A Crack in Time/The Beast Within

Rated 5.00/5 based on 17 reviews
England 1851, Queen Victoria is on the throne, the year of the ‘Great Exhibition’ and the building of the Kings Cross Railway Station. ‘Big Ben’ hadn’t been constructed and London is filled with poor and destitute souls living in the filth of the slums.
Can John Pitt survive these harsh conditions. More

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Published by Clover Digital Media
Words: 22,270
Language: British English
ISBN: 9781311828439
About Linda Arditto

I am a mystery woman. Older and therefore wiser I hope.

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Review by: Kevin Fontain on May 13, 2015 :
Another great story from Linda. I liked the way it was written, no bog down. John Pitt seems to be an honorable man who didn't back down from a wager. I guess back then a hand shake meant something.
Set in 1851, I found it to be what I would believe as accurate, especially the mention of the first world championship in chess. (that one I did know).
Like the other reviewers I liked the twist at the end.
This is another book I enjoyed.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: C. Bryce on April 28, 2015 :
This is totally different from the other stories I've read from Linda. Beautifully written and I was pleasantly surprised at the end.
Very easy to read if you would like a book to relax with.
I enjoyed it from start to finish.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: sandra Bell on April 12, 2015 :
Not normally my area of reading either but having read the other reviews I decided to go ahead and read it.
I should have known it would be a great story as I have read other books by this author.
I loved 'A Crack in Time', it was an exciting little read and I absolutely love the way it's written.
'The Beast Within', what can I say?
Poor John