Book Summery (Via Goodreads): Since the gripping conclusion of Once a Witch, Tamsin Greene has been haunted by her grandmother's prophecy that she will soon be forced to make a crucial decision ? one so terrible that it could destroy her family forever. When she discovers that her enemy, Alistair Knight, went back in time to Victorian era New York in order to destroy her family, Tamsin is forced to follow him into the past. Stranded all alone in the nineteenth century, Tamsin soon finds herself disguised as a lady's maid in the terrifying mansion of the evil Knight family, avoiding the watchful eye of the vicious matron, La Spider, and fending off the advances of Liam Knight. As time runs out, both families square off in a thrilling display of magic. And to her horror, Tamsin finally understands the nature of her fateful choice.
Well, I was captivated with the first book. However, MacCullough elevates this story to another level by primarily focusing on time travel and historical fiction. The world building is fantastic. The evil Victorian Knights are downright loathsome. Once again, Tamsin makes for a fabulous narrator. What I did miss was Tamsin's interactions with her family, friends, and of course Gabriel once she travels back in time (this is a large portion of the story). I also would have liked to see more of the future that Tamsin had fought so hard to save. I felt like the ending was a bit rushed. Despite these shortcomings, I madly flipped through the pages. It was rather difficult to set this book down. I would love to see more of this series, or the beginning of another!
"Just then the air is split open. 'Mother I said I wanted peonies, not posies. Posies are ridiculous in winter. Who ever heard of a bride carrying posies anyway?'
Gabriel turns his head. 'Are those Rowena's dulcet tones that I hear?'"
Cover Art Commentary:
I just adore the rich, deep colors of this cover. Tamsin looking over the ledge is a perfect image for contemplation...as she makes a "terrible" choice.