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Doctor Who - but without the Doctor or a TARDIS
on 3 August 2013
Claudia, a rather reserved, pregnant and newly single marriage therapist from San Diego, suddenly finds herself transported back in time to 1950s Paris, into the body of Ruby, a stunning dancer in a cabaret show at a rather sleazy establishment. And all without a TARDIS in sight! She quickly discovers she can speak fluent French and that not only is Ruby happy to use her body to get to the top, but she is also the prime suspect in the murder of one of the other dancers at the club. Explaining to everyone she has severe memory loss following a fall, she gradually gets more and more memory flashes from Ruby's life. She then meets a mysterious elderly lady, who magically appears and disappears from thin air, who tells her she has been transported back in time to change the course of events for the future.
It's not literary genius and the story is rather implausible, but it is an easy, light-hearted read with lots of twists and turns and well characterised 'goodies' and 'baddies'. There was a huge clue in the middle of the book as to the identity of the villain and my guess turned out to be correct. If you like romantic chic-lit with a bit of fantasy and a `who-dunnit' thrown in, it will have you hooked. The one thing I found a bit irritating though was the fact that the author, French herself, kept throwing little snippets of French into conversations. This was unnecessary and annoying for anyone with little or no command of the French language, but I guess she was just trying to give the reader a feel for the country.