Today I’m thrilled to be hosting a stop on the blog tour for Julia Ibbotson’s latest novel A Shape on the Air. Part slow-burn romance, part time-slipping mystery this baby will transport you back into post Roman Britain and leave you ready to take on the world.
Title: A Shape on the Air
Author: Julia Ibbotson
Publisher: Endeavour Press
Publication Date: July 27, 2017
Genre: Historical Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Romance
Themes: Time Travel, Romance, Abusive Relationships, Power Dynamics
My Rating: 4/5
Unlocking a love that lasts for lifetimes – and beyond! When Dr Viv DuLac, a medievalist, slips into 499 AD and into the body of Lady Vivianne, little does she realise that both their lives across the centuries will become intertwined as they fight for their dreams … and their lives. How can the key which Viv bring back with her to the present unlock the love they both crave, and help them through the dangers they both face? And how can they help each other across the centuries, without changing the course of history?
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This book had me at the blurb, because who doesn’t want to time-slip back into 499 AD? Add in a saucy chambermaid, a steamy knight, a deplorable usurper, and a plucky heroine trying to avoid a forced marriage and you’ll find me snuggled up on the couch with tea and chocolates reading. But that’s only half of the story. On the other hand we have sexy, successful Viv who has just gone through a traumatic breakup with an absolute snake of a man, who is trying for a big promotion at work, and is struggling to come to grips with with her parents legacy 20 years after their death. Both worlds intersect in a dramatic dreamland that is fraught with betrayal, buoyed by budding romance, and driven by women on a mission.
I really enjoyed the mirroring of the characters between past and present – Viv and Lady Vivianne, Eleanor and Ellie, Tilly and Matilda, Sir Roland and Rory and so it goes on! This really helped to reinforce the notions of rebirth and history repeating itself which is so integral to the story. But, as all of the characters remain distinctly different from their counterparts, individuality and interest is easily maintained. I loved the magical elements too, as they allowed for a smooth transition between past and present, as well as an interesting bridge between Viv and her long lost parents.
There were a few times I wanted to grab Viv and give her the ‘WHY?!” shake, like why are you just going to let Pete take the flat you paid for? Why are you going to let him walk away with a business that you funded? Haven’t you heard of cohabitation and common law regulations? Woman, you have a PhD, you’re supposed to be smart! Buuuut, then I remember my maximum logic (or not) following my last big breakup, calmed down my fight-em instinct, and was able to settle into enjoying this story for the fun, uplifting read that it was.
Altogether this was fun and engaging read. It’s sweet, uplifting, and filled with real people and reactions (even when it wasn’t the way I wanted people to act). If you like a little magic and time travel with your romance, then don’t pass this one by!
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About the Author
Acclaimed, award-winning author Julia Ibbotson is fascinated by the medieval world and concepts of time travel. She read English at Keele University, England (after a turbulent but exciting gap year in Ghana, West Africa) specialising in medieval language, literature and history, and has a PhD in socio-linguistics. She wrote her first novel at 10 years of age, but became a school teacher, then an academic as a senior university lecturer and researcher. As well as medieval time-slip, she has published a number of books, including memoir/history of food (The Old Rectory), children’s medieval fantasy (S.C.A.R.S), a trilogy opening in 1960s Ghana (Drumbeats), and many academic works. Apart from insatiable reading, she loves travelling the world, singing in choirs, swimming, yoga and walking in the countryside in England and Madeira where she and her husband divide their time.
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Many thanks to Rachel Gilbey at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to participate in this tour, and for proving a copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.