Forever, Lately by Linore Rose Burkard: Book Review with Celebrate Lit
About the Book
Book: Forever, Lately
Author: Linore Rose Burkard
Genre: Time-Travel Romance
Release Date: October, 2019 Maine, present day Author Claire Channing needs to write a bestselling book to salvage a failing career. She moves to her grandmother’s rustic cottage, but without the deed, the clock is ticking on how long she can stay. She thinks she’s writing St. John’s story, until an old prayer shawl with embroidered lovebirds transports her to his Regency world! She falls in love with him–a man she thought she created. But a jealous Miss Andrews would rather see Julian dead than in another woman’s arms!Claire and St. John must beat the clock to prevent a deadly tragedy, but can love endure past the limits of time?
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I thought this book was a lot of fun. The author took a distinct concept and ran away with it. When you mix time travel, Regency gentlemen, and a missing grandmother, you have an explosive story line that will quickly have you rooting for the mismatched couple.
While the tallit is the means of time travel, it has rules, but the tallit also has a mind of its own at times, which explains a few last minute questions I had.
Forever, Lately is marketed as Time Travel, and there are minimal Christian Fiction elements to speak of other that Julian St. John experiencing what he calls reformation because he ‘found religion’. It is a good, clean read that I would feel comfortable allowing middle-school ages to read.
The descriptions were never lacking and the author often took a deep point of view with Claire and really delved into her thought processes, her hopes, and her dreams. Her characters were well-rounded, with secondary characters who often drove the plot.
Overall, Forever, Lately took me away on an adventure that felt somewhat familiar (think Kate and Leopold) but gave a new twist. It’s not often an author gets to meet her characters in real life.
I requested a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. I was not required to leave a positive review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
About the Author
Linore Rose Burkard wrote a trilogy of genuine regency romances for the Christian market before there were any regencies for the Christian market. Published with Harvest House, her books opened the genre for the CBA. She also writes YA Suspense/Apocalyptic fiction as L.R. Burkard. Married with five children, Linore home-schools her youngest daughter, teaches workshops for writers, and is the Vice President of the Dayton Christian Scribes. Her latest PULSE EFFEX SERIES, takes readers into a “chilling possible future for America, while affirming the power of faith in the darkest of times.”
More from Linore
I wanted to write a Regency time travel for years. When I saw the movie “Kate and Leopold” I thought, Oh no! Someone used my idea! But I needn’t have worried. Leopold (Hugh Jackman) was a Victorian gentleman, not a Regencian. Secondly, though I enjoyed the flick, I kept thinking it missed many opportunities for humor. (Having written a screenplay since then, I now realize why it missed so many: tight scripts just don’t have room for all the scenes that could be fun.) When I wrote my story, however, I was able to include a lot of the humor scenes that had been floating around in my head for eons. It’s one of the reasons the book is a lot of fun to read—particularly when the Regency hero appears in the present.
On a side note, I started this book and then dropped it—for years—mostly because I wanted to write it as Christian romance like my other Regencies. But I kept running into roadblocks. And Christian publishers weren’t interested. Finally I realized I had to let God out of MY box and write the story he was giving me, not the one I thought he should give me. After that, it came together remarkably easily and quickly. And, I think, in a very fun way. I might even do a sequel.