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History has long been my keenest interest and was a childhood fascination. I followed this interest to University where I obtained my BA and MA in History. My thesis was concentrated on British colonialism in Africa, but my first historical love was England, especially those Tudors. My life's greatest passion are my two boys. My most avid hobbies are reading and travel. My favorite reads are historical fiction and my favorite travel destination Western Europe. Because of the high volume of books I read and my passion for discussion I was encouraged by friends to begin a book review blog earlier this year and so The Most Happy Reader was born.

The Hands of Time (Hands of Time, #1)

The Hands of Time (Hands of Time, #1) - Irina Shapiro Traveling to England following a divorce… Now that hits home. Seeking out the fantasies of the lives of those historical figures I have loved and admired would have, at the time, been a welcome respite. I cannot relate the doorways, stones and tiled floors I have touched throughout my life trying to conjure a sense of those who walked them before me.

I found the The Hands of Time a bit of an escapist read, but not a seriously historical one. It was for me more of a historical romance set within a time travel theme. However, I enjoyed the escape and was thrilled that Valerie found in 1605 what she lacked in her modern life. I also enjoyed Shapiro’s interjection of clues left by Valerie for the family she left behind, especially those to her sister.

I enjoyed this novel not because it was one that stirred the Historian in me to research and debate, but more because it soothed the soul or at least this one at least.