When The Walls Fell (Out Of Time) By Monique Martin

Elizabeth felt a fresh wave of guilt wash over her. Simon. She’d been so angry, so caught up in trying not to think about how mad she was at him, she’d nearly forgotten how much she missed him. Not that it wasn’t his own damn fault, but still.

“I don’t understand,” Elizabeth said. “If things work the same here as they do for me…”

“Waiting comes in many ways, dear. I used to think waiting for him to leave was the worst part.”

The rest was left unsaid, but Elizabeth knew what the worst part must have been. The day he didn’t return. “I’m sorry.”

This book is the second in a series. When the book came available, I snatched it up because I enjoyed the first one. This book did not disappoint. In fact, I enjoyed this one a lot more than the first. Maybe that’s because the characters were all “real”…not some made up characters like a ‘vampire’ that she had in the first book…For the first books review, go here.


Elizabeth and Simon are very much in love, which is difficult for Simon at the best of times. He has softened when it comes to his love for Elizabeth, but he still remains the crass, quiet and aloof man he has been for so long. It’s hard to teach a man a new trick.

Elizabeth is visited by someone from the council in regards to their last “trip” back in time to 1929. Something happened in that era that changed the course of time and it needs to be rectified. That means another trip back in time…to 1909. Elizabeth tells Simon about this visitor and he wants nothing to do with it. He doesn’t think she should go back to “fix” whatever it was that needed fixing. Elizabeth and Simon end up fighting, causing Elizabeth to walk out on Simon. He’s sick with worry looking for her, but he can’t find her.

The only thing left to do is to go back in time during the next lunar eclipse. But since he still hasn’t found her yet, they end up traveling separately. Simon must find her and quickly.

When they find each other finally, Elizabeth and Simon come together, forgiving the other for all that was said. Elizabeth had to come to 1909…she had to save Simon.

While in 1909, they meet some crazy characters. Teddy is an inventor and Gerald the butler is protective of his employer, Mrs. Eldridge, a rich woman who knows more about the time travel than she lets on to everyone. Max, her nephew, falls for Elizabeth but quickly finds he’s always going to be in second place with Elizabeth. Then there is Madame Petrovka, a so-called psychic and medium who has a heart of gold (note my sarcasm there).

Part of their mission is to save the life of Victor Graham…and if they don’t, Simon could be no more. Do they save Victor’s life? What does Madame Petrovka hiding? And, do Elizabeth and Simon make it back to modern times again? And, what is it that Teddy is inventing?

You’ll have to read the book to find out.

My only beef with this book (and probably the first book as well…I don’t remember) is that the author felt the need to overuse her thesaurus. I was constantly having to write down these words so that I could look them up later. I hate that. I found her overuse of the thesaurus twaddlish (there…this is one of the words…in case you don’t know, that means “silly, or tedius talk or writing”. Please, authors…you don’t need to use these words no one has ever heard of to make yourself look as if you’re more knowledgeable than the rest of us…that’s condescending and I don’t like it.

Also, my other beef with this book is the lack of editing. There were a lot of missing words that really are distracting from the storyline. These two things together (missing words and the overuse of the thesaurus) really made for an especially great book to be poorer in my opinion.

Because of this, I’m giving the story a 4 star rating.



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3 responses to “When The Walls Fell (Out Of Time) By Monique Martin

  1. Another great review! Honest, too.

    Hugs and chocolate,

  2. Excellent review, Beth!

    There’s no such thing as a psychic with a heart of gold, of course…

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