Published by Createspace Independent Publishing on December 1st 2016
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In order to get the man she had been obsessing about, Shelby Hollier has done unimaginable and unladylike things. Like stealing Solomon Tremaine’s wallet, stalking his home and trespassing upon his property. Before she knows it, she is sucked into a wormhole and into a world she never imagined still existed. Welcome to Dover Castle. A place where things are never what they seem....
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
The Heir is the third book in the ‘Chronicles of Dover’s Amalgam’ by Elizabetta Holcomb. Although I believe it can be read as a stand alone story, I think it would be helpful to have read the first two books before this one. I think a better idea of the characters and the Amalgam would be helpful with following this book more easily from the very start.
This is the story of Solomon Tremaine, a man from the 1300s, the Marquis of Hastings. He is the heir to the Dukedom which amongst all the usual things that comes with the title, also comes with him taking charge of the Amalgam which contains guardians, hosts, and warriors who can time travel.
Shelby Hollier lives in Louisiana in modern times. She raises and shows pigs to raise money in order to afford her college tuition. She wants to work in the medical profession. She has a huge crush on a boy in her college, that boy being Solomon. She attends an event that he will be at, and practices something to say to him which she hopes will show him her intelligence, and get him to notice her. He notices her alright, especially as he ends up spilling a blue snow cone all over her when she startles him when she tries to get his attention. Not perhaps a good start to their ‘relationship’ but Shelby is entranced and in the spur of the moment she picks his pocket, takes his wallet, giving herself an excuse to see him again by returning it, pretending she found it.
When she returns the wallet she ends up trespassing on the Tremaine property and to her shock and excitement watches as Solomon and his brothers produce a ring of light which one by one they disappear into. Shelby has no idea what it is or how it works, but she has no hesitation in jumping in behind them just before the ring closes.
The ring turns out to be a wormhole through time, and after following Solomon through it, Shelby gets caught up in all the intrigue that is Solomon, his family, and the Amalgam. One of the brothers has the ability to wipe Shelby’s memory, but she manages to convince him and the family that it isn’t necessary. She even offers her services to Solomon where she will read to him all the books he needs to study in order to pass his modern day medical exams. He is dyslexic and although he can perform surgery perfectly, and has done for years, he needs the official qualifications for when he is in modern times. His family have been reading to him, but he always feels like a burden to them, so he is happy to take Shelby up on her offer.
What starts off as a student, helper type bond, escalates, more so for Shelby than Solomon because she already had a crush on him. He will admit that he does feel attraction towards her, but he doesn’t believe in falling in love. He thinks it’s something that develops over time and is learned. Will Shelby accept that he doesn’t love her, but does ‘like’ her? Will he be able to keep her safe along with his family when he is under constant threat from the enemies of the Amalgam who wants him dead?
There is such a lot going on in this book, and although the possible romance is thread throughout it, it’s a dramatic story too of how the Amalgam works, what they do, and the danger they are in.
I loved the time travel aspect of the story, and how modern day conveniences were in the Medieval world, hidden from the layman of course. There were comical scenes before historic events/balls etc where the Tremaine family let loose with modern dancing and messing around in private before having to be all that is proper when at the event.
There were lovely light hearted moments in the book, horrific moments, dramatic moments and romantic ones too. For me the only negative I can report is that one minute Solomon who is 18, and his brother Peter, who is 16 come across as young boys. Other times they come across as very mature men, especially Solomon who is the romantic hero of the book. I don’t know if the confusion is caused by the fact that they time travel, but I found it disconcerting. For the most part I felt the Tremaines were all grown up, and I was reading an adult story, but at other times it was like reading a book for teenagers. Despite the confusion in genres though, I did enjoy the story a lot, and am determined to read the other books in the series.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader’s Copy of this book.