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This is a sequel to A Stitch In Time, which was from the Choc Lit stable A nice easy relaxing read Where we met a stitch named Sarah a needle named John We re still following Sarah Johns story This book is better than the first involves time travel involvment with other family characters A real good read the author has room to write a follow up to this book Here s hoping
(((Pdf))) ↶ Cross Stitch ☔ A Stitch In Time May Save Nine But A Cross Stitch Spells Disaster It Should Be The Happiest Day Of Her Life Despite Past Heartache, Sarah Yates Is Finally Marrying Her True Love, John NeedlerBut Sarah And John Can T Pretend They Re An Ordinary Couple They Re Time Travellers And Where Time Travel Is Involved, Nothing Runs Smoothly One Minute Sarah Is Saying Her Vows And The Next She Is Hurtled Back In Time To A Country That Is On The Cusp Of War, And Into The Company Of The Bad Tempered Veronica RatchetNewly Wedded Bliss Is Certainly Not On The Cards For Sarah As Events See Her Travelling From The British Punk Era To S America And Even When She Returns Home She Can T Escape VeronicaBut When The Past And The Present Collide, That S When The Real Problems Start A fun sequel to A Stitch in Time More adventures in stitching for Sarah, needling for John and a new character in Veronica. I received a free copy of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.I have to be honest I didn t like this novel as much as the previous novel A Stitch in Time Whilst there were less irritations in the first book many old sayings apparently originated from actual events involving Needlers and Stitches.Sarah is a Stitch which means she goes back in time to save someone and prevent history from unravelling Her soon to be husband John is a Needler, they act as assistants handlers for Stitches Ordinarily Stitches only undertake three missions but in the first book Sarah got into trouble, John defied the Powers That Be who govern time travel and, in exchange for reversing a terrible punishment inflicted on John, Sarah agreed to continue stitching beyond her three trips.Sarah and John are preparing for their big day when Sarah takes an unannounced time travelling trip back to 1939 However, this time her body doesn t vanish with her John and her family think she has fainted and are beside themselves.When Sarah gets to 1939 she meets a woman who is supposed to become a Stitch too, but Veronica is too scared Soon Sarah, Veronica and John are variously travelling to the World Cup final, punk era London and other points in time whilst also getting married and discovering just why Sarah s time travelling has been out of whack and confusing even the Powers That Be or Spindlies as Sarah calls them.The reason I didn t like this book as much as the first is the authorial voice I felt as though this was a basic history class made fun through adventure stories than a novel In fact, I did wonder whether this was intended as a novel for teenagers although the age of Sarah and John seemed to preclude that It doesn t surprise me in the least that Amanda James is a teacher.Another issue with the authorial voice is that both Sarah and John sounded like much older people I kept expecting John to get his pipe and slippers out at any moment Amanda James also writes as if she is telling a story out loud at times, or as though Sarah was thinking out loud, which I found kind of off putting.I guess I just didn t like Sarah and John as much in this book as I did in the preceding book although the time travels were fun much in recent history than most time travel novels which is a nice change. Back in March 2013, I reviewed A Stitch In Time by Amanda James and made no secret of how much I enjoyed it great fun, the product of an exceptional imagination, highly original, and a book that left me with a smile on my face After a brief detour to produce the equally excellent but very different Somewhere Beyond The Sea, the author is back with a second book in the Time Traveller series, Cross Stitch Published for Kindle by Choc Lit on 9 December, I m delighted to report that I loved it every bit as much as the first.This book takes up the story of Sarah a Stitch and John a Needle , joining them as they prepare for their wedding the controllers the Spindly Ones have made an exception for them, not wiped their memories, and they re preparing for a happy future But there s a small cloud over their happiness Sarah has agreed to continue working as a Stitch in Time, repairing problems in the past that can affect the future and her first mission happens on her wedding day I won t spoil the book for others by describing the missions, but there s some vivid historical detail around among others Second World War Southampton, 1960s and 1970s Britain and some quite perfect links to characters we met in the earlier book.At the centre of it all is Sarah s quite lovely relationship with John complete with all the obvious problems caused by Sarah s disappearance, and they develop into a couple you really care about But there s a new character introduced in this book in the magnificent Veronica Ratchet a Stitch from an earlier time with whom Sarah s travels become inextricably linked She s wonderfully drawn there are some particularly entertaining exchanges as Veronica remains a product of her time an upbringing at the most inappropriate times, and her interactions with feisty Sarah are ever so well written She becomes a fully rounded character as the book progresses, and there s a beautiful scene near the end of the book no, I m not saying , you need to read the book As entertaining and tongue in cheek as the earlier book, full of some really clever and original ideas, and exceptionally readable and well written, I d recommend Cross Stitch most highly as an escapist and fun read, but one with a real heart I really loved it. Cross Stitch is the sequel to A Stitch in Time and while there is some backstory in Cross Stitch, to experience the uniqueness of the plot I would recommend you also read A Stitch in Time.Usually receiving a warning before travelling in time, on her wedding day Sarah receives no warning at all This isn t the only thing that is different but I can t say why no spoilers.While those at home are very concerned, Sarah has travelled back to 1939 and Veronica Roth Veronica plays a key part in the story I really enjoyed her character development we see her grow from lack of confidence and fear into quite a spectacular woman Telling lies to get into the school where Sarah teaches results in mayhem in the classroom and this isn t the only chaos