Title – The Seventh Miss Hatfield
Author – Anna Caltabiano
Publication date – July 31st 2014
Genre – YA, Fantasy, Romance
Rating – ★ ★ ★ ☆☆
Rebecca, a 15-year-old American, isn’t entirely happy with her life, comfortable though it is. Still, even she knows that she shouldn’t talk to strangers. So when her mysterious neighbour Miss Hatfield asked her in for a chat and a drink, Rebecca wasn’t entirely sure why she said yes. It was a decision that was to change everything.
For Miss Hatfield is immortal. And now, thanks to a drop of water from the Fountain of Youth, Rebecca is as well. But this gift might be more of a curse, and it comes with a price. Rebecca is beginning to lose her personality, to take on the aspects of her neighbour. She is becoming the next Miss Hatfield.
But before the process goes too far, Rebecca must travel back in time to turn-of-the-century New York and steal a painting, a picture which might provide a clue to the whereabouts of the source of immortality. A clue which must remain hidden from the world. In order to retrieve the painting, Rebecca must infiltrate a wealthy household, learn more about the head of the family, and find an opportunity to escape. Before her journey is through, she will also have – rather reluctantly – fallen in love. But how can she stay with the boy she cares for, when she must return to her own time before her time-travelling has a fatal effect on her body? And would she rather stay and die in love, or leave and live alone?
And who is the mysterious stranger who shadows her from place to place? A hunter for the secret of immortality – or someone who has already found it?
– Amazon Description
(Note – I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway.)
The premise for this book was really intriguing and for me personally it was a little bit of a let down. When the book started off the plotline was engaging but as the story went on I just didn’t really enjoy it as much. The main characters personality seemed to completely change and she didn’t seem realistic in the way she reacted to things. She didn’t even question the circumstances she was in and just went a long with it which I found unbelievable. To enjoy a book I need to relate to one of the characters and I just really couldn’t connect to any of them.
Whilst the romance was sweet it fell slightly flat and the love interest just really annoyed me in certain parts of the book. The book just seemed to drag even though it was only a few hundred pages.
I wish the book had explores the immortality/time travel part of the story more rather than focusing on the romance as that was really interesting when it was talked about. The pace picked up towards the end and I enjoyed the ending which is why I gave this book 3 stars.