Sunday, July 13, 2014

Review: Stranded In Time by Kelli Sue Landon

Stranded in Time 

Book: Stranded In Time
Author: Kelli Sue Landon
Publisher: Trafford Publishing 
Rating: 5 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: paperback review copy

Summary from Goodreads: 
College student and art major Samantha Harper has been tracing her family tree for quite some time. Her mother, Rebecca, died when Sam was sixteen and she never talked much about her past. Samantha is thrilled to hear that she will be allowed to research her mother's past for a school assignment. Upon arriving in Rebecca's childhood neighborhood, Sam arranges to have a tour of her mother's grade school. She finds an area inside the school that had been damaged and at first, thinking a ghost was inhabiting the gymnasium, she accidentally crosses over into the year 1975; the year when her mother is in kindergarten. Fascinated and scared at the same time, Sam gets to witness her mother's childhood up front as she inadvertently gets involved in an old case of a young girl's accidental death. Little Josie Baker, a classmate of Sam's mother, died that year inside the school's gymnasium. But, was it an accident? After uncovering the dark secret surrounding Josie's death, Samantha wonders if she'll ever find her way back home where her father and best friend, Josh, have been waiting for her return. Will she return to the present or will she have to live the rest of her life in the past?

My Review:
Stranded in time is a mixture of mystery and time travel. I was hooked from the first chapter and just found the story to be really interesting and fun.

Samantha aka Sam is a college student living with her dad who she is still getting to know. Her mother was killed in a car accident when Sam was sixteen. She is thrilled to hear that she can write a paper on her family history, which she knows little about. While on a break from school she decides to go to the town where her mom grew up. She wants to explore the town, school and see what she can find out about her family history.

While there she meets Thomas, a former custodian at the school that knew her mom, grandmother and great-grandmother. He lets her into the school, which has been closed for years to have a look around. It's there that she discovers a hole in a wall and while looking through sees a little girl on the stage. Wondering if she is seeing a ghost she steps through the hole and into the year 1975. It's here that everything changes and the story gets very interesting. Sam meets Thomas and some others that will change her life forever. One interesting person that she meets is Suzanne. She has a unique story that will not only help Sam but could possibly change events that have happened. Together they want to figure out if little Josie Baker's death was an accident or something else. Can they save her from dying or what will the outcome be for the future?

I loved Sam in the 1970's. I liked how she became her own person, didn't back down to anyone. She is able to interact with her family, some of whom she has never met. I felt her happiness and sadness about seeing her mom as a child. The friends she makes and the events that transform just made this story such a great read. If I could have the chance to time travel this is one place I would love to go. Sam gets to experience a time when things were much calmer and laid back. The story is well written and I enjoyed getting to explore the 70's through Sam's eyes. The ending was a bit confusing to me. I am still thinking about it. Overall an interesting, fun and charming read.

This book was provided to me by the author for review. This did not affect my review in any way.

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