What happens when a twenty-first century woman on a mission to change the past meets a thoroughly 1940s man trying to stay alive in the hellish skies over war-torn Europe? Melanie “Mel” Morton is an adventure reporter, who lost her grandfather in World War II. With no family left, she’s all about doing her job and finishing her grandfather’s biography. Enter Jack Hamilton, sexy octogenarian, genius/scientist and former WWII bomber pilot. What he tells Mel sends her on her craziest adventure yet—straight into the past to save her grandfather’s life—and change Jack’s future, if she doesn't accidentally end it. All Mel has to do is outmaneuver the entire German army--and not fall in love with Jack. Unfortunately, eluding the German army is the easy part....
Reviewer: Valkyrie's Lady
Mel (Melanie) Morton is in love with Jack Hamilton. No big deal, right? BIG DEAL! Mel is 27 and Jack is as old as her grandfather. In fact, they fought together in WWII and were part of The Greatest Generation. Mel is the star of a dubious TV reality show called "Make Mel Cry Uncle." She undertakes some pretty weird schemes but her last one was the best of all. Doing a HALO jump with a team of SEALS. Gulp! Jack's last job in 1942 was driving a fort bomber with his crew over France and dropping a load of bombs on what they hoped were German bases.
Mel has gone to every reunion of the Squad her grandfather was on. He didn't make it back and is granddaughter to all of them with the exception of Jack Hamilton. He never comes to reunions and rumor has it he didn't make it out when his plane, The Time Machine, went down. She knows all of their stories, has seen all of their photos and knows it all by heart. Or thinks she does until Jack Hamilton shows up at her studio one day.
It seems Jack did survive and built his own Time Machine and, get this, he wants Mel to go back to 1942 and fix a few things they messed up the first time. FIRST TIME!!??!! He convinces Mel this can and has to be done and she gamely goes along because she never did learn how to say “Uncle.” Many months later, dressed in 1940's fashion she's on her way. Armed with a dead man's watch if all else fails; Mel knows she may lose her life this time.
What a great time I had reading Out of Time! I got in trouble at work, at home and I could not put it down. Ms. Jones made me feel I was right there with the Time Machine crew in the freezing skies over France and the French countryside with the Resistance trying to help downed flyers was all too real. Even the deaths were done true to life. I can't express how much this book made me think of other folks' relatives who lived and died for our freedom.
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