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A Turn of the Tide by Kelley Armstrong
Series: Stitch in Time #3
on October 4, 2022
Genres: Science Fiction Fantasy
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In Thorne Manor there is one locked door. Behind it lies a portal to the twenty-first century, and nothing is going to stop Miranda Hastings from stepping through. After all, she is a Victorian writer of risqué pirate adventures—traveling to the future would be the greatest adventure of them all.
When Miranda goes through, though, she lands in Georgian England…and in the path of Nicolas Dupuis, a privateer accused of piracy. Sheltered by locals, Nico is repaying their kindness by being their “pirate Robin Hood,” stealing from a corrupt lord and fencing smuggled goods on the village’s behalf.
Miranda embraces Nico’s cause, only to discover there’s more to it than he realizes. Miranda has the second sight, and there are ghosts at play here. The recently deceased former lord is desperate to stop his son from destroying his beloved village. Then there’s the ghost of Nico’s cabin boy, who he thought safe in a neighboring city. Miranda and Nico must solve the mystery of the boy’s death while keeping one step ahead of the hangman.
The third book in the Stitch In Time series is A Turn of the Tide where we do not go forward in time to the 21st century but back in time to 50 years before the settings of the other books. In this time, Miranda will find a man, she has seen him before as a ghost in her time and knows how his death is to come. But how to convince him so she can save him.
Nicolas is a privateer and just lost his captain and crew when they were hanged for piracy. He escaped that death but is still a wanted man for smuggling goods to the people of hoods bay. A Robin Hood of sorts you could say. The nobleman of the area, Nottingham is looking for him and keeps showing up when least expected. Nicolas, with help of Miranda, hopefully will be able to find out which one of his trusted allies is selling him out to the enemy.
In their exploration of the ship holding the stolen cargo, Nico and Miranda run across the spirit of a boy who should be safe in York but was instead starved to death in a room on the ship. Nico and Miranda swear to find the boy’s killer and help set him to rest. But who can they trust and who is actively working against Nico and his cause? He will need some proof if he is going to be pardoned and be able to live a safe life.
This series has been a lot of fun taking two people who have lived in different times and throwing them together. I really have enjoyed the interested things that brings up for the characters and how each story plays out. A Turn of the Tide, while good, was missing some of the angst of the other stories. I loved both Miranda and Nico but he honestly seemed too good to be true. Their flirting was fun and I liked how forward Miranda let herself be with him. There are some interesting theories floating around about that stitch in time and why Miranda isn’t locked into just her time and the future one Bronwyn came from. But I’m sure that will be fleshed out in one of the future books as there are two more for this series planned. A holiday novella and then there is one sister left to go through time and find her true love.
Overall a satisfying conclusion to Miranda and Nico’s tale. They seems perfect for each other and I did like the conclusion to who the person was that sold Nico out and why. I have had a great time with this series and look forward to the upcoming books in it.
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