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A Trespass in Time (The Rowan & Ella Time Travel Adventure Series, Book 1) [Format Kindle]

Susan Kiernan-Lewis

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Ella Steven’s stubborn independence is the keystone of her identity—unfettered by romantic involvements or family demands—until the day she takes an exciting new job in Heidelberg, Germany. There, she stumbles onto a hidden time portal that takes her to 1620 Heidelberg where all her modern-day techno toys and proud self-reliance can’t protect her from the brutal realities of every day life.

Befriended by a convent of seventeenth century nuns who stand on the executioner's block of the bloodiest warlord in all of Europe, Ella struggles to survive in this primitive and brutal time. With the help of a sexy US Marshal, she tries to break out of her closed world of protected autonomy to help her new friends. When she does, she learns the hard way that when it comes to the things that really matter in life—love, trust and friendship—sometimes opening yourself up to others is the only true way home.

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  • Editeur : San Marco Press (1 janvier 2014)
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121 internautes sur 128 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
1.0 étoiles sur 5 Wasn't ready to publish 17 février 2013
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I've had to stop and start several times and I'm still struggling to finish. This has the outline of a good story but it just didn't seem ready to publish yet. There are parts, including near the beginning, that really drag and could be tightened up. The mystical part is poorly explained. And the characters in general need a lot of work. The main character is described as tough and independent but goes running as soon as she (and others) discovers something distressing about a distant relative. Her level of upset for someone far removed from herself is hard to understand, as are other characters reaction to it. And she just seems very young and kind of immature in general. And it isn't just her character that has problems. Old friends are never mentioned and her new friends are pretty clearly lousy. Her father is a mess and says incredibly hurtful things, seemingly by accident. He tells her (.........MILD SPOILER ALERT.......) that her dead mother is a CIA agent who apparently desperately wanted to abort her. Leaving that bombshell alone, the fact that a German citizen with the family connections she had would be accepted into the CIA is hard to believe, other characterization aside.

Not only that but the main villain is just cartoonishly bad. It's hard to keep reading the book when he is just so one dimensional and over the top. The background characters aren't much better. An entire town's peasant population cheer (cheer!) when an innocent nun gets brutally beaten. Other characters, including children, are abused in public to the delight of the general populace. It just doesn't seem at all believable that everyone is so evil except the main character and the small group she's defending. Especially because in the time period described nuns and religious people are generally pretty revered.

That said, there are parts that are enjoyable to read. But the issues I mention above really make it hard to keep going. I wish the author had spent some time with an editor really ironing out plot and character issues before publishing.

Edit: I'm revising down to one star from two because towards the end they are now basically openly using modern technology, including guns and an iphone, and claiming that they are just clever tools from the far east. An iphone. In 1620. I just can't.
68 internautes sur 72 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
2.0 étoiles sur 5 Good as a first draft 25 février 2013
Par A Teacher - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I rated this two-star because I'm kind of a sucker for cheesy time-travel novels. It had enough in it to keep me interested and I was able to finish it after two legs of a long car ride. I stop there because unlike other books I've read, the history is made up (and the author even admits this at the end). Oh, and the errors............

I speak German and have been to German-speaking countries several times. I was excited to read this book because of how familiar the subject is to me. But wow.... it was seriously in need of fact-checking. First of all, 80% of the German used in the book was incorrect. It ran together when it wasn't supposed to, had bad word order, and didn't follow simple characteristics of the language, like capitalized nouns. Even Google Translate would have done a better job with it (and I suspect an online translator may have played a role in many of the constructed sentences). Not that linguistic accuracy should be the most important aspect of a fictional novel, but I would think that if the author doesn't have a background in the language, maybe it should be double-checked before publication (an ad on Craigslist could have done the trick).

Beyond that, there were errors in many other aspects of the book. I cringed every time Wikipedia was spelled with 2 K's. But most of all, I was upset at the false references (when things were built, stating that 2012 is 600 years later than 1620, etc.) given throughout the novel. Again, a simple Google search would have made it much more believable. In my opinion, if the author is spending the time to write a novel, she should put in a couple of extra weeks making sure that the information lines up. And perhaps have somebody else read it first.
26 internautes sur 28 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
2.0 étoiles sur 5 A very unhistorical historical 4 mai 2014
Par Literate - usually - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I really do not understand an author who puts a coy, "If you noticed some things historically wrong with this story, oh, I know better but I just made up a bunch of stuff up anyway. Tee Hee." in an after note. How can she possibly think that's an acceptable excuse for a bad plot and bad characterizations? This book had so many weird and unhistorical things in it that I suspect that note was a total afterthought when some set of beta readers pointed out just how bad the research was. I seriously think the author got her entire understanding of how a convent works from watching "The Sound of Music". Yes, it was that shallow. She also completely missed ALL the historical problems of early 17th century Heidelberg. She wrote her villains as TSTL (too stupid to live) psychopaths who gleefully go about destroying their own tax base when there is a handy set of 'other' to be plundered nearby and her historical good guys are written as just plain TSTL. After escaping from the destruction of their convent by crawling through a conveniently disused but easy to traverse tunnel into the countryside, the nuns hung around in a large cave near the tunnel exit. Seriously? And they were not found the next day by any half-way competent search?

