A Whisper in Time (Whisper Falls, #2)
Release Date: April 8, 2014
Spencer Hill Press
***I received this e-book as a gift in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley and Spencer Hill Press
I loved the feel of her mouth under mine. I loved the way she tried to give back. It wasn’t enough, but t wouldn’t be much longer before it was too much. I wrapped her in my arms and swayed to the music that only we could hear.
I have never been useless in my life.
Rescued from a life of servitude by the boy she loves, Susanna Marsh escapes across two centuries, only to be plunged into a world she’s ill-prepared to face. Unable to work or go to school, Susanna finds herself dependent on others to survive.
Immersed in the fun and demands of his senior year of high school, Mark Lewis longs to share his world with the girl who’s captured his heart. But first he must tackle government bureaucracy to prove Susanna’s identity.
Overwhelmed by her new home, Susanna seeks refuge in history and in news of the people she left behind. But when she learns that danger stalks her sister, Susanna must weigh whether to risk her own future in order to save Phoebe’s happiness.
- There’s something sweet, innocent, and natural about Mark and Susanna. They just fit. Some scenes of them just being together are uplifting, warm, and just so freeing. Their love is simple despite the fact that she’s not even from the same century, it’s strong and sturdy, able to withstand the problems of impending college life and Susanna’s impediments trying to gain citizenship without a birth certificate.
- The story concept is wonderful. The sheer magical, temperamental nature of Whisper Falls makes it almost alive.
- Susanna’s most compelling trait is her fierce protectiveness for her sister, Phoebe. Susanna is giving, open-hearted, and will risk everything for her loved ones. Often this means she makes rash, stupid decisions without considering the consequences from multiple angles. This bull-headedness is infuriating at times, you might want to strangle her a little or slap some sense into her.
- Susanna’s issues gaining status without any legal proof of citizenship or birth was a really interesting look at the system and the steps to work around these conditions. At times, it felt hopeless and impossible but Susanna and Mark never stopped fighting for her place as a legitimate person in this century.
- Mark adores Susanna. It’s in his image of her as this perfect, angelic creature. Mark’s internal dialogue on Susanna is honest and worshipful, she’s his everything and this makes Mark a bit more likeable. Mark is more developed than Susanna and his warring desires to enjoy his senior year and be with Susanna, who is many ways is mentally stuck in the 1800s is palpable.
- Phoebe has dreams and desires, she’s young but she’s fierce and determined to make something of herself despite her circumstances. She’s unafraid to speak her mind and though this does earn her a few raps on the knuckles and doesn’t do much for her job as a maid, she’s certainly courageous.
- The plot is ridiculously slow. It takes quite a while to get into anything interesting and this is very much so because of the plotline in general being about trying to obtain legal rights as a person.
- Mark gets irrationally angry and says some seriously jerky comments that make you second guess his character. Sure, he’s frustrated and a little fed up but chill out, if you’re in love you need to have patience.
- The characters are bland. Susanna is from another time period where there wasn’t really much to do besides domestic work but she’s so headstrong and never thinks things through, and her sections are mindnumbingly boring. All she does is think about Mark or her sister, I was looking for her feelings, what makes her Susanna but it kind of got lost in the plot. I was left feeling unsatisfied and unable to come up with many characteristics about her.
- Most of the secondary characters aren’t even that. There are flashes of them without much development or purpose.
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