Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Book Review: Hearts Through Time

The book I wanted to review this week was Hearts Through Time by Marie Higgins. This is a fun little romantic mystery that pulls you in from the start. Our main character, Nick, is trying to start over in both his personal life and his professional life. He is confronted by a woman from the early 1900s who says she was murdered and needs him to help solve her murder so she can cross-over. It is an interesting premise that kept me turning pages as they both follow leads to find out what happened to her and her father’s money.

I really liked the setting and the mystery. The romance felt a little rushed at times, and some of the dialogue was a bit overdone in places, but I thought the author did a great job with showing the differences in the time periods and how the characters reacted to a different set of values. It sort of reminded me a bit of the movie “Somewhere in Time,” but with a murder to solve added in. I do have to say, I really loved the mystery aspect of it best of all. The author is quite skilled at drawing out the anticipation of how it’s all going to end and that alone makes it a book worth having. So, if you’re looking for an entertaining afternoon read, Hearts Through Time is the novel for you.

Here is the back copy for it:

When a woman claiming to be a ghost from 1912 appears in Nick Marshal's office and begs for help in solving her murder, he thinks he has lost his mind. A scandal that rocked Hollywood almost destroyed his law practice, so he doesn't need any more fireworks as he rebuilds his life. Still, he is intrigued by Abigail Carlisle's plea, and he needs clients, even if this one insists she's dead. The more secrets Nick uncovers, the deeper he falls for the beautiful ghost.

Abigail believes Nick is her heart's true desire, but how can happily-ever-after happen when she's already dead? The more time she spends with him, the more real she becomes, until Nick can finally touch her.

In a strange turn of events, Nick is suddenly whisked back to 1912, two weeks before Abby's murder, but she doesn't remember him. When he attempts to win her over so he can save her from a tragic destiny, Abby thinks Nick is courting her for her inheritance. But even if he can rescue her and make her trust him again, how can they be together forever?


Debra Erfert said...

Oh, it's a fun paranormal book? Love the concept. I will have to search her out. (I hope Nick was able to take some modern weaponry back with him)

Julie Coulter Bellon said...

Debra, it is a fun paranormal book. I bet you'd like it. As for the modern weaponry, well, I'll never tell. I wouldn't want to ruin the surprise of it! ;)

Sarah Pearson said...

I saw the cover and thought it was going to be your standard period romance. There's nothing wrong with that, but give me a dash of paranormal any day, so this sounds like fun!

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Marie Higgins said...

Julie what a great review. Thanks so much!! I am flattered that you thought my mystery was well done. I love dangling the carrot - so-to-speak when writing mysteries. But for a suspense writer as good as you to tell me this...I'm blown away! Thanks sweetie!!

It was so nice to finally meet you at our book signing today. It was a blast!