Book Review – The Depths of Time by Lori Fayre

Publisher: Pride Publishing
Pages: 146
Characters: Luke/Quinton
POV: 1st
Genre: Time Travel, Romance

An obsession with the past becomes his love story.

Obsessed with RMS Titanic from a young age, Lucas Thompson has spent his life studying the shipwreck and turning his passion into a career in marine archeology. But, on the one-hundred-year anniversary of the voyage, he’s drawn to the ship’s resting place by a strange sonar ripple that hurtles him back in time. Luke wakes in the year 1912 as a passenger on the grandest ship in the world.

It’s there that he meets Quinton Hawthorne, the man who sacrificed himself to save passengers during the sinking, including Luke’s great-grandmother. He also comes face-to-face with Lucinda Hughes, the very woman who raised him on her stories of the ship. With his inside knowledge of the impending disaster, Luke feels a responsibility to change history and develops a plan to save the doomed ship and its passengers.

Things quickly fall apart as Luke begins to fall for Quinton, knowing that it can only end in heartbreak. Though he’s determined to save Quinton, he’s also faced with a dilemma. Should he save the ship or allow destiny to play out?

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I love time travel stories and have always been fascinated by the tragedy of the Titanic. I started reading this story, which combines both, couldn’t put it down, and read it in one sitting.

I liked both Luke and Quinton, and how the author used time travel to have these two men meet. I especially liked how Luke’s story tied into his grandmother’s and comes full circle. Very nicely done. I thought Luke’s reaction to being flung into the past was realistic as he realises that living it is very different to reading about it. I enjoyed his and Quinton’s attraction, and relationship, and the constant realisation that they’re running out of time.

I loved Lucinda. She totally rocks, and I liked how her spirit as a younger woman survives into her old age when Luke originally meets her.

The historical part of the story is obviously well researched, and was easy to visualise, taking me as a reader back to that time. The desperation of the sinking and people realising they wouldn’t all survive came across very well.

I liked how the author handled the time travel aspect, and its consequences for Luke as he tries to change the past. I liked the resolution of his and Quinton’s relationship, which feels realistic, and the epilogue three years later is a nice touch.

5 out of 5 stars.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at
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