by Alexandra Monir


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When tragedy strikes Michele Windsor’s world, she is forced to uproot her life and move across the country to New York City, to live with the wealthy, aristocratic grandparents she’s never met. In their old Fifth Avenue mansion filled with a century’s worth of family secrets, Michele discovers a diary that hurtles her back in time to the year 1910. There, in the midst of the glamorous Gilded Age, Michele meets the young man with striking blue eyes who has haunted her dreams all her life – a man she always wished was real, but never imagined could actually exist. And she finds herself falling for him, into an otherworldly, time-crossed romance.
Michele is soon leading a double life, struggling to balance her contemporary high school world with her escapes into the past. But when she stumbles upon a terrible discovery, she is propelled on a race through history to save the boy she loves – a quest that will determine the fate of both of their lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385738392
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 03/13/2012
Series: Timeless Series Series
Pages: 300
Sales rank: 496,628
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

At the age of 25, author and recording artist Alexandra Monir released her popular debut young adult novel, Timeless. Alexandra currently resides in Los Angeles, California, where she is at work on the sequel to Timeless, as well as further projects in writing and music. 

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Michele stood alone in the center of a hall of mirrors. The glass directly in front of her revealed a girl identical to Michele, with the same chestnut hair, ivory skin, and hazel eyes; even wearing the same outfit of dark denim jeans and black tank top. But when Michele moved forward, the girl in the glass remained still. And while Michele's own neck was bare, the reflection in the mirror wore a strange key hanging from a gold chain, a key unlike anything Michele had ever seen.

It was a gold skeleton key in a shape similar to a cross, but with a circular bow at the top. The image of a sundial was carved into the bow. The key looked weathered and somehow wise, as though it weren't inanimate, but a living being with over a century's worth of stories to share. Michele was momentarily seized by an urge to reach through the glass and touch the curious key. But all she felt was the cool surface of the mirror, and the girl with Michele's face betrayed no notice of her.

"Who are you?" Michele whispered. But the mirror image didn't respond, didn't even appear to have heard. Michele shivered nervously, and squeezed her eyes shut. What was this?

And then, suddenly, the silence was broken. Someone was whistling, a slow melody that created goose bumps on the back of Michele's neck. Her eyes snapped open, and she watched in shock as someone joined the girl in the mirror. Michele's breath caught in her throat. She felt paralyzed, unable to do anything but stare at him through the glass.

His eyes were such a deep blue they seemed to dazzle against his contrasting thick dark hair. Eyes the color of sapphires. And though she could somehow tell that he was around her age, he was dressed like none of the other boys she knew. He wore a crisp white collared shirt under a white silk vest and tie, formal black pants, and black patent leather shoes. In his white-gloved hands, he held a black top hat lined with silk. The formal clothing suited him. He was more than good-looking, much more than could be conveyed by the word "handsome." Michele felt an unfamiliar ache as she watched him.

Her heart racing, she stared at him as he carelessly peeled off his gloves and dropped his hat, the three items falling together in a heap on the floor. He then reached for the hand of the girl in the mirror. And to Michele's astonishment, she felt his touch. She quickly looked down, but though her hand was empty, she could feel his fingers interlacing with hers, the sensation causing a flutter inside her.

What's happening to me? Michele thought frantically. But suddenly she couldn't think anymore, for as she looked at the boy and girl embracing in the mirror, she felt strong arms encircling her own waist.

"I'm waiting for you," he murmured, smiling a slow, familiar grin that seemed to hint at a secret between them.

And for the first time, Michele and the mirror reflection were in sync as they both whispered, "Me too."

Michele Windsor awoke with a shock, gasping for breath. As she took in the sight of her darkened bedroom, her heartbeat slowed and she remembered--it was just The Dream. The same strange, intoxicating dream that had haunted her on and off for years. As always, waking up from it brought the pain of disappointment into the pit of Michele's stomach, as she found herself missing him--this person who didn't even exist.

She'd been just a little girl when she'd first begun dreaming of him, so young that she hadn't yet resembled the teenager in the mirror. The dreams were infrequent then; they came just once or twice a year. But as she grew up, looking like the twin of the girl in the mirror, the dreams began to flood her consciousness with a new urgency, as if they were trying to tell her something. Michele frowned as she slumped back against her pillows, wondering if she would ever understand. But then, Confusion and Mystery had been principal players in her life since the day she was born.

