Following up on #FridayFiveChallenge

I haven’t managed to choose a new Friday Five Challenge this week but I am reporting back on two challenge books I found in August and have finally read.


I bought A Stitch in Time by Amanda James because the travelling back in time appealed to me.  I would like to travel back in time but unlike Sarah, the heroine of this book, I would not want to be so actively involved.  In fact invisibility would be useful!

Sarah is a History teacher who was betrayed by her husband and best friend two years previously and now has no social life.  She is visited by a Time Needler who explains to her that she is needed to travel back in time to put in a stitch so that events don’t unravel.  She travels abruptly to Sheffield during the Blitz, becomes a housemaid in the early 20th century and experiences real hardship as a settler in the old American west.

I was disappointed in this book, the first of a series, because although the historical research is excellent, Sarah’s modern viewpoint made it seem untrue.  In the present day, Sarah’s on/off romance with John also lacks conviction perhaps because the characters seem so unrealistic.


Vanished by M G da Mota is a much more intriguing book, written from the viewpoint of Oliver, a rich, spoiled Formula One test driver recovering from a bad accident in his family’s stately home.  He becomes infatuated with his brother and sister’s beautiful governess but her former life is a mystery which he is determined to solve.  As he struggles to walk again, he tries to persuade Michele to fall in love with him, while at the same time using a private investigator to discover her past.  While this is happening, Michele investigates the murder of a previous resident of the house, with the blessing of Oliver’s family.

The mystery made me continue reading well into the night, although I had worked out Michele’s past life before it was revealed.  Oliver is not an empathetic character.  He has always had too much money and his handsome face has guaranteed a string of girlfriends.  He shows prejudice against homosexuals and an old fashioned attitude to the proper roles for men and women.  Michele, however, seems perfect in looks, generosity and intellect.  Why would Oliver appeal to her?  Was it all because of one random act of kindness?

I really enjoyed reading this book but struggled with my dislike of Oliver.  He just doesn’t deserve happiness.


Welcome to my Friday Five Challenge
(Original idea from Rosie Amber at

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To join in read the rules at the bottom.

Last week I searched for books about Time Management.  This week I looked in fiction using the word Time.  Immediately I came across a list of the obvious cliches.  After Time and Time Again by Ben Elton, was Only  time will tell by Jeffrey Archer.  Then I found a more intriguing selection;



But I was finally drawn to


The first in a series, here is the Book Description

A stitch in time saves nine …or does it?
Sarah Yates is a thirty-something history teacher, divorced, disillusioned and desperate to have more excitement in her life. Making all her dreams come true seems about as likely as climbing Everest in stilettos.

Then one evening the doorbell rings and the handsome and mysterious John Needler brings more excitement than Sarah could ever have imagined. John wants Sarah to go back in time …

Sarah is whisked from the Sheffield Blitz to the suffragette movement in London to the Old American West, trying to make sure people find their happy endings. The only question is, will she ever be able to find hers?

The reviewers have given a range of stars but 74 of them are 5 star.  The reviews do make it sound like an enjoyable read

The slices of historical life during Sarah’s time travels are beautifully done, a brilliant reinterpretation of life-changing events, wonderfully entertaining and constantly tongue-in-cheek seen through Sarah’s modern eyes.

A really unusual and gripping read. I absolutely loved it and would highly recommend it whether you like time travel or not. It is so different from anything I have ever read. 

At £2.63 it’s an acceptable Kindle price. Shall I BUY or will I PASS? I’m going to BUY.

What have others chosen this week?

Cathy has chosen a paranormal thriller

Terry is looking behind the curtains

Shelley needs financial guidance!

Rosie was drawn to a song she remembers well

So now it’s your turn.

Get yourself a cuppa and give yourself 5 minutes.

In today’s online shopping age, readers often base their buying decisions from small postage stamp size book covers (Thumb-nails), a quick glance at the book description and the review. How much time do they really spend making that buying decision?

AUTHORS – You often only have seconds to get a reader to buy your book, is your book cover and book bio up to it?

Rosie’s Friday Five Challenge is this….. IN ONLY FIVE MINUTES….

1) Go to any online book supplier,

2) Randomly choose a category,

3) Speed through the book covers, choose one which has instantly appealed to your eye,

4) Read the book Bio/ Description for this book, and any other details.

5) If there are reviews, check out a couple,

6) Make an instant decision, would you BUY or PASS?