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A Ripple in Time (Celtic Cousins' Adventures Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Julia Hughes , Mervyn Walker , Laura Wright La Roche
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Book Description

World War One rages, Britain has an empire and these days, the
military is in charge: Welcome to the 21st Century.


Blame Celtic Cousin Wren. He made an uncanny connection
with Carina, a young woman emigrating to America one hundred years ago, and so
averted the Titanic's tragedy. This single ripple in time has sparked a fire domino
effect - an inferno that now threatens to incinerate Europe.


Determined to restore our world's timeline, Wren tracks down
Carrie, Carina's great-granddaughter, and they join forces for this seemingly
impossible task.


But then Wren makes a fatal mistake: he falls in love with Carrie.
If the Titanic suffers her original fate, Carrie will cease to exist.


Turning back time is tricky.

Sacrificing the woman you love - even to save the world -

"A Ripple in Time" is book two in The Celtic Cousins' Adventures. 
"A Raucous Time" is book one. 
"An Explosive Time" is book three.



Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 627 KB
  • Print Length: 330 pages
  • Publisher: Talon; Second 29072013 edition (12 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005CF7PJW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #102,442 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Julia Hughes is the London born author of The Celtic Cousins' Adventures: "A Raucous Time", "A Ripple in Time" and "An Explosive Time" are all available on Amazon. Her two Griffin Riders' Chronicles are also available on Amazon: "The Griffin Cryer" and "The Griffin's Boy".

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
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In a paranormal Sophie's choice, modern day Wren is linked psychically in a dream with a girl on board the titanic. His knowledge lets her save the ship, but in doing so it alters history as we know it.

Wren awakes in a present day in which world war 1 never ended, and the alternate him died as a small child. With the help of the granddaughter of the girl from his dream he must find a way to go back and restore the time line. If he does, the lives of those aboard the vessel will be lost, and the love of his life will never be born.

Will he be able to save the present, or is history as we know it doomed?

Hughes blends Celtic mythology with a very interesting storyline. The dilemma for Wren is clear cut, and his first instinct is to apply Benthamite logic, and go with the utilitarian view of 'Which will cause less deaths?' but that clarity is muddied by the notion of losing the love of his life. How can a man consign the love of his life to a fate worse than death? With the timeline restored, she wouldn't even have been born.

This title is billed as a paranormal romance, and it does have strong paranormal and romantic themes. However the action behind it, and the sheer curiosity value of an alternate timeline raise this from mere chick lit to something that would be at home in a BBC drama script.

A few historical truths have been stretched, but this is perfectly reasonable artistic licence, and it helps to keep the flow of the story. I don't think the first chapter is the strongest which is a shame as it compromises the bulk of the sample available. At 70,000 words this is a reasonably short novel and could be comfortably read in one or two sittings, so for those inclined to immerse themselves in a foreign world for an evening of escapist fantasy I would recommend this wholeheartedly.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A ripple in time 29 Oct. 2012
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Wren finds himself unexplainably linked to a young girl aboard the Titanic and she uses Wren's knowledge to save herself and prevent the ship from sinking.

Only this causes the butterfly effect - a tragic one where Wren wakes up in a future where world war 1 never ended and he died as a child.

Wren must travel back in time to put right some tragic wrongs in order to save himself and the future which he is fighting to grasp back.

The tragedy of the Titanic begins to unfold as Wren boards the ship. He's faced with a terrifying decision. Does he just stand back and watch the sink ship, dragging thousands of lives to the bottom of the ocean with it or will he take action - despite this sacrificing his world and more importantly, his life?

Wren's emotions and morals are dragged to the surface throughout `A ripple in time' as it's decision time and he doesn't have all too long to falter on what he should do.

The dilemma is painfully obvious. Or so he thought. Is killing the least amount of people the less of two evils? Yes, it must be. But how can he resign the girl of his dreams - the one he loves - to a fate darker than death? If he manages to restore the timeline, she wouldn't have been born at all.

