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WHISPER IN TIME by Elizabeth Langston — Book Review

April 23, 2014

WhisperinTime_cover (2)     Whisper in Time

     by Elizabeth Langston

     Rescued from a life of servitude by the boy she loves, Susanna Marsh escapes across two centuries, only to be plunged into a world she’s ill-prepared to face. Unable to work or go to school, Susanna finds herself dependent on others to survive.
 
     Immersed in the fun and demands of his senior year of high school, Mark Lewis longs to share his world with the girl who’s captured his heart. But first he must tackle government bureaucracy to prove Susanna’s identity.
 
     Overwhelmed by her new home, Susanna seeks refuge in history and in news of the people she left behind. But when she learns that danger stalks her sister, Susanna must weigh whether to risk her own future in order to save Phoebe’s happiness.

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Whisper in Time is the second book in Elizabeth’s series. In order to truly appreciate what takes place in this story, you will need to have read Whisper Falls, which I highly recommend you do! Right now… Really. You’ll love it. Here is my review for that masterpiece: https://dstyves.wordpress.com/2013/11/08/whisper-falls-by-elizabeth-langston-a-review/

I warn that there may be some spoilers in this review for Whisper Falls, which is why I recommend not reading this review before having read that book.

I was slightly worried about Elizabeth matching the epicness of her first novel. To continue where she left off was going to be difficult. There were so many things that needed to be addressed, and I feared that certain concerns might be overlooked or ignored. However, Elizabeth left me delightfully surprised and slightly ashamed for doubting her awesomeness.

Elizabeth got to the meat and potatoes I was hoping for with this continuation of Mark and Susanna’s story. She addressed everything! She got into the details of getting identification for someone who simply doesn’t exist and the complications of not existing. I found those details so interesting and they enriched the story. The effects of time travel were given serious attention and the dangers of messing with the past were shown. What’s even better, is the main characters learned from their mistakes instead of continuing to make them. Susanna’s upbringing, abuse, and morals were expanded upon and thrown against modern ideas, which leads me into my next point:)

The interaction between Mark and Susanna was incredible. I applaud Elizabeth for how she portrayed the hardships both characters had to face. Mark was so patient with Susanna and stood by her through everything. He messed up a few times, but, come on, he is a seventeen year old boy after all. He wouldn’t be real if he didn’t make a few mistakes. Susanna was amazing. Her strength and acceptance of modern ways was astounding. I think the character development in Susanna was my favorite aspect of this book. She started out doubting so many things and not wanting to be part of the modern world she found herself in, but she grew and became an even more interesting character by the end of the book.

There is only one thing I didn’t absolutely love. In my opinion, there was a little too much of Phoebe. I understand that Elizabeth used Phoebe as a catalyst for Mark and Susanna’s relationship, and it was very well done. But I felt that there shouldn’t have been so much of Phoebe’s POV. I might just feel that way because I love Mark and Susanna so much and wanted more of them, though…

Waiting until the next book in this series is proving painful for me. And..misery loves company. So, join me by reading these wonderful books.

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