Michele rolled over onto her side, facing her bedroom window, and listening to the waves lapping the shore outside the Venice Beach bungalow. The sound usually lulled her to sleep quickly, but not that night. She couldn't seem to get those sapphire eyes out of her head. Eyes that she had practically memorized, without ever having seen them in her waking life.

"See that I'm everywhere, everywhere, shining down on you . . ."

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Timeless 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 247 reviews.
Rebecca_E93 More than 1 year ago
I don't usually write reviews for books, but for this one ill make an acception. Timless was more than just a story in my opinion. it felt as if it had actually entered my life and succumbed me. Out of most of the books i've read, this book had to be one of the best books ever. i loved every detail about this book;the settings, characters, plot, the whole thing. Of course the author, Alexandra Monir,is a brilliant writer who has talent with storytelling. i loved how she wrote the book and how it made me feel as if i was sucked in the book and i was actually there. i could picture every little detail of the book in my mind, whether it was the beautiful setting of New York or the characters. What i also loved about this book is how the main character was transported back to the old New York and when she was i felt as if i could actually see the old New York in my mind. The book absolutely amazed me and i give my congrats to the author for her first novel. i recommend this book to anyone who wants to read something really good. i will continue to read more of the author's novels and other works once they come out.
Josi-Ann More than 1 year ago
In Timeless, a story of love, music and time travel, Alexandra Monir gives us just the right measure of romance and mystery. Although her life is anchored in today's world, Michele is able to visit her ancestors in other time periods. We travel back with her through various decades of 20th century New York starting with one hundred years ago. I am intrigued by the author's insights on the notion of Time, what it means, and on life and death. Is time just an illusion? Can Michele actually shape her own destiny? As the romance between Michele and Philip unfolds, Alexandra Monir recreates beautifully the sights and sounds of the big city during the rise of jazz as a major musical movement. This is a book I could not put down! I could almost hear the music, feel the mood and smell the scents. And best of all, you can actually listen to the songs on iTunes and allow yourself to be transported back to the story again and again!!! I can't wait for the next book to come out!
La_Femme_Readers More than 1 year ago
Timeless reflected an elegantly written love story that transported me through a charming time travel. Michele, a bright and talented writer, was an easy character to connect with. Her relatable tone, even during tragic occurrences, carried the same level of comfort throughout. Michele, early in the novel experiences a life altering loss that causes her to move in with her rich grandparents in NYC. There, her depression elevates while being in a big house with a cold atmosphere. When she stumbles upon a magical key and her ancestor's diary, a new discovery of time travel throws her into a whirlwind world of questions. The descriptive quality during the 1900's was breathtakingly fascinating. I would have loved to physically see the busy, city lights turn into a calm, and demeanor society. I gratefully admire Monir's research and hard work in developing the scenery. It's nice to be mentally taken back one hundred years. Michele's back and forth visits through time gained her access into the Windsor's history. Her ancestors such as Clara and Stella were tastefully done. Their personalities shined through even when Michele graced their presence for a short while. Now, the romantic aspect surrounding her travels revolved around Philip. At first sight, he was an attractive and well-mannered gentleman with moralizing values. The inevitable chemistry seemingly showcased a bond that would stand the hands of time. Another element which was easy to follow was the modern and old school, aristocratic acts between the two worlds. All in all, the ending left me yearning for the sequel. After all, I did say out loud, "son of a gun" once I finished it. I really enjoyed the whole feel and concept expressed in Michele's unforgettable love quest and I look forward to continuing it with the rest of the series.
BookwormBella More than 1 year ago
WOW WOW WOW!! Haven't fallen in love with a book and a character (Philip!!!!) like this since I read my most favorite series, Twilight. The amazing ending has me needing the sequel NOW! Ahhhh the romance and time-travel mystery and music and all is soo good. I went on the author's website and she actually has music from the book on there, soo cool!
Andrea Williams More than 1 year ago
i couldnt put it dwn. For the two days i read it i felt i was actually experiencing everything too. cant wait to read the next book. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book made me laugh and cry and fall in love with it. it is an AMAZING book! i thought it was even better than twilight and i love twilight! i can't wait till the next one! i really hope it comes soon. :)
AmyELignor1 More than 1 year ago
