Book Review: A Stitch in Time by Amanda James

A Stitch in TimeWhat’s it about?

Sarah Yates is a thirty-something history teacher, divorced, disillusioned and desperate to have more excitement in her life. Making all her dreams come true seems about as likely as climbing Everest in stilettos.

Then one evening the doorbell rings and the handsome and mysterious John Needler brings more excitement than Sarah could ever have imagined. John wants Sarah to go back in time …

Sarah is whisked from the Sheffield Blitz to the suffragette movement in London to the Old American West, trying to make sure people find their happy endings. The only question is, will she ever be able to find hers?

My thoughts

I recently took an educated guesstimate that this was the book that I’d had on my TBR pile the longest so decided I should get on and read it.  It’s been on my Kindle for at least 2 years!

The book started off really well and I immediately enjoyed the author’s humour and Sarah’s character.  I thought she had a Bridget Jones kind of style to her.

I thought it was a clever idea with the Needles and the Stitches and how the author has incorporated phrases about time stemming from the time travel.

If I’m being honest I enjoyed the historical parts more and appreciated the research that would have gone into these because they came across as very realistic.  I liked Sarah being thrown into the past with her not knowing where or what kind of situation she’d find herself in and how she’d cope and having to remember to not let anything slip about the future…I would have liked more of this.

And less of the the scenes in the present!  I found her and John’s relationship overly schmalzy and somewhat predictable especially the scenes involving Josephina. However, that is just me because I think the majority of readers will enjoy the romantic side of the story.  Overall I’m glad I picked it up and enjoyed the read.

Do any UK readers remember that TV mini series Lost in Austen? this kind of reminded me of that.

Book links: Goodreads | Amazon

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