The novel as a whole is a great adventure-romance with unexpected twists and heart-warming characters. There are a few stretched truths but this novel is not a history lecture - it is far from that and most enjoyable it is.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Ms. Hughes is a Grand-Master Weaver when it comes to writing a phenomenal tale. When I first saw that A RIPPLE IN TIME was a story about the Titanic, I passed on the opportunity to read it. `Enough about the Titanic!' was my thought months ago for I could not imagine a new story to be any different than others. After marveling at the superb story writing skill that I found in the other two Celtic Cousins' Adventure novels, I read the synopsis for ARIT and sensed that this tale would be extraordinary.
A RIPPLE IN TIME is a brilliant tale that has both mystical and historical influences. The author's greatest gift, however, is the ability to create a fantastical adventure for a cast of endearing yet flawed down-to-earth characters. Their dialogues are intelligent and rich yet tossed with a bit of wit. From page 1, I began my experience of there being a sense of synchronous flow beneath the storyline itself. This novel is a treasure that has mentally, spiritually and soulfully enriched my reading experience.
The timeline of 100 years of history has been devastatingly altered due to `a ripple in time.' In 1912, a young woman named Carina is onboard the RMS Titanic and experiences nightmares of the ship's collision with a mountain of ice. Her dreams collided with current-time dreams of Wren and, as a result, Carina's warnings to the ship's Captain thwarted the collision. This one alteration in 1912 changed the course of history, causing devastating consequences in the world since that time. Wren must convince cousin Rhyllann to travel back with him in time, to 1912, in order to do the unthinkable: restore the world to its original historical timeline. To accomplish this, the Titanic must fulfill her destiny and thus, the lives of many onboard must perish.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Epic Read 4 July 2012
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There can't be many people, if any, who haven't watched the film Titanic. It was a tale that didn't leave a dry eye in the house and lingered in the mind for days after. When I read the synopsis for A Ripple in Time and discovered the book would see its main characters face a modern day dilemma as to whether to allow the Titanic to sink or not, I knew I just had to read more.
From the very first paragraph I was hooked, the author has cleverly mixed history with legend and created characters so engaging that they practically leap off the page. We meet Rhyllann the epitome of physical energy, with an eye for the ladies. His cousin Wren, in contrast, is bookish and skinny and yet holds the key to the entire story and no tale would be complete without a heroine and Julia Hughes does not let us down with Carrie, intelligent, gutsy and spirited. Characteristics we learn that have been passed down from her granny, Carina, whose premonition of the Titanic sinking sparks this epic tale.
The history part of the book has been brilliantly researched and the author writes with a passion for getting not only the details over to us, but captivating the reader with beautiful narrative that bring the facts to life. I particularly enjoyed the references to Stonehenge and the mythical sword, Caliburn.
With lots of action, some rather nasty characters in the shape of Father Andrew and The Blond and a romance that crosses time and space this book has everything you could wish for and more. I would highly recommend it and have already ordered `An Explosive Time' another story from the same author and can't wait to read it!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Parallel universes, sorcery, action, romance aplenty!
What a ride! A Ripple in Time reads like a movie and transports you far away from the mundane, and into a universe where everything is possible. Read more
Published 18 days ago by momilp
5.0 out of 5 stars When alternative future is not what you would want to live
World War I. is known only as World War and it lasts for more than a hundred years. All this because of a strange connection of two people living in different time has. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Petra R
4.0 out of 5 stars great read
Great follow up, hard to put down
Published 1 month ago by Dave N
4.0 out of 5 stars Time Travel to The Titanic - perfect combination
I am a big fan of time travel books and this one didn't disappoint me. The main characters worked well together and the time jumps are well written. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Miss V L Ball
5.0 out of 5 stars A really enjoyable read
The first Celtic Cousins novel, A Raucous Time, introduces the two cousins of the series title, Rhyllann and Wren, who adventure through a sequence of escapades and an on/off... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Cathy
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous read!
I loved everything about this book, the time travel, Wren appearing as an 'angel', Carrie, Rhyllan - I enjoyed it all! I especially liked the Blonde getting her comeuppance! Read more
Published 12 months ago by Pafos2109
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I thought
As an avid fan of all things Titanic and time travel, the title of this book caught my eye, I wish it hadn't. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Mike Royds
1.0 out of 5 stars Painful
This book seems to be a combination of someone's bad dream and a drug induced trip.Bizarre is the kindest way to describe it - terrible is the worst. Read more
Published on 19 Aug. 2012 by Bowdie
3.0 out of 5 stars A little tedious, but not bad
The strange combination of supernatural adventure, romance and history gives this book a unique feel that could be really interesting. Read more
Published on 30 Jun. 2012 by V. Brummer
5.0 out of 5 stars History is no longer set in stone.
History changes when a girl dreams the Titanic will hit an ice berg. Acting on that dream, she saves the ship and sullies history. Read more
Published on 21 Jun. 2012 by Daniel
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