Years and an Ocean (Review & Giveaway!)

Years and an Ocean (Review & Giveaway!)

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Title: Years and an Ocean

Author:  Jo Noelle

Publisher:  Little
Box Press LLC

Published
Date:  1st December 2014

Rating:
4 Stars

*Thank
you to I Am A Reader Book Tours for the review copy*

Synopsis: Going to a séance was
supposed to be a harmless diversion in Victorian England, but for Delia
Spencer, it was life altering. Since that day, she has been plagued by fainting
spells, while her consciousness visits Elle Thomas more than a century in the
future. In modern-day New York, Elle has kept secret the dream-like memories of
Delia’s life. As the visits have become more frequent, Elle is confused about
what is her life and what is not. Back in England, Delia’s father is determined
to marry her off to any marginally suitable man before her illness becomes
known to society. But will Delia consent, now that she’s had a taste of Elle’s
independence?

Review: There
are a lot of things to say about this book, and I don’t know where to start! I
think I would begin by saying that this book doesn’t focus as much on the séance
and the traveling between times much. It’s more about what both of these people
are going through.

The cast of characters was lovely. I loved Janey, Lucy
and Cami who were basically the support crew and best friends in both time set
stories. They all had different status and personalities, but they were the
kindest people to our main characters. I did like Elle as a main character, who
was a modern day teenager, but I didn’t like her nearly as much as Delia. Delia
is an eighteen year old being forced into marriage, and her story is truly
drastic. Because she falls in love with someone else, Matthew (who is the best
man ever, well, excepting Luke) but is promised to Andrew who is truly a villain.
He is bad, manipulative and disregards women in ways I would never believe. And
Delia’s parents don’t seem to be much different. However, the level of darkness
that Andrew reaches… I couldn’t have predicted it at all.

At the beginning of the book there were some repetitions
of phrases which bothered me a lot, because I felt like the characters were
saying the same things again and again. However, in the second half of the book
the story really picks up, and that
problem faded away. So just have a bit of patience with this one.

I loved the setting of old England, especially the balls
that Delia attended. It was beautifully described! There was also a mention of Doctor Who in this novel,
which always earns it bonus points.

The ending to this one was terribly sad. There was a lot
more death than I could’ve expected, but I won’t tell you who because that
would be spoilers. But seriously, this book did a complete 180 and left me
feeling stunned by the moment I closed the book. I couldn’t stop thinking about
it for a while.

This book is written by a daughter and a mother. A lovely
pairing. I always admire that J

Authors Info: Jo Noelle grew up in Colorado and Utah but also spent time in Idaho and California. She has two adult children and three small kids. She teaches teachers and students about reading and writing, grows freakishly large tomatoes, enjoys cooking especially for desserts, builds furniture, sews beautiful dresses, and likes to go hiking in the nearby mountains. Oh, and by the way, she’s two people—

Canda Mortensen and Deanna Henderson, a mother/daughter writing team.
They began writing separately several years ago but found the process much more fun when they started collaborating. They are debut authors, with Lexi’s Pathetic Fictional Love Life as their first completed work. Other titles include Newbie and Damnation.
Deanna attended college before marrying and starting her family.

Canda received a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, a Reading Specialist endorsement, and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership. Her day job focuses on teaching teachers and children about literacy.

 
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