The Road to Alexander (The Time for Alexander #1)3.5 Stars

Published March 9th 2017 by Accent Press

This is a very different book from one I normally read, but I did enjoy this historical, sci-fi, romance. Ashley is a time-travelling journalist who has been intrigued and in love with Alexander the Great since she first read about him. She has been chosen by the Time Travelling Institute to travel back in time to do an interview with an historical person. The catch is that they can only remain in the past for 20 hours, and they must not do anything that will change history. Ashley travels to 331 BC and meets Alexander, better known as Iskander. He immediately wants her and when her time is over, he “rescues her” from the beam trying to bring her back to the future.

Jennifer Macaire does a great job making the reader feel that they are right there with Alexander, his army, his slaves, his wives, his friends and Ashley. Her descriptions of what life would have been like, especially travelling with an army were wonderful. I could picture the difficulties and horror of both the travel and the fighting. This story piqued my curiosity about Alexander the Great and some of the other characters in the book. It was accurate in many cases, but with it being fiction, some things were changed and the author explains that in her end notes. I was surprised about the idea of love. The Greeks felt love between a man and a women was impossible, relationships were for procreation and real love was usually between men. There was a lot of bed hopping in the story, but it was not too graphic. I also liked how Ashley dealt with the differences in culture, language, food and other things that she came upon. Overall a very enjoyable story and I am going to continue with this series to see what happens to Ashley and Alexander next. If you’re looking for something different, factual in many areas, an historical, emotional, romantic and exciting story, this might be right up your alley!

About the Book: After winning a prestigious award, Ashley is chosen to travel through time and interview a historical figure. Choosing her childhood hero Alexander the Great, she is sent back in time for less than a day. He mistakes her for Persephone, goddess of the dead, and kidnaps her, stranding her in his own time. What follows, after she awakes under the pomegranate tree, is a hilarious, mind-bending tale of a modern woman immersed in the ancient throes of sex, love, quite a bit of vino, war, death and ever so much more.

Jennifer MacaireAbout the Author: Jennifer Macaire lives in France with her husband, three children, & various dogs & horses. She loves cooking, eating French chocolate, growing herbs and flowering plants on her balcony, and playing golf. She grew up in upstate New York, Samoa, and the Virgin Islands. She graduated from St. Peter and Paul high school in St. Thomas and moved to NYC where she modeled for five years for Elite. She went to France and met her husband at the polo club. All that is true. But she mostly likes to make up stories.