The Time Collector

The Time Collector

A thrilling page-turner from Gwendolyn Womack, the USA Today bestselling author of The Fortune TellerTravel through time with the touch of a hand.Roan West was born with an extraordinary gift: he can perceive the past of any object he touches. A highly skilled pyschometrist, he uses his talents to find and sell valuable antiques, but his quiet life in New Orleans is about...

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  • Patricia

    I truly enjoyed reading THE TIME COLLLECTOR and found this novel vastly entertaining with even a bit of romance. Roan West has a rare ability to relive the memories and history of an object with touch. Roan meet Melicent who shares his ability. So begins a wild adventure around the world. I highly recommend this book!

  • Heather Webb

    Womack weaves a suspenseful tale that tackles the question of “time”, how it’s measured, its impact on nature and human consciousness, and I could hardly put it down! The Time Collector is a treasure trove of ancient artifacts, mysticism, and intrigue, sprinkled with a dash of romance—my very favorite things. What a book!

  • Maranda

    Loved reading about psychometrist or those who can get a history from touching an object. Womack brought together two persons with this skill and created an amazing romantic mystery. Clues to follow and danger had the characters traveling across the world to discover answers. Think this could be a series as there were some in depth auxiliary persons involved. "A copy of this book was provided by Macmillan-Picador via Netgalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinio

    Loved reading about psychometrist or those who can get a history from touching an object. Womack brought together two persons with this skill and created an amazing romantic mystery. Clues to follow and danger had the characters traveling across the world to discover answers. Think this could be a series as there were some in depth auxiliary persons involved. "A copy of this book was provided by Macmillan-Picador via Netgalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion. PICK THIS UP YOU WILL LOVE ROAN AND MILICENT!

  • Therese Walsh

    The Time Collector is more than a story; it's a fantastical, inventive, and masterfully woven adventure across many lifetimes. Perhaps a future psychometrist will hold my copy of the book and know how much I enjoyed it. One can only hope.

  • Gail C.

    THE TIME COLLECTOR by Gwendolyn Womack crosses several sub-genres of books. It has elements of historical fiction based or inspired on actual events, a bit of romance, a bit of mystery, even a murder that is revealed late in the story. All these different factors combine to make a fascinating, delightful read that defies labels or any type of formula.

    From the start of the book, the reader is captivated by the central character, Roan, a gifted paranormal psychometrist, who can touch an object and

    THE TIME COLLECTOR by Gwendolyn Womack crosses several sub-genres of books. It has elements of historical fiction based or inspired on actual events, a bit of romance, a bit of mystery, even a murder that is revealed late in the story. All these different factors combine to make a fascinating, delightful read that defies labels or any type of formula.

    From the start of the book, the reader is captivated by the central character, Roan, a gifted paranormal psychometrist, who can touch an object and “see” emotions and events that people experienced while holding or owning the object. His gift, which has elements of being a curse at times, is so pronounced he goes everywhere wearing gloves so he can avoid touching things unless he specifically decided to “read” them.

    As the book opens, Roan is supposed to meet a friend, another psychometrist, to do some rock climbing which is his way of releasing tension from his psychometric work. The trouble begins when his friend doesn’t show up, something totally out of character.

    As Roan decides to investigate, he begins a trip he has schedule, only to stumble on a television show while in his hotel room that features an episode of the Antiques Roadshow and a young woman, Melicent, who brings a valuable watch to be valued. When the appraiser asks her where she found it, she reveals she uncovered it at a flea market and had suspected it had value from the images she got when she touched it.

    That episode puts Roan and Melicent on a collision course. He feels compelled to meet her, but at their first exchange he leaves without talking with her. Then he learns there are other psychometrist who have disappeared and he begins to fear for their safety as well as Melicent’s. That sends him back to her just as someone tries to burn down her house with Melicent and her brother Parker in it.

    These events bring Melicent and Roan together with him working to try and keep her safe while he tries to learn what is happening to his psychometrist friends. The path is full of danger and intrigue, along with encounters with some significant treasures having belonged to people over the decades and centuries. When Roan holds some of these objects, the point of view switches to the historical event he is experiencing and is written as though he is in the room, experiencing the event at the same time.

    This switching of time zones can be a little confusing initially, but soon the reader becomes accustomed to the writing style and it doesn’t even create a blip on the radar in terms of pacing. The book itself is so well paced you can get lost for big chunks of time because you don’t want to put it down. The pace accelerates to a exciting conclusion for the final few chapters. At that point, it would be difficult to put it down without finding out how the book ends.

    I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a story that combines wonderful character building and a plot that follows its own path. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and will be looking for other books by Ms. Womack in the future. My thanks to NetGalley and Macmillan-Picador for providing me with an advanced digital copy of this book. This review and these opinions are completely my own.

