Monday, December 10, 2012

Review: Scarlet Woods by Brooke Passmore

 Title: Scarlet Woods (Scarlet Woods #1)
Author: Brooke Passmore
Source: Received from author in exchange for an honest review


Past, future, and love all exist in the door through time.

Modern and independent seventeen year old Morgan Westbrook thought she had seen all there was to her home town of Scarlet, Georgia, but one day while walking in the woods behind her house she discovers a mysterious door masked behind the trees. After admiring the door’s timeless beauty she walks through its entrance to venture into more woods, but what she doesn’t know is that the door is a gateway through time that takes her back to the year 1863 during the days of the Civil War in Scarlet.

Without knowing that she had traveled back in time, she stumbles upon Danny Carson, an attractive young man who is appalled to see that Morgan is wearing skimpy modern clothes instead of a nineteenth century dress. Although they find each other completely different than anyone they’ve ever known, they cannot help but feel drawn to one another. After spending time in another century, she discovers that she's time traveled back to the year 1863 and that the door took her there. For months she and Danny journey back and forth through the door to experience the joys of traveling to both of their centuries. When dilemmas of unwanted marriage, slavery, and war are thrown at them, they must face the perils that time travel has delivered them in both the future and the past.


Scarlet Woods is the first book in a new series by Brooke Passmore. It's about a seventeen year old girl named Morgan who finds a door in the woods behind her house. It's just a strange, random door that doesn't seem to be attached to anything. She walks through the door, not knowing that she travels back through time to the year 1863. She ends up running into a guy named Danny in the woods. Morgan needs Danny's help so she follows Danny through the woods and finds that her hometown of Scarlet looks completely different.

This book has a lot of funny moments. For a period of time during the book, they don't know that they are from different time periods. Of course, since the way people act in present day is so drastically different from the way people acted in the 1800's – Danny thinks Morgan is weird and vice versa. However, it doesn't stop them from feeling an attraction for each other. Unfortunately, Danny is engaged to be married.

The author did a great job of expressing the character's feelings, but I just felt like the book jumped around too much from character to character. It got a little confusing to me. Also, the book just seemed really long. Things were really drawn out. This really is a great love story, you just have to be patient with the characters.

With this taking place in the Civil War era, there is a lot of interesting history involved. The plot was great, and this is a very unique story. I was kind of sad at how the story ended. I'm really curious about what will take place in the next book.

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