I love New York City. That being said, receiving a book that was not only a great story, but also one that put NYC front and center in all its glory, was a true gift! In this debut novel we greet Michele Windsor. Michele is having a great life with her Mom in California. She has good friends and she spends her time writing poetry and lyrics; her dream is to one day do this for a living and put words into the mouths of the greatest singers that the world has to offer. Michele does have a little bit of an issue that crops up once in a while...a dream of a young man with sapphire eyes. The handsome "ghost" always stares back at her from a mirror, as he stands beside a girl who looks just like Michele - the only difference being that she's dressed in a strange costume. As the image takes the girl's hand, Michele can actually feel his fingers interlacing with her own as he whisks her around a dance floor. Then...she wakes up and the dream is over. Unfortunately for Michele, when the dream ends a nightmare begins. Her mother - her absolute best friend in the world - dies tragically in a car accident, and in the blink of an eye Michele is transported from her loving home in L.A. to a cold, stark mansion in New York City. Michele comes from a long line of Windsors, an extremely rich family who has ruled NYC society since before the time of the Astors and Vanderbilts. The Windsors were America's first multimillionaires and the reason why Michele's mom had raced away from NY a long time ago. You see, Windsor women had always been expected to marry their own "class" of people, and Michele's dad was from a much lower station and deemed inappropriate for a Windsor's daughter. Michele's mom had gone against the family tree and ran from her home with her true love by her side. Unfortunately, he disappeared before Michele was born, so she was never able to meet Henry Irving for herself. In a state of depression, Michele arrives at the Windsor mansion and meets up with her stuffy, cold grandparents who long ago had made her mother's life a true misery. The white columns in front of the stately mansion look nothing like the rest of modern day New York. It's set between high rises and neon signs, looking as if it were simply a historical relic - a memorial to a magical time in American history. Trying to fit in with the blue bloods is almost impossible for Michele. But as her story unfolds, it quickly goes from impossible to improbable. She finds a key that unlocks an old drawer in her room. As she sits on her bed with the eyes of the Windsor generations staring down at her from their portraits littering the walls, Michele begins to read an old diary left behind by Clara Windsor - a girl who was adopted into the clan a long time ago. Soon Michele finds herself being whisked away - transported through time to 1910. Here, in the Gilded Age, Michele meets up with her lineage and learns the secrets of the past that changed her future. She also meets Philip - the owner of the sapphire eyes who haunts her in her dreams. Not only is he from the family that are literally the archenemies of the Windsors, but he is also a person, like Michele's mom, who wants nothing to do with extending the family wealth by marrying someone he doesn't love. He's a pianist and loves to compose music that perfectly combines with Michele's wonderful lyrics in order to create songs that the world will never forget. W
ka-chica More than 1 year ago
I agree with "Didn't Make the Cut by lexi1001" after reading so many good books, I found the writing very boring. It's not very detailed compared to many great books I've read. It just literally sounds like a thirteen year old is writing, and I don't know why I just find the main character annoying.
BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
I am a romance junkie! I am. And this book is total romance and swoon worthy. Michele has to move after the death of her mother. She is moving in with grandparents who she barely knows. Michele does her best to adjust but fate has other plans for her. Plans in the past. The love in this book is so strong, that I want to read this book over and over again. The way Ms. Monir presents her characters and their emotions is astounding. My heart fell hard in this book and I don't think I have the strength to pick it up. I loved Michele. Her heart and character showed her strength and love for him. What I liked most about their relationship, was how easily they flowed with each other. Love, real love, is about sacrifice. These two made a great sacrifice. They fell in love and still manged to be selfless and let each other be happy. They wanted what was best for each other even when they knew being together was impossible. I like how easy they spoke to each other. They made each other comfortable. They encourage each other to reach for their dreams. They brought each other up and not down. They had a love that is strong beyond what I've have read. If you want to read a book about real love and the sacrifice its takes to have real love, read Timeless. It is what it is. A Timeless read that will leave you breathe less.
katydid1282 More than 1 year ago
The book took a little while to get into but it's defintally worth reading. I couldn't put the book down once it finally got going. I can't wait until the next one comes out. Very easy read.
CNUcrazy09 More than 1 year ago
This book was Great!!! A real page turner! I can't wait for the next one! I couldn't put this down! Remarkable!
A_Readers_Record More than 1 year ago
