- Title: NowThen
- Author: Jacqueline Sheehan
- ISBN: 9780061547782
- Page: 420
- Format: Paperback
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Living a dog s lifew and thenAnna O Shea has failed at marriage, shed her job at a law firm, and she s trying to re create herself when she and her recalcitrant nephew are summoned to the past in a manner that nearly destroys them Her twenty first century skills pale as she struggles to find her nephew in nineteenth century Ireland For one of them, the past is brutaLiving a dog s lifew and thenAnna O Shea has failed at marriage, shed her job at a law firm, and she s trying to re create herself when she and her recalcitrant nephew are summoned to the past in a manner that nearly destroys them Her twenty first century skills pale as she struggles to find her nephew in nineteenth century Ireland For one of them, the past is brutally difficult, filled with hunger and struggle For the other, the past is filled with privilege, status, and a reprieve from the crushing pain of present day life For both Anna and her nephew, the past offers them a chance at love.Will every choice they make reverberate down through time And do Irish Wolfhounds carry the soul of the ancient celts The past and present wrap around finely wrought characters who reveal the road home Mystical, charming, and fantastic, New York Times bestselling author Jacqueline Sheehan s Now Then is a poignant and beautiful tale of a remarkable journey It is a miraculous evocation of a breathtaking place in a volatile age filled with rich, unforgettable, deeply human characters and one unforgettable dog named Madigan.
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I was puzzled by this book. According to the book jacket, an Irish wolfhound by the name of Madigan is supposed to be an unforgettable character. The reason I read the book was that I am crazy about dogs and thought this would be an enjoyable story featuring a dog. Wrong! The dog was hardly in the book at all, and I certainly wouldn't call the few mentionings "unforgettable." Did whoever wrote the blurb want people who liked dogs to read the book? I read it, but would not have read it if I knew [...]
I jumped at the chance to read this book and then host a Tour Stop on my blog. Why? Because I had just recently finished Lost & Found and totally fell in love with the entire story and cast of characters, most especially the dog! The first thing that struck me was that Now & Then had a totally different feeling to it, right from the very first page. I found that really refreshing. Sometimes author's get stuck in a rut and one book reads like the last one, but that didn't happen here. It' [...]
Ho hum. The story centers around a malfunctioning family in crisis. After her brother is seriously injured in an accident, Anna O'Shea and her nephew touch a talisman and are transported back to Ireland just before the famine, where they experience life from the perspective of different social classes. The book jacket indicated that a "very special dog" was somehow key to the resolution of the story Sorry, the dog is in there, but has no "role" to speak of. The time travel element is just a way [...]
Damn, this book put me in a reading slump. I haven't NOT wanted to read so ferociously in a very long timeIn a nutshell, this is a shitty, dollar store version of Outlander. Poorly written, poorly plotted, with wretched characters and an embarrassingly poor grasp on 1844 Ireland. And what is with gratuitous cursing and references to sex? It was like listening to a tween who is just learning how to curseuncomfortable and unnecessary. And the nonsense in the blurb about the dog, and the cover show [...]
Although I haven't read a book about time travel in a while, this is nothing like the time travel romances I used to read. Picture an aunt and nephew unexpectedly thrown back into the pre-famine days of Ireland, where they not only have to learn how to fend for themselves--in a world without all the technology and modern amenities they are used to--but they are also separated in this journey back into the past. Well written with characters you will cheer on, and a surprising but bittersweet endi [...]
Don't be fooled by the dog on the cover of this book, or the fact that I bought it in a section of the book store where there was a display of books all with dog charcters, or the fact that the dog character is mentioned in the front subtitle and the back cover summary, there is no significant dog character. The dog was barely mentioned at all and not even for the first time until way into the book and even then didn't have much significane. I was sucked into this book in the beginning for the f [...]
Sheehan does a good job of writing about 1844 Ireland (one year before the Great Potato Faminine begins). If the middle 300 pages were the book, I'd give it another star.But no, she can't leave a perfectly good historical novel alone, she muddies the water with time travel, and I can't get my head wrapped around the situation--they go back in time again, to correct a mistake. And it's a piece of shredded underwear that they leave behind the first time that zaps 'em back? Yet Anna is wearing the [...]
