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A Switch in Time (First prequel to The Reaper Series Book 1) by [Bernett, John Paul]
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About the Author

John Paul Bernett was born and raised in South Leeds in Yorkshire England. His upbringing in that part of the world is something he is proud of and was one of rugby and hard times. South Leeds in the 1950s and 1960s was a hard place to live but in his mind a great place to grow up. At school he was an underachiever but later found that he suffered badly from dyslexia. In art he excelled even to the extent of having a painting of Tutankhamen's Death mask hang in Leeds art gallery for a short time. Art was to be his chosen career but his dyslexia held him back as he was ungraded in English and Maths which stopped his progression to art school. He had began to write stories from being about eight years old but would never show them to anyone for fear of the laughter he had to endure throughout his school life. As soon as a story was finished it was torn into pieces and he would begin another. This carried on throughout his adult life until he met his wife Beverly. While writing one evening she came up to him and asked what he was doing. The book was immediately closed and he advised her of his phobia of people seeing his work. To cut a long story short she got to see his work and liked it. As she was a radiology transcriptionist and typing was her forte she began to edit the story he was working on and before long Atkinson's Administration his first novel was born. It was published in 2012 and was well received. Although his dyslexia hampers his reading ability; now he has Beverly it doesn't affect his writing any more and his stories are read all over the world

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 501 KB
  • Print Length: 211 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0992617383
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: John Paul Bernett (1 Mar. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IQVE82G
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #345,945 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The plot synopsis promised an interesting read - and it is an engaging premise - but there are elements that could have been better executed.

The use of italics/capital-letters for emphasis is taken to extremes to an extant that makes it irritating to read - it is probably applied to about 20% of all font in the book and is really unnecessary.

There are a few errors that have slipped through editing - e.g. 'retch' used when 'wretch' was intended... and at one point a name is accidentally changed to suggest a female character is sharing a romantic encounter with her brother, rather than her husband!

The events and characters both seem to be treated in too simplistic a manner - setting up the main female character as shallow and spoiled at the start is overdone to the extent that it feels like a caricature rather than a person you could really imagine existing.
Similarly, the 'love' story (i.e. one conversation, followed by committing to marry the next day??) seems implausible. About halfway through the book, I wondered if I'd accidentally bought a children's book (until some 'adult' content came along!).

Actually, I think if the swearing and sex-scenes were removed, it could work well as a children's/classroom book. The era is well researched and there's a strong moral message.
But for the intended audience, the way the story is told doesn't really work.
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The basic plot was interesting, but I was also disturbed by the very strange choice of the huge overuse of italics and capitals for emphasis. For goodness sake, let the reader decide how to read a sentence. We don't have to be told. If you used that once in a novel it would be enough, but there are italics for large chunks of almost every page, and words written in capitals are scattered liberally through every chapter.

The writing style is very simplistic and far too tell, rather than show, making it come across as a very novice affair which would have benefited from a thorough going over by an editor or a well-informed writing group.
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It is a story out of this world! Rather in this world but world's apart... A story of love, family and a sharp awakening for one girl in particular! With a different twist taking her self and her sibling to another time, swapping places with another pair of siblings who's lives will also change! A story that will capture your heart imagination and give you a new appreciation for life... The author had put a lot of thought and detail into making sure it is prehistorically correct and adds great imagination to the story a great book for any genre.
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This is a well written book based in Leeds. I didn't want to put it down. A really enjoyable read about family members and the business they created and 4 people who change centuries. Not as far fetched as it sounds. Worth reading
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Wow! Having just finished this, and read the last line in the book, I'm covered in goosebumps. Or perhaps it was the culmination of everything on the last page, but the final line was when the goosebumps hit me and I felt that warm, fuzzy feeling you get when something really rings true within you, in the very core of your being.

This has been a brilliant reading experience for me. The story was fantastic. I could go on and on listing a number of words that mean "good" or "great", but I'll try to elaborate without giving much of the storyline away...

I've said it before in reviews, but I find myself saying it again here. I always describe my idea of true love, as "a love that outlives even death", and the love in this book encapsulated my saying entirely.

The story was well thought through, and tied up in a perfect bow at the end. Though I of course wonder, what will become of Victorian Alice (if you've read the book, you'll know what I'm talking about. If you haven't, I'll say no more as I can't spoil it).

I felt I found a new interest in the Victorian era, thanks to A Switch in Time. I had always been interested in the Steampunk lifestyle and clothing that we have today, but this has given me a new interest. I feel like I want to know more about the period, the revolution that was steam powered machines, how average families lived their day-to-day lives and so on.

I will add, simply to be honest and get it out of the way, there are errors in the book, which are easily fixed. I think there was a bit much italic font or caps lock going on too. I think as a reader, we already know when to emphasize things by the information we're given, surroundings, learning to know the characters and so on.
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I like the story of this book!It could have been really good but it was like a teacher telling a story to a pupil of about 10years!Just totally unbelievable !
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Another great read from this author. Set in both the 19th and 21st centuries it tells the tell of a brother and sister who are 'swapped' with another pair of siblings for a week. Lessons are learned and love and romance are found. You are reminded that material things actually mean nothing in life and true blessings are family and love. The author's love of all things 'railway' comes through and you are transported back in time to the advent of the steam locomotive. I would recommend this book to older teens as well as adults. Bring on the next book Mr Burnett!
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