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5 Star IHIBRP Book Review: “When Time Runs Out: Part 3 of The Ambition & Destiny Series” by VL M

An Exquisite Family Saga Worth Reading Again and Again!

Busy-body Harriet is at it again, nosing about in everyone’s business, in VL McBeath’s “When Time Runs Out”—the third book of The Ambition & Destiny Series. And, thank goodness for Harriet’s meddling ways, for her keen intelligence and wit makes this exquisite family saga well-worth reading again and again and again as the Family Weatherby tilts ahead full-speed into an uncertain future. For McBeath’s men, it’s mostly business as usual. But even as the males dominate by clinging desperately to the past, McBeath’s female characters yearn to evolve into much more independent beings.

McBeath’s penchant for sustaining excellence in her writing is only surpassed by her brilliant research into the history of the Victorian Age as her characters forge ahead—with some kicking and screaming—into the turn of the century. With a budding movement toward women’s freedom and independence, problems facing over-population and urbanization, and a tumultuous family life to contend with, McBeath sets up more challenges to the Weatherby men than most can handle, and at least for some, attitudes toward the fairer sex begins to change. All the while, there is an underlying insidious danger stalking these women as they strain to come out from under the oppressive rule of their traditionalistic husbands. Though all of McBeath’s characters have had more than their share of trials and tribulations, this particular installment of the series is every bit as dramatic and dangerous as her two preceding books. And, fans of The Ambition & Destiny series will gasp aloud at the shocking ending in store for one main character.

On a personal note—McBeath’s work more than meets the bar as a Historical Fiction Romance novel that presses upon women to remember the sacrifices of our foremothers who blazed so many trails to attain their daughter’s freedom and independence. As an historian, I would highly recommend the entire Ambition & Destiny series as a serious accompaniment to a high-school/college course on the Victorian Age, the Feminist Movement, or Women’s Studies.

Congratulations to the author on this award-winning story! This novel will be permanently featured on my website under IHIBRP 5 Star Recommended Reads!

Find “When Time Runs Out: Part 3 of The Ambition & Destiny Series” by VL McBeath on Amazon & Kindle here.


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