The difference between a curse and a gift is only a matter of perspective.
"Debra wrote her first novella thirteen years ago just for grins. That brief taste into the world of an author started an undeniable writing obsession rivaling only her love of chocolate. She's an award-winning fine artist, and loves traveling with her husband."
CIA courier Lucy James never gets used to seeing innocent people killed, but she copes with it—every day. Cursed with the ability to glimpse into the future when a death is about to happen, she has a short window of time to interfere—risking her life in order to change it. No one knows about her curse, until she saves a handsome Los Angeles firefighter trapped between her and foreign operatives hell-bent on intercepting her current assignment.
LA firefighter Johnny Cartwright’s life changes the moment he meets Lucy. His uncomplicated days flip to dangerously unpredictable after he’s drawn deeper into her secretive world of premonitions. His attraction to Lucy grows as he helps her stop a terroristic plot against the U.S., putting his life between her and certain death.
Window of Time is a paranormal romantic suspense that delivers on all three descriptions.
One challenge of portraying paranormal events is to make them believable. The experience which Lucy James, a courier for the CIA, called a "window of time" was described in a way that was understandable and believable. Part of her challenge once she meets Johnny, a firefighter for Los Angeles, is to explain to him what these experiences are, what they allow her to do, their limitations and the consequences if she does not act upon the knowledge she receives when she witnesses what takes place once the windows open before her view.
A romance begins Lucy and Johnny, but that is not the only romance in the book. What I liked about the story is that it did not revolve only around these two characters and their dealings with a series of window in time experiences as the relationship between them developed. There were other relationships that formed and developed throughout the story. However, I never felt overwhelmed with dealing with a plethora of new characters all at once which tends to leave me spending half or better of the story trying to remember names and keep relationships straight. The characters in Window of Time were introduced gradually enough I felt I was able get to know each character, appreciate each personality, strengths and weaknesses. Whether they entered the story at the beginning or towards the end, they each had an important role in the plot. I became just as attached to those introduced later as I did Lucy and Johnny.
There was plenty of action in this story, and it did not all revolve around the windows of time Lucy experienced. As the cast of characters embarked on their assignment, the statement made by one, Captain Sizemore, summed up the nature of what they faced: “Either you are very brave or very foolish. Sometimes it’s only a fine line between the two.” The action scenes were well-written and held my interest to the end, although involving non-CIA people in a CIA operation did stretch the credibility factor for me.
Window of Time is well-written, suspenseful, and proceeds at a pace that made me want to keep reading. The romance elements were clean. I give it 4.5 stars out of 5.
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