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Book Review: Disturbingly Beautiful (A Paradox in Time #1) by J & L Wells

Published January 14, 2015 by adventuresinbooklandblog

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Title: Disturbingly Beautiful (A Paradox in Time #1)

Author: J & L Wells
Publication date: November 13th 2014
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Time-Travel

Amazon:  http://goo.gl/F8ssju


Could it really be possible that somewhere in time, the perfect paradox could be created? Does romance really stand a chance, could it ever flourish when cast between so many intricacies and broken lives? How could one person, Nell, a nineteenth century governess unknowingly cause so much devastation?

As Nell’s world opens up, we follow her on her complex journey, where she discovers love, loss and betrayal, and becomes forced to play a dangerous game from which there appears no escape.

An intricate family plot slowly begins to unravel in which she finds herself centre stage. She was never supposed to leave Haunchcroft estate … and he will do everything in his power to keep her there…

Could a possible rip in time be the salvation that Nell seeks?

“I find you disturbingly beautiful,” are the contradictory words bestowed upon the governess by her master.

Mr Buchannan’s infatuation is a shadow from which Nell cannot escape. The feelings he holds for her are not reciprocated, and though his lust soon turns to love, Nell’s feelings towards him turn to hatred. Dreams and a love of literature are Nell’s only escapism from the downtrodden life she leads as a governess in the nineteenth century.

One night, an intruder on the estate catches Nell off guard, but she gives chase; a decision that leads her through an opening in time between the centuries, where she finds equality, true friendship and a completely different outlook on life.


“His soft words melted into her ear ‘You must have no fear of me loosening, for I shall never let you go'”

When I first saw this book I though, WOW an amazing cover and I can’t wait to see what this book is about. Then I read the summery and thought it would be extremely interesting reading a story that involved time traveling; this was the first book that I have experienced with this.

There were three different time periods that the book traveled to; 1813, 1968 and 2014, all three very different from the other. During this time, the main character Nell had gone through a huge amount of growth, from being a naive woman to one who travel through time and found out new things about her life and what life could be in the future. I even think that I had seen some growth within Mr. Buchannan, who was very interesting to figure out.

I like that this book kept me guessing, I never knew what was going to happen next. All the plot twists were quite the shockers!!! I believe this is what made the book so enjoyable to me. I have read many books where I have not been shocked and surprised by the events that occurred and the ending, but this one definitely did.


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Laura Wells is a swimming teacher, with a love of books, animals and, of course, Jane Austen. Once a national swimmer, she now runs three swim schools of her own. She enjoys spending her spare time with her family and two mad Shiba Inus. She lives in Staffordshire, England.

Judy Wells works at a school; in her spare time she enjoys writing poetry and novels, and spending time with her animals. She also lives in Staffordshire, England.

Laura and Judy are a mother and daughter duo; with Judy’s love of poetry and writing and Laura’s ideas, they work extremely well together. Time-travel and historical romance novels are their passion, and they hope that after you have read their books, you will feel the same.

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Despite using this to her advantage to escape the advances of her unwanted suitor, she is somewhat perturbed when she unexpectedly finds him at her side in the twenty-first century. Will love conquer all, or will time always stand in their way?