First of all, minor typo out of the way while it's still on my copy/past: "With her with feet spread apart for balance" - too many withs. :)
OH MY!!! This was seriously the most clever thing I've read in a long time! I loved it!
I loved your character Miriam. She was spunky but not too much, determined, personable. She didn't sit around a moan about her fate, or demand help and answers - she just quietly figured out how to solve her own problem. So cool.
And her travels! They were so much fun to read because you are so knowledgeable about what you were writing! I could smell the salt and feel the rocking of the boat and...wow! How do you know so much about sailing? Have you done it before?
I was very glad the crew accepted her. For one, many crews thought a woman on board was bad luck, but since they already has Mrs. Ross, I guess they were over that superstition. But to actually let her work on the crew? I liked that they did, even though it must have been weird for men of that time period to work alongside a woman.
Your writing was very gripping when you wrote the storm, btw.
And then when she got to Africa, I'm so glad it wasn't just - well, she's here now, problem solved! The ox cart journey, the huts...so realistic.
And then she helped invent the first time-turner!! GO MIRIAM! That was a fun twist! (Also loved that the Shaman knew she was coming.)
When she came back to the right time and the lady was so calm about it - made me chuckle. And I hope she DOES get that raise! She deserves it!
Oh, and before I forget, I love how you tied this into the books with her cleaning up the mess from the battle in the department of mysteries. So clever!
Bravo! I have loved every one of your stories I've read and this is no exception! Thanks for sharing, and for the review swap.
Author's Response: Ack typos! Thanks for catching that - I think I was hurrying to make the deadline for the HC so I must have edited poorly, haha.
Thank you, it's lovely to hear you thought the story was clever, and that you liked Miriam! I wanted for her to be kind of the opposite of Harry - really ordinary, composed, and not much of a sense of adventure. But obviously, I still wanted her to be interesting too, lol.
I'm glad her travels were fun to read! And yes, I lived on a tall ship for a while, so much of the description in the story came from my own experiences. Apart from the breaking mast and the time travel. :p
Originally I was going to have more about superstition in there, until I found out there actually was a woman on board that ship, so I figured it couldn't have been as big a deal. I think the crew probably wanted Miriam's help too, to make her earn her stay on the ship after she showed up uninvited! :p But yes, working with her would be weird at first for them.
It is wonderful to hear that parts of this were realistic, despite how weird and convoluted the plot is as a whole. And I'm glad you liked that she helped invent the time-turner, and that it didn't seem silly or cliche :p
Thanks so much for yet another lovely review!