Art historian Genevieve McKenna, who just lost her museum job, lands an exciting assignment: Trace the path of a drawing the Nazis stole in Paris and restore it to the rightful owners.
Julien Brooks, whose family claims the drawing, has vital information. He also has a killer smile and speaks flawless French. She's eager to get to know him better. A lot better.
But someone — could it be Julien? — seems very determined to thwart her work.
And why does she keep having bizarre flashbacks to a place she’s certain she’s never been? Mental illness ruined her mother’s life. Is that Genevieve's fate?
On a research trip to Paris, Genevieve confronts her growing attraction to Julien and the truth about those flashbacks. What she learns will reveal the real story of her mother, the heroism of Julien’s family and the heartbreak of a doomed romance.
I'm a big fan of Ms. Seed's books. She has followed up "Identity" with another compelling read with engaging, believable, characters and an engrossing story. I liked "Not In Time" so much I read it twice (high praise, considering my "to be read" stack). I loved Gen, wish I had a friend like D, and enjoyed the development of the romance between Gen and Julian. Given the fact that looted art from WWII is in the news even now, the story of Gen's search for a particular drawing that was stolen by the Nazis was not only fascinating, but believable. Be sure to curl up in a comfy reading chair when you start this book, because you'll not want to put it down.
The main character is an art detective, forced to work freelance after a downsizing at her museum, and the case that she investigates through most of the book isn't the most important crime that plays out in the story. That's an intentional innovation that works out for the author. I was less convinced by the detective's "bizarre flashbacks." I think the book would have worked better if it had either more fully committed to the implied explanation or just omitted this element altogether.
Disclosure: I have known Shawna Seed since the early 1980s when she dated a close friend. We've remained in touch over the years and I very much congratulate her for her fiction.
This book puts me in a quandary. I chose it because of its rating and review, but they were misleading. First off, it's not a suspense novel, it's more a romance wrapped around an intrigue. The writing is pedestrian in a Harlequin romance sort of way; the storyline slow and predictable, with whole dialogue pages that feel like much ado about nothing (here's looking at you, D!); and the mystical, scifi elements unbelievable and drop landed.
The premise had potential however, the ending wraps everything up nicely, and is in fact more interesting than the actual novel. I almost feel like asking for a total re-do please, with more grittiness.
I would only recommend it to romance fans who like a little padding to the usual going-ons. If you favor actual thrillers though, run, as in away...
He felt something special, something magical, when he touched her.
They were both after the same thing – the drawing that was stolen by the Nazis in Paris.
As soon as he entered the Gallery I knew it. He knows her and I am wondering if he is up to no good. Shawna Seed keeps me guessing as I travel through time trying to avoid the pitfalls that are awaiting Genevieve and Julien.
Not In Time starts out as a normal mystery, find the stolen drawing. But when Genevieve and Julien come in contact, there is a paranormal element that emerges. I love the combination. I am eager to begin my journey through time, because Genevieve’s flashbacks would prove to be so much more than flashbacks.
Shawna took the suspense to a very high level and kept it there. I was waiting for something to happen. I knew something was coming. Where would it come from?
So much of the world feels temporary, but a really great piece of art is timeless.
Genevieve had lost her job at the museum. With a push from her best friend, D, Genevieve find herself on an adventure that starts in Vegas and travels to places she could never have foreseen. They were opposites, Genevieve sensible and reserved, while D was adventurous and outgoing. I felt a kinship with D and think we could all use a best friend like her. I would love to learn her story. Could there me a book there for her, Shawna?
Genevieve is hired to find a lost drawing and she would be working with Julien. His family owned the drawing before it was lost in Paris during the war. She can’t help but notice Julien’s smile and her attraction to him continues to grow. I knew Genevieve was paranoid when it came to relationships and mistrusted men, so, it was no surprise to me that she doubted him. But, I doubted him too.
There are things going on that neither Genevieve or Julien foresee. Forces were determined to stop them and danger lurked.
I am not a person that likes to know, for sure, the ending of a book. I do not skip ahead,, but it was so very tempting. No, just a peak, no, NO! I waited until I got there through reading, I did not peek. And it will be worth it for you to wait too.
Shawna Seed’s writing is fluid and easy to read. Her stories have depth of plot and characters. She draws you in and keeps you there. You will not want to quit until the last page is read.
I've had this book downloaded for sometime but I have just gotten around to reading it. I enjoyed it for the most part. The art research was interesting. I liked Jay and Gen, although I did get frustrated with her whimp act at times. Julian was a good strong support for her. Gen's friend, D, was annoying on so many levels. The mystery was weak and the solution left me wondering what all the fuss was about. There was no real suspense to speak of. Plenty of threats, but then they were dropped and that entire thread was allowed to unravel. Certainly not a page turner. But, most importantly, I just didn't quite get it. The entire premise was weird. I thought this was a series (based on the subtitle and book 1) and I was aggravated to discover it is not. According to the author's website, she has recently begun researching a second book. Hopefully, she will hold the plot threads together and provide some explanation for loose ends.
I more than thoroughly enjoyed this novel of suspense, which will definitely grab you from the very first chapter. Its engaging plot and main characters (Genevieve and Julien) as well as its crisp writing style makes this page-turner a true delight. Moreover, the underlying premise of recovering a piece of art that the Nazis allegedly stole during World War II makes for a very engaging story. Although you think they might not, all loose ends do get tied up neatly at the end -- which for me is the hallmark of a really good mystery or suspense novel. I loved the author's first novel, Identity, and I loved this one as well!
Ugh! Not for me. Too light, breezy and fluffy. Nothing wrong with that type of book, but right now I find that it did not really hold my interest. I think the author had a good premise but this is a little too much of the cozy mystery style and could have used a lot less dialogue and get rid of the romance. Just a bad and boring book for me, but it appears that I am in the vast minority.
LOVED this book! I did not want to put it down so I could see what happened next. great combination of a mystery, a little bit of romance and a little bit of sci-fi. And there is mystery all the way until the end (several mysteries to solve/get answers).
This is a fast moving, holds your attention read. I had the great luck to read this on a long travel day and it really helped to pass the time. I hope Shawna keeps the series going, but I wouldn't mind if Julien leaves the scene to keep the plots open for any adventure.
I truly enjoyed this book. There were moments in it that just made me smile. I loved the convergence of old and new stories, the mystery and just the right amount of violence. It's an enjoyable and easy read I couldn't put down.
The plot was heavily surrounded around the main character and her fear of repeating her mother's tragedy. Some chapters stretched out a bit longer than hoped, but everything was wrapped up together by the end. Not as much "art" as I thought, but not too bad.