohibited? I know circumstances changed, but…)
Overall this was a great read, and I would highly recommend it to all lovers of historical fiction, light science fiction, and time travel. This is technically book two in a series, but it is advertised as being readable as a standalone, and I can attest that is true. I would also like to extend my compliments to the cover artist! Had I not been presented with the opportunity to access this book through the tour I would have undoubtedly come across this one in the NetGalley listings and been drawn to it anyway. This is the sort of cover that makes you look closer!
About the Author
Jennifer Macaire lives in France with her husband, three children, & various dogs & horses. She loves chocolate, biking, & reading. She grew up in upstate New York, Samoa, and the Virgin Islands. She graduated from St. Peter and Paul high school in St. Thomas and moved to NYC where she modeled for five years for Elite. She went to France and met her husband at the polo club. All that is true. But she mostly likes to make up stories.
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Comment on “A Remedy in Time – 4 Star Book Review”
Thank you so much for a terrific review! I’m so glad you enjoyed my book!