In Timeless we are introduced to Michele, an only child who lives with her single mother. We aren't given an in depth look at her relationship with her mother but by the way Michele regards her mother throughout the duration of the book, depends on her, and talks to her about her dream boy you can see that there is depth to their relationship despite the few pages between the start of the story and the tragedy that sets Michele's story into motion and offers the backbone for the underlying points to the plot. The romance Alexandra Monir gave us in Timeless is quick and deep. Some might be put off by the almost unrealistic impact the love has on Michele and her dream boy, Phillip Walker, but I think the relationship is not only justified as the story progresses but by the simple fact that there is a silent history between the two, a link beyond any typical circumstances. What are the chances you find your dream boy, and you have the ability to lead a double life, in your time and in another? What are the chances that your love can create something that imprints itself in history and that everything in your life seems to make more sense because of this one person? What are the chances that you put your absolute everything into a relationship despite knowing the impractical and unbelievable odds and are selfless enough to have the ability to give the other up so you can look into the history books, or to the stars, and know that your true love is happy, not ever knowing if you will truly ever connect with them again? When you have that kind of timeless and blind faith the depth of love doesn't even need to be justified only completely swooned over. With this type of love following Michele and Phillip around it was hard to not be emotionally vested in them. Timeless didn't just tell us the story of Michele and Philip, it told the stories of two prominent, rivaling, New York families, the love between Michele's mother and father, and the story of something so much bigger then anything anyone can understand. The transitions between these underlying stories were seamless and bound together by the music and characters, past and present, that helped shape the story. The overall story was well complimented with the unraveling of history and all the truths Michele came across in her journey. It really made the whole read enjoyable. While we were left with a cliff hanger of the extreme kind, Alexandra tied up the story neatly leaving me feeling pretty fulfilled. I felt like all of the high flying emotions that made the book what it was settled down, despite the bittersweet conclusions, and paved the way for time to give back to Michele for all it took from her. Timeless is truly a timeless tale which Alexandra Monir vividly brings to life two different times and a connection that can't be denied. This is a book which doesn't bring today's fads into the forefront making it a fabulous read now and twenty years from now. Only time will tell what the rest of Michele's story and the story of the Windsors and the Walkers truly ends up being, after all the last page To Be Continued.
maureen99 More than 1 year ago
Ms Monir is a fresh new voice in the literary world! She actually wrote songs for the book!!! How original is that?:) I give it a big thumbs up!
sienareads More than 1 year ago
Timeless gave me butterflies and made me weep. Michele and Philip are my new obsession!:)
featherlight More than 1 year ago
This book had me hooked right from the start! I wish the characters were real and my friends!:) I will miss them until next...
rattatat More than 1 year ago
A beautifully written story with many surprises and twists! Monir is also a singer and a songwriter!! Check out the two accompanying songs on itunes!!! So cool! So original!!
carolinehannon More than 1 year ago
LOVED this book and will recommend it to ALL ages and not just teens!
Nikkayme More than 1 year ago
Michele Windsor's entire life has been spent living with her mom in a rather Bohemian way. The two women are mother and daughter, but also the best of friends. When tragedy forces Michele to move in with the grandparents she has never known, all the way in NYC, her only solace becomes her possibly delusional exploits in the New York of the past. Add in a dashing young man and a long line of strong Windsor women and Michele may just discover enough about her past to impact her future. First and foremost, Timeless is a love story. Michele's ventures back to 1910 bring her to Philip Walker, the young man she's dreamt about nearly her entire life and someone she almost instantly falls in love with. Once again, the insta-love thing bothered me a bit, but I was able to get past it. The New York of 1910 is so vastly different from the NYC of 2010 and I loved that. Monir beautifully describes 1910, the roaring twenties, and then, a war torn 1944. Each trip to the past brings with it a vibrant, lifelike setting, new music that was so real I could hear it, some interesting characters, and another little piece of the puzzle of Michele's past. While I found the love aspect a bit cheesy at times, I still enjoyed the relationship between Michele and Philip. The past ties in so well with the future and I love how the Windsor family unfolded through time. Timeless is a romantic novel with a touch of elegance and beauty. There is mystery, there is family, and there are plenty of secrets to discover. Each trip through time was surprising and held just a sliver of the bigger picture. Michele's family , both past and present, are engrossing, engaging, and so strong. The Windsor women will easily entertain anyone who enjoys a good story and I highly recommend this one. Opening line: Michele stood alone in the center of the hall of mirrors. ~ pg. 1 Favorite lines: What was the point of loving when the people you loved were taken from you? When Death or Time were always looming and poised to strike, why did love even exist?. . . Why must we spend so much of our lives missing people instead of being with them? ~ pg. 266-267
Bekah Wooden More than 1 year ago
Well this was definitely a different change of pace. Wish that I had known it was going to be a series. There is a cliffhanger at the end and now I'm forced to wait till the next one, but I'll read it when it comes out
BooksAreLifeSL More than 1 year ago
Timeless is a Beautiful nail biting love story,that will keep guessing how this book will end. This book is a must read.
