Audiobook Review: A BRIDGE THROUGH TIME by Jennae Vale

“Have you been living under a rock?”  This is a question from Ashley who had dropped back in time, unbeknownst to her and has told Cailin she’s from America.  Cailin’s answer was funny!  “Nay lass, I live in the castle at Braicraig.”

A Bridge Through Time by Jannae ValeTitle:  A Bridge Through Time The Thistle & Hive Series, book 1
Author: Jannae Vale
Genre: Historical Romance, Time Travel
Pages: 220
Publisher: Jennae Vale; 1 edition
Publication Date: November 7, 2014
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.

Narrated by: Paul Woodson
Length: 8 hours, 11 minutes
Released Date: August 17, 2015

Publisher’s Summary:  Ashley Moore’s life in San Francisco has hit a few snags, not the least of which involves sightings of a mystery man around every corner. Is she losing her mind or does he really exist?

Her search for this grey-eyed stranger leads her to Scotland. There she meets a witch with a secret, a vindictive English knight who is bent on revenge, and she crosses a fog shrouded bridge into the arms of a 16th century Highlander.

Cailin MacBayne is no stranger to beautiful women, but has always managed to stay one step ahead of commitment. That all comes to an end when he meets Ashley. He doesn’t care where this beautiful, yet unusual lass came from, he’s just happy to have found her.

Ashley cannot resist the handsome Scot and finds herself falling hopelessly in love. In the process, a secret is revealed, a battle is waged and Ashley must ultimately decide whether to return to her own time or give up her 21st century life to stay with the love she has found in the past.

©2014 Jennae Vale (P)2015 Jennae Vale

My Thoughts:   Let’s face it.  If I could time travel I would.  The adventurous spirit of my inner-self thrives on the excitement of getting into a tight situation and being able to squeeze out of it.  It was great fun following Ashley Moore on her escapade to Scotland and yes, beyond, to its past.

I appreciate Paul Woodson’s narration style, particularly when there’s a brogue in the mix.  Jennae Vale is a new author to me, and since I love reading about Scots, the Highlands, etc. it was natural to give this book a listen.

When the present and the past bump heads, I’m always intrigued.  Ashley was your typical American girl except for this dream which just wouldn’t leave her.  Deciding to take a trip to Scotland (nudged by destiny’s hand and the magic of a woman who ‘sees’ more than most) she is looking for the mysterious man who won’t leave her dreams.

She finally arrives at the Thistle and Hive inn which is run by two charming people.  Her life begins anew when she crosses a bridge when hiking close to the inn.  She runs from creepy Teddy on one side of the bridge, she thinks is out to hurt her, only to run into someone who definitely IS, on the other side.

The author builds tension as Ashley experiences buzzing and tingling and gray-eyes becomes more insistent in her dreams, urging her to hurry. So by the time she runs over the bridge I was more than ready to experience her adventure.  And what an adventure it turned out to be!

Cailin MacBayne, the hero, is a male any woman would love to have dote on her.  Ashley needed such a man in her life, but not all was easy when she ran across the bridge and entered the swirling fog.  Plenty of action and danger awaited Ashley.  I enjoyed the humor and comradery and warmth of the Mackenzie clan.  It was comical seeing Cailin’s reaction to Ashley’s American speech and slang.

All in all, I enjoyed much the presentation of A Bridge Through Time.  Would that the town of Glendaloch really exist bringing past and present together!

Jannae ValeAbout the Author:  Jennae was born and raised a New England girl, just outside of Boston, Massachusetts, where her imagination was always bigger than she was. Her large, extended Irish and Italian families were a great source of support, inspiration and humor.

Laughter, love and food were never hard to find in her home. Growing up surrounded by nostalgic, historical landmarks, fed her love of history and creative writing. She has worn many hats over the years. From owning her own typing service and horse training/boarding facility, to operating an embroidery/t-shirt business, her entrepreneurial spirit was strong and thriving.

Determined to do something she truly loved, her vivid imagination took over again and she decided to follow her literary dream of writing stories that tapped into her love of magnificent people and places.

Jennae now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, where they’ve raised two beautiful and talented children. Along the way they’ve gathered a menagerie of pets, including one dog, three cats and 4 chickens to make the family complete.


SmirkthumbAbout the Narrator, Paul Woodson: Narrator Paul Woodson records, edits, and master audiobooks commissioned by authors and publishers through Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX). He’s been an AEA and SAG actor for almost 20 years, with most of his work in Theater. He studied theater at Boston University’s BFA program with work in classical theater, dialect and vocal training. When he was a lad (love that word) his family lived in England where his father did graduate work at Cambridge. I asked Paul how he had such great accents in this reading. His answer was thus:

“Perhaps the immersion at a young age, plus my frequent portrayal of Englishmen and Scotsmen has kept my dialects sharp over the years.”

About eileendandashi

I am a lover of books, both reading and writing. 2018 marks the beginning of my own journey from writer to published author. This blog will showcase various authors' thoughts on the elements of novel crafting, and my attempts to find my voice in writing. While journaling this journey, I hope to encourage others to follow their dreams. Book reviews continue as I have the last four years, only making time for my new pursuits.
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