  • Carolyn

    This is an engrossing and very original book about a group of people who call themselves psychometrists. Just by touching an object they can tell its past history and connection with all the people who have handled it. Roan West has this gift and uses it to return stolen and lost artifacts to their owners or heirs. Recently a group of psychometrists, including Roan's friend Stuart, has become interested in "out of place artifacts' (known as OOPArts), objects found in the wrong place or an imposs

    This is an engrossing and very original book about a group of people who call themselves psychometrists. Just by touching an object they can tell its past history and connection with all the people who have handled it. Roan West has this gift and uses it to return stolen and lost artifacts to their owners or heirs. Recently a group of psychometrists, including Roan's friend Stuart, has become interested in "out of place artifacts' (known as OOPArts), objects found in the wrong place or an impossible timeline. When Stuart disappears, Roan becomes concerned about the group as one member recently committed suicide and another member has also disappeared. He is also worried about the safety of a young woman, Melicent, who was recently discovered to have the gift of psychometry in a video that is going viral. He realises he is going to have to discover more about the OOPArts and their connections if Melicent and the other psychometrists are to be safe.

    I really enjoyed the premise of this book and learning about OOPArts (there is a lot of information on the net including theories and explanations). I also loved the characters of Roan and Melicent and would have liked to see more of them and their developing relationship in the novel alongside the action and intrigue. Overall, a very engaging read with great characters, plenty of action, and a touch of romance and magic! 4.5★

  • Lisa

    A fascinating and unique trip across time, continents and history with just the touch of a hand

    SUMMARY

    Roan West is a highly skilled psychometrist, able to perceive the past of any object he touches. He uses his talents to find, sell and even return valuable antiques. Stuart, a fellow psychometrist and Roan’s close friend, has just unearthed several “ooparts”, out-of-place-artifacts that challenge recorded history. Soon after this remarkable discovery, Stuart disappears, making him one of severa

    A fascinating and unique trip across time, continents and history with just the touch of a hand

    SUMMARY

    Roan West is a highly skilled psychometrist, able to perceive the past of any object he touches. He uses his talents to find, sell and even return valuable antiques. Stuart, a fellow psychometrist and Roan’s close friend, has just unearthed several “ooparts”, out-of-place-artifacts that challenge recorded history. Soon after this remarkable discovery, Stuart disappears, making him one of several psychometrists who have died mysteriously in recent months or vanished without a trace. When Roan comes across a YouTube video of a young woman who has discovered a priceless pocket watch by “sensing” it, he knows he has to warn her about the danger—but will Melicent Tilpin listen? And can Roan find Stuart before it’s too late?

    REVIEW

    Once again, Gwendolyn Womack has created a fascinating and unique tale of mystery, intrigue and adventure. Her writing is engaging and keeps you on the edge of your seat. She allows Roan and his extraordinary gift to take us on a perilous journey across time, across continents and across history. Just imagine being able to travel through time and transcend the laws of nature with just the touch of your hand.

    Roan and Melicent are both captivating characters that ground the story in reality with their quest to find Stuart. They are the compass for this otherworldly tale of suspense with just a little romance thrown in.

    I had the pleasure of hearing Gwendolyn Womack talk about this book a year ago and couldn’t wait for it to come out. I have absolutely loved both of her previous books: The Memory Painter and The Fortune Teller. Womack is originally from Houston, Texas. She moved to Alaska for college to become an environmental scientist and ended up in the theater department writing plays. Later she went on to receive an MFA in Directing Theatre, Video & Cinema from California Institute of the Arts. Currently she resides in Los Angeles with her family and collects kaleidoscopes and paints as a hobby.

    Thanks to Netgalley, Gwendolyn Womack and Picador Macmillan for an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

    Publisher Picador-Macmillan

    Published April 16, 2019

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    The Time Collector

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    Gwendolyn Womack

    April 16, 2019

    fantasy, fiction, romance

    This was my first Gwendolyn Womack book and it was such a breath of fresh air! It had a lot of elements that I enjoy reading but with a spin that felt thoroughly refreshing.

    was like a palate cleanser after reading a massive amount of books that are too predictable. I actually thought there may be some time travel in this book based on the synopsis, b

    The Time Collector

    Standalone

    Gwendolyn Womack

    April 16, 2019

    fantasy, fiction, romance

    This was my first Gwendolyn Womack book and it was such a breath of fresh air! It had a lot of elements that I enjoy reading but with a spin that felt thoroughly refreshing.

    was like a palate cleanser after reading a massive amount of books that are too predictable. I actually thought there may be some time travel in this book based on the synopsis, but that wasn't the case. This story explores the metaphysical: using psychometry to learn the history of everyday objects and their secrets, and interpreting that knowledge to theorize about how time works.

    Psychometry is the ability to touch everyday objects and sense an "imprint" of the people it came in contact with through the years. In a sense, it was almost like the protagonist Roan

    traveling through time. He could sift through the different layers of experiences and actually feel and see others' life events through history. These experiences felt so real that he would often refer to the people he saw in the present tense. As if they were old friends that have told him all of their most intimate details.

    I loved reading about him using his heightened senses. Although he used them initially for monetary gain, he's grown into a man who consciously uses his gift to help others by delivering family heirlooms back to their rightful owners. After witnessing countless horrific tragedies spanning centuries, he wants to do his part to right some of those wrongs. He's also a bit of a loner, not trusting many people to accept his unusual abilities and all that comes with it. If anyone had told him he'd be intrigued with another psychometrist and tempted to break all of his rules for her, he'd never believe it.

