By Cait Fitzgerald — 1851 Staff
Alexandra Monir’s premiere novel, Timeless, begins with a reoccurring dream, a ruined romance, and a fatal car accident that leads main character Michele Windsor from sunny California to New York City.
As Michele settles, she discovers secrets of her family’s past, including why she has never met her father. The mystery dives deeper as Michele learns more about her family rivals, the Walkers, and begins to travel back to 1910.
Monir’s idea for a mystery and fantasy novel is original, and her storyline is a breath of fresh air to the avid reader. However, Monir’s style of writing is that of a 14-year-old girl, which contradicts Michele’s age of 17. Her choice of wording is clear and concise, making her storyline easy to follow, but she is slow to elaborate on emotions and the setting.
Monir focuses on the big picture, with key points jumping out repeatedly to the point of redundacy. Young teenage girls will swoon over the young, handsome main character, Philip Walker, son of the Windsor’s rivals.
Older audiences may find the “rags to riches” start hard to believe, but the plot is enjoyable regardless.
The author has some kinks to work out, but her first novel was well executed, especially in the ending.
The romance in the story quickly hooks the reader while the mystery keeps them interested throughout the book. The sequel, Timekeeper, will be published in December.