Changing places doesn’t always help you see things differently.
Cassie throws the first punch in a brawl at Winchester Abbey Girl’s School. Her subsequent suspension is a glitch in Cassie’s master plan; Finish School/Get Job/Leave Home (and never come back). As punishment, her mother banishes her to Ludlow Park, their creepy ancestral home. In the dark of a stormy night, Cassie finds herself transported to 1714, the beginning of the Georgian period.
With the help of a lady’s maid and an obnoxious gentleman, Mr. Charles Stafford, Cassie must unravel the mysterious illness afflicting Lord Miller. If Lord Miller kicks the bucket the house goes to Reginald Huxley, the brainless cousin from London.
Cassie’s task is to figure out who is poisoning the Lord of Ludlow without exposing herself to the ridicule of her peers, getting herself committed to the asylum or worse, married off to the first man who will have her.
Cassie must learn to hold her tongue, keep her pride in check and reign in her rebellious nature – because of the fate of her entire family, for generations, rests on her shoulders.
Meanwhile, Lady Cassandra Miller frantically searches for her smelling salts or her trusted governess Miss. Blythe, whose soothing advice she would dearly love. Instead, Cassandra finds some woman and a boy squatting in the Ludlow mansion; her father, her lady’s maid and all the servants have magically disappeared.
Tell-a-vision, the In-her-net, horseless carriages and women wearing pantaloons; Cassandra is afraid that she might have inhaled foul air causing her to temporarily lose her senses.
Only when both girls can get over their pride, societal prejudices and self-importance will they be able to return to their rightful century. Until then, they are free to wreak maximum damage on their respective centuries.
FTC Disclaimer: I received this book free to read and review, thanks to Caroline Healy.
I enjoyed this book, and am actually debating whether to give it 4 stars instead of 3.5. I liked the characters, I thought they were well-written. There were a few characters that I couldn't stand due to certain things happening in the story.
I'm typically not a fan of time-travel stories, but I think what intrigued me enough to want to read this book was not that a character goes back in time but she exchanges her life (sorta) with someone from the time period she gets sent back to. I just thought that was unique and stood out from other time-traveling stories that I have read int he past.
I also thought that it was a decently quick read, and it wasn't at all hard to get into. I recommend this book if you are a fan of time-traveling books or just historical fiction books, because this story was a nice read.