she causes in Sarah s life One of the choices that Sarah makes causes John to be angry yes easy going John can be a monster when he s fighting for what he believes in and their relationship hits a rocky time I agreed with both their opposing views so wouldn t have made a good mediator, unlike John s dad Harry.It s not only their relationship under the spotlight in Cross Stitch, two important people share a surprise too The banter had me grinning.There s intrigue with John s sister Lucy and her husband Corbin I loved how this fitted in with the plot.Totally involved with this story, I read it quickly I couldn t wait to see where Sarah would go next, the purpose of her being there or even if she would come back I loved the idea of the Cross Stitch and how unpredictable time travel was and the reason behind it It s hard to write a review where you really want to share something but you know that if you do, you ll give a spoiler Tension from the challenges faced on the time travel journeys, friendship, family and romance have made this a totally absorbing read for me.Highly recommended if you like your romances with something different Amanda James, you are a genius I would like to thank the publishers for providing a digital copy in exchange for an honest review. It s been a couple of years since I read A Stitch in Time , so I made the decision to re read the first book before moving onto Cross Stitch In doing so, I ve had the most wonderful couple of days reimersing myself in John and Sarah s world, laughing along with their banter, and nervously witnessing Sarah s trips to the past I d definitely recommend making a reading marathon out of the two books one after the other, as you just become a part of the Stitch and Needler world, and I was than happy to get lost in it.Cross Stitch had the same essence to A Stitch in Time , a brilliant underlying level of humour, and a sweet tenderness that tugged at my heartstrings I loved seeing John and Sarah in their happily ever after, and how Sarah s decision to continuing stitching at the end of Book 1, influenced her relationship with John throughout Book 2 I particularly loved Veronica A brilliant portrayal of a WWII teacher, Veronica was gutsy, stubborn and than a little strict The stark contrast between her and Sarah s relationship with students was great to see, and really showed how different education has changed in the last seventy years Veronica s character development was also spectacular, seeing first hand the experience that another Stitch had when they started their life style was really wonderful, and I loved seeing how they saved people in a way that was natural to them Sarah with a quick initiative, and Veronica with a no nonsense manner.Amanda James really packed the emotion into Cross Stitch , and there are some brilliant scenes where we see how Sarah isn t as unaffected with her trips to the past as she may always show Her desperation to have a child, and her pain at leaving having to leave Artie in the previous book, all make an appearance here too, which allows for some great development into her character and in her relationship with John.Gorgeously romantic, Cross Stitch was everything I hoped for in a sequel to A Stitch in Time.5 Stars I am not a huge fan of fantasy books, with the exception of Narnia, Harry Potter and Terry Pratchett I much prefer my books to be based firmly in reality But a couple of years ago I came across A Stitch in Time and really enjoyed it So I was very pleased to see that Amanda James has written this sequel where we get to meet Sarah Yates and John Needler again Sarah is a stitch, a time traveller who goes into the past to sew holes and save a life For every life she saves, two are saved Stitches are supposed to save three people, which works out as nine lives altogether hence the phrase a stitch in time saves nine John is a Needle he finds stitches and send them on their missions In the first book, Sarah and John fall in love, completely against the rules, and at the beginning of Cross Stitch we join them on their wedding day.The wedding day isn t as happy as you might hope though as Sarah is unexpectedly whisked back in time Usually, a stitch knows about a mission in advance In this book, a complication means that Sarah is taken back in time several times She meets Veronica Ratchet a school teacher, who is a wonderful character and just as spiky and crotchety as her name suggests She is also a stitch, although a reluctant one when we first meet her in Southampton in 1939 It is unusual for two stitches to be together and this causes problems a cross stitch I enjoyed getting to know about Sarah and John s families this time, especially John s kind and wise dad Harry.I really enjoyed Cross Stitch it was entertaining, light hearted and funny Sarah and John feel like real people, despite their time travelling abilities and their love for each other shines through There is a rocky patch in the middle of the story where I was a bit worried for them but I needn t have worried As with all ChocLit novels, this book left me with a happy smile on my face and a hope that Amanda James is planning a third in her time traveller series. Cross Stitch seems to make a perfect blend of romance, time travel and friendship It was great to see so many things develop Up to about halfway the book, the event of 1928 in the previous book was brought up again every chapter, so much that even I who had not read that previous book felt like the Weasley twins at the start of Harry Potter s second year, when Persey became Head Boy You might have told us, once or twice, every minute, all summer The other side of that coin is, that I did not feel like I missed any vital information at all, even while I have not read A Stitch in Time , and I could thoroughly enjoy the story because of that.Have I told how much I liked Veronica She was awesome, and one wonderful example of a great and developing character I received an ebook through Netgalley in return for an honest review. So this is the second book I have read by this author and it did not disappoint This book leads on from A Stitch in Time.We enter Sarah Yates world again in this book I did wonder how this book could be different from the first one, would it be of Sarah s adventures which would have been fine as I thoroughly enjoyed them in the first book Ms James introduced an unexpected complication into this book when Sarah meets a woman in 1930 s London who makes her life and her time travelling complex Their destiny s are entwined and woven beautifully together.Another fantastic read Hope you are writing Ms James I want.