122 / 140 pages
I was asked to review these books by a promoter who was doing a ‘review tour’ for the series. I was very excited when I got the email. This is my first time accepting an invitation to review a new book. I decided to review both books together because they have things in common and they both were easy to read.
Emerson McBride is a 14-year-old girl who lives in an old Victorian house somewhere in America. Both books are about how Emerson travels back in time where she meets some of her ancestors. But she doesn’t know they are her family until she goes back to her own time. In the first book she meets family on her father’s side, and in the second it’s her mother’s side.
In both books, Emerson takes the place of somebody else in the past. She doesn’t take over that person’s body. She and the person exchange places in time. Emerson doesn’t know this in the first book, but somehow knows it in the second book. In the first book she goes back in time alone to a late 19th century English manor owned by a wealthy family. In the second she goes with her friend Sarah to a mid-20th century traveling circus.
I like Emerson because she is determined and loyal. For example, when she followed the kidnappers in the first book she was determined to catch them and get Genevieve back home. She is also daring. In the second book when she was riding a circus horse, she tried to do a trick that she had seen in a 21th century circus.
I also really like Hannah who only appears in the second book. Hannah is deaf, but her other senses are much sharper than usual. She is the only one in both of the books that realizes that Emerson has taken the place of the person in the past. I like Hannah because she has challenges, like being deaf, which she doesn’t allow to get in her way. She is also smart and friendly.
I should say that the stories do have a few gaps. For example, in the second book Emerson tells Sarah that when they go back in time, the people they take the place of, travel forward in time. However, nothing explains how Emerson knows that. The books also do not explain what happens to the people who go forward in time. I think maybe Ms. Davis should think about writing a story that fills in these gaps.
Over all, I really enjoyed both books and think girls ages 9-13 will also like them.