A month after their first adventure together, Sam Foster and Meg Clayton travel back in time to medieval England with the hope of solving an historic mystery. From the start, however, things go wrong. They aren't dressed correctly. The locals use strange words and have thick accents. And they arrive almost thirty miles away from their intended destination!
When the steward of the village, Geoffrey, arrives in the nick of time to save them from some unfriendly locals, the worst of their troubles seemed to be over.
Unfortunately, they had just begun.
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¶Sam Foster, the creator of a CD player time machine that can instantly transport him to a time and place of his choosing, is ready yet again to make the leap through time! In the second-in-a-series Partners in Time novel Going Medieval, penned by author Kristen Sheley, the intriguing but ever dangerous time period of the Middle Ages¿circa 1191¿is the destination Sam chooses as his next exciting journey through time. Of course, Sam has made a promise to a friend¿his partner in time¿that when he decides on another place and time to hop, he would pick her up first and take her with him. That friend is Meg Clayton, the pioneer girl from 1850 whom he accidentally brought back to his own time of 2005 in Sheley¿s first novel No Time Like the Present. ¶Going Medieval picks up again approximately one month after the events in No Time Like the Present. After arriving in the Middle Ages, Sam and Meg find they are the objects of stares from the townsfolk as they stroll through the village. Later in a local tavern, a rather rude encounter with some of the local ruffians places Sam and Meg, posing as brother and sister, in a precarious predicament until the Steward of Rosemont, Geoffrey, comes along to rescue them from the would-be thugs of the pub. He leads Sam and Meg to his place of employment¿the manor house of Lord Richard, who is away at the time of their visit. ¶Geoffrey makes Sam and Meg feel right at home, inviting them to dine with the other servants and guests in the manor house. They are lulled into a false sense of security, however. The next morning, Sam is summoned by Geoffrey to accompany him on his rounds of the manor grounds. The red-headed servant, Wesley, leads him to a horse that Sam reluctantly mounts and follows Geoffrey on the path alongside a river. Geoffrey¿s intentions are not good; he wishes to take Meg for his wife. The only way he can make that happen is to dispose of Sam. He callously pushes Sam off his horse and into the cold, raging river. ¶Geoffrey returns to break the news to Meg that ¿thy brother, Samuel, hast perished¿ and has been ¿lost to the waters.¿ Meg wants proof of this terrible accident. This angers Geoffrey who wants only to get on with the nuptials. He sends some men out to find the body of Sam in an attempt to appease Meg. While the search is going on, Meg is left wondering if the news of Sam¿s apparent death is really true. And if it is, how will she be able to operate the time machine and return to her own time. ¶Sam survives his encounter with the river and nearly dies. But he is found, cared for, and nursed back to health by a family who lives near to the manor¿The Fairweathers. John Fairweather guides Sam back to the manor house so he can rescue Meg from the self-centered Geoffrey. Sam and Meg are reunited with the help of Wesley and Emma, the nobler servants of the manor. They try and escape the manor house, but Geoffrey and his guardsmen catch up with them. Now infuriated by Sam and Meg¿s uncooperativeness, Geoffrey is hell-bent on killing them both. ¶The heart-pounding action that follows is sure to keep readers glued to the pages. The surprise ending recounts an event that occurs in Sheley¿s first novel and sets the stage for the next book in the Partners in Time series. ¶Kristen Sheley has masterfully sewn together her No Time Like the Present and Going Medieval novels. The needle and thread that she uses to keep the essence of the two stories intact are the main characters, Sam Foster and Meg Clayton. These two loveable characters Sheley has created form the foundation of the series as they each take narrative turns unfolding the story from their own unique points of view. ¶Sam is the focus of these stories¿the boy who has an adventurous soul¿and turns his wildest castle-in-the-sky dreams into reality with a device that transports him to places in time and location. Meg is the spirited pioneer girl who yearns for a better life. And now, with