This is the story of Analiese, a 24 year old doctor from Australia, and Adam, a stunt rider at a tourist castle, who are transported back to 16th century England. While Adam’s job and familiarity with history make it reasonably easy for him to fit it in, Analiese is very out of place, in a time where woman were not educated and couldn’t speak their minds. As they struggle to return to their own century, the threat of the local witch-hunter becomes a very real danger for this strange ‘girl from another time’.
The historical aspects of this book seemed very well researched. The setting felt real and I learned a lot. In a way, this realism cut through the romanticism of a time when England was still trying to drag itself out of the dark ages. This would have been a challenging world to live in.
The growing relationship between the two main characters is also a very important part of this book. Their time-travelling experience gives them a very unique romance.
It is difficult to put this book down. Just as you think the story is almost finished the characters have a whole new set of challenges to overcome.
The science fiction fan in me would have liked the hows and whys of their time-travel to be explored in much greater depth, but because of the richness of the historical setting I wasn’t too bothered by this perceived shortcoming.
This book uses a traditional theory of time-travel, where evidence of changes in the past can be seen in the present, rather than the more modern theory of creating alternate realities.
Woven through all this is an exploration of faith, and what it really means to be a Christian.
I read ‘For All Time’ very quickly because I didn’t want to stop. This book is a hidden treasure that I’m glad I found.