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Clockwise, #2

Casey Donovan is your normal high school senior. Her boyfriend Nate has begun his freshman year at college and is waiting for Casey to join him next year. Her parents are talking and may even get back together. Tim, her older brother is being obnoxious and acting out a bit, but all in all Casey is just your typical teenager, right? You could not be more wrong. Casey has just one itty bitty little quirk in her make up. She has a habit of being transported to the 1860s at the drop of a hat. Lucky for her that even if she spends weeks in the past she will always return to the point where she left in the present.

Few are trusted with the secret about this part of her life. Her best friend Lucinda and Nate found out in book 1 Clockwise, when Nate was piggybacked with her by mistake. In Clockwiser life is looking pretty good for Casey when things begin to fall apart. A cute new boy moves in next door and Casey catches his eye. It looks like her brother Tim is involved with drugs and getting into fights. Casey confronts him after their mother finds marijuana cigarettes in his room. Just as Tim tries to pry Casey's hands off his car Casey feels herself pulled into the past. From their front yard to an open field in 1862 is a big change for Tim. It’s about to get even worse when Casey returns to the present and leaves Tim behind because he's hiding in the hay loft making out with Josephine Watson and doesn't answer Casey when she calls him to come out NOW!

How will this affect time, will reckless Tim change the past before Casey can figure out how to trigger a trip to retrieve him? This is a story with moral questions to be answered. How far do you go to help your brother? How do you save someone who doesn't want to be saved? Do you tell those in the past what you know of the war in order to help them survive or even prosper? Will the new guy come between Nate and Casey?

The setting 1862 is so vividly written you can almost smell the lilacs on the thicket where Casey hides her stash of emergency rations and clothes. I believe Ms. Strauss paint the picture in your mind of the soldiers marching off to battle with pride and for some a bit of naiveté in that the very young see war as an adventure. Unfortunately many will never have the change to grow any older.

I enjoyed the history in this novel very much and am especially pleased in how the story ended. I look forward to Ms. Strauss' next offering. Thank you for such a delightful read.

Book Blurb for Clockwiser

The last year has been smooth sailing for Casey Donovan. She and her boyfriend Nate are doing better than ever, and things at home are good, too. Everything’s been so calm, she hasn’t “tripped” back to the nineteenth century in ages.

Then the unthinkable happens and she accidentally takes her rebellious brother Tim back in time. It’s 1862 with the Civil War brewing, and for Tim this spells adventure and excitement. Finding himself stuck in the past, he enlists in the Union army, but it doesn’t take long before he discovers real life war is no fun and games.

Casey and Nate race against the clock to find Tim, but the strain wears on their relationship. It doesn’t help that the intriguing new boy next door has his sights on Casey, and isn’t shy to let her know it.

Can Nate and Casey find Tim in time to save him? And is it too late to save their love?

Night Owl Reviews Sep, 2013 4.50