Summary

If someone took everything you live for, how far would you go to get it back?
When offered a one-way trip to the past, Isabel sacrifices everything for a chance to change the rapidly deteriorating present - and see her murdered lover one last time. When she arrives 20 years in the past, buck naked and mortally wounded, she has 24 hours to convince a stunned but enraptured 19-year-old to change their future. Definitely easier said than done, as success means losing him to a brainy, smart-mouthed bombshell (her younger self), and that's a heart breaker, save the world or not.
This offbeat tale is about falling madly in love when one is too cynical for such things, letting go of pessimism when it's the last life jacket on a sinking ship, and racing against the clock when one doesn't have the proper footwear. It's a coming-of-age story for old fogeys, a how-to-make-love guide for diehard celibates, and a laugh-out-loud tragedy with a hopeful twist.
©2015 D. L. Orton (P)2015 D. L. Orton
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Critic reviews

2015 USA Best Book Awards Finalist, Cross-Genre Fiction
"Engaging, funny, romantic, and harrowing.” ( Publishers Weekly Starred Review)
“The Best Science Fiction Love Story of the Year.” (R. J. Kauffman, Panda Books Press)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Amy on 24-06-17

Starlight in the Darkness.

I enjoyed the story, the depth and detail and emotion that Noah and Erin bring to Orton's book was beautiful and I love listening them. I love Orton's writing too much and there are not enough star increments, A year ago I would have said" no I didn't cry in this one either, reading the reviews where people were crying from the start, I think my heart must have frozen over with the cold" but I got the emotional and cried and laughed and cried again, I got the feels and that is what I expect and get from Orton...and the snark ;)Time travel is always confusing but this had masterful,intricuit twists and minute,subtle turns that reveled themselves to be a litererry diamond in the sky.I thoughroughly enjoyed this book.I have issues with my eyes and on a day where I cant open my eyes this brought light in to my world and let me see through the eyes of three artists .What more can a girl ask for?I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.As always this is my honest opinion

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5 out of 5 stars
By Book Addict on 20-05-18

This book captured my Imagination!

This book is right up my street, time travel, and love across dimensions. A love story is at the center of the story. When something is threatening the end of the world as we know it. This has it all, and you really feel for Isobel and this only book one.
As the center of the story we have Diego and Isobel and their love story which drive the story. This is how good sci-fi and fantasy mesh together so well. This is an addictive adventure, that just would not leave my mind. I was mesmerised and I definitely can’t wait to listen to book two.
The narration is superb, taking me into another world for 11 hours, and only being upset when it finished too quickly for me.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Cheri on 17-05-16

Epic Story and Performance!

Wow! This story,and narration blew me away! It was AWESOME! Let's see, where do I start?

First the narration! WOW! After learning this story was narrated by the duo Noah Michael Levine, and Erin DeWard who just won the 2016 Audie Award in Erotic, I was expecting an awesome performance; however, this duo surpassed any expectation I had on an awesome performance. Their performance is absolutely the best I've heard, and the best I have in my library of over 400 audiobooks. Crossing in Time is worth listening too just for the performance alone! Not only did they bring this story to life, but each characters voice, and emotions felt so real. For example, I literally had chills when one of the characters attempted to attack another one, and the emotions from both of these characters felt real, I couldn't help but to react to their emotions. A truly riveting performance that has set the bar high when rating future performances.

Now on to the story! What an amazing well written story, with a plot that had a diverse blend of sci-fi/time travel, romance, thriller, humor, and dystopian rolled into an unique and exciting plot that kept me guessing. I haven't read many time travel stories; however, this story kinda reminded me of Peter Clines, The Fold, because of how each universe effected the other but with a major emphasis on the romance, and love between Isabel and Deigo as the fate of the universe could vary well depend on their relationship. This story has some pretty intense moments, that kept me on the edge, and guessing what was going to happen next.

The story does end on a cliffhanger, so we do not know if Isabel going back in time has saved the universes, but I am looking forward to finding out how the plot unfolds in book two. Also, the story started off a little slow, and I was wondering when it was going to pick up, but then it exploded….literally.... and after that the story had some really intense moments so stick with it...it's worth it!

I fell in love with the story and performance, and highly recommend it for any romance fan, who loves their stories mixed with time travel, dystopian, and/or a little humor.

I received this story in exchange for an unbiased opinion.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Michael on 02-11-15

Brilliant! - You may be surprised at who you are

Who the hell am I? After listening to the audio version of this book, I have to question who I am. There were a few things that prior to listening to this, had me believing that this was not a book I would enjoy. How do I know? Because who knows me better than me, right? Well, I guess that question is still open because in the end, I now see myself in a new light. Let me explain. . .

First, duel or multi-cast narrations, I am not a fan. If I had to pick between fiction and non-fiction as the genre that identifies me, it would be non-fiction. Duel or multi-cast narration does not translate well into non-fiction and so it is what this grumpus has grown accustomed to. In fact, I am such a non-fan, that this is a feature I consider when deciding whether or not to choose an audiobook. However, the fluid team narration between Noah Michael Levine and Erin deWard seamlessly brought me into their world and won me over. I cannot imagine the resulting impact if this was read by a single narrator. Their voices and timing of their interaction was outstanding and impressive. This is not my father’s multi-cast, old-time radio styled presentation I envisioned and feared. I liked it, I really liked it! It had me questioning myself as to who I am. Maybe I didn’t know myself as well as I thought.

Love stories? Typically, I avoid them unless they are part of a non-fiction historical perspective—like John and Abigail Adams. The only “love story” I’ve enjoyed was ironically, the time travel based Outlander series. I’m very reluctant on picking up anything as trivial as a “love story”. So again, I questioned who the hell am I, that I should be drawn into the love story of these likeable characters?

Okay, so I like the narrators and their acting skills in terms of bringing the author’s characters to life. I’ll admit too, their love story was initially intriguing but would the overall story hold? I don’t recall ever using the ubiquitous adjective of a paid (book or movie) reviewer prior to this in any of my reviews/comments but it is well-deserved here--brilliant! The time travel aspect of the book was handled in a unique, believable manner and kept me engaged throughout.

I am not a prude—or so I thought. I don’t mind a love story but I was a little embarrassed by some of the sex descriptions. Maybe it was the multi-cast which gave it a more realistic feel. So realistic it felt as if I was in the room with them while this is happening. I doubt a single narrator could deliver that type of impact--but it did make me a little uncomfortable. Maybe it was the fact that my typical love story is from a more sterile, 18th century perspective? Remember my mention of John Adams and Abigail Adams? Who the hell am I?

After listening to this book, I don’t know who I am any more. Have I grown? Possibly. While I may no longer have a good mental picture of who I am, I do know that I am a now fan of D.L. Orton, and if someone like me enjoyed this book so much, I’m certain more “normal folks” will too.

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