The Paris Portal Review

The Paris Portal (The Compass Series Book 1)

Daphne is a Traveler, or a unique individual who can move through time. She lives in the year 2017, but she continues to go to different time periods with the Society in order to regain lost works through the ages such as lost paintings and books. Her current mission takes her to the 1920s where she meeds Julien Lefèvre, who is a son of a Parisian crime boss. She falls for him but dreads what is to come because she knows that he is going to die an early death. She has a duty to preserve history, but she can’t bear to see her beloved die.

Historical fiction and time travel books are my weakness. If I see one, I absolutely have to read it. This book was no different. The beginning was a bit slow for me, but once I was about 50 pages in. I found myself completely drawn into the story and flying through it. Daphne is a unique character who is both a responsible traveler and a smart student. Julien is also unique, as he is a soldier who has returned from fighting World War 1 and who is suffering from the memories of it. He is supposed to be getting married to another rich girl, but Daphne comes into his life and ruins all of his plans.

Besides the slightly slow start, the book is paced well enough to keep me fully engaged all the way through. If my schedule hadn’t been so full, I definitely could have read this entire book in one sitting. The world building is perfect, as the time period switches from Paris in 2017 to Paris in 1917. I found myself drawn to the beautiful danger of the life of the rich in 1900s Paris.

I also really loved the cover of this book! I think the mixture of color and black and white truly highlight the mixing of time periods for Daphne.

I didn’t have any issues with the plot, subject matter, or character development. All of them worked well together to create a new and addictive historical fiction read that was very enjoyable.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction romance or time travel romance.

I received a free copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.

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Overall Rating: 4.5/5

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