What would it take to convince you that the woods you just left is a hundred and forty-four years distant from the one you entered?
Ten years have passed since the Civil War broke up John Bartley’s family. Living with his aunt and uncle in the tiny village of Greendale, Vermont, isn’t filled with excitement for a seventeen-year-old.
Until John walks into the woods one day and stumbles into 2009…
Fortunately, he chances upon the outspoken Tess McKinnon. To earn her trust, he must first convince her that he is neither a lunatic nor a liar. The proof he needs is buried at the end of a mountain road, where the ruins of Greendale lie just beneath a layer of dead leaves and moss.
What became of his home? Why is there no record of its existence?
This was a sweet romantic YA time travel story. The main character John was a gentleman who handled everything very calmly and logically. He was sweet and likable and felt authentic. How he stayed calm while learning all about modern life is a mystery; I’m sure I would be freaking out.
Tess was a spitfire. She was a very modern teenager, and maybe a bit mean. She definitely could have shown more compassion toward John, and maybe a little less laughing at his expense. But she did come through for him, and handled things pretty well when things starting affecting her.
The ending really took me by surprise. The twists and turns had me reading feverishly, with several exclamations of “WHAT?!” being uttered as the ending approached. The author took some risks with the characters, and made for a very exciting and unconvention read.
Reading about how modern conveniences appeared to John really helped to highlight how much things have changed in a chort period of time. All of our technology is fairly new, and yet it is easy to take everything for granted. Having an outsider see and try to figure things out was a eye-opening experience that had me looking around to see what really surrounding me a few times.
Overall, this was a delightful read. It was a sweet story told by a very likable male character. I would definitely recommend this book to YA readers, both young and old. There is a romantic atmosphere to it that will appeal to many readers.
Challenges read for:
2012 Ebook Challenge