Timeless earlier this year, I could not resist also pre-ordering Lisa Cach's Wake Unto Me. I thought it would be fun to compare and contrast the time elements in both books. Now I keep on hearing of more books that are similar, so it seems like the concept of time is becoming a trend - we'll see how prevalent it becomes.
In the book Caitlyn is trying to navigate her teenage years and decide where she fits in with her family, including her father, step-mother and step-brothers. She does not feel quite at home and has often felt like a misfit. When an opportunity to go to a boarding school in France comes available, Caitlyn can hardly believe her luck. She is hoping to escape the horrible nightmares that have made her wake up terrified lately. Only, it was not that easy.
Nonetheless, her negative dreams are soon mixed with dreams that she can't wait to get back to, which are related to her school in a different time period. Weaving back and forth between her "real" life, dreams, and nightmares, Caitlyn is on a search to find answers.
I loved seeing the layers unravel as I continued on throughout the book. A perfect blend of romance, mystery, and traveling into the unknown, it was a fun read. Some fun connections that I made which made the book even better was that Caitlyn was from Oregon and even more uncommon was a connection to the pilgrimage in Spain where I backpacked as a college sophomore.
When I started my post I was inclined to say that I enjoyed this one more than Timeless, yet when I went back to re-read my Timeless post I remembered more and more aspects that stood out as well, such as the glimpses into the different generations in the family and the musical history in the different time periods. So often I love whichever book I am reading at the time, and that is the case here. Rather than choosing one or the other as a favorite, I will stick with noting that both were a joy to read, and it would be fun to read other similar books.
*Debut Author Challenge 5/12