Title: Across the Ages
Author: RaShelle Workman
Series: Across the Ages #1
Release Date: December 21st 2014
Age Group: Young Adult
Ghosts are real. So is time travel.
Eighteen-year-old Lucy Channing discovers this reality after her dead grandmother gives her a beautiful locket. As soon as her fingers brush the cold copper, Lucy is swept out of the nineteenth century and into the twenty-first.
The first person she encounters is twenty-year-old William Godwin. He’s uber-rich, arrogant, exciting, and oh so handsome.
William agrees to help the strange girl find her way home. Or into the nearest mental institution.
But what the two uncover reveals more than ghosts and time travel. Lucy and William discover a love greater than time itself.
A love so strong it reaches…
Across the Ages.
Across the Ages is RaShelle Workman’s first time-travel romance, although she retains the atmosphere of a retelling with the references she makes to Egyptian mythology and folklore. It is also the first of the authors books I have read and rated less than 5 stars.
Across the Ages is a story about the power of love and it’s lasting effect, no matter the time or distance. RaShelle Workman begins with a prologue which gives the reader the story’s foundation; the love between two Egyptian deities, Apep and Hathor. Yet the story proper begins in England in 1812 where Lucy is turning 18 and become engaged to Dashel Rothchild. Lucy is a firm believer in the idea of love and though she has known Dashel since they were children, she knows nothing but admiration exists between them.
As a birthday present, Lucy’s grandmother gives her a locket but, unfortunately dies before she can explain its history to Lucy. As Lucy discovers this trinket is the key to her one true love and portal to present day New York.
I found the strong elements of fantasy in Across the Ages questionable. Even though Lucy is presented as a capricious young lady she shows no fear at the sudden appearance of ghosts and sitting for hours in a strange city, in her nightgown and slippers! She adjusts a little too easily to her new life, which is obviously convenient to the development of the story, but happens too quickly for me to completely connect to events.
The relationship Will and Lucy share is fun and though at times I felt there could be more ‘heat’ between them, Lucy is more than a match for his arrogance! This gives us a great contrast to the dutiful role expected of her in 19th century England and the way she adapts to expressing her needs and wants in 2015.
In the latter chapters of the book, RaShelle Workman takes her reader deeper into a fantastical world, as Lucy and Will journey to Egypt. Across the Ages leaves us with plenty of questions to be answered by its sequel and it will be great to meet up with these characters again. Across the Ages has a beautiful cover and would be a great choice for anyone who believes in love!