Book Review: Window of Time by Erin R. Howard

Posted January 13, 2024 by meezcarrie in Book Review, Christian, dystopian, Erin R. Howard, futuristic, romance, time travel / 2 Comments


Window of Time book review

Window of Time by Erin R. HowardWINDOW OF TIME by Erin R. Howard
SERIES:
The Stained-Glass Legacy #4

GENRE: Dystopian/Time-Travel Romance (Christian)
PUBLISHER: Expanse Books (imprint of Scrivenings Press)
RELEASE DATE: December 19, 2023
PAGES: 276

 

Other Books In This Series

Window of Opportunity by Heather Greer  Window of Peace by Regina Rudd Merrick  Window of the Heart by Amy R. Anguish


I have loved the stained glass window at the center of this series since I read the first book, and even though Erin R. Howard’s installment is dystopian fiction – which isn’t a genre I typically prefer – I had to see the series & the window through to the end. And I’m so very glad I did! Window of Time is entertaining and romantic with very believable worldbuilding (honestly, I could easily see the US turning into this type of country at some point in the hopefully very distant future) and great characters. The time travel element at the beginning of the story fits well with the dystopian plot, and I was invested in how Mia would handle the dilemma she’s fallen into. One minute she’s her sister’s maid of honor in their tiny Tennessee town’s chapel; the next she is in a very different world where she is mistaken for Princess Amelia of the Western Sector and Prince Liam Dunne’s bride.

Mia is a very likable character from the moment we meet her at her sister’s wedding, and falling vicariously through the window with her into a strange future made us instant friends. Her warm heart and vibrant personality win the hearts of many in the Southern Sector too, including the handsome Prince Liam. I really enjoyed these two together and their chemistry, the color that Mia brings into Liam’s life and the affection that Liam offers her in return. He’s a good guy with a big heart, a smart mind, and a burden for his people and his legacy. The fact that faith is outlawed in this version of the future United States added compelling layers to the plot and to Liam’s character, not to mention complicating things for Mia.

Bottom Line: Imagine a version of the United States where the country is divided into sectors that each operate as respective monarchies, where faith is outlawed, and where technology is limited. This is the world that Mia Miller falls into in Window of Time – through the very special stained glass window that has presided over all the books in this series so far. Erin R. Howard crafted an intriguing dystopia and compelling characters that captured my interest and kept me invested in the plot, though I do wish the time travel loose threads had been tied up just a bit more. The romance (which we all know is my favorite part) is swoony and sweet and felt almost like a fairy tale (also a win in my book). You can read this as a standalone just fine, but I highly recommend reading all four books because each one is enjoyable and well-written – including Window of Time!

(I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book which I read via Kindle Unlimited. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4 stars / loved it!

KissingBook Level: 3 / may forget to breathe on occasion

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Erin R. Howard

Erin R. Howard is the YA urban fantasy author of The Kalila Chronicles and The Gates of Deceit (dystopian) series. She is also the content and acquisitions editor for Expanse Books, an imprint of Scrivenings Press.

She loves playing video games with her husband, watching movies with her children, and fueling her many craft addictions. Erin has a Creative Writing degree and is a member of Realm Makers, RagTag Writers, and Once Upon a Page. She resides in Western Kentucky with her husband and three children. Connect with Erin on her website.


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