Cross Stitch by Amanda James
Genres: Romance, Adult, Time-Travel.
Publisher: Choc Lit
Release Date: December 9th 2014.
A stitch in time may save nine but a cross-stitch spells disaster …
It should be the happiest day of her life. Despite past heartache, Sarah Yates is finally marrying her true love, John Needler.
But Sarah and John can’t pretend they’re an ordinary couple. They’re time travellers and where time travel is involved, nothing runs smoothly. One minute Sarah is saying her vows and the next she is hurtled back in time to a country that is on the cusp of war, and into the company of the bad-tempered Veronica Ratchet.
Newly-wedded bliss is certainly not on the cards for Sarah as events see her travelling from the British punk era to 1950’s America. And even when she returns home she can’t escape Veronica.
But when the past and the present collide, that’s when the real problems start …
Book Review ~ ‘Cross Stitch’ by Amanda James ~ 5 Stars!
It’s been a couple of years since I read ‘A Stitch in Time’, so I made the decision to re-read the first book before moving onto ‘Cross Stitch’. In doing so, I’ve had the most wonderful couple of days reimersing myself in John and Sarah’s world, laughing along with their banter, and nervously witnessing Sarah’s trips to the past. I’d definitely recommend making a reading marathon out of the two books one after the other, as you just become a part of the Stitch and Needler world, and I was more than happy to get lost in it.
‘Cross Stitch’ had the same essence to ‘A Stitch in Time’, a brilliant underlying level of humour, and a sweet tenderness that tugged at my heartstrings. I loved seeing John and Sarah in their happily ever after, and how Sarah’s decision to continuing stitching at the end of Book 1, influenced her relationship with John throughout Book 2.
I particularly loved Veronica. A brilliant portrayal of a WWII teacher, Veronica was gutsy, stubborn and more than a little strict. The stark contrast between her and Sarah’s relationship with students was great to see, and really showed how different education has changed in the last seventy years! Veronica’s character development was also spectacular, seeing first hand the experience that another Stitch had when they started their life-style was really wonderful, and I loved seeing how they saved people in a way that was natural to them; Sarah with a quick initiative, and Veronica with a no-nonsense manner.
Amanda James really packed the emotion into ‘Cross Stitch’, and there are some brilliant scenes where we see how Sarah isn’t as unaffected with her trips to the past as she may always show. Her desperation to have a child, and her pain at leaving having to leave Artie in the previous book, all make an appearance here too, which allows for some great development into her character and in her relationship with John.
Gorgeously romantic, ‘Cross Stitch’ was everything I hoped for in a sequel to ‘A Stitch in Time’.
*Review copy was kindly provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*