The Compulsive Reader: Timeless by Alexandra Monir

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Timeless by Alexandra Monir

When Michele’s mother dies suddenly, she’s left without any family except for the grandparents her mother ran away from before Michele was born. Forced to leave her hometown of Los Angeles and live in her mother's stately childhood home in New York with strangers, Michele feels conspicuously out of place until a mysterious key somehow takes her back in time to her family home in 1910. There she meets Philip, the only person who is able to wake her up from the fog of grief she's been under since her mother died. Though she doesn't understand why or how it works, Michele continues to travel through the past, trying to protect Philip from a sad future and inadvertently uncovering a hidden mystery about her own past.

Timeless is a romantic, enchanting, and lyrical read that twists through time and history. Monir does such an excellent job of balancing the past and present and Michele's adventures in every time period she visits, from the Gilded Age and the Roaring Twenties to New York auditoriums of the 1940's. The time periods are all gorgeously described and vibrant, and the many characters Michele meets throughout time are wonderfully depicted. Michele's romance with Philip is rings true, and the music they share and make together is very sweet and emotional and makes the book more meaningful than other romantic reads. The pace of Timeless is excellent: just as Michele finds love and begins to open up again, she discovers hints and clues that indicate that more of her life and past are involved with time travel than she ever imagined, and this mystery lends itself to a few head-spinning mysteries and journeys through time that will draw you even further into the book. Monir beautifully captures Michele's emotions and her feelings of being caught up in a time in which she doesn't belong, and her yearning to be with the one who makes her feel like she's where she's meant to be—something that readers will be able to instantly identify with. Timeless will break your heart, take your breath away, and give you hope.

Cover Comments: I really like the blue of the cover, and the mist in the background. It does give the cover a "timeless" feel that is very romantic and mysterious. Beautiful!

Review copy provided by publisher.

One really awesome thing about this book is that Alexandra Monir, who is also a singer and a songwriter, produced the two songs that her main character "writes" in the book, "Bring the Color Back" and "Chasing Time"! You can find them in iTunes, and I definitely recommend looking them up and downloading them! They're gorgeous!


ivanova said...

Mmm, looks like just my kind of book!

jayme said...

I love the cover of the book and the time-traveling plot line. I'll have to add it to my TBR pile.

Heather Resch said...

Thanks for the great review. I'm a huge cover-judger, and normally this sort of thing wouldn't have caught my eye. But after reading your review, I think I might just have to try this out. I'm a sucker for well-written time travel stories.

Hosted BES said...

That sounds to be an interesting book! Thanks for the review!

A Beautiful Madness said...

I haven't been able to find this one, but it looks really good. great review

Brasil said...

Timeless is truly a timeless tale which Alexandra Monir vividly brings to life two different times and a connection that can't be denied. This is a book which doesn't bring today's fads into the forefront making it a fabulous read now and twenty years from now. Only time will tell what the rest of Michele's story and the story of the Windsors and the Walkers truly ends up being, after all the last page.