The past is a dangerous place in this fast-paced time travel novel…
Kathryn Spears is a skeptical producer for a TV investigative news team. So when her grandmother claims a Cherokee Indian woman is living on a neighboring farm, she dismisses it as early Alzheimer’s. Because, obviously, there is no farm nearby. Not in the present anyway. But when she follows Nana’s lead, Kathryn is transported back in time to the year 1840 where she finds a young Cherokee woman left behind when her family marched west on the Trail of Tears.
Forest Water is ensnared in a perilous struggle to keep her ancestral lands against a violent white man who claims the farm, and then claims her as well. Desperate to help her new friend, Kathryn becomes entangled in a battle between good and evil with much higher stakes than she imagines.
Each of these young women falls in love with a man from her own time, but there are threats, both seen and unseen, that could cost them their lives.
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Good storytelling with interesting characters with a variety of issues, across different timelines, and from different perspectives. The plot offers the experiences of two women in different time periods who lives are woven via a Portal which the current day character steps into 1800’s life of a young Cherokee women. I found myself drawn into both timelines, what is happening in Kathryn’s modern day perspective as she works to take down a serial predator, as well as figure out a way to save Forest Water, her own history, as well as Forest Water working out a way to save herself. A solid plot, believable time travel, and interesting characters. Time travel is not my go to reading genre but In my quest to read different genres this year, I gave The Going Back Portal a try. I’m glad I did. I really enjoyed the story.
Reviewed by Comfy Chair Books/Lisa Reigel (April 30, 2019)
ARC provided by Lola’s Blog Tours
She writes fast-paced stories featuring young women facing serious challenges set against the backdrop of some thorny issues. She writes time travel, magical realism, climate fiction and historical fiction.
Growing up, she lived in Japan and Okinawa where her Army dad was stationed. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke with a degree in Journalism and Creative Writing. She and her husband live in Atlanta.