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The Whirlpools of Time + Giveaway!

The Whirlpools of Time by Anna Belfrage

Publication Date: June 11, 2021
Timelight Press

Series: The Locket, Book One
Genre: Historical Romance/Scottish/Time Travel

He hoped for a wife. He found a companion through time and beyond.

It is 1715 and for Duncan Melville something fundamental is missing from his life. Despite a flourishing legal practice and several close friends, he is lonely, even more so after the recent death of his father. He needs a wife—a companion through life, someone to hold and be held by. What he wasn’t expecting was to be torn away from everything he knew and find said woman in 2016…

Erin Barnes has a lot of stuff going on in her life. She doesn’t need the additional twist of a stranger in weird outdated clothes, but when he risks his life to save hers, she feels obligated to return the favour. Besides, whoever Duncan may be, she can’t exactly deny the immediate attraction.

The complications in Erin’s life explode. Events are set in motion and to Erin’s horror she and Duncan are thrown back to 1715. Not only does Erin have to cope with a different and intimidating world, soon enough she and Duncan are embroiled in a dangerous quest for Duncan’s uncle, a quest that may very well cost them their lives as they travel through a Scotland poised on the brink of rebellion.

Will they find Duncan’s uncle in time? And is the door to the future permanently closed, or will Erin find a way back?


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One of the very best aspects to being a book blogger, is when you get to review for one of your favorite artists. And when I say “favorite,” I mean that I own every single one of her books, have read them all at least twice, and she has a bookshelf in my home devoted to only her writing. (And I may or may not have jumped up and down when I began downloading this novel to my Kindle.)

If you’ve been around my blog for any length of time, you know how much I adore “The Graham Saga.” Anna Belfrage has this innate ability to write characters into being that take up permanent residence with you. (Not to mention her skills in writing events for said characters.) Needless to say, finding out that she had written a spin-off of sorts got my little book-nerd heart a’pattering. The fun little twist, however? The Whirlpools of Time doesn’t just jump into the past.

As expected, the author’s mastery of setting a scene is alive and well, pulling the reader in immediately. Her obvious knowledge of history is brilliant. The story moves along at a quick pace, with just enough leisure to allow you to soak it all in. And the characters! I can now sit here and confidently say, having finished the book, that I absolutely love both Duncan and Erin. I can also confidently say that it took me awhile to warm up to them both. Duncan was a wee bit cold. It took some reading to really get to know the man and to realize that he’s as badass as they come. And then, there’s Erin.

We had a dog when I was a teenager. Her name was Nicki. Nicki didn’t have a whole lot going on between the ears, bless her. Which meant there wasn’t a lot of spark in her eyes. And so over the years, my family and I have adopted the expression “He/She has Nicki eyes” to politely explain amongst ourselves that someone is struggling in the intelligence department. I was convinced for a time that Erin must surely have Nicki eyes. However, not only did she grow on me, she proved me wrong. And I love her dearly for it.

Bottom Line: The Queen of Time Travel has done it again.

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About the Author

Had Anna been allowed to choose, she’d have become a time-traveller. As this was impossible, she became a financial professional with two absorbing interests: history and writing. Anna has authored the acclaimed time travelling series The Graham Saga, set in 17th century Scotland and Maryland, as well as the equally acclaimed medieval series The King’s Greatest Enemy which is set in 14th century England.

More recently, Anna has published The Wanderer, a fast-paced contemporary romantic suspense trilogy with paranormal and time-slip ingredients. While she loved stepping out of her comfort zone (and will likely do so again ) she is delighted to be back in medieval times in her September 2020 release, His Castilian Hawk. Set against the complications of Edward I’s invasion of Wales, His Castilian Hawk is a story of loyalty, integrity—and love.

Find out more about Anna on her website or on her Amazon page. You can also follow her on Facebook or Twitter.

Blog Tour Schedule

Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, August 23
Guest Post at Novels Alive

Tuesday, August 24
Review at Pursuing Stacie
Excerpt at Books & Benches

Thursday, August 26
Review at Reader_ceygo

Friday, August 27
Review at Novels Alive

Monday, August 30
Review at With A Book In Our Hands

Wednesday, September 1
Review at The Book Review Crew

Friday, September 3
Excerpt at Historical Fiction with Spirit

Monday, September 6
Review at Chicks, Rogues, and Scandals

Wednesday, September 8
Review at 100 Pages a Day

Friday, September 10
Review at Rajiv’s Reviews

Monday, September 13
Guest Post at Hoover Book Reviews

Wednesday, September 15
Review at Books, Writings, and More

Friday, September 17
Excerpt at Reading is My Remedy

Monday, September 20
Review at Amy’s Booket List

Tuesday, September 21
Review at Anna’s Book Blog

Wednesday, September 22
Excerpt at The Cozy Book Blog

Friday, September 24
Review at Passages to the Past

Monday, September 27
Excerpt at Cross My Heart Writing & Reviews

Wednesday, September 29
Review at Coffee and Ink


Enter to win a copy of The Whirlpools of Time by Anna Belfrage! Two copies are up for grabs!

The giveaway is open internationally and ends on September 29th. You must be 18 or older to enter.

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