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Book Review of The Time Traveler’s Guide to Modern Romance

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Elias Caldwell needs more than his life in nineteenth-century England has to offer. He’d rather go on an adventure than spend one more minute at some stuffy party. When his grandfather gives him a pocket watch he claims can transport him to any place and time, Elias doesn’t believe it…until he’s whisked away to twenty-first-century America.

Tyler Forrester just wants to fall hopelessly in love. But making that kind of connection with someone has been more of a dream than reality. Then a boy appears out of thin air, a boy from the past. As he helps Elias navigate a strange new world for him, introducing him to the wonders of espresso, binge-watching, and rock and roll, Tyler discovers Elias is exactly who he was missing.

But their love has a time limit. Elias’s disappearance from the past has had devastating side effects, and now he must choose where he truly belongs—in the Victorian era, or with the boy who took him on an adventure he never dreamed possible?


My Review


I received a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

I’ve had this book on my radar ever since I finished reading Madeline’s debut novel, Illusions. Illusions actually made it to my Top 18 in 2018 bookish list, so I had very high hopes for this one. I was expecting a lot of Sci-Fi and Time Travel themes to be integrated throughout the story, but it ended up making only about 30% of the story. Most of which happened towards the end of the second half of the book.

Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed the characters and the historical fiction elements of the storylines. If this was promoted as historical fiction, time travel novel, I would have totally devoured that and effortlessly given it 4.5 stars.  But because it was branded as a Sci-Fi, time travel book, and with illusions being more action-packed, I was expecting to get that.

I am surprised Madeline isn’t yet renowned for her beautiful, queer and magical stories. I totally see myself picking up any book she releases next because of her gorgeous voice and highly engaging storylines. I highly recommend this funny and cute read.

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Till next time,


Have you read The Time Traveler’s Guide to Modern Romance? What about Illusions? What is your favorite Time Travel novel?




4 thoughts on “Book Review of The Time Traveler’s Guide to Modern Romance

  1. This sounds good, even though a bit off genre and I like the cover.

    My favorite time travel book is The Time Machine by H.G. Wells. It’s hard to beat the classics.

    As far as my favorite time travel *stories*, Doctor Who through and through. Oh… all of time and space with an impossibly brilliant and silly chaperone? Yes, please!

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    1. I have a friend who LOVES Doctor Who, and she tried a lot to make me watch it, but I never got into it. Which doctor and season do you recommend for me to start by? I want to give it a second go.

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      1. I think I watched a few partial episodes with my son because he was already into it, then started at the 1st episode of the reboot. It took a little while to get into but so very worth it!

        A lot of people recommend starting with the episode “Blink”. Maybe see if you like that one? That’s the tenth doctor, not sure which season. It’s a later one though.

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