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Awakened By Time
Jennae Vale, author
Elle Carrera is a fading pop star who, in pursuit of her career, has shut herself off from all that really matters in life. On the way to meet her manager to discuss an upcoming tour, she is shocked to find herself in sixteenth-century Scotland. How she got there is a mystery, but once at Breaghacraig she learns about the matchmaking witch, Edna Campbell and what her possible plans for Elle may include. Despite Edna’s meddling, there’s no time in Elle’s life for love, but during this time away from the many distractions of the twenty-first century, she begins to see what’s been missing in her life. Nevertheless, the future and the strong pull of her career beckons to her with the possibility everything that looked so attractive in the sixteenth century, will become a distant memory as she strives to regain her place at the top of the charts. All he wanted to do was time travel, but instead, Hamish MacBeown finds himself responsible for the well-being of a time traveler. It appears the witch misunderstood his request because the last thing he wants or needs is the responsibility of protecting an unusual lass from the future. Despite his protests, Hamish finds himself fighting a losing battle as his attraction for Elle grows. He can’t be sure of her feelings for him as it seems the only thing Elle wants is to return to the future and her life before they met. This could be the opportunity he’s been waiting for, but as he seeks adventure he risks a broken heart, that is unless Elle has been awakened by time.

Semi Finalist

Plot/Idea: 9 out of 10
Originality: 9 out of 10
Prose: 8 out of 10
Character/Execution: 9 out of 10
Overall: 8.75 out of 10

Assessment:

Plot: Vale's story is soundly structured and progresses quickly. Sparks fly upon Elle and Hamish's very first meeting, and their relationship deepens during their limited time together in 16th-century Scotland.

Prose: The dialogue in this novel can be a bit clunky at times, but the descriptions of desire and emotion are meticulous and provide much insight into the characters' goals and fears.

Originality: Vale's story is charming and fantastical, a wonderful daydream that melds together historical fiction and the romance genre.

Character Development: Vale's characters are fully fleshed out, physically and emotionally. The small community Elle finds herself in reminds her that home and family are truly priorities in the life that she left behind.

Date Submitted: August 08, 2018

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