TItle: Wishing Cross Station
Author: February Grace
A dark fantasy romance from the author of GODSPEED and OF STARDUST…
Don’t stay a moment longer than you have to. Don’t say too much. Don’t pollute the timeline.
When nineteen-year-old college library page Keigan Wainwright is sent to pick up a private donation of books for the school’s collection, he has no idea where one of those books will take him, or what it will take from him.
Retracing a powerful man’s footsteps through the past, Keigan finds himself caught in the same dangerous trap: falling in love with a woman he was never meant to know, and uncertain he will ever find his way home.
February Grace is an author, poet, and artist from Southeast Michigan. In previous novels, she has introduced readers to characters with clockwork hearts, told of romantic modern-day fairy godparents, and reimagined a legend, centuries old. Now, in her fifth novel with Booktrope, readers will board the special at WISHING CROSS STATION and embark on a trip through time. She is more than mildly obsessed with clocks, music, colors, meteor showers, and steam engines.
Author Website: http://februarywriter.blogspot.be/
Keigan is a pageboy at the college library, living a normal life with very little excitement. He is sent on an errand to pick up a book donation at an elderly gentleman’s house. One book that is donated looks extremely rare and unique; and the story that comes with it is even wilder. Keigan is told that the book has the ability to transport him back in time from the historical replica train station in town to the original Wishing Cross Station. Furthermore, Keigan is given very specific instructions and told that he should be the one to return the book back to its original time and close the time travel wormhole for good. This is easier said than done when Keigan accomplishes going back in time and discovers the mysteries of the Aurelia Belle and one very charming resident of Wishing Cross.
A quick and interesting journey back in time to a charming town. I really liked the idea of a train and train station being the medium for time travel. Although, how the time travel actually happens was never quite explained. It seems that no one really figured it out within the book either, which drove the decision to try and close the wormhole. I did like that everyone was very cautious of the time travel train and knew that it was inherently dangerous. Keigan is believable as a reluctant time traveler. He is wary of interfering with the time line and does everything possible to fit in. Even though, Keigan fails at not interfering just a bit when he meets the stationmasters daughter, Marigold, who holds the key to the mysteries of Wishing Cross past and present. Overall, Wishing Cross Station was a cute time travel novella, but with a slightly heartbreaking ending.
This book was provided for free in return for an honest review.