by Lesley Krueger
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Pub Date 28 Sep 2021 | Archive Date 07 Sep 2021
A richly atmospheric portrait of women’s agency and the timelessness of love, Time Squared explores the enduring roles of rights, responsibility, and devotion throughout history
Robin and Eleanor meet in 1811 at the British estate of Eleanor’s rich aunt Clara. Robin is about to leave to fight in the Napoleonic Wars, and her aunt rules out a marriage between them. Everyone Eleanor knows, including Robin, believe they’ve always lived in these times.
But Eleanor has strange glimpses of other eras, dreams that aren’t dreams but memories of other lives. And their time jumps start as their romance deepens. Robin fights in the Boer War, the First and Second World Wars, in Vietnam and Iraq. Meanwhile, Eleanor struggles to figure out what’s going on, finally understanding that she and Robin are being manipulated through time.
Who is doing this, and why? Arriving in modern times, Eleanor sets off to confront the ones she discovers are behind this — chessmasters playing her like a pawn. Eleanor’s goal? To free herself to live out her life on her own terms.
Time Squared examines the roles women are forced to play in different centuries, the power they’re allowed, the stresses they face — and what this does to their relationships.
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This book starts like you’re in a Jane Austen novel and finishes like a Margaret Atwood one. I started off wondering where it was going and getting myself a bit confused as it didn’t seem anything like I thought it was going to be but then I realised I was actually just enjoying the story for itself and went with the flow, and I’m glad I did. It really is a book that you can’t fully understand until you’ve read it to the end, and you then appreciate the book as a whole. It is definitely a book that makes you think particularly about the roles of men and women through history and how times have changed. I love the way the atmosphere changes as the story progresses as you go from one of joviality to a darker and more intense tone. This is a great good book that takes you on a journey like no other through time.