No Time Like the Past by Jodi Taylor
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Heads up this review is sort of all over the place as I am rushing to get it done before I have to go to work.
Another delightful non stop adventure with Max and her gang of misfits. St. Mary's is up and running again and ready for all sorts of adventures. As usual there are plenty of laughs, fascinating historical scenes and of course everything will go tits up on numerous occasions. The dialogue and the characters are once again the highlight of this series. The witty exchanges between characters will keep you smiling on even the darkest of days. I really enjoyed some of the scenes between Ms Lee and Max in this installment. So snarky I dare you not to laugh out loud. Ms Taylor has a gift of balancing both light and dark scenes in equal measure. There is one scene that is so beautifully dark and sad and so marvelously written it will take your breath away. I learned a lot about Botticelli in this one which gave me a yearning to go do some further research. I don't want to give anything away but there is one scene that made me cheer out loud - trust me once you have finished reading you will not be disappointed. I enjoyed this one from the very first sentence to the delightfully sweet and funny ending. My favourite scene in all of her books so far is in this installment. All I can say is Markham and Leon and a kiss -- yes you heard me. My only complaint is that I no longer can call a Penis by its true name, it will be from now on be referred to as a Todger.
"Whatever it is, you need to face it down. You give it a good kicking, because that's what you have to do. Then you walk away. And then you turn around, walk back and give it an even bigger one, just because you can."
'"Seriously it is the best you can do, No wonder Hunter won't give you the time of day'.. This is how you really kiss a girl. I smiled and lifted up my face, but he seized Markham in his arms, bent him over backwards, planted one firmly on the lips, and in walked Nurse Hunter. "
“Beautiful books, full of knowledge and beauty and ideas. All lost, thanks to a mad monk who, in the end, became a little too mad even for the church he served.”
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