Love Across Time #5
Publisher: Blue Rain Press
Genre: Time travel, romance, series
Soulmates across time. Two souls connected by destiny.
In present day, Jake, lonely and cut off from his parents, travels to the Chamberlin Inn in Cody, Wyoming to work on extra credit for his college seminar.
In 1932, Sebby labors at the Chamberlin Inn for pennies a day, wishing with all his heart for a better life.
While taking photographs in the room where Ernest Hemingway once stayed, Jake is flung back in time to the year 1932. There he meets Sebby who is living on the edge, half starving, a victim of the Great Depression. He’s been dodging rent collectors, getting behind on doctor’s bills, trying to care for his ailing Pop.
Sebby falls hard for Jake with his movie star smile, but knows something is different about him. Jake wears strange clothes, talks too fast, and doesn’t look like he’s gone hungry a day in his whole life. He’s also the handsomest boy Sebby has ever seen.
Jake is drawn to Sebby’s dark eyes, shy smile, and gentle heart. Sebby is like nobody Jake has ever met. And though the year 1932 scares him to his very core, he needs to decide. Go home? Or stay and weather the Depression with Sebby, whom he has grown to love.
A male/male time travel romance, complete with hurt/comfort, true confessions, a shared bed, first time romance, the angst of separation, and true love across time.
I was sucked into Sebby and Jake’s story as soon as I started reading. I love time travel stories, and this series is one of my favourites of the genre.
I love the way the descriptions of the settings and characters are so invocative of the time period. I felt—like Jake—that I’d stepped back several decades into an earlier, harder time. I like that the author uses slightly different time travel mechanisms to send her characters through time, so that each story has a unique take on that part of the story. I loved that Sebby got a glimpse of the future this time round, so it wasn’t just one way.
I liked the differentiation between the sensibilities of the time periods. I thought it added to the realism of time travel, as, rather than having Jake just knowing about the future, his mindset is definitely different to those living in the 1930s.
Jake and Sebby come across as individuals. Both are strong characters, and a product of their time. I loved the supporting cast too. They add flavour to the story, and help flesh out the universe. It’s obvious the author has done a lot of research about the time period. I love the details.
The growing romance between Jake and Sebby is very sweet. I loved that Jake was willing to wait for Sebby to feel comfortable, and that they were given the time to build a solid friendship alongside their romance. I also loved the family vibe within the story, especially between Sebby and Pop, and then how they included Jake. The Chamberlin Inn comes across as a character in its own right, and I liked Hemingway’s part in the story.
I loved the ending and hope to get a glimpse of these guys in a later story, although I trust the author to give them their HEA.
5 out of 5 stars.