Read January 2020.
Welcome to a far future where time travel is the remit of an elite group of highly trained operatives from the Tempus University. Their job is to research and monitor the past to ensure the future remains stable, and if necessary, they will take action to correct timelines which seem to be going astray - even to the extent of erasing whole chunks of history.
Isobel, imprisoned after a car accident in which a small child was killed, is offered the chance of freedom if she agrees to undertake a dangerous mission to put right a timeline which has been inadvertently knocked off course.
The mission involves going back to France of the Middle Ages and persuading a young nobleman, whose descendants are destined to become the Bourbon Kings, not to run off and join the ill-fated Eighth Crusade.
The chance of freedom proves to be one Isobel cannot ignore and she grabs at it with both hands, even though success will mean that she has to live out her life in the thirteenth century and failure could lead to herself, and history, being erased.
How hard can it be to persuade the mind of a hot-headed youth? Well, as it turns out, nigh on impossible! And so Isobel embarks on a journey that will change her destiny in most unexpected ways...
On the subject of humour, the excerpts from the Tempus U handbook at the head of the chapters - giving pithy little snippets of advice about the world Isobel has been sent back to - did make me chuckle. At each stage, Isobel found it necessary to completely go against most of this advice in pursuit of her mission, which was beautifully ridiculous.
I found this book to be utterly charming and became so invested in Isobel's tale that I raced through it in order to find out how the story ended - I and can tell you without the need for spoilers that I was very happy with the result!
A Crown in Time is set to be the first in a new series by Jennifer Macaire, called the Tempus U Time Travel Series, and I am looking forward to reading more.
Thank you to Jennifer Macaire and Headline Accent for providing me with a copy of this book in return for an honest review, and to Rachel Gilbey of Rachel's Random Resources for inviting me to be part of this blog tour.
A Crown In Time is available now from your favourite book retailer, or via the links below.
From the cover of the book:
Jennifer Macaire is an American living in France.