Tuesday, November 14, 2023

Virtual Book Tour + Review + #Giveaway: Sam Time by Donna Balon @GoddessFish

Sam Time

by Donna Balon

GENRE: Historical Fiction, Time Travel


When her fiancé is away on business, lonely Samantha Hunter despairs and absorbs herself in historical research. Her nighttime dreams being so vivid, Samantha believes she’s traveling to a past century. As she navigates the Victorian era rules of dos and even more don’ts, she charms Ulysses S Grant while struggling to maintain her present-day romance.


During the night, Samantha had a vivid dream. She was in a rural town wearing her Victorian-style dress. The weather was cool so she wrapped the crocheted afghan around her shoulders. And her sockless feet were cold in her slip-on shoes.

The few men she saw were in worn, soiled work clothes and walked with purpose. The so-called roadways were not paved but dirt paths. No cars or trucks, but horses and carts. A few wooden one-story buildings scattered here and there.

This must be a dream in which the clock has been turned back, Samantha thought. But where am I?

She strolled, aware she had not seen any other women. Pulling the afghan around herself snugly, she walked with her head tilted down to avoid catching the eye of any man in whatever this place was, glancing up often to learn more of her surroundings.

Then two women hurried toward her, each carrying a wooden bucket of water. Their cotton dresses hung to their ankles, with full skirts gathered at the waist of fitted bodices. Plain white cotton bonnets covered their heads, and shawls were wrapped around their shoulders. They looked at Samantha disapprovingly. Her dress was too fancy for this rural town. Moreover, she wasn’t wearing a bonnet or hat; a bare head was a means of solicitation by prostitutes. She hugged her body with the afghan, which served as a shawl to hide her uncorseted torso.

The dream seemed authentic. Despite her uneasiness, she thought, Enjoy the dream. If I don’t like it, I’ll wake myself up.

Around a corner, she spotted a few men in uniform. Soldiers. Maybe the army. This might be a small town next to an army fort, Samantha guessed. Still, not a good place for a woman.

My Review:

I must say that I enjoyed reading Sam Time by Donna Balon way more than I thought I would. I enjoyed the time traveling. I am not sure yet what I think about how easy it was for Sam to travel between the past and present.

At times I did wonder if Sam was really time-traveling or just dreaming. I don’t think that even Sam herself was quite sure as she had to do some investigating into the matter to find out if it was real or just a dream.

The descriptions were so well written making it so easy to see it all playing out in my head as if I were watching a movie. The past and present blended so well that I had no trouble knowing what time Sam was in.

Sam is living two lives one in the past and one in the present. While her boyfriend Arron is away Sam travels back in time when she goes to sleep. She meets Ulysses S Grant and talks him into giving her riding lessons.

When Aaron is away on business Sam occupies herself by researching history which is probably the reason for her time traveling. What better way to do research than to experience it firsthand, right? It would be more fun that way.

I would highly recommend Sam Time to anyone who loves a good time-traveling novel. Grab a copy of Sam Time today and go back in time with Sam!

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Author Donna Balon debuts Sam Time, a novel well-researched and professionally edited by quality talent from the publishing industry. Donna resides in Las Vegas, Nevada, with her husband.

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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you so much for reviewing today.

Marcy Meyer said...

I enjoyed the blurb and excerpt. They sound good.

Donna Balon said...

Thank you Avid Reader for posting my book promo. I'm delighted to see your review. So pleased you enjoyed the read!

Sherry said...

This sounds like a good book.

Daniel M said...

looks like a fun one