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Daughter of Time: A Time Travel Romance (The After Cilmeri Series) [Kindle Edition]

Sarah Woodbury
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Sarah Woodbury is my new favorite author. Daughter of Time reminds me of Outlander and 1632, with a fresh twist. I read all the books in the After Cilmeri series in four days! Long after I finished the last book, the stories and characters stayed in my mind, and I kept wishing I could return the world Sarah so skillfully created. I can't wait for the next book and the next ..." -- Debra Holland, New York Times bestselling author of the Montana Sky Series.

Daughter of Time is appropriate for readers from young teens to adults and is a prequel to the After Cilmeri series:

A medieval man with an uncertain destiny, Llywelyn, the Prince of Wales, faces treachery and deceit at the hands of friends and foes alike ...

A modern woman with a troubled past, Meg's life is in tatters when she slips through time and into medieval Wales ...

Only by working together can Meg and Llywelyn navigate the shifting allegiances that threaten the very existence of Wales--and create their own history that defies the laws of time.

**A note from the author: I am so happy to be able to share with you this prequel to the After Cilmeri series. I created Footsteps in Time and Prince of Time first, and only wrote Daughter of Time after so many readers wanted to know how the story began. Meg's journey is continued in Footsteps in Time and Winds of Time, a novella that is meant to be a companion to the series. Happy reading!

--From The Kindle Book Review:

While a time-travel romance, the relationship between Meg and Prince Llewlyn of Wales is not cliché. It's truly two people struggling to overcome their different backgrounds and the current political climate of 13th century Wales to follow their hearts. The completely fresh storyline of a Daughter of Time is one of the strongest aspects of this story.

Daughter of Time is a sweetheart style romance in that the sexual scenes take place off stage, and an enjoyable look at chivalry in a way that explains how functional it was for the time period, and not just a cliché romantic notion modern readers have about knights in shining armor.

Overall, I give this book 5 stars and recommend you grab a copy or at least download a sample for yourself.

About the Author

With two historian parents, Sarah couldn't help but develop an interest in the past. She went on to get more than enough education herself (in anthropology) and began writing fiction when the stories in her head overflowed and demanded she let them out. Her interest in Wales stems from her own ancestry and the year she lived in England when she fell in love with the country, language, and people. She even convinced her husband to give all four of their children Welsh names. She makes her home in Oregon.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 441 KB
  • Print Length: 349 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: The Morgan-Stanwood Publishing Group (March 19 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004SQSMV6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #416 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing read! June 17 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Was sad when I finished this book because it was so good but extremely excited to see there was more books afterwards. Downloaded them that very same day and have read all 7! Cannot wait to read the next book!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable and unrealistic Jan. 9 2014
By roya TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
She transports back in time to the 15th century, and falls into the hands of a holy crusader who should no longer exist as the wars ended in the 13th century. He is not the type who forces women, but sleeps with them naked in the same bed, refers to them as mine, and kisses them by force. He can save damsels in distress in an upside down car in a sinking bog buy opening the door!!!!! can unbuckle a seat-belt by pushing the red button!!!! (my mother has a hard time with seat-belt buckles) and can take a child out of a car seat by pushing a red button!!!! Are you serious. He refers to the car as a vehicle (an 18th century word) and recognizes tires as wheels. And to top it all, he is not scared of the car, sorry, vehicle, no, chariot. I stopped reading at 15%. I cannot believe being more than a teenager and enjoying this book. If you don`t care about consistency of facts, timelines, and realism of 11th century attitude and beliefs, then read this book. I found it an insult to my intelligence.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible Oct. 9 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This book was just so bad. I had a lot of trouble finishing it. She transports through time and then falls in love. Not an original idea. This is a poor man's Outlander, by Diana Gabaldon. Don't waste your time.
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153 of 161 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweeping Historical Fantasy March 28 2011
By Eille - Published on
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I love medieval history, and I loved the blend of history, romance, and time-travel fantasy in this book. Meg is a young single mother of a two and a half year old girl. She's endured an abusive relationship with her now-dead husband, the father of her daughter, and has little reason to trust men or believe in romance--until she's hurled back through time to the court of Llywelyn ap Gruffydd, the last Prince of Wales. Coming from the future, Meg is able to warn Llywelyn of the dangers in store for him and help him navigate the complex politics of the time. I loved how historically based this book was and what a vivid picture it gave of the time period, but I think my favorite part was watching Meg grow as a character. Medieval Wales wasn't a place where women had great power--and yet it's in exactly this setting that Meg truly overcomes her past and grows into the strong, capable women she was meant to be. I can't wait to read the rest of the series!
319 of 347 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars ouch Oct. 10 2011
By CA - Published on
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I have great respect for authors, as they put so much time and energy into such a great feat as writing books. Therefore, it is with great regret that I have to say that this book leaves much to be desired. I believe it had great prospects, as the idea of a modern, troubled woman traveling back in time with her toddler, only to meet up with a great historic figure - well, this really grabbed me. But the writing was so challenging. I managed to get 2/3 of the way through, and then I couldn't take it anymore. This book had a great start. In fact, I read the sample first, became quite intrigued, and then downloaded the book. But disappointment set in about 1/3 of the way through.