I really enjoyed this book about aunt and nephew who were sent back in time to 1844 (a year before the great Potato Famine) landing in different parts of Ireland. I loved how the author tells the story, captivating and fully invested in the characters and history of the Irish/English of that era. Made me really think about all the 'things' we have and thoughtlessly throw away while they had to struggle to survive day to day. It would have been 4 stars, but the ending felt a little to rushed 'to [...]
I had a tough time rating this one. It felt a little slow in the beginning,was tough to put down throughout the middle and then ended on a slightly confused note. She reeled me in talking mostly about the dog in description and I just didn't feel that the character of Madigan -- the beautiful Irish Wolfhound -- and his importance to the story and relationship with the other characters were executed as well as they could have been.I thought the way the story was wrapped all together felt like a b [...]
Very good book, especially if you like time travel.
It was an ok story. Didn't really pull me in.
Double Cannonball! Woo!This book wash. It wasoffensive. Well, that's not true. I was offended by the fact that it could have been a great story, but the author had apparently never heard human beings having conversations, and therefore delivered some of the most stilted dialogue I've ever read. And the method/reason for the time travel started out cool, then got stupid. Fast. That's offensive because in the hands of someone else, it could have been great! (read: in the hands of Diana Gabaldon, t [...]
This book had beautiful language and some sentences literally transported me. The only thing that put me off was the insta romance between the heroine and hero. I bought the nephew's romance because he's 16 and love hits like that when we're young. Though I did think even there a little time build up wouldn't have been amiss. Still, this was a tasty treat of a tale and definitely stays in the keep pile.
After surviving three painful miscarriages and a devastating divorce, Anna O'Shea has given up her draining law practice and tried to put the scattered pieces of her life back together. A trip with a girlfriend to the British Isles is part of her healing process, including a quick one day stopover in Ireland on the way home. They have time to visit just one castle. As she is leaving, Anna meets an elderly Irish woman who says that she has been waiting for her. She gives Anna a small wrapped pack [...]
The first chapters really pulled me in, hinting at so many things but not completing the picture. and then I was just like the main characters, I kept asking what was happening, trying to make sense of the accident and then just rushing through every page to see how it ended. I didn't realize how mesmerized I was until I finished the book at 4 in the morning and realized that I had just finished the entire book in one sitting, in 5 hrs. I don't think that I would have picked up this book if I ha [...]
I love time travel stories, especially when the author works history into the story line. And as I read, I often wonder just how accurate the history is and how much is contrived to fit or further the plot. Consequently, I am inspired to conduct a bit of research to verify how much of the story is actually historical fiction.Of course, time travel is fiction. Or is it? In 1935, Einstein and Nathan Rosen wrote a paper in which they showed that general relativity allowed what they called “bridge [...]
This book is a bit of a trip. Take chick-lit, a bit of romance, Irish historical-fiction, and time travel and mix it all up, throw in a little bit of Irish wolfhound and you've got Now & Then. And I totally enjoyed it. **Warning: The dog plays a fairly small part in the story.**Plot:Anna O'Shea is a bit of a mess. Her father abandoned the family, her brother has anger issues, her nephew has just landed in jail, and her husband left her for another woman after three failed pregnancies.Joseph [...]
Anne O'Shea was a driven lawyer, the "workhorse" of the office, as a colleague identifies her in an overheard conversation and she's secretly pleased by the assessment. Now she's thrown off her moorings after a series of miscarriages and the loss of her husband to his pregnant hygenist. Just back from a trip to England, Scotland and a side dash into Ireland with no chance to catch up on her sleep, her mother calls to tell her that her brother was in an accident and her nephew is in jail somewher [...]
Synopsis (from book's back cover): Anna O'Shea has failed at marriage, shed her job at a law firm and she's trying to re-created herself when she and her recalcitrant nephew are summoned to the past in a manner that nearly destroys them. Her twenty-first-century skills pale as she struggles to find her nephew in nineteenth-century Ireland. For one of them, the past is brutally difficult, filled with hunger and struggle. For the other, the past is filled with privilege. My Thoughts: This was defi [...]
Now & Then was not what I was expecting given the last book of Sheehan's I read. It is a story about relationships and personal growth but the doggy element wasn't there, other than the bit part played by Irish wolfhounds. Anna, who has a failed marriage in part because she can't carry a baby to term, and her nephew Joseph, who has a physically abusive father and is at the bottom of high school society, somehow are transported back to Ireland in 1844. All the conundrums of time travel are wo [...]
