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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Imagine going through a normal day in 2017 and then walking out of an elevator into an alternate reality in England in the year 1925. Sound bizarre? What’s worse is that this alternate time and place is involved in a bloody revolution and, if the portal can’t be found and a reverse journey secured, who knows what will happen. This is what happened to Sophie and the other people she meets in this alternate time and place. She manages to make friends, and enemies and she has to fight to save not only herself but those she cares about – all while wearing a tightly corseted gown. And then there’s the love element: Hugo, another portal-stranded refugee. Only Hugo doesn’t appear to share Sophie’s affection. At least, not yet.
Rosalind Tate’s novel, Escape: A Time Travel Romance, is the second book in The Shorten Chronicles. Following the adventures of Sophie as she stumbles through time and place to an alternate existence, the plot develops with riveting adventure and excitement through battles and romantic encounters. The author uses a descriptive narrative to effectively set the scene and make the reader feel part of the story. The dialogue is succinct and well constructed and the characters are well defined. This is a compelling, engaging story that will have the reader hooked from the first line. It works as a good stand-alone, not requiring details from the first book in the series to follow the plot. A good comfort read full of everything a fantasy romance reader expects and enjoys.