    Melicent has led a pretty average life up until the loss of her mother. Now she carries the weight of taking care of her grieving teenage brother, a mountain of debt, and the possibility of losing their family home on her shoulders. When she uses her inexplicable ability to sense things in objects to sell a valuable antique on television, she draws the kind of attention that could very well get her killed. This is where the mystery comes in. Someone is targeting people like her: disappearances, arson, and even murder are occurring. Roan soon discovers that the Ooparts (out of place artifacts) play a central role in the mystery surrounding these crimes. He must solve the mystery of why they are so important and how they work before anyone else gets hurt.

    Womack blended scientific theory on time, history, and unexplained mysteries like crop circles and out of place artifacts to create a multi-layered plot that was unlike anything I've read before. The romance between Roan and Melicent wasn't heavily focused on in comparison, but it was just the right balance to keep me invested in their feelings for each other. It was a tricky attraction to say the least. Imagine you had the ability to delve into a person's past with a brush of your hand. Roan is forced to wear gloves most of the day in order to avoid unintentionally invading people's privacy.

    This story drew me in immediately, and my interest didn't wander for a minute. The ending built in suspense and I was glued to the pages as I flew towards the conclusion. I ended up taking half of a star off my rating because while I enjoyed the action in the end, I just wished there had been an epilogue because things were left a little open ended for my taste. I wish more answers could have been given and the fate of the villian more conclusive. But that's just me. Some readers enjoy when things are left up to their own interpretation. If you love books that take you outside of your typical box and shake things up, try

    The author is an eloquent storyteller that held me absolutely riveted. Highly recommended! I already ordered another paperback of hers and without a doubt I'll be reading it the earliest chance I get.

  • Adrian Dooley

    A very enjoyable read, something completely different, not without its flaws, but intriguing all the same.

    Roan West has a rare gift. He is one of the few people in the world who are called pyschometrists. He can tell the history of an object and all that have come in contact with it, just by touching it. He is among the best in the world having honed his skills over the years.

    After making his fortune, he spends his time finding old antiques that are family heir looms and returns them to their ri

    A very enjoyable read, something completely different, not without its flaws, but intriguing all the same.

    Roan West has a rare gift. He is one of the few people in the world who are called pyschometrists. He can tell the history of an object and all that have come in contact with it, just by touching it. He is among the best in the world having honed his skills over the years.

    After making his fortune, he spends his time finding old antiques that are family heir looms and returns them to their rightful owners. Based in New Orleans, he travels the world with his work.

    His friend from London Stuart, another pyschometrist, has been concentrating on out of place artifacts called ooparts. These are objects that have been found from history but in places that do not match their history, like a 17th century ring that was found in a prehistoric rock!

    These objects are out of place in time and when Stuart goes missing along with another couple of pyschometrists, Roan decides to investigate and try to find his friend and what he may have uncovered.

    When Roan sees a viral video of a woman called Melicent Tiplin on the Antiques Roadshow showing a watch that she found which is valued at over $2 million, a find which she says she sensed was valuable, he knows he has found another potential pyschometrist and has to warn her that she may be in danger because of the ooparts and the other missing pyschometrists.

    They end up travelling the world trying to find Stuart and unravelling the clues that may lead them to understand the meaning of the ooparts and the value they may have.

    So it alls sounds quite complicated from my above description but honestly this is quite easy to follow. Its a bit out there with some mad ideas but its very clever in doing so and it doesnt detract from the overall story.

    The first half or even three quarters of this book are great. There is loads of mystery and intrigue and the blossoming romance between Roan and Mellicent.

    There are also some fantastic flashback sequences to various points in history when objects are being touched. They are like little short stories within the novel and while not always directly relevant to the story they are always of interest and add an extra dimension to the book and give the whole story more meaning.

    The book does trail off a little bit towards the final quarter as the story kind of simplifies itself out as we reach the finale but it doesnt take away from the overall enjoyment of the book.

    Many thanks to Netgalley, Macillan-Picador and Gwendolyn Womack for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  • Phrynne

    Something I really, really hate is reading a book which everyone is five starring and wondering what they see in it that I do not.

    is one of those books. Not that there was anything wrong with it and I quite enjoyed the read, but definitely not five stars worth or even four.

    I really liked the basic premise - people who could know the history of an item just by touching it. There was so much scope for a brilliant story there and the main character, Roan, had huge potential. I

    Something I really, really hate is reading a book which everyone is five starring and wondering what they see in it that I do not.

    is one of those books. Not that there was anything wrong with it and I quite enjoyed the read, but definitely not five stars worth or even four.

    I really liked the basic premise - people who could know the history of an item just by touching it. There was so much scope for a brilliant story there and the main character, Roan, had huge potential. I enjoyed the romance angle too and the way it contributed to the exciting scene at the end.

    Somehow though I had picked up the idea that there would be time travel in the book. There was not which disappointed me. I also frequently felt besieged by the amount of knowledge the author kept throwing at me and I had to skim a lot of it.

    My overall impression was that I had just enjoyed a perfectly nice, pleasant but not outstanding read. Entertaining but not memorable.

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