“Ruby Red” by Kerstin Gier

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Gwyneth Shepherd is an afterthought in her family. After all, it is her cousin, Charlotte, who has inherited the time travelling gene. When Gwyneth jumps back in time, she is as shocked as anyone else that it is she and not Charlotte who traveled.

Now Gwyneth must catch up with Charlotte’s lifetime of lessons, quickly learning how to behave and how to dress when traveling to the past. She is inducted into the mysteries of time travel, learning that there is a device which allows travelers to control when and where they go instead of randomly jumping into a potentially dangerous time and place.

This book is a pure pleasure to read. Gwyneth is an engaging, likeable and vivacious character. Her relationship with her best friend, Lesley, and her growing romance with fellow time traveler, Gideon, are believable and fun. Readers will keep turning the pages, imagining themselves in Gwyneth’s shoes as she travels to the past and encounters strange–and often dangerous–people. There is a strong mystery element to this book as well. This trilogy opener provides a satisfying, contained plot arc that will leave readers eager to read Book 2 without feeling that they were left on a cliffhanger.

Check this book out or put it on hold.

-Amanda Coppedge Bosky

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