Blog Tour Review: The Pauper by May Nicole Abbey

Welcome to my tour review stop for The Pauper by May Nicole Abbey!

The Pauper
(The Fall Series #3)
by May Nicole Abbey
Urban Fantasy, Clean Romance, Adventure
Kindle, 253 Pages
March 27th, 2014 by River Valley Publishing


A mysterious stranger
A desperate mission
A grueling journey through time and space

Life had always been an exciting adventure to Heather Higgins. Even after the death of her father, the loss of a fortune, and a disappointing proposal, she yet sees the future as bright and full of possibilities. At the miraculous appearance of a mysterious man with piercing green eyes and a powerful intellect, Heather knows she has met her destiny. Whether he likes it or not.

In pursuit of a dangerous mission, Ammon Maharahi doesn’t have time for spoiled, doe eyed beauties. But no matter how hard he tries, he cannot dismiss her. Amidst his frantic travels through time and space in the effort to fix a dark future, his illness wears him down. He must find and stop a fellow time traveler before it is too late and all is lost. Tired, ill and disheartened, he wonders if he is fighting a losing battle when Heather Higgins is thrust into his path, infusing energy and life into his weary heart.

But time is running out. The answer lies with a gifted university professor from the future, as bizarre as she is brilliant. As Ammon and Heather race through time to unlock the puzzle, they know Ammon’s life and the future of all humankind slip closer to catastrophe with every tick of the clock.

You can read an excerpt from the last tour here.

My Review

I really enjoyed the last book in this series that I read last year, The Scholar. This third book, The Pauper, felt quite different to me than that one because I felt the characters were so different and, thus, their voices were as well. It was interesting to feel those changes. The story turned out to be a very enjoyable, clean read, and one that I would recommend.

I do have to say that the beginning was a little rough for me. Heather is overly dramatic and I didn't necessarily like her as a character, which made it tough to get invested initially in the story. I did like Ammon marginally more, but he is mostly an enigma for some time. What pulled me on was my curiosity to find where the story was headed and why certain characters were so important. I was also curious to see how a romance would come about between the two main characters. There was definitely not a case of insta-love in this story, which I appreciated. There was something else instead. Almost a passion of difference. That totally doesn't make sense, but they are both very strong characters and feel somewhat strongly about each other, but not romantically, at first.

So, I was just going along for the ride until about half-way through the book when things blow up between the two characters and they are both changed. Their circumstances become something else entirely different as do the way they see themselves and each other. This is where the story really picked up for me and I became very engaged. I think some of it also had to do with the characters themselves changing and evolving into individuals that I liked more. Not that they become perfect or don't still make mistakes, because they definitely do, but they become more conscientious about who they are and who they want to be. They also have quite an intense adventure, becoming much closer and developing a friendship that has the possibility of something more.

The characters and their situation really came to a head for me about 3/4 of the way through and continued towards the end of the story. There are some very heartbreaking, but beautiful moments that I connected with. Here is one such part:
     And I needed him. Not just for comfort or for care, but because without him I was lost, frightened, suffering, and incomplete. I needed my solid, steady companion as much as I needed each measured, steady beat of my heart. Later, when I woke up and became conscious of my own need, it filled me with fear and a sort of dread. What had happened to me? And what was in store when we would try to separate?
       Once as a child I opened a book and found two pages stuck together. They had gotten wet and dried as one, as though they had been glued, becoming a part of each other. When I tried to pry them apart, I tore them in half and so destroyed them both.
(PDF p. 126) 
The different languages, peoples, and lands visited were interesting as well. I can't say that everything was always authentic or realistic (this is a time-traveling story), but it still worked and was very entertaining. I do want to note that I don't think the cover quite matches the story. I would have liked to have seen a background from London in the 1700's and the cover model either dressed in that era or in what would be considered present day attire.

In the end, The Pauper left me content and happy with a sweet romance, some adventure, and some poignant moments to reflect on. I would recommend this for those readers who enjoy sweet tales of time-travel and adventure.

Content: Clean

Source: From the tour host, which did not affect my review in any way.

About the Authors


May Nicole Abbey is actually Caroline Gregory and Shawnette Nielson, sisters on a mission. Their goal is to write clean, adventuresome romance stories, full of lovely characters, personal growth, truth, and hope. Although they live nearly a thousand miles from each other, and are both busy with the daily needs of their respective families, they carve out time each night to put fingers to keyboard and write. Their goal? Twenty completed books. Set all over the world and throughout time, they thrill at the freedom that writing time travel offers them. From Georgian society, to Ancient Egypt, and plans for a western, contemporary, and even a book set in ancient Greece, the possibilities are limitless.

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  1. Your new books are gorgeous! I am interested to see what you think of A Woman of Fortune. I have been debating getting that one. The Hatmaker's Heart has a super cute cover!

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  3. I'm really curious about that one too. Hopefully I'll love it. :)

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  5. Love the cover for The Hatmaker's Heart and it fits the story so well! I love the cover for A Woman of Fortune and it is inspirational, so I'm hoping that I'll really love it. :)

  6. Lol! They are pretty. Thanks, Kimba!

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