Victoriana Adventure by Heather Hiestand
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Time Travel
Length: Short Story (48 pages)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 3 books
Reviewed by Azalea
Marooned in backward Victoriana by a magical Christmas cracker, Ollie Brown wants to get home to modern Tacoma. The enticing girl who shelters him tempts him to stay in this alternate reality, but what does a nineteenth century princess need with a twenty-first century skateboarding chemist in a world where science is banned?
Princess Lenchen thrills at the chance to assist the handsome stranger who speaks of oddities like candy bars and “grinding.” Ollie offers a breath of freedom, but Lenchen knows he feels trapped and out of place. She reluctantly tries to help him find a way back to his world, though she longs to know more about him—and to escape her cloistered life in the widowed Queen Victoria’s court.
Every girl wants her own Cinderella story, even if she's already a princess—but if Ollie stays with her, will he be allowed to be himself?
What does a Tacoma skateboarder do when he's thrust back in time to Victorian England? Can his new friend, a beautiful young princess, persuade him to stay?
Oliver Brown has been in the foster care system since he was a child. Now, the twenty-one-year-old is putting himself through college by doing odd jobs at a Dollar Store. He finds a Christmas cracker with interesting paper and suddenly finds himself transported to a nineteenth-century estate of the Isle of Wight. The first person he encounters is Lenchen, a lovely young princess with a vibrant spirit and tomboy ways.
Lenchen's mother is the queen, and the princess chafes at the restrictions of her society. When she meets the strangely dressed and strange talking young man, she finds a kindred spirit, even though the two are worlds apart. Readers will note Victoriana is not simply a Victorian setting; there's a bit of magic as well.
Ollie likes Lenchen, and the feeling is reciprocated, but Ollie must return to his time, and Lenchen has promised to help, even though she wants him to stay.
I liked this gentle, sweet story, which had the feel of a young adult story. Ollie seems young for his age, and slightly brash; Lenchen, however, is suitably demure. Their budding friendship was nicely captured by the author. Aside from a few anachronisms, I enjoyed the dialogue and their inner thoughts. It's a cute, lighthearted story, sure to enchant.