It's a pity it deteriorated because the start of the story was very well done. It had an interesting twist on time-travel romance, the heroine had a very interesting back story and a good set of challenges to overcome, and the writing itself was smooth to read - until I struggled to overlook the poorly done characterizations of the historical part and the quite unlikely plot. I'm very good at suspending my disbelief - hey, I liked all the improbabilities of the first third! - but not if the stupidities and inaccuracies are continually thwapped in my face like a noxious dead fish. On the good side, I did learn a lot about early 17th century Heidelberg but only because I had to read the book with an open browser window nearby to look up the real history every time I said to myself, "that can't be right!" as I read along. From big plates of fried potatoes at least a hundred years too early, to the order of nuns who ran the convent not being founded for another two hundred years, (apparently the term "Magdalene laundry" means nothing to the author as she's extolling the virtues of the Sisters of Mercy), to the general cognitive dissonance induced by having no understanding of what being a Catholic or a Protestant meant in 1620 Heidelberg [i]two years after[/i] the start of the Thirty Years War there are problems in this book that can't be hand waived away with a "oh, it's just a story and it does not matter." Yes, for this reader at least, it matters. I much prefer a story grounded in actual history. Why write and market it as a historical instead of as a fantasy if the author can't be bothered to use the history? I kept thinking of better ways it could have been plotted and easy ways to make the characters more realistic. While this may advance my own writing skills, it pointed up the story's flaws in a way that I could not overlook.

It gets two stars for my enthusiastic enjoyment of the first third while the plot was being set in motion. To really enjoy the book, I recommend readers stop there and make up the rest themselves. I wish I had.
10 internautes sur 11 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Time Travel Portal 20 mars 2013
Par Hank Lajoie - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
The wide range of characters, from nuns to barbarians, are colorful and interesting.A light read anyone can enjoy for a brief respite from the reality we call our day to day existence. As a writer, I find richness in characters can do a lot to maintain the reader's interest, and the characters in "Heidelberg" surely worked that way for me.
11 internautes sur 13 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Hard to put down 27 janvier 2013
Par Sheila Gallagher - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
SPOILER ALERT--

Ella decides she needs more adventure in her life so she takes a job in Heidelberg, Germany, where she knows no one nor the language. Before leaving the US, she meets Rowan, a US Deputy Marshall on medical leave for a bullet wound. They try a long-distance relationship but it has its flaws and they separate until Ella needs Rowan when she discovers long held secrets in her family. Ella then disappears and Rowan goes to Germany to find her. What he does not know is that Ella has gone into the past--1620 Heidelberg. Both get caught up in saving a convent from that time when warlords took precedence over the law.

I like how The Heidelberg Effect shows different points of view from the major characters. I like how there is no narrator but each characters' thoughts and actions are shown. I found if very easy to go from one POV to another. Each was well set off from the other. The characters stay true to their time periods and their thoughts and actions reflect their time periods and countries of origin.

Rowan and Ella are good, strong characters. I did not care for Ella and her attitude at the beginning but when she discovers the past about her family, she becomes vulnerable and loses the attitude. As she helps the convent in 1620 Heidelberg her strength comes through. Rowan I loved from the beginning. He's an American cowboy who is going to rescue and protect the women.

Sr. Greta was fantastic. She gives continuity between the past and the present, including her "present." She is also strong and, like Ella, I would like to know what happens to her. The villains, Axel and his father Hans, are some nasty pieces of work. They are true to their 1620's. They rule their little corner of the world with iron fists and no one, certainly not the lawful authorities, are going to interfere. Naturally, I knew they would get what was coming to them.

The blending of old and modern makes The Heidelberg Effect. Technology, cultural differences, societal differences, and the changes that occurred between then and now is interesting to see and learn about. The Heidelberg Effect is a good way to spend a snowy Saturday afternoon. I had a hard time putting it down and was annoyed by the interruptions by the phone.
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