Author: Caroline Healy
Publisher: Fire and Ice Young Adult Books
Publish Date: February 14, 2017
Genre: YA, mystery, romance, time travel
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, a malady that could guarantee his untimely death. 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 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 fowl air causing her to temporarily lose her senses.
With the help of Tallulah, a black witch, Cassandra finds her feet in this strange land, challenging Becky ‘The Troll’ Travers , learning about feminism and standing up for what’s right.
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.
The description of the book was intriguing. I was excited to start reading since I'm always looking for books I can recommend to my students; especially the girls. This book has two strong female protagonists, which is a huge draw, and the story line itself is interesting. Cassie's part of the story starts off with a bang and I thought the rest of the story would hold my attention like her clash with her mother did.
The characters struggle to find their footing in the time periods they find themselves living in unwittingly. Cassie has to curb her usually stubborn personality and Lady Cassandra has to learn to let go of her control. Both girls are facing unfamiliar territory as they try to maneuver through the different centuries. Cassie has to be careful though because the fate of her family rests in her hands whether she likes it or not. Lady Cassandra has the more interesting transition due to her lack of knowledge about the modern world. She's stumbling through discovering technology and understanding why girls wear pants which is funny in and of itself.
Unfortunately, I struggled to get through the book. I liked the idea of falling through a mirror and discovering you're in a different time period. That was a unique approach that had so much potential, but this story fell a little flat. I suppose it is because nothing was really surprising- I could guess what was going to happen next and that was disappointing.