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Swept Away (The Rowan & Ella Time Travel Adventure Series Book 1) by [Kiernan-Lewis, Susan]
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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.
Note: This book was originally entitled "A Trespass in Time."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4317 KB
  • Print Length: 249 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: San Marco Press (Jan. 1 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A6KGLCU
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
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This is a very good story and well written. Time travel between 2012 and 1600's. Susan Kieran-Lewis is a good story teller. I wait anxiously for the next time travel in this series.
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This book had everything, time travel, romance, suspense, bad guys and a strong heroine. I look forward to reading further books by this author.
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Always easy to download a book. Great book.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa5d12b1c) out of 5 stars 214 reviews
136 of 144 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa513154c) out of 5 stars Wasn't ready to publish Feb. 16 2013
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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.
78 of 83 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa543f6c0) out of 5 stars Good as a first draft Feb. 24 2013
By A Teacher - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
45 of 48 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa543f5c4) out of 5 stars A very unhistorical historical May 4 2014
By Literate - usually - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa565f954) out of 5 stars Too much vulgarity for my taste March 26 2015
By DeB - Published on Amazon.com
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Though not of the quality of the Maggie Newberry series, I really wanted to like this book. However, the constant use of the "F-word" and the explicit sex scenes ruined it for me. I really enjoy time travel books, and I've read some really good ones, so I'm sad I won't be reading any more from Susan Kierman-Lewis. I also didn't feel the characters were nearly as well developed as some of her other books, and I would rather use my own imagination when it comes to sex scenes rather than have it so explicitly drawn out.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5eb65dc) out of 5 stars Started off good...then what happened? June 1 2013
By Susan F Reitz - Published on Amazon.com
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This is about 2 people (Ella and Rowan) who meet days prior to Ella leaving to live and work in Germany. A long distance relationship struggles and Ella discovers things about her past. On a night of sorrow, she walks through a storm to find herself in the past, later Rowans follows her and they end up saving the day. That is the story in a nutshell...without giving away spoilers.

I actually really liked this book in the beginning. I found myself wanting to read the next page, to figure out what happens next. Then after she time travels to the past and finds out what she needs to do to save the day, the story drags big time. I found myself putting the book down, skipping sections and even rolling my eyes thinking 'oh come on, let's move the story along.' It is very disappointing to start a book and to be into it and then to be let down.

--MILD SPOILERS--
I didn't care for the ending. Once they saved the day, they went back to their own time. Ella has been gone for some time now, at least a month, and her friends and family have been worried and looking for her. She doesn't even to bother to contact anyone. Her apartment was still there...it kept referring to that that she paid in advance, but even though it was paid, Rowan was able to lease it out as well, with all her belongings in it and pay rent on top of hers. Since this was set in Germany, I don't know how things work over there, but I have a hard time believing that an apartment would be rented out while there was a tenant still technically living there since it was paid. But I also didn't like that they came back and acted like they have never been away, never called family friends, just continued on like they weren't gone for an extended period of time.

I think that this could have been a great book from start to finish, but I think that it was published too early. More editing and review was definitely needed. A lot could have been cut out and that would have made the story even better.