Fifteen-year-old Callie buys a pair of real Prada pumps to impress the cool crowd on a school trip to London. Goodbye, Callie the clumsy geek-girl, hello popularity! But before she knows what’s hit her, Callie wobbles, trips, conks her head… and wakes up in the year 1815!
She stumbles about until she meets the kind-hearted Emily, who takes Callie in, mistaking her for a long-lost friend. Sparks soon fly between Callie and Emily’s cousin, Alex, the maddeningly handsome—though totally arrogant—Duke of Harksbury. Too bad he seems to have something sinister up his ruffled sleeve…
From face-planting off velvet piano benches and hiding behind claw-foot couches to streaking through the estate halls wearing nothing but an itchy blanket, Callie’s curiosity about Alex creates all kinds of trouble.
But the grandfather clock is ticking on her 19th Century shenanigans. Can Callie save Emily from a dire engagement, win a kiss from Alex, and prove to herself that she’s more than just a loud-mouth klutz before her time there is up?
Thanks again to the library book sale for this one :) Okay, so, let's see here. I read this in about a day, and had seriously been looking forward to it. Time-travel? Sign me up! But, well, I found it lacking, at least in the first half. I think this was mostly due to Callie, the main character. She kind of made me crazy. I wanted to reach through the pages and slap her more than once. Sure, she kind of grew up toward the end and made it bearable, but overall, I wasn't so sold on the book. Callie's emotions bounced around more than a rubber ball in a small box. She went from pissed off to elated in no time, with very little provocation. And when she starts off as a shy person, then yells in someones face, it left me wondering what was going on. But, things got more interesting toward the end, and I did enjoy the last part--even if I found her plan to "help" Emily forehead-smackingly stupid. (Sorry, but it was!) Anyhow, I know there are plenty of teens out there who might see Callie as expressing true teen emotions, but I found her dull-witted and obnoxious. I was never like her as a teen. (And on a random side-note, this might explain my rejection from this author--also an agent--we have very different views of our teen years? I'm not saying she was like Callie, as I'm sure she wasn't, but I think we may have different views of that age group. This has given me lots to think about, to say the least...) Anyhow, this makes a good, light read, maybe for a younger audience.