I'm still debating if I liked this book or not. First the cover was deceiving. I thought it was going to be about a dog - since there is a young girl holding a wolfhound on the front cover. Then the back cover which is suppose to give the reader a summary or some insight into the story didn't match either. The last line was especially wrong - an unforgettable dog named Madigane dog was a minor character at best. I found the book confusing for the most part, but I suppose time travel is always co [...]
Time travel, magic, romance. adventure and an Irish Wolfhound all play a part in the novel Now & Then by Jacqueline Sheehan. She has woven together several stories to produce a delightful tale that kept me intrigued from cover to cover.Don’t let the time travel make you think this is science fiction; it’s not. It’s more of an historical period novel with a dash of magic and a connection with the present. While there is a dog on the cover of the book, it is not a “dog story”. The Wo [...]
I needed something fun and easy going after reading two emotionally-draining books in a row. This seemed to fit the bill. The book starts out curiously enough, introducing us to Anna while travelling in Ireland, post-(unwanted) divorce. A few flashbacks give us glimpses into her less than idyllic (but far from traumatic) childhood. Shortly afterward, she is back in the States dealing simultaneously with the car crash her brother was in and having to retrieve her 16 yr old nephew, Joseph, from ja [...]
I had previously read another of Jacqueline Sheehan's books, "Lost & Found" and thoroughly enjoyed it. This book caught my attention because, like the first of her books I read, there was a dog on the cover. Not just any dog, mind you, but an Irish Wolfhound. Being a lover of sight hounds, I picked it up and read the description on the back. Somehow I didn't pick up on the fact that there was time travel involved. All I seemed to notice was the pooch!In "Now & Then" Anna, a former lawyer [...]
This book was terrific. It's a great read for those waiting for a new Outlander Book from Diana Gabaldon, or a new time travel from Susanna Kearsley. This is not a new book, and it seems strange to me that the book hasn't gotten much press or hype, especially after the success of the Outlander series in particular. So many people say "what else can I read that would be like that series?" In my opinion, this is it.An Aunt and her nephew are suddenly thrown back in time to 1844, but they are separ [...]
I picked this book up with great anticipation having read a previous novel by this author with a dog as central to the story and a major character. Alas, not only was the book a disappointment, but the cover with the dog front and center was highly misleading. Certainly, this novel could have been better and the dog's role greatly developed to enhance the novel. The author's ideas were clearly present including all the elements of what could be a lyrical or mystical tale. The writing and story t [...]
Anna is restarting her life after divorce and leaving her legal career. She has just returned from a trip to Ireland when her brother is in a serious car accident. Her mother asks her to go to New Jersey to pick up her troubled nephew from juvenile detention, the destination of her brother's initial journey. Anna is no longer trusting of her nephew, Joe, and is worried about her brother. Over the course of the story, we learn that her father was abusive to her brother Patrick, and he has had tro [...]
Despite reading mixed reviews of this book, I was intrigued by the time travel aspect of it. Alas, this book is not very good. I’ll give it credit for at least being interesting enough for me to finish it. I liked Anna’s friendship with the Irish woman, Glenis, for instance. And I wanted to see how Anna and Joseph would return to their own time.I like supernatural and surreal elements in books but I have decreasing patience with the sort of mushy ‘second sight’ mysticism as displayed her [...]
After a trip across the pond with her travel writer friend, Anna O'Shea comes home to Boston to family disasters. It seems nothing but tragedy has cursed her family, and an odd package from an equally odd woman outside an Irish castle sends her troubled nephew and herself back to 1844 Ireland to find an answer. Of course, Anna doesn't know this, and spends several months trying to locate her nephew as they were torn apart in the same Atlantic Ocean that washes them on Irish shoreline. Each must [...]
The ending makes this book worth reading. I didn't skip ahead to see how it ends, but believe me I wanted to. For the first time in my life, though, I actually contemplated such a thing. It's a good story, weaves a great tale, but beginning it and becoming engrossed is aggravating. Possibly because the beginning is so choppy and chaotic. I realize the author's purpose in introducing it that way is to allow the reader to experience what the characters, themselves, are going through, but it sure m [...]
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