Violin prodigy Etta Spencer had big plans for her future, but a tragedy has put her once-bright career at risk. Closely tied to her musical skill, however, is a mysterious power she doesn't even know she has. When her two talents collide during a stressful performance, Etta is drawn back hundreds of years through time.
Etta wakes, confused and terrified, in 1776, in the midst a fierce sea battle. Nicholas Carter, the handsome young prize master of a privateering ship, has been hired to retrieve Etta and deliver her unharmed to the Ironwoods, a powerful family in the Colonies - the very same one that orchestrated her jump back, and one Nicholas himself has ties to. But discovering she can time travel is nothing compared to the shock of discovering the true reason the Ironwoods have ensnared her in their web.
Another traveler has stolen an object of untold value from them, and, if Etta can find it, they will return her to her own time. Out of options, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the mysterious traveler. But as they draw closer to each other and the end of their search, the true nature of the object, and the dangerous game the Ironwoods are playing, comes to light - threatening to separate her not only from Nicholas, but her path home...forever.
To me, it read like a contemporary novel with time travel and romance both as major story components but all three were blended so well, no one aspect overwhelmed the others. In addition, this story includes plenty of action, adventure, mystery and suspense! The pace of the story was steady but fast enough to keep me engaged while allowing me to savor the story.
My favorite characters? Etta and Nicholas. I also enjoyed the time travel periods that they went to as well. Ms. Bracken did excellent research those time periods.
The narrator, Saskia Maarleveld had a pleasing voice and did a wonderful job reading this story and portraying all the characters. I truly enjoyed the freedom of doing other things/living life while listening to the story. I do have to share though that at times the story was so vivid, it carried me away and I just had to stop and listen to it. Chores definitely fell to the wayside while I listened to Passenger. :)
I can't wait for the second book in this series to be released!