What is worse than falling for a man with a three hundred year age difference, is the certain knowledge he must return to his own time ... and his death in battle.
Why has he travelled through time to find Jess? Who has sent him? And can Jess save him from his fate?
Jess is relaxing in her backyard when a man, dressed in battle clothes from the distant past, jumps over her garden wall and lands in her flowers. Her brother, Alan, is part of a group who re-enact battles so his appearance doesn't shock her ... she assumes Nathaniel's part of Alan's group.
Nathaniel thinks he is from 1645 ... and it turns out he is. When he left 1645, he was in the middle of a battle and is wounded. Jess is a doctor and cleans up his wound. As he is healing, they try to figure out how to get him back to his own time because he must go back ... if he doesn't, English history and the monarchy would be altered.
In the meantime, Jess introduces him to modern times ... his ancestral home is still intact, though it's now a museum. And they fall in love. So Jess is torn between wanting to keep her new found love in the present with her or having to send him back to his own time to his death (he is supposed to die in nine days).
I enjoyed this book. I liked the writing style and it was a quick read. It was interesting to read the dialogues and see the differences between the way they spoke ... Nat was very proper and polite. Because it is a time travel book, you have to leave your sense of belief at the door and go with it.
I liked the characters, Jess and Nat. Though things happen very quickly between them, it's obvious that they care about each other.
I like reading time travel stories. I find it interesting to see how people from the past react to the things we take for granted today and how people from today have to make due without our modern conveniences when they go back in time. When Jess suggests Nat take a bath the first night he is there, he responds there is no need because he's already had his bath for the month! He is mesmerized by the toilet and keeps flushing it. Eating with a fork baffles him.
I found when the author handled the interaction between Jess and Nat when she was explaining something new to him (like a TV and a remote control) entertaining. Keep in mind that that story takes place in 1995 and Jess is still listening to a Walkman ... imagine how amazed Nat would be with an iPod!
I recommend this book, especially if you are into time travel and English historical stories.