For the most part I really enjoyed A Crown in Time – there were Outlander (Diana Gabaldon) & Caityn (Elizabeth Davies) vibes throughout the story, & I was incredibly curious about where the story would go. Unfortunately I was a little disappointed by the ending, but I still appreciated Macaire’s writing.
I was sent this book in return for an honest review via Rachel’s Random Resources.
⚠️ This story contains starving children, forced operations (including a hysterectomy), references to suicide & self-harm, violence, scenes of a sexual nature
& death/hunting of animals ⚠️
In the far future, a convicted criminal is given a chance at redemption.
Her mission? To save the crown of France by convincing a young noble not to join the ill-fated Eighth Crusade.
But nothing goes as planned, and Isobel finds herself accompanying a hot-headed youth on his way to fight the infidel in Tunis: a battle Isobel knows is fated to be lost.
From the rainy villages of medieval France, to the scorching desert of Tunis – Isobel faces her destiny and tries to fulfil her duty, knowing she can never return to her time, knowing that a wrong move can doom the future, or doom her to be burned as a witch.
A Crown in Time started off by moving very quickly, & was at times a bit repetitive, which made some parts of the story confusing at first, but I was immediately intrigued by the story Macaire was starting to weave. Even though Macaire’s work wasn’t perfect I found that I couldn’t stop reading it & I was desperate to find out what was going to happen to Isobel & her 16-year-old love interest (yes, 16, this was a tad uncomfortable).
As I got into the story I found myself really into it; I found the facts about the time period incredibly interesting as I don’t know anything about it – I feel like this was a very unique time period to choose to set a story like this in & I’d like to know why Macaire chose this particular story. A big issue for Isobel in the story is trying to stay clean in a world where a princess doesn’t wash throughout her entire pregnancy, due to fear of drowning the baby. Macaire also talked about periods, which is something that so many historical stories don’t even consider & I loved this.
Despite loving most of this book the ending felt un-creative, & there was a point where I thought Isobel was going to wake up & the whole thing was a dream. Before the ending, I liked Isobel & appreciated her kindness & desperation to help the poor children of France – however, she appeared to have no romantic or sexual morals & that bothered me.
Overall, this was a mixed experience for me – I loved the middle of the book, & the ending was a big let down for me, especially because I stayed up late to finish it on a work night. I think Macaire has a lot of potential, & the idea behind the time travel in this book is sooo interesting, so I’d definitely consider reading something of hers in the future.
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Jennifer Macaire is an American living in France. She likes to read, eat chocolate, and plays a mean game of golf. She grew up in upstate New York, Samoa, and the Virgin Islands. She graduated from St Peter and Paul High School in St Thomas and moved to NYC where she modelled for five years for Elite. She went to France and met her husband at the polo club. All that is true. But she mostly likes to make up stories.
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