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Love Out of Time
by Joyce Zeller
From the first page, I knew the author was a good writer. Everything ran smoothly, enough background to give me a (very good) feel for where I was. I had no problem, not an excessive amount of backstory or info-dumps. Zeller clearly knows her genre, backwards and in high heels. It hit all the classic romance buttons.
Then the time traveling part of the plot picked up. And again, Zeller knew her genre, mixing the two seamlessly. It was excellently done.
The characters were thoughtful, at first just light brush strokes, then as the story continued, they became deeper and more complex. The plot (usually the fail in a romance story) was more complex than the standard. I see I keep saying 'complex', but that's because there is a great deal of thought put into the book. It's not so complex you can't follow the story, but its enough to keep your attention.
One of the things I loved about this book, is the historical (ghostly) characters, kept their era's mindset. How to say ... their prejudice remained, they didn't become 21st cent men in dress up.
The only problem I had with the book was the end. I'm not sure I want to go into it here, because spoilers. I think it could have had a completely different ending that didn't break her world building. Or maybe I missed something, and the ending didn't break her (rock solid, up to this point) world building, and it was just me, being too nit picky.
But it wasn't big enough for me to lower the star rating. This is a 5 star book.
I read this book in a day, over a couple of sittings. I loved the characters, the plot and the mix of genre's. It's a good book. I have no problem with recommending it to anyone who likes their romance with a touch of - different.
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