The dialogue was painful. There was no flow - it was inconsistent, confusing, and sometimes just made no sense. There were so many characters, with poor explanation of who they were - I had to look up the actual history on the internet just to figure out what the heck was happening. The chapters alternate between Meg's perspective, then Llywelyn's - which would have been interesting, except that Llywelyn's "thoughts" were laced with modern-day colloquialisms, much like Meg's- so I wasn't sure who was speaking. Llywelyn speaks of going to his "office." Did medieval princes really call it an "office?" Then later, when trying to correct Meg's way of addressing him, he states, "....if you can just tack `my lord' on there at the end...." Isn't that modern-day phrasing? I got so confused I wasn't sure if it was Meg or Llywelyn who traveled back in time.

Realism - there was none. I would expect if a 13th century Welsh prince came across a 1990's automobile sinking into a swamp with a woman at the wheel and a child in a car seat, he probably would not have figured out how to release both the seatbelt AND the child's car-seat belt in seconds flat, much less figure out how to open the doors. Wouldn't he have bashed the windows in and whipped out his knife to cut the belt? The story started to lose me here....

Character development was nonexistent. I kept re-reading passages, thinking I had missed something. Characters just seemed to change direction at the drop of a hat, and I had no idea what their motives were. The dialogue was not helpful here- in fact, it only made it more confusing.

There were several typos and grammatical errors. I guess for $0.99 I have come to expect that, but that only makes me think that there was no care for how accurate the writing was. This only confirmed my disappointment with the weird dialogue, the lack of character development, and the unrealistic meshing of 13th and 20th century perspectives. I am a fan of time travel stories, but I have read far better.
74 of 79 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enticing Tale of Time Travel May 2 2011
By Geraldine Evans - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
REVIEW by Geraldine Evans

DAUGHTER OF TIME a stand-alone novel in the world of the After Cilmeri Series. - A TIME TRAVEL NOVEL

I'll start by saying I've never read a time travel novel, so was half waiting for Dr Who to appear! Needless to say, he didn't, but a young widow named Meg and her daughter, Anna, did. Freed by the death of her husband from a violent marriage, Met and her daughter have gone out for the mundane buying of ice-cream when their car skids on some ice. When she wakes up, Meg finds she has flown through some kind of time curtain and is in thirteenth Century Wales, having been rescued from her swamp-sinking vehicle by Llywelyn ap Gruffydd, the Prince of Wales himself. It doesn't take long for the pair to fall in love.

Thanks to her previous study of Welsh history Meg is able to save him from a premature death. They go through a peasant's form of plight-troth and become man and wife. But love can't conquer all, not in this world. Many dangers beset them from Llywelyn's jealous brother, Dafydd to warring Marcher lords, and which, through them, threaten Wales's very independence from an increasingly voracious England.

