Wednesday, August 18, 2021

On tour with The Coffee Pot Book Club: The Whirlpools of Time by Anna Belfrage #BookReview #HistoricalFiction #TimeTravel @abelfrageauthor @maryanneyarde


He hoped for a wife. He found a companion through time and beyond.

It is 1715 and for Duncan Melville something fundamental is missing from his life. Despite a flourishing legal practice and several close friends, he is lonely, even more so after the recent death of his father. He needs a wife—a companion through life, someone to hold and be held by. What he wasn’t expecting was to be torn away from everything he knew and find said woman in 2016…

Erin Barnes has a lot of stuff going on in her life. She doesn’t need the additional twist of a stranger in weird outdated clothes, but when he risks his life to save hers, she feels obligated to return the favour. Besides, whoever Duncan may be, she can’t exactly deny the immediate attraction.

The complications in Erin’s life explode. Events are set in motion and to Erin’s horror she and Duncan are thrown back to 1715. Not only does Erin have to cope with a different and intimidating world, soon enough she and Duncan are embroiled in a dangerous quest for Duncan’s uncle, a quest that may very well cost them their lives as they travel through a Scotland poised on the brink of rebellion.  

Will they find Duncan’s uncle in time? And is the door to the future permanently closed, or will Erin find a way back?

My Review

There is something about time travel that not only takes the characters to different times with different lifestyles and different dangers lurking around the corners, but it also takes the reader along for the ride —with no way of turning back, the reader is trapped in the time the characters end up in until the book is over (and then, the reader may still go back to the beginning to relive it all over again).

The world that the characters end up in is 1715, where a revolution brews due to the unrest because a foreign king sits on the English throne. Duncan Melville may belong in this time, but Erin Barnes calls 2016 her home and is in for a rude awakening when she and Duncan must make their way in a world that she is unprepared to live in, with a man she cannot help but love. 

Despite the threat of the Jacobites, Duncan and Erin find themselves in Scotland, searching for Duncan’s uncle, David Graham. I must say, out of the many Grahams in this book, David was one of the only ones I could easily place, due to his extended involvement in the story. The Graham family is a rather large one, but, thankfully, a clear knowledge of the family was not a necessity, and the story of rogues, scoundrels and close encounters unfolded into a wonderful book that I found very difficult to put down.

While I expected fighting for honour and, indeed, fighting for one’s life, I did not quite expect the relationship between Erin and Duncan to be quite so intense. They have not known each other for very long when they take big steps ahead in their romance, but I suppose when you’ve found your soulmate, there is no need to be patient.

This book is the kind of book that draws you in, begging you to turn the pages and start yet another chapter, and you willingly listen, devouring the story and feeling disappointed when you have to put it down to carry out basic human functions such as eating and sleeping. If this book is not on your to-read list, you should definitely add it, and maybe also bump it up a couple of spaces!

Buy this Book (and I highly recommend that you do)


This novel is available to read on #KindleUnlimited

Anna Belfrage

Had Anna been allowed to choose, she’d have become a time-traveller. As this was impossible, she became a financial professional with two absorbing interests: history and writing. Anna has authored the acclaimed time travelling series The Graham Saga, set in 17th century Scotland and Maryland, as well as the equally acclaimed medieval series The King’s Greatest Enemy which is set in 14th century England.  

Anna has also published The Wanderer, a fast-paced contemporary romantic suspense trilogy with paranormal and time-slip ingredients. Her September 2020 release, His Castilian Hawk, has her returning to medieval times. Set against the complications of Edward I’s invasion of Wales, His Castilian Hawk is a story of loyalty, integrity—and love. Her most recent release, The Whirlpools of Time, is a time travel romance set against the backdrop of brewing rebellion in the Scottish highlands.

All of Anna’s books have been awarded the IndieBRAG Medallion, she has several Historical Novel Society Editor’s Choices, and one of her books won the HNS Indie Award in 2015. She is also the proud recipient of various Reader’s Favorite medals as well as having won various Gold, Silver and Bronze Coffee Pot Book Club awards.

Find out more about Anna, her books and her eclectic historical blog on her website, .

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  1. I am so glad you enjoyed The Whirlpools of Time. Thank you so much for hosting today's tour stop.

  2. Oh, wow! Here I am, drowning in preparations for our son's wedding and this review made me so, so happy! Son is even happier, as your lovely words have served to re-energise me!


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