By Kerstin Gier
Publication date: May 10, 2011
Henry Holt, 336 pages
Gwyneth Shepherd’s sophisticated, beautiful cousin Charlotte has been prepared her entire life for traveling through time. But unexpectedly, it is Gwyneth, who in the middle of class takes a sudden spin to a different era!
Gwyneth must now unearth the mystery of why her mother would lie about her birth date to ward off suspicion about her ability, brush up on her history, and work with Gideon–the time traveler from a similarly gifted family that passes the gene through its male line, and whose presence becomes, in time, less insufferable and more essential. Together, Gwyneth and Gideon journey through time to discover who, in the 18th century and in contemporary London, they can trust.
— Goodreads.com description
Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier has been sitting on my shelf for almost four years now, unread. Thanks to your recommendations, I gave it a go and I’m glad I did.
Did I love it? No. It isn’t even my favorite time travel book (that would be Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone). But it was still a quick, easy, enjoyable read.
Gwyneth and her best friend Leslie are delightful — the comic relief they provided came at just the right moments.
I was a bit nervous about the writing when I heard this was translated from its original German, but it was great. The descriptions of the costumes, the buildings and Gwyneth’s trips back in time popped off the pages.
I wish there was a love story (as always)…but crossing my fingers that one comes in the next book in the series. Maybe Gideon? He’s obnoxious right now, but I see promise!
I’ll definitely read more.