I very much enjoyed this book. I found Sarah Woodbury wove a telling tapestry of thirteenth Century Welsh royal life.. She had me caught up in the tale and in believing it is possible to pass through centuries to an earlier time. She has persuaded me to try more in this genre. Heartily recommended.
72 of 83 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Muddled Mess of the Middle Ages Aug. 26 2011
By tarscoron - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is obviously the author's love letter to Wales, that much is obvious. Unfortunately, I didn't fall in love with this book. Not even much "in like" with it.

I like the concept, take an apparently beloved historical figure (and I Wiki'd him online because I'd never heard of him), Llywelyn the Great, Prince of Wales, and combine his story with a "romantic" tale of time travel.

The characters were flat and most of the time pretty uninteresting. They didn't change or grow. They were static and forgettable. The point of view shifted from chapter to chapter between Meg and Llyweln. I didn't have a problem with the first person narrative, but the pacing was pretty slow in many places, especially during the long diatribes about military strategy and planning. There were so many characters all with unpronounceable Welsh names, it was hard to keep them straight. Who was the main villain? What was the main conflict? I was lost after a while, there was just too much, but not enough. I didn't know where the author wanted my attention.

I don't see how this is classified as a romance. There were a couple of kisses. And literally, that's about all that was said about them, "he kissed me." I don't understand why these two people would want to be together, why the Prince of Wales, in the Middle Ages, would let a strange woman be privy to all his military strategy.

And the time travel aspect. Ugh. It felt like a gimmick. It didn't work. You could have cut out the entire time travel and have a more focused historical fiction novel. A young woman from the 1990's suddenly travels back in time to the Middle Ages. She's pretty accepting of everything, so are all the people she meets. She drives (drives! Very few questions are asked about this strange "chariot" she rides in) through some portal , who knows why, it's never explained, and there still is no conflict! There was no point! Don't just tell me, hey it's time travel. Believe it. Give me the magic and mysticism to back it up. And all the back story of Meg's husband - - no point! Another gimmick. I don't think there has ever been a book where I felt you could cut out one of the two main characters and have a better, more interesting book. The ending was ridiculous. I actually screamed "No freakin' way!" I can't believe that the author finished it that way. Not because it was a shocking ending, or a cliff hanger, but because it just didn't explain anything. It was a cop out.

Was this book trying to be "Outlander"? At least that one was done right.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a romance, but good nonetheless. Feb. 27 2012
By J's mom - Published on
Daughter of Time (though I purchased it through Amazon, it's not showing that I did, for some reason) is a time travel story in which a woman of Welsh descent is thrown back in time with her toddler daughter. Now while I liked this book, mostly because I lived in Wales as a child, the book did present a few minor difficulties. One of the difficulties, naturally, is pronouncing the names of the Welsh characters, although this author wisely provided a pronunciation chart at the beginning of the book. In my review, I'm not going to bother to name them, because it's just simply too hard for me.
Whilst this book is promoted as a romance, I didn't find it so. It is, however, an enjoyable story with a rather pleasant literary feel to it. My only other problem worth mentioning in this story, was the amount of history the heroine knew of her love interest. It may have been explained in the story well enough, I really didn't buy into it. To me it just seemed a little too convenient for the heroine to have a history loving mother and the ability to remember the date of the death of the last great Prince of Wales.
But in considering the literary feel to the book, I did enjoy the author's exploration of death, murder, battles, and all the emotions these things evoke.
I was a little disappointed in how the story ended, and found it to to be a little too convenient.I also felt it was rather abrupt. In my opinion, regardless of whether or not there are continuing novels, novels should be wrapped up a little bit more neatly. But in the literary sense, one could say the ending was satisfactory.
Do I recommend this book? Yes, if you love history, especially Welsh history. Yes, if you enjoy books that are not too overly 'literary', nor too romantic. If you have trouble dealing with Welsh names, don't give up on this book. Just do what I do, create a similar name for the character and in your mind switch it.
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