Review: A Shape on the Air by Julia Ibbotson

Today, I’m taking you to the realm of the paranormal: to a sweet time-slip romance that takes you to Britain in the Dark Ages in Julia Ibbotson’s new novel, A Shape on the Air

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Dr Viv DuLac finds herself dumped without warning by her boyfriend, Pete. Reeling from the shock, she connects with a woman from the Dark Ages, Lady Vivianne. Is she dreaming? Are they visions? Or is she really slipping into the body of the Dark Age lady whose parents died in a fire when she was young, and who is soon due to marry Sir Pelleas, a brute who has taken over as chief of her settlement. 

Through Lady Vivianne, Viv receives an ancient key, which unlocks a secret from her late parents’ past that she’d never been aware of. 

As their lives intertwine, can Viv free Lady Vivianne from her fate? And what about her own life? A race against time begins...

A Shape on the Air is a sweet time-slip romance with dark undertones that takes the readers on a journey to Britain in the Dark Ages, the centuries following the retreat of the Roman armies. The arrival of the Saxons in the form of Sir Pelleas and his henchmen sends fear across the Romano-Brythonic communities. This is portrayed very well, as Ms Ibbotson deftly combines history with Lady Vivienne's life.

A must-read for fans of time-slip and time-travel romance.


A Shape on the Air

Unlocking a love that lasts for lifetimes - and beyond! 
When Dr Viv DuLac, a medievalist, slips into 499 AD and into the body of Lady Vivianne, little does she realise that both their lives across the centuries will become intertwined as they fight for their dreams … and their lives. 
How can the key which Viv bring back with her to the present unlock the love they both crave, and help them through the dangers they both face? 
And how can they help each other across the centuries, without changing the course of history?
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Author Bio: 

Acclaimed, award-winning author Julia Ibbotson is fascinated by the medieval world and concepts of time travel. She read English at Keele University, England (after a turbulent but exciting gap year in Ghana, West Africa) specialising in medieval language, literature and history, and has a PhD in socio-linguistics. 

She wrote her first novel at 10 years of age, but became a school teacher, then an academic as a senior university lecturer and researcher. As well as medieval time-slip, she has published a number of books, including memoir/history of food (The Old Rectory), children’s medieval fantasy (S.C.A.R.S), a trilogy opening in 1960s Ghana (Drumbeats), and many academic works. 
Apart from insatiable reading, she loves travelling the world, singing in choirs, swimming, yoga and walking in the countryside in England and Madeira where she and her husband divide their time.

Social Media Links: 
Twitter              @JuliaIbbotson


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  1. What a lovely review, Cathie! Thank you so much and I'm really glad you enjoyed A Shape on the Air! I do appreciate your time in taking part in my book blog tour this week!


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