I enjoyed this read and thought the premise was original, although it did remind me a little bit of The Time Traveler's Wife.
When Alice has a near-death experience, she finds herself in a small shop and characters throughout history are there to guide her. It was interesting but there were so many different people that it become a little bit overwhelming and hard to keep up with. Although this was a good book, it took me a very long time to read it because it confused me. There are no real transition points in the book except at the end of chapters. Many times Alice would be in a conversation with one person only to look up and someone else would be there. It was confusing and felt a little bit jumbled. This was actually what took me so long to read it. I had to keep going back and trying to figure out what I missed.
However, this was a solid read and I think that many people will enjoy it. The love story between Quinn and Alice is wonderful and seeing their past together was enjoyable. Donovan was at times overbearing and then charming so he was a character that you really loved to hate. Alice was a likeable character and you commiserated with her as she travels back to the events that shaped everyone's life. I think that fans of time travel stories will enjoy this book.
Alice Martin discovers herself in a quaint English shop. Iconic historical figures appear no sooner than she thinks of them; they come and go, offering advice - unwanted, but always interesting. While there, Alice learns that she can change definitive moments in her history, to correct mistakes made in two important relationships: with her first love, Quinn Radcliffe, a sensitive classical musician destined for the concert halls of the world, and with Donovan Trist, a charming archeologist with New England blue-blood and expensive scotch in his veins. Each has a hold on Alice, and what she is compelled to undertake begins a momentous and sometimes painful journey. Throughout her travels, Alice is linked to love by a melody, the luminous and evocative Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis. As she seeks answers and happiness, Alice knows one thing is for certain - this is not a trip to Wonderland, but deep into her heart and soul.