Happy book birthday to one of my favorite people ever! Janet B. Taylor!
Janet and I go way back. She once left her sunglasses in my car when she was visiting Texas. I wore them for months until they finally got crushed in an unfortunate accident. So, I love her bunches and couldn't possibly offer an unbiased opinion on her new book, Sparks of Light.
So, please welcome my fabulous sister-in-law, Kelly, as my guest reviewer for today. I may be responsible for introducing her to "the dark side", otherwise known as Netgalley.
Kelly is a classroom-teacher-turned-librarian. She posts her own book reviews on Miller's Monologues.
First, here is the blurb for Sparks of Light.
For the first time in her life, Hope Walton has friends . . . and a (maybe) boyfriend. She’s a Viator, a member of a long line of time-traveling ancestors. When the Viators learn of a plan to steal a dangerous device from the inventor Nikola Tesla, only a race into the past can save the natural timeline from utter destruction. Navigating the glitterati of The Gilded Age in 1895 New York City, Hope and her crew will discover that high society can be as deadly as it is beautiful.
In this sequel to the dazzling time-travel romance Into the Dim, sacrifice takes on a whole new meaning as Hope and Bran struggle to determine where—or when—they truly belong.
Now for Kelly's thoughts:
In this intense sequel, we continue to follow Hope through time. During this adventure, she is about her meet a man she has admired since childhood. Her idol, Nickola Telsa. Her family’s enemy, The Timeslippers, have ensured their failure. Hope is institutionalized; her friends unable to reach her. Her soulmate, Bran, helpless to save her. The twists, back-stabbing, and betrayal is surprising and unexpected. The ending leaves us breathless and wanting.
I had not read Janet B. Taylor’s first book in this series, Into the Dim, before beginning Sparks of Light. Within the first chapter I was hooked and before finishing the chapter, downloaded Into the Dim. It was just as intense and captivating as its sequel, reading it over the weekend unable to put to down for even a minute. Relishing that I had the second book in hand already, I curled up on the couch and picked up where I left off in Sparks of Light.
My only regret is that I read it too fast! Taylor captured the same suspense, mystery, romance, and intrigue as the first time I was introduced to this time traveling family. Taylor has sewn the past with the present seamlessly. Timelessly intertwining passion, love, loss, adventure, mystery, and family.
*I was blessed with an advanced copy of this book through netgalley.com. My opinion is my own; I was not in any way influenced by receiving an advanced copy.