Book Review: Escaping Home by Christy Cooper-Burnett

Reviewed: December 17th 2021
Released: November 18th, 2021
Genre: Timetravel Fantasy

United States, 2072

With the country under the threat of war, a group of time-traveling government agents devise a risky plan to keep their families safe. But transporting hundreds of years to the past and blending in may prove much more dangerous than they expected.

Cyber Criminal Enforcement Agent Christine Stewart has been to the past before and thinks she knows what to expect. She couldn’t be more wrong.

Life in the eighteenth century is anything but ideal, especially when they learn a rogue agent with plans to strike it rich follows them back in time. Armed with a modern-day weapon, the agent may disrupt the timeline in the most disastrous way and alter history as they know it.

Now they’re refugees in their own homeland, and how they proceed will determine their fate. Will they crash and burn in their race to stop the defector before it’s too late?

Helen’s thoughts: 3/5

I had great hopes for this book, the premise was quite intriguing, but I really struggled to get into the story, though I did finish it. To begin with, there were too many names thrown at you in the author’s haste to tell you what happened in previous books. I think we could have been introduced to them gradually as needed, and not all at once.

The time jump to the distant past begins a doomed soujourn in a much simpler way of life. Though the travellers seem to gain everything they need relatively easy, building their homes and settling down into a new way of life and the locals accepted them without question. I think the story could have been longer, giving the author the opportunity to flesh out the characters and their reactions to their new way of life. I didn’t really engage with any of them, maybe Ethan was the most sympathetic, and Jeremiah, but the others seemed quite superficial.

The final time jump to New York was the most realistic and well developed, as if the author was more comfortable writing about that time. There was a hint of future problems leaving the door open for another book, even though the story wraps up everyone in an idyllic way of life.

There are echoes of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series, but unfortunately this book misses the mark for me.

I received an ARC from Hidden Gems and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.

About the author:

Christy Cooper-Burnett is an award-winning author based in California with a degree in Administration of Justice. After retiring early from the new home construction industry she now divides her time between northern and southern California. She has one grown son who inspired her to write her award-winning debut novel, No Way Home.

She began her writing career later in life, but once she started she couldn’t stop. Her work focuses on creating relatable stories and characters that transcend genres and encourage readers to imagine what they would do if thrown into the unique, imaginative situations her protagonists end up in.

If you enjoy fantasy books then you will love my books which are available in eBook or paperback: Book One: Sentinals Awaken. Book Two: Sentinals Rising. Book Three: Sentinals Justice. Book 3.5: Sentinals Recovery. Sign up to my newsletter and download a free novella called Sentinals Stirring and get notified when my next books are published.

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