Wednesday, 26 June 2013

A Stitch In Time by Amanda James

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Choc Lit (7 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781890005
A stitch in time saves nine… or does it? Sarah Yates is a thirty something history teacher, divorced, disillusioned and desperate to have more excitement in her life. Making all her dreams come true seems about as likely as climbing Everest in stilettos.

Then one evening the door bell rings and the handsome and mysterious John Needler brings more excitement than Sarah could ever have imagined. John wants Sarah to go back in time…

Sarah is whisked from the Sheffield Blitz to the suffragette movement in London to the Old American West, trying to make sure people find their happy endings. The only question is, will she ever be able to find hers?

Cover:  I really like this cute, bright and relevant cover.

This is such a sweet and quirky book. 
Sarah is getting over a cheating husband, a terrible best friend and trying to cope with being a teacher.  Then a handsome man turns up on her doorstep saying that she's a 'stitch' that will travel back in time to repair damage done to it- saving lives.
Naturally she thinks he's a crackpot.
But what if he's not?
Sarah finds herself travelling to the Blitz, Suffragette Movement and the planes of the Old West- that's what.
I loved the premise of time being damaged and people were needed to repair it and make sure that people and discoveries were saved.  I feel the qualities needed for a 'stitch' were skimmed over.  I didn't feel the time-travel element was explained as well as it could have been.  I found myself confused, needing to reread sections, and still not much the wiser.
The 'Powers That Be' that arrange the travel- we literally learn nothing about them other than they communicate to John through email.  That's it.  So much remains unsolved.
The romance element between John and Sarah was sweet, but happened all of a sudden.  I feel it needed more build up and development.
Sarah is a great heroine that the reader will really get behind and root for.
This book is full of tongue in cheek, very British humour, so I definitely recommend as a light, fun, quick beach read!  I finished it in just two days.
4/5 stars.

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