I loved the beginning, shook my head at the middle, and am totally perplexed by the ending. Was it well written? Absolutely! Did I like it? Well, I’m unsure. So, so unsure to be honest. There are parts of this book that are brilliant, parts that made my heart hurt, parts that made me smile and parts that I thought what the bloody hell. This book is a conundrum.
If you give it a read, I would love to hear what someone else thinks.
3 out of 5 stars
The Tea Machine by Gill McKnight is a fantastical tale of time travel. I found myself simultaneously enthralled and confused.
The main character of this novel is Millicent Abberly who hails from London via 1862. Millicent is a strong, sharped tongued, independent, super intelligent woman who is light years ahead of her time. Miss Abberly is a forward thinker, who is more than capable of handling a time traveling adventure. Good thing for her, her brother Hubert just invented a time traveling machine.
The story starts as Millicent takes an unexpected journey to 100 years into the future. No, she doesn’t end up in the 1960s, she goes to a parallel universe when Roman Empire is fighting to control the galaxy. There she meets up with Decanus R.J. Sangfroid, a handsome lady soldier, who is battling colossal squid that are hell bent on destroying the ship that Millicent just showed up on.
I told you this story was fantastical, and it doesn’t stop at a futuristic squid battle. Millicent, Sangfroid, Hubert and a handful of other characters have caused a ripple in time. Time travel has consequences and this crew must be dealt with the fallout.
I had to really think about this book upon conclusion. What could I say to a fellow reader, I asked? So here goes… This book has a lot going on. At times I was lost as to where we were going. Just when I thought I had figured it out, nope Millicent and company are off to another adventure. You have to read this book with a wide open imagination, don’t try to figure it out until it’s completed. I did enjoy my time with it. I loved Millicent, she is awesome. I do wish more of Millicent and Sangfroid’s love story was brought to the forefront of the story. McKnight did a good job of establishing chemistry between them in the beginning of the book, but it was like it became a side note in the final third of the story.
I think if you are really interested in science fiction you will find this book fascinating. If you are looking for a clear cut romance, this may not be the one for you. It’s definitely different, but different is not a bad thing. This book is what I would call unique!
4 out of 5 stars
The Tea Machine (The Teatime Chronicles Book 1)
by Gill McKnight