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Forever, Lately: A Regency Time Travel Romance by author Linore Rose Burkard brings us the character of author Claire Channing, a moderately successful Regency romance writer who has struggled with her last two books. Living in her missing grandmother’s deserted cottage in Maine, Claire is determined that this time she will write the Regency romance of the century and cement her reputation as one of the best in the genre. When strange things begin appearing around her cottage and she discovers a beautiful shawl belonging to her grandmother, Claire suddenly finds herself swept away into the past, back to 1816 to be exact, where to her astonishment she appears to be inside her own novel. When she meets the hero from her book, Julian St. John, she slowly comes to the realization that perhaps this is all real and her characters truly are historical figures from 1816. After returning to the current day, Claire does some research and discovers, to her horror, that something is about to happen to Julian St. John, according to the history books. Claire knows she has to do whatever is within her power to stop this occurring and thus begins the first real adventure of Claire Channing’s short life to date.
It’s often hard to find a new angle for a time-travel adventure but author Linore Rose Burkard has certainly hit on one with her novel, Forever, Lately. As a reader, I appreciated the novelty of the approach and enjoyed the intricate and often unexpected time shifts. The author successfully, it seems, managed the time-travel paradox well and the story flowed fast and smoothly. The characters were both believable and well-developed. I particularly liked the antagonist Clarissa who gave the story the darkness and tension that even a good romance requires. Claire as a modern woman thrown into an alien society, albeit one she thought she knew extremely well through her writing, was both strong and independent as any good, leading lady character should be but was well-rounded enough to still feel the need for romance. The electricity between her and St. John was a highlight for me. This story is an excellent read, one I really enjoyed and can highly recommend.