Book Review: The Edward V Coin by Margaret Brazear

Posted March 29, 2021 by Kathy Davie in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Book Review: The Edward V Coin by Margaret Brazear

I received this book for free from my own shelves in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Edward V Coin by Margaret Brazear
Genres: Science Fiction
Published by Author on March 30, 2018
Pages: 157
Format: eBook
Source: my own shelves

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First in the Ye Olde Antique Shoppe science fiction time travel series and revolving around Rachel Jarrod? and her friend Peter Atwood.

My Take

Okay, well, Rachel is quite honest in wanting to sell everything off so she can fulfill her dreams.

It is a fantasy of mine, being able to travel back in time, and I think I’d do much better than these two. For all Peter’s knowledge about the past, he’s incredibly clueless. As for Rachel, I wanna smack her upside the head. I’m all for women’s lib — and I suppose with Rachel’s lack of awareness of past history, we should, ahem, excuse her, but…bloody hell…

Yep, we learn all this through third person dual protagonist point-of-view from Rachel’s and Peter’s perspectives. Sadly.

I was really confused about the house ownership. It sounded as if the house had been in the family, and they had rented it out while living in the basement. But then Brazear says the family eventually bought the whole house…oh, oh, I finally see it…as I dissect this bit. No reader should have to worry at it to figure out what the author is saying. I hate that.

Okay, no. That bit is wrong. Later, Brazear claims the house was signed over to Charlie, but even that makes no sense, as I don’t see how a grunt soldier could have afforded such a huge house…?? It’s these inconsistencies that add on to my annoyance with this story…sigh…

Just how on earth does Peter believe he’ll be able to pass this container off as hundreds of years old? He does nothing much to prep it to fake the professor out, and yet he should know better as an archeologist.

Sure, it was action-packed with plenty of adventure, but their mutual idiocy was a real turn-off. Well, it didn’t help that Brazear had some too-obvious spelling errors.

The Story

A scary feeling antique shop with a room designated as off-limits. It’s part of Rachel’s inheritance, and she sees it as a source of funding for her dream.

Peter, on the other hand, sees it as a treasure chest of primary sources…going back in time.

The Characters

Rachel is a fashion designer with dreams of opening her own atelier. David is Rachel’s father and the baby of the family. Charlie Jarrod, an antiques dealer, had been his oldest brother. Their sisters had included Iris.

Peter Atwood is Rachel’s longtime friend, a gay man, an archeologist, and a medievalist, working at the London Museum.

Ye Olde Antique Shoppe has stood empty since Charlie died in 1955. Isabel had been a past love of Charlie’s. How past, we don’t know. Cyril Rhodes is the Jarrod family solicitor. Professor Carlton works in the medieval history department at Oxford University.

The Mid-1400s
Edward and Richard are the young royals with Edward to be crowned. If their uncle Richard allows it. Lord Rivers is the young boys’ maternal uncle as well as their half-brother. Philip Smithson is the vicar. Father Matthew. Michael Sanders, the Earl of Chadwin, is the lord of this manor.

Tom knows all about the antique shop and works his delivery business.

The Cover and Title

The cover is promising with its hazy old brown façade of Ye Olde Antique Shoppe (in gilt) with a pair of bow windows on either side of a pair of arched doors with a flagstone sidewalk. At the very top are vines dangling over the red brick spanning the width of the cover. The series info follows the top header that spans the front of the building. At the bottom is a golden Edward V coin on the left with the title in a silvered gold shadowed gothic-style font. Below this is the author’s name in the same colors.

The title is all about the treasure found, the key, The Edward V Coin.

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