What happens when a twenty-first century woman on a mission to change the past meets a thoroughly 1940’s man trying to stay alive in the hellish skies over war-torn Europe?
Melanie “Mel” Morton is an adventure reporter, who lost her grandfather in World War II. With no family left, she’s all about doing her job and finishing her grandfather’s biography. Enter Jack Hamilton, sexy octogenarian, genius/scientist and former WWII bomber pilot. What he tells Mel sends her on her craziest adventure yet–straight into the past to save her grandfather’s life–and change Jack’s future, if she doesn’t accidentally end it. All Mel has to do is outmaneuver the entire German army–and not fall in love with Jack. Unfortunately, eluding the German army is the easy part…
|This was a good time travel romance, but I did not give it a higher rating because I had issues with it. I don’t know, maybe I’m weird, but I have to believe what I read. I know that sci-fi or fantasy are make believe, but the story has to convince me that what I am reading is believable in the context of the story. I hope that makes sense. Like the Chronicles of Narnia made me believe all that was happening in those books. Same with The Lord of the Rings.
Well, with Out of Time, the main character “Mel” must go back in time to WWII to save her grandfather. (She also falls in love with the pilot of his bomber crew that she had always had a “crush” on from her grandfather’s picture of the crew.) But, it turns out she had already attempted to do that once before– go back in time to save her grandfather (though she has no memory of it), and had died on that previous attempt, though she is alive in the present to do it again. I kept waiting throughout the book for an explanation (she does too– because how could either be possible?). I thought alternate reality? Parallel universe? Mel actually, too, asked those very questions to the man sending her back in time, but she is told “Nope, not possible”…. so we are left with no explanation how she could die in the past, and be alive in the present to try again, nor do we gain any further understanding as to how she could have gone back previously and not remember. Other than that, I liked the story… it kept me turning pages wanting to find out how it all turns out, rooting for the characters to survive. If not for those issues, I would have given it a higher rating.
I received this copy from the author for an honest review, thank you!
This is a science fiction time travel romance, part of which is contemporary and most of which reads like a historical fiction novel and takes place in war-torn 1942 England and France.
Melanie “Mel” Morton is an adventure reporter and star of a TV show, “Make Mel Cry Uncle”. She is known for being both stubborn and daring… which is perfect when her job consists of putting herself in perilous positions and seeing if she will “cry uncle” to get out of them. She never cried uncle… yet.
And then she makes a startling discovery. She had traveled back in time to 1942 once, and messed up history, big time. A bullet meant for somebody else ended up killing her grandfather, a fighter in the war, instead. And worse than that, she’d died before she could make it back. As if that’s not bad enough, she realizes that to fix things, she has to go back in time again.
Her mission? Fix what she messed up. Save her grandfather. Don’t mess up time too badly this time. Don’t get killed. And oh yeah, don’t fall in love with a dashing young 25-year-old bomber pilot named Jack Hamilton who is technically sixty-plus years her senior. Don’t even think about him, his hair, his eyes, his smile, oooh that smile…
It is very clean for a romance taking place in World War 2. It has no romantic scenes beyond some hugging and kissing, and has only two curse words in it, one of them mild. It is a great, entertaining book for both adults and young adults alike. I really appreciate the fact that the author tried so hard to keep the book clean, when WWII soldiers were not exactly known for their clean language. It is a refreshing change to read something of such quality, and I highly recommend it to fans of both sci-fi and historical fiction. I hope that some day a sequel comes out for it. The book was so good, I’d love to read more!
Other thoughts from twogalsandabook:
We had the wonderful good fortune of running across this author’s blog a while back, and I liked it instantly. The blog posts were so good, they made me want to read some of her books and see how they were for myself. She was kind enough to send each of us a review copy of her book, Out of Time, and after having read it I am now very grateful for the experience. In fact, the book was so enjoyable that we may review more of her books in the future… so stay tuned! The book can be purchased on Amazon and Barnes and Noble, at the following links:
Pauline Baird Jones likes to wander among the genres, trying a little of this and a lot of that, rampaging through her characters’ lives like Godzilla because she does love her peril (when it’s not happening to her). Never fear, she gives her characters happy endings. Well, the good characters. The bad ones get justice.
Interview with Pauline Baird Jones:
twogalsandabook: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Pauline Baird Jones: I’m a writer, so that means I’m a bit mad. Okay, a lot mad. LOL I hear voices in my head and wander in strange places. But I was a reader first. I liked to read anything that interested me, so that is pretty much how I write. Godzilla and I turned 50 the same year (ouch), so I tell people I rampage like him through my characters lives, wandering in and out of the genres.
Goodreads says I died in 1999 and I didn’t find out until a few years ago (on Twitter! I wish someone had told me sooner!), so you can find me as the Dead Author Live on Facebook and YouTube.
In my real world, I am a wife, a mom, and a grandma. We also wandered from where we started (Wyoming), through Texas and Louisiana, then back to Texas, and we are currently in the process of retiring back to Wyoming.
twogalsandabook: What was the hardest part about writing this book?
