Caveman's Daughter


Fiction - Time Travel
317 Pages
Reviewed on 07/09/2020
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Reviewed by Tammy Ruggles for Readers' Favorite

Caveman's Daughter by Jeffrey W. Tenney is a time travel novel that will leave an impression on you. This book is a follow-up to Tenney's earlier Caveman, which is also a time travel story about an archaeologist named Trent Marshall who finds himself teleporting back to 40,000 B.C.E. when Cro-Magnons warred against the Neanderthals. Trent's daughter, Emily, finds him and makes it back to the current time. This second novel, however, centers on Emily as she tries to stop modern opportunists from taking advantage of and destroying the tribes of that same past. She finds herself alone in her fight for them but knows in her own heart that saving them is worth the risk.

This is an imaginative, well-plotted story with compelling characters and rich detail. You get the feeling that this subject matter is close to the author's heart, and his authentic, authoritative style keeps you invested in the story. Emily is a strong character, but she has vulnerabilities too, which make her very relatable. Readers will find themselves wondering how they would feel and what they would do if they were transported back to the Cro-Magnon and Neanderthal days, or were faced with this situation. Tenney is skilled at shaping scenarios, people, and places that ring true. It's not hard to imagine that if this were fact instead of fiction, some group somewhere would be out to exploit these ancient civilizations, or even time travel itself. The author crafts the plot with good timing, excellent dialogue, and a satisfying end. Caveman's Daughter by Jeffrey W. Tenney is a novel that will stay with you for a long time to come.

Emily-Jane Hills Orford

What if you could go back in time to the era of the Neanderthals? What if you found a cave that would transport you back to 40,000 B.C.E.? Would you go? Would you see it as an opportunity for making a profit by taking trophy-seeking rich people on a trip of a lifetime back in time? Emily Marshall had already been back to the time of the Neanderthals. Her archaeologist father, Trent Marshall, had discovered the link and it took Emily’s resourcefulness to follow his path and help bring him back to the present. But now, one of her colleagues is threatening to destroy a part of this vibrant and exciting past. And all for personal gain. What should she do? Is there anything she can do to stop this threat and prevent it from happening again?

Jeffrey W. Tenney’s time travel novel, Caveman’s Daughter, is the second book in this series. It continues on the adventure initiated in the first book, taking Emily back to the Neanderthal era to offer protection and to stop the destructive greed from the twenty-first century that is set to destroy them. The author provides a thorough summary of the first book, so a reader won’t be lost if they read Caveman’s Daughter first. He provided just enough information to help the reader make sense of the plot and, as the story progresses, there are references made to what happened in the first book, usually through dialogue. The characters are well developed and the setting is clearly described. The reader certainly feels like part of the story as the plot thickens, leading to an unexpected climax and resolution. The author’s thorough knowledge of the Neanderthal era is evident, but certainly not overbearing as he shares just enough detail to make the story genuine. A great read.

K.C. Finn

Caveman’s Daughter is a work of fiction in the historical, time travel, and speculative sub-genres, and was penned by author Jeffrey W. Tenney. Written for adult audiences due to the presence of some explicit language usage and scenes of violence, this sequel novel takes place after the events of Caveman in the following year. When Emily discovers that the cave which can transport others back to 40,000 BCE has been found by other modern people with sinister intentions, this sparks a quest to protect the Cro-Magnon and Neanderthal people whom she previously bonded with when rescuing her father. What results is an atmospheric time travel adventure with very high stakes for the future.

Author Jeffrey W. Tenney has crafted a really intriguing adventure novel which is sure to capture the hearts and minds of those who love both time travel fiction and the times of the caveman. I really enjoyed the way that the tribes and ancient people were depicted, and it’s clear that the author has done a lot of work in crafting the historical atmosphere of the world that Emily wants to save. As a central protagonist, we can root for Emily’s kind heart and strong spirit throughout the book, and the plot offers plenty of great twists and sinister actions from the other ‘moderns’ who would spoil the good work she and her father did before. Overall, I would certainly recommend Caveman’s Daughter to historical and time travel fiction fans for its atmospheric writing and a well-crafted plot.