ReadergirlReviews More than 1 year ago
Some books you just fall in love with, and this is one of them. I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It had adventure, it had an interesting time travel element, and it had a touching romance. I loved the characters in this story, especially Michele, as she was strong, self-sufficient, and smart. There were so many details in this book, historically, and I was amazed at the amount of research the author must have done to make these different time periods and places come to life. She did a phenomenal job with this. It gave the novel a vibrancy that was riveting. I loved seeing how well she was able to tie in everything together so completely. The book will apparently have a sequel and I am so bummed that this book just came out, because that means I'm going to have to wait so long for the sequel to come out!! I can't take it! I highly recommend this book. I loved it,loved it, loved it!
Maj27 More than 1 year ago
Simply THE BEST.
607605 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Alexandra's Timeless is a hard book not to like. The main character Michele was a perfect heroine. I admired her ability to face all the challenges thrown in her way and the sacrifices she made for love. The secondary characters in this book really surprised me. I expected Michele's grandparents to be arrogant and rude and was quickly proven wrong. this book is full of mystery and is not hard to get into, the ending is a cliffhanger that left me wondering what would happen in the next book. However I really wish that Alexandra would have described the time traveling more thoroughly since it left me confused. I also didn't like the instant love between Michele and Philip. Although Philip was a great character his love for Michele seemed superficial since he fell in love with her before he even knew who she was. Alexandra does a great job describing racism in the 1900's and the music and lyrics evident throughout Timeless was unique and different from anything I ever read before.
MrsBoswellBooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Michele Windsor lives with her single mother in California. She has never known her father, who disappeared before she was born, nor has she ever met her grandparents, who practically disowned her mother when she was a teenager. When tragedy strikes home for Michele, she is uprooted to live with her wealthy grandparents in their New York mansion.When she discovers an old diary, Michele is hurtled back in time to 1910. There she happens to meet a handsome young man who is achingly familiar. Where does she know him from? Yes, Phillip has been haunting her dreams for years. How could this be happening? How can she fall in love with a man in a time where she doesn't even exist? In 2010 when Michele stumbles upon a terribly discovery, she is determined to go back in history and save the man she loves.While I liked the premise of the story, it didn't hold my interest as much as I would have liked. While the beginning wasn't altogether boring, it didn't grab my attention. I wasn't really dedicated to the story until about 100 pages in.There wasn't much character description in the novel. The entire time I read, I couldn't get a clear picture of the characters in my head. While I assume that Michele probably looks like the cover model, I couldn't grasp the characters in their settings.The relationship did seem a little rushed for me, but I did enjoy it. I liked how Michele and Phillip had both seen each other in their "dreams" before.I enjoyed the premise of the time travel, even if the "language" of the book didn't exactly make me feel like I was in that time period. The novel had me thinking of "The Time Traveler's Wife" as I was reading.I wasn't bored and I didn't hate the book, but it just didn't convey what I thought it could have. I think it could have been so much more! The last page says, "To be continued"... so I'm assuming there will be a sequel to this book. I'm interested in finding out what exactly happens between Michele and Phillip, and how they will bridge this gap in time.
VykiC37 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Find this review and more at On The ShelfIn Timeless, Michele Windsor has a wonderful life with her mother until a car accident takes her mother from her and she is thrown into a life with the rich Windsor family she never met. Her mother¿s parents take her in and she has a giant life change in this new upper class society she never thought she would experience. Michele comes to possess a key that matches one from a dream she had and finds herself hurled into the past after reading a diary she found. Not only does she meet other Windsor¿s from the past, but also a boy she can¿t help feeling a magnetism toward. I was very excited about a romantic story between two people from very different times; surprisingly, not as much of the story was focused on this aspect like I had hoped. Most of the book is centered around her trips to the past and helping her long gone relatives, so I would have liked to have seen more of the love story. I enjoyed the author¿s descriptions of old New York when Michele was in the past; she does a great job in her imagery. Monir is a first time novelist, and she is a song writer; I like how she wove some lyrics and musical elements into the story since I am a music person myself (I was in band all throughout school). She does well with the relationships between characters and breaking down their emotional barriers. The sequel will be released sometime next year and I can¿t wait to see how the love story aspect plays out and to see how the rest of the mysteries unfold.Not a lot in the love department, lovely descriptions, mysterious.