Pauline Baird Jones: For me, getting started is the hardest part. I don’t plot ahead, so I have the lure the story out of my brain. Sometimes the characters are as eager as I am to get the story down and other times…not so much. Then there is the middle. And the end. When I was writing Out of Time, I had only a very basic idea of how it was going to end. It totally surprised me.
twogalsandabook: How much geographical, lingual, and historical research did it take to write Out of Time?
Pauline Baird Jones: I did more research for Out of Time than for any of my other books, including my mysteries. I had maps, books, all sorts of online data and — the best part — I was able to talk to WWII pilots and crew members of B-17s and other planes. My husband’s father was a ball turret gunner and he was a great source of information. My mom and my dad told me what it was like to live through a war. I will admit, I ran into huge problems trying to map out my characters journey through Occupied France and what it would have been like, so I came up with what I consider an ingenious (and logical) solution to that problem. Lol
twogalsandabook: How long did it take you to write it, from beginning to end, including the research it took?
Pauline Baird Jones: I had the idea several years before I was able to sit down and write the book. I also needed to become a better writer. There was a point where I wasn’t sure I had the skill to write the story. I had piles of research. I had characters. I had setting and some of the plot. But it was terrifying to jump in and write the book. When it started to unroll for me, it was pure delight. I loved writing this book.
twogalsandabook: Do you believe that there is the possibility of time travel sometime in the far future?
Pauline Baird Jones: I do and I don’t. Lol I think there are very good reasons why we shouldn’t travel through time (I even wrote a blog post about it – lol) and a competing blog post about why time travel is cool. But it is hard to make the case for time travel being good when there is so much potential to mess things up. (Something I use a lot in other books, too. Messing things up is a great way to hose your characters.)
twogalsandabook: What books/authors have influenced you most in your writing?
Pauline Baird Jones: When I look at my earliest influences, Mary Stewart was a huge influence. I saw The Moonspinners in the theater and saw there was a novel, went and found it and fell in love with romantic suspense. Alastair Maclean was also a big influence. That guy could ramp up the suspense and he also introduced me to filtering in humor. Elizabeth Cadell and Georgette Heyer taught me about creating characters that live and breath and stay with you long after you close a book.
twogalsandabook: How many books have you written?
Pauline Baird Jones: I have written 22 novels and some short stories. (I need to count them up and write the number down, because I keep forgetting how many.)
twogalsandabook: Care to tell us a little bit about your other books?
Pauline Baird Jones: As noted, I tend to wander among the genres in my writing (possibly because I’m a wandering reader). So I have written romantic suspense, thrillers, a gothic, science fiction romance, mystery/suspense/humor, and mystery/suspense. My newest releases are: Louisiana Lagniappe: The Big Uneasy 3.0. My Big Uneasy series was inspired by our 18 years living in New Orleans. Crime solving is a family affair—and a Family affair—in the Big Uneasy. Louisiana Lagniappe features the dad of the Baker clan. I was inspired by attending my Really Big Number high school reunion. Lol
And another newer release is Found Girl: Project Enterprise 6. Last year I decided to restart my Project Enterprise series, because so many readers have asked me to. It’s totally science fiction romance, with lots of adventure. This book introduces a new ship and characters, but the series will loop around and give some of my favorite characters to be guests.
My latest, latest release is Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2. It is an anthology of 12 science fiction romance stories with action, adventure and pets. In space. Lol Veronica Scott and I are the organizers of the anthology and we’re so thrilled that it also received a Library Journal Best Books of 2017 (eOriginals). (Last year Pets in Space was awarded Best Books of 2016 (eOriginals).) Embrace the Romance: Pets in Space 2 will only be on sale for a limited time, but there are rumors of a Pets in Space 3. (Grin)
twogalsandabook: Can we expect to see more books from you in the future?
Pauline Baird Jones: Oh yes, you can. There is no cure for me. Lol I will write my stories (posthumously, of course) until my brain quits working. I’m currently working on the next Project Enterprise book, I have a new Big Uneasy on my production schedule, and I’m hoping to get to that sequel for Out of Time. (I keep trying and Life keeps Happening. A lot.) And there is that rumor about more Pets in Space…
twogalsandabook: Is there anything else that you would like to share before we close this interview?
Pauline Baird Jones: You can find me online here:
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Pauline-Baird-Jones/e/B000APFS0M/
Newsletter signup: https://paulinebairdjones.authorreach…
What great answers! Thank you, Pauline Baird Jones, for sharing all of this with us. And thank you also, fair readers, for visiting this page and reading thus far. I hope you enjoyed this inside peak into the life and literature of a great author. As I said before, this book can be found at Amazon and Barnes and Noble if you are interested in purchasing a copy for yourself. Enjoy!
Other books by Pauline Baird Jones (a sample of some of her numerous books):
(First book in the “Project Enterprise” series, of which there are several)
(First in a series)
(Book 2 in The Lonesome Lawman Series)