Forever, Lately

A Regency Time Travel Romance

Fiction - Time Travel
320 Pages
Reviewed on 10/29/2019
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Reviewed by Grant Leishman for Readers' Favorite

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.

Trudi LoPreto

In Forever, Lately: A Regency Time Travel Romance, Claire had gone to her grandmother’s cottage to try to write the book that will bring her fame and fortune; instead, her life is changed forever. Julian and Clarissa are the characters that Claire has imagined living in 1816 and she is writing a romantic Regency story about them - a very handsome man and the woman who will do whatever it takes to make him hers. When Claire finds a shawl left behind by her missing grandmother, she places it on her lap as she writes the story on her laptop. Suddenly Claire finds herself in a different place, in different clothes and in what appears to be a different era and realizes she has time-traveled into the 1800s and has no idea how or why she is there. Confusion follows and she meets Julian and Clarissa, only to find out they are not exactly how she has imagined them but that they are very real. Claire also finds other surprises awaiting her. She time-travels several times between the past and the present, finds love, friendship and a lot of trouble that follows her in both worlds before her journey ends.

I found Forever, Lately by Linore Rose Burkard to be a very entertaining and enjoyable book. It did not disappoint. I held my breath when Claire was in trouble, smiled when things went her way, and did not like Clarissa even a little. It was impossible for me not to fall in love with the handsome, elegant Julian. There are twists and turns, excitement and amazement. Forever, Lately so made me wish for a shawl of my own so I could go back in time to the majesty of the Regency era. If you like romance and time travel, this is a must-read. My only hope is that more books follow about Claire and Julian.

Lisa McCombs

Claire thinks she has found the perfect place to pen a Regency masterpiece that will restore her good standing with both her agent and her public. Even though she barely remembers her missing grandmother, her home, Dove Cottage, is the perfect place in which to hide away with her characters Julian St. John and Clarissa Andrews. The cottage matches her own reclusive attitude. Her next novel must be perfect or Claire’s writing career may be doomed. As long as neighbor Adam Winthrop will stop pestering her to sell Dove Cottage, she will salvage her livelihood. She really didn’t have any emotional ties to the property, yet the cottage offered needed inspiration. If she had the time, Claire would actively search for a deed that would ward off future interest in razing the cottage for profitable means. What Claire does find, though, is an old shawl that, when wrapped around her, transports her to the very setting of which she writes. There she finds Mr. St. John, her identical image in Clarissa Andrews, her MIA grandmamma, and love.

Forever, Lately: A Regency Time Travel Romance by Linore Rose Burkard is a most delightful tale spanning two centuries. Claire Channing travels across time as she attempts to manipulate her characters into a planned storyline that will capture national attention in the publishing world. Linore Rose Burkard’s imagery is spot on with entertaining language and engaging plot twists. This is a different kind of time travel story that is difficult to put down until the very last page. Clean fiction at its very best! A must-read for historical romance and time travel fans.