Dancing In The Athenian Rain by Katie Hamstead
Publication date: September 9th 2015
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Time-Travel
Synopsis:When Donna is sent back in time to Classical Athens, she’s furious at Dr. Stephens for sending her against her wishes. Then a Greek soldier purchases her to be his wife.
She’s forced to learn a new language and culture and faces her fears of never returning to her own time. The society hates her, especially because they think she’s an Amazon, which forces her to confront her issues—being compared to her genius brother, borderline abusive friends, and a cheating boyfriend.
But her husband, Peleus, is kind and patient. He counters all the negative voices from her past, but those voices drive a wedge between them. She must let go of her fears, her inhibitions, and insecurities, and admit her feelings, or she could lose him and the life they’ve built.
I was given a book in exchange for an honest review free of persuasion from the author or anyone else affiliated with this book.
Donna is unappreciated. She has friend who make her feel bad about herself and a boyfriend who doesn't want to be a boyfriend. Her parents are overly critical. The only one on her side seems to be her brother and Dr. Stephens until Dr. Stephens sends her through his time machine. He has never been able to retrieve anything that he sent through the time machine. Katie wakes up in Athens. She has no idea what time period she is in, only that she doesn't know the language and that it seems increasingly more dangerous the longer she stays.
This is an entertaining YA time travel book. It is paced well. Once Donna travels back in time and learns the Greek language. She becomes a strong and defiant character. The story became a "taming of the shrew" type of tale. The characters are interesting. Rebekah is a great side kick. Her friend from the beginning of the book, Belinda does a complete 180 which did not feel true to her character to me. It's something that you always hope will happen, but it didn't ring true to me. It is a small thing to criticize as the book was entertaining.
AUTHOR BIO:Born and raised in Australia, Katie’s early years of day dreaming in the “bush”, and having her father tell her wild bedtime stories, inspired her passion for writing.
After graduating High School, she became a foreign exchange student where she met a young man who several years later she married. Now she lives in Arizona with her husband, daughter and their dog.
She has a diploma in travel and tourism which helps inspire her writing.
When her debut novel, Kiya: Hope of the Pharaoh, climbed into bestselling status, she believed she was onto something, and now has a slew of novels now available, and is published through Curiosity Quills Press, Soul Mate Publishing, and REUTS Publishing.
Katie loves to out sing her friends and family, play sports, and be a good wife and mother. She now works as an Acquisitions Editor to help support her family. She loves to write, and takes the few spare moments in her day to work on her novels.