Review: Janelle’s Time by Dayna Leigh Cheser

Janelle’s Time by Dayna Leigh Cheser
Series:  Time series (# 1)
Release Date:  July 15, 2012
Publisher:  Amazon Digital Services
Pages:  266
Source: book provided by author for review

JANELLE’S TIME, SET IN 1830’s NEW HAMPSHIRE Janelle’s Time is the epic story of the great love between a New Hampshire farmer’s daughter, Janelle LeDuc, and the son of an English Duke, Richard Grayson. From her father’s death in a logging accident to barely surviving the birth of twin daughters, Janelle makes it difficult for Richard to protect her, but not on purpose. Unaware of Janelle’s maternal-line powers, the couple accidentally time-travels to 14th century England, meeting Richard’s ancestors, and discovering some startling truths about Richard’s aristocratic family that nearly destroys their relationship.


Review: I was excited when I got this book to review because time-travel romance is one of my favorite in the genre.  Unfortunately, the actual book didn’t live up to my own hype for it.

It starts out tragic.  And that is where it started to go downhill for me.

Janelle is a young lady who just lost her father and inherited his property.  After her loss, she had a hard time dealing with it.  Enter Richard Grayson, who is a neighbor, and who finally feels like he can express an interest in Janelle.  And so their true love begins.

Janelle and Richard have a hard time just being together – between time travel (which is only a small part of the story), accidents, a missed birth, two kidnappings, wedding crashers, betrayals…. you begin to wonder what other romance novel cliches will be involved.

Dayna Leigh Cheser has some great ideas, but it all seems fumbled together.  Numerous times, I had to stop and think about the story to make sure I knew what was going on.  It made it very hard to want to read.  It wasn’t a story I found myself getting lost in and that, to me, is the true tragedy.