- Title: Finding Home
- Author: Christy Cooper-Burnett
- Publisher: Black Rose Writing on June 17, 2021
- Genre: Sci-fi/Historical Fiction/Romance
- Pages: 284
- Formats Available: Paperback & Digital
- Rating: 5/5
Trigger Warnings: Graphic Domestic Abuse (Mental and Physical), Kidnap, Murder
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Finding Home Blurb
An exiled prisoner. A desperate woman. A time travel agent willing to break the rules.
Malcolm Aldred is starting over in 1868, Oklahoma. There’s just one problem–he’s an exiled prisoner from 2070.
In 2071, Los Angeles, housewife Hannah Cole is desperate to escape her abusive husband, and begs Cyber Criminal Enforcement Agent Christine Stewart to send her somewhere, anywhere, in history. When Christine agrees to send Hannah to 1868, neither woman has any idea the events that sets in motion.
Malcolm and Hannah adapt to pioneer life in an untamed world full of danger and unimaginable hardships, but falling for each other was never part of the plan. When a deadly hunter tracks Hannah to 1868, fate intervenes and catapults her back to Colonial America, threatening to destroy their future before it ever begins.
Can Christine save Hannah in time or will they both be lost to history forever?Provided by Christy Cooper-Burnett
Finding Home is like no novel I’ve ever read before. I have no idea how an author mixes sci-fi, western, historical fiction, and romance in one book, but Christy Cooper-Burnett does it. I have no words to describe how unusual and awesome this book is.
Christine Stewart is finally home from an accidental long-term stay in the past. She gets back to her normal life, trying to adjust to an empty nest while starting her dating life over again. Then, Hannah approaches Christine to help get her out of a dire situation. With the help of her co-workers and family, they get Hannah to safety in the form of Malcolm. But, safety is a relative term in Hannah’s life, and before she knows it, her new life with Malcolm is in jeopardy. But, Christine goes back in time to help her one more time. The question is, will there be a happy ending?
I want to start by saying these characters are so fantastically believable. Time travel itself isn’t believable, but Cooper-Burnett makes it work. The story sucked me in, and before I knew it, I wanted nothing more than to head back in time to Oklahoma. I want to hang out with John, Malcolm, and Hannah while they work their farms. However, Christine is a bit of a question mark for me. Christine’s personality puts me in two minds. Her generosity and thoughtfulness to the exiled prisoners make her a good person. But, her inner struggle to help Hannah after she hears Hannah’s story made me angry. Why wouldn’t she use some of her compassion to help? But, in the end, I liked her a lot.
I don’t usually enjoy sci-fi fiction, but this novel doesn’t fit my understanding of sci-fi. Yes, there is time travel which plays a big part in the story, but at the same time, it feels different. No aliens are invading Earth or man heading to Mars. This novel mixes all my favorite genres with sci-fi, and it makes a comfortable and enjoyable read.
Also, Finding Home is the sequel to No Way Home, the first in the Christine Stewart series. I knew going in that this was a sequel but forgot about it until I finished the book. I must tell you that I didn’t miss the first book at all. Cooper-Burnett does a wonderful job of giving enough detail, yet leaving no feelings of confusion. Of course, now I want to go back and read No Way Home to see how Christine became who she is. The third installment in this series comes out in November. You can bet I will be there waiting to pick it up.
I award Finding Home a full 5 out of 5 stars. If you are looking for something a bit different, this novel would be a good fit. I hope other readers find this book as mesmerizing as I did.
About the Author – Christy Cooper-Burnett
Christy Cooper-Burnett is an author based in California with a degree in Administration of Justice. After retiring early from the new home construction industry, she now divides her time between northern and southern California. She has one grown son who inspires her to write. She began her writing career later in life, but once she started, she couldn’t stop.
Her work focuses on creating relatable stories and characters that transcend genres and encourage readers to imagine what they would do if thrown into the unique, imaginative situations her protagonists end up in.
Christy’s debut novel, No Way Home, was the recipient of the 2020 California Author Project award in the Adult Fiction category, and the 2020 PenCraft Award in the Science Fiction category.
Her second novel, Finding Home, releases June 17, 2021, and early praise has already garnered several five-star reviews. The third book in the Christine Stewart Time Travel Adventure series, Escaping Home, is set to launch on November 18, 2021.