Dream of Time

Dream of Time - Nancy J. Price (I got a copy of this book through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.)

A pleasant enough book, though it might be considered as lacking in certain aspects of time travel, and perhaps character development, too, depending on what you expect.

I really liked the details of 1900 San Franciso, how Robin had to get used to her "life in the Then", without all the commodities we take for granted nowadays. Some things she gets used to it fairly quickly, yet she definitely needs help with others, and this made the story more believable: had she been able to adapt too easily, it wouldn't have been interesting.

I also enjoyed the links to articles, pictures of items of clothing, and various other visual tidbits throughout the text. Since this was an ebook, and I was reading either on my computer or tablet, it was very easy to navigate to the aforementioned links (although I admit I only did it once I was done with a chapter, in order not to disrupt my reading). It may not seem like much, but it was a nice add-on, and one you can tell the author enjoyed putting in.

Last but not least, the manner in which some threads tied together at the end was interesting. Some may say it was the easy way out, but I think it fit well enough; I'm not sure there could've been a truly happily-ever-after ending, and the one we got here, though bittersweet, still felt appropriate to me.

What I'm less sure about is how Robin took in what was happening. In some ways, she reacted very sensibly, but in others, it felt as if she was too oblivious to what seemed to me like sheer evidence, especially since she had access to much information in the Now. I had the feeling that she should've been looking for specific clues more quickly, and instead "wasted" her time on others. Of course, keeping in mind that I was a reader comfortably installed in her chair, and not living through such events as described in the book, it's easy to say! This is why I'm not totally sure if the heroine's reactions were logical or not: with everything going on, her basically living two lives (and she did a good job not breaking out after the first few days), maybe it wasn't so surprising at all.

Another element that may have been a little confusing was the matter of paradox, which is something very, very tricky to toy with in stories revolving around time travel. There were a couple of instances where Robin discovered some clues sent to her through Jennie, acted accordingly, yet didn't ensure that said clues would be sent to her future self, which should thus have ended as a paradox loop.

I found a few typos/missing words here and there, but nothing too jarring nor distracting in the long run. Those few qualms notwithstanding, I can say I enjoyed this novel.