The follow-up to Alexandra Monir’s TIMELESS, TIMEKEEPER raises the stakes of time travel beyond what Michele Windsor had ever anticipated.
In TIMELESS, Michele Windsor was forced to move from California to Manhattan to live with the grandparents with whom her mother had cut contact after they had offered her then boyfriend (and Michele’s father) a whole lot of money to leave and never return. Needless to say, they had a complicated relationship --- especially when Michele’s father disappeared soon after the offer. Nevertheless, when Michele’s mom dies, she must go and live at her grandparent’s large mansion in Manhattan. Once there, she realizes she has the power to time travel and finally meets the boy she had been dreaming about her entire life...the only problem is that she falls in love with someone who lives in the year 1910.
"While the first book was a romance wrapped up in time travel, [TIMEKEEPER] contains much more urgency as the mystery of exactly how Michele is able to time travel emerges."
Now, in TIMEKEEPER, we meet Michele in the present again. She’s given up on ever being able to be in a real relationship with Philip Walker...or at least, she’s trying. That is, until he walks into her high school and sits down in her class. But he doesn’t have any idea who she is. Michele knows it must be him though --- she would never mistake those piercing blue eyes --- especially because their shared passion for music is the same as it was in 1910. She just needs to remind him of the music they created together --- literally, they produced two songs that became hits when Michele passed them on to her celebrity great-grandmother in the 1920's.
Trying to convince her time-traveling boyfriend that they are in love isn’t the only problem that Michele faces. Apparently, a distant Windsor relative of hers is furious with the fact she exists at all and is determined to put an end to her life. Michele must travel back in time once again to solve the mystery of her father’s dealings with the powerful Time Society (whose rules he immediately broke by staying long enough to date Michele’s mother and then by having a time-crossed child) and plot to vanquish Rebecca Windsor on multiple layers of time, all before she exacts her revenge on Michele.
While it is necessary to read TIMELESS before reading its follow-up, TIMEKEEPER takes a distinct shift. While the first book was a romance wrapped up in time travel, this book contains much more urgency as the mystery of exactly how Michele is able to time travel emerges. Alexandra Monir intersperces excerpts from the Handbook of the Time Society, Irving Henry’s diary and accounts from Millicent August (the founder of the Time Society) between chapters, giving this novel a larger context for its time travel while still providing a variety of great historical fiction backdrops.
Reviewed by Liz Kossnar on February 28, 2013