The Road to Alexander – Jennifer Macaire

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The Road to Alexander
After winning a prestigious award, Ashley is chosen to travel through time and interview a historical figure. Choosing her childhood hero Alexander the Great, she is sent back in time for less than a day. He mistakes her for Persephone, goddess of the dead, and kidnaps her, stranding her in his own time. What follows, after she awakes under the pomegranate tree, is a hilarious, mind-bending tale of a modern woman immersed in the ancient…

Welcome back everyone, this review is an extra sneaky special one for a couple of reasons. The first is that I lost track of how many Blog Tours I signed up for because there were so many books that sounded interesting on offer!

And secondly, I love ancient civilisations and I’m fascinated by how others see them and then convey them to others in their books.

Story overview

With this one we start of in the future, roughly 2300 (I
don’t remember exactly), where time travel is possible to the point where they
send one person once a year to go back in time to interview someone famous.
Only problem with this is that you can’t do anything to change history in any
way otherwise your time there will be erased.

So our main character Ashley is sitting in the chair
preparing to travel back to interview Alexander the Great before he went and
conquered all the way to India. As she’s sitting there waiting for the storm
and for the time travel to occur, we learn a little bit about her life up until
then. And boy does it not sound pretty!

After a not so successful interview of Alexander the Great,
Ashley walks back to where she came in ready to be taken back to her own time.
Only problem is, Alexander decided he liked her and wouldn’t let her go and
inadvertently stopped her from returning to her own time. And this is where it
starts to get really interesting!

Up until this point it’s been kinda standard kind of time
travel going back in history kind of themes. But now we’re solidly back in
Alexander’s time with no possibility of getting back to the future, but every
possibility of being erased from history forever. From this point I really felt
for Ashley. It’s one thing to keep a secret for 20 hours, quite another to do
it for a lifetime. Especially when she doesn’t know the customs or languages.


My thoughts

As we progress through the book, we start to learn why
Alexander was so determined to travel east and conquer everyone in his path.
But remember this is a work of fiction, not fact! I found it easy to get
wrapped up in the story and found myself wishing I could travel back in time to
see the world as it was then. But the sad reality is if that technology does
get invented, it won’t be in my lifetime.

There were quite a few points in the book where Ashley’s relationship with Alexander made me wish she could tell him everything. To see how he’d react to that kind of news. I can’t even begin to image how hard it would have been keeping your entire history before you met someone a secret would be. I’m pretty sure my partner knows pretty much everything about me, including how much credit card debt I stupidly wrack up!

As I creeped towards the end of the book, I began to wonder how we could possibly get back to the point in time where the prologue was set. And I got my answer when I finished the book and it said, “End of Book 1”. So bad news was, I didn’t get all the answers I wanted. Especially to the driving force of the story. But the GOOD news is that there will be a second book! Yay! Hopefully I get to participate in that tour too!


Thank you for taking the time to read another review today
and I hope you enjoyed it, on Monday I will be reviewing Love Heart Lane by Christie Barlow.

Jennifer Macaire is an American living in Paris. She likes to read, eat chocolate, and plays a mean game of golf. She grew up in upstate New York, Samoa, and the Virgin Islands.

She graduated from St Peter and Paul High School in St Thomas and moved to NYC where she modelled for five years for Elite. She went to France and met her husband at the polo club. All that is true. But she mostly likes to make up stories.

               

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8 Replies to “The Road to Alexander – Jennifer Macaire”

    I have to admit, I was a bit hesistant at first. I dropped History in high school because I just couldn’t get through it (let’s be honest, 99% was memorizing what happened when). But this seems like a really fun read, and you learn something! I’m putting this on my tbr!

      Hi Michelle,

      I love my history and I’m a sucker for pretty much any book set in ancient times or involve events that are complex.

      I think when you’re studying something and they make it more about dates than the people or places involved it can get boring. I’m glad you liked the sound of this one though!

      Anthea

    Thank you so much for your fantastic post and review of my book! I appreciate your time and effort, and hope to do a blog tour for book II as well! 🙂 (Your kind words at the end decided me!) 🙂

    this sounds incredible! I’m a sucker for the time travel/historical setup, and Alexander the Great is one of those historical characters who fascinates me but I don’t actually know a ton about 😅 definitely adding to my TBR!

    I actually don’t think I could deal with the pressure of traveling to the past knowing anything you do might set off a domino effect to change the future, so it’s probably a good thing that I don’t have to worry about making that decision! and I’m also pretty open about myself and my secrets with regards to relationships (both friendships and dating), so I’m with you there. so many book plots would unravel if the MCs were just honest with each other … but I’m glad to hear this doesn’t seem to be one of them.

      Hi Isabelle,

      You and me both! I have like 10+ books in my massive TBR pile that have time travel and I’m working on Outlander slowly to do a series review of that.

      Hopefully they are as engaging as this one was.

      Anthea

      Hi Kal,

      That’s the problem when you read a book thinking it’s a stand alone, only to discover it’s a series when you finish reading it.

      Anthea

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