Transitions Between Time Periods

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Post by bookowlie » 24 Jun 2018, 15:50

kfwilson6 wrote:
22 Jun 2018, 12:38
It was easier to follow the transitions when the shifts were marked with headings versus all of a sudden Angela is asleep or unconscious and the reader is thrown back in time. Even though it's an obvious and easy way to transition, I like seeing "August 4, 1944 Florence, Italy." Then I know where and when I am in the story.
I also liked it when there was a header with the time period. Still, the time periods were fairly obvious in most cases.
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Post by Lee_Reads » 24 Jun 2018, 18:22

I enjoyed the blended stories. I thought she did a great job with the transitions and I enjoyed each time period. I would have enjoyed more of a focus on art history, 1475 and 1944.

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Post by Bluecobia » 24 Jun 2018, 21:32

Working with different time periods can be confusing. In this book it was usually clear what time period we were talking about so I did not find the jumping to be a problem.

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Post by bookowlie » 24 Jun 2018, 22:56

Bluecobia wrote:
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Working with different time periods can be confusing. In this book it was usually clear what time period we were talking about so I did not find the jumping to be a problem.
It certainly helped that there were completely different characters in the different time periods vs. some books where the same characters are seen in flashbacks.
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Post by Cristal2408 » 25 Jun 2018, 01:18

Time jumping in books can make for a good reading experience if it is well done.
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Post by jenjayfromSA » 25 Jun 2018, 03:42

Alas, I couldn't get hold of a copy of this one - not available in my area. It sounds fascinating. I love time travel, time jump plots. It gives such scope to explore how character is influenced by the culture and circumstances.

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Post by anwidmer » 25 Jun 2018, 07:57

Im halfway through the book and im finding the transitions easy to follow and expertly executed. Ill admit at first i was a tad confused between the characters in the different eras but as i continue to read the author has done a great job of distinguishing them from one another for me.

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Post by Sdejardine » 25 Jun 2018, 10:14

I thought Belle Ami did a good job with the transitions between time periods. I never found that I was confused as to which time period the book was in. These transitions between time periods were what I found most engaging about this book.

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Post by Aubrey Cana Laine » 27 Jun 2018, 09:16

Transitions between different time periods has always made it a bit hard for me to follow. Good thing that the book's flow was easy enough for me to catch up although I honestly did get confused sometimes.

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Post by anwidmer » 27 Jun 2018, 09:29

Sdejardine wrote:
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I thought Belle Ami did a good job with the transitions between time periods. I never found that I was confused as to which time period the book was in. These transitions between time periods were what I found most engaging about this book.
I think the dating and clear distinctions of when Angela was "slipping away" is what made it easiest to follow. I think it was expertly done.

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Post by greenstripedgiraffe » 27 Jun 2018, 12:07

This part of the book was the most interesting to me. I am not so bothered by the time jumps, but was overall unsure that all the characters were really historical and not just fiction. The historical part was a bit of a stretch IMO.
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Post by anwidmer » 27 Jun 2018, 13:50

greenstripedgiraffe wrote:
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This part of the book was the most interesting to me. I am not so bothered by the time jumps, but was overall unsure that all the characters were really historical and not just fiction. The historical part was a bit of a stretch IMO.
Yea i wondered how much of the history was actual and what was fictional. In either case it didnt bother me or deter me from the plot personally.

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Post by greenstripedgiraffe » 27 Jun 2018, 14:32

anwidmer wrote:
27 Jun 2018, 13:50
greenstripedgiraffe wrote:
27 Jun 2018, 12:07
This part of the book was the most interesting to me. I am not so bothered by the time jumps, but was overall unsure that all the characters were really historical and not just fiction. The historical part was a bit of a stretch IMO.
Yea i wondered how much of the history was actual and what was fictional. In either case it didnt bother me or deter me from the plot personally.
historical fiction happens to be my thing, but not everyone likes that!
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Post by anwidmer » 27 Jun 2018, 14:48

greenstripedgiraffe wrote:
27 Jun 2018, 14:32
anwidmer wrote:
27 Jun 2018, 13:50
greenstripedgiraffe wrote:
27 Jun 2018, 12:07
This part of the book was the most interesting to me. I am not so bothered by the time jumps, but was overall unsure that all the characters were really historical and not just fiction. The historical part was a bit of a stretch IMO.
Yea i wondered how much of the history was actual and what was fictional. In either case it didnt bother me or deter me from the plot personally.
historical fiction happens to be my thing, but not everyone likes that!
Yea, while history facinates me, its never really been my thing in books. I think i just dont have the attention span to learn and retain it. I would personally rather watch a documentary rather then read when it comes to history.

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Post by bookowlie » 27 Jun 2018, 16:33

anwidmer wrote:
27 Jun 2018, 14:48
greenstripedgiraffe wrote:
27 Jun 2018, 14:32
anwidmer wrote:
27 Jun 2018, 13:50


Yea i wondered how much of the history was actual and what was fictional. In either case it didnt bother me or deter me from the plot personally.
historical fiction happens to be my thing, but not everyone likes that!
Yea, while history facinates me, its never really been my thing in books. I think i just dont have the attention span to learn and retain it. I would personally rather watch a documentary rather then read when it comes to history.
I am the total opposite! I find documentaries boring. Historical fiction is a great way to learn something about historical events in an entertaining way. I read a historical novel last year where one of the themes was women's suffrage movement. I learned so much about this period in history without having to slog through a textbook-style book about the topic.
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