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The Mists of Time by Susan Squires


Cover art: The Mists of Time Reviewer: Jillean Wallace
Title: The Mists of Time - 3rd in the Da Vinci Time Travel series
Author: Susan Squires
Publisher: St. Martins
ISBN-13: 978-0-312-94355-4
Release Date: September 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Paranormal Romance
Year/Setting: Present day, San Francisco, Ca
Overall Rating: 5.0
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Moderate
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
Susan's Website/Blog: www.susansquires.com

Diana Dearborn has had more than her share of unfortunate turns in her life. She was found on the streets of San Francisco at a young age with no parents in sight. The case worker assigned to her decided to adopt her rather than see her face the foster care system. Unfortunately, Diana had to watch ten years later as both of her adopted parents fought illness and passed away. Now alone, Diana works as a docent at the local museum by day and writes romances by night. Both jobs lack the passion she desperately craves. The only passion she has is in a rare book given to her by a strange woman some years ago. It was written by Leonardo da Vinci and describes a time machine that is hidden behind a locked door in the very museum that Diana works at.

Diana decides to see if what the book describes is truly there waiting for her to use. As she travels down into the catacombs of the museum she finds the mysterious time machine in a vast room at the end of the stairs. The book states that in order to activate it, levers must be used in a certain order and that she must think of a time and place she wishes to go to. Diana is currently writing a romance of Camelot and that is the place she wants to explore the most. She thinks that maybe seeing the legendary place will help her with her writerís block. Little does she know she is about to set events into place that will change her world.

Diana travels back to Camelot, but it is not the Camelot that the current stories have romanticized. She steps into complete chaos. There seems to be a battle taking place and a man rushes to her who seems to be injured. Against her better judgment, Diana takes the stranger back with her to the present. Diana is not aware of who the stranger is, but she feels compelled to help him. She doctors his wounds and tries to think of what to do. Diana also has another mystery surrounding her. A strange man has been stalking her. She thinks this man is an obsessed fan, but she is not sure how to deal with him. Diana must find out everything about the two mystery men before the future is rewritten beyond repair.

This is wonderful story. I love anything having to do with Arthur and Camelot and this book ranks right up there as one of my favorites. Diana is very relatable and represents the struggle young women have of finding their place in life. Diana has had to deal with the fact that she was orphaned at a young age. She ended up being adopted by wonderful foster parents only to see them lose the fight to disease and now must make her way through life alone. She also has the added problem of not being able to find the passion needed to write her romance stories. I found it intriguing to see how finding the time machine would alter her life and what adventures she would find. What she found was an undying love and finding who she truly is.

I wonít say much about her two mystery men (I think it would give to much away), but I will say that they both contribute so much to Diana finding her place in time. As always itís such a pleasure to read such an amazing book. I would like to give kudos to Susan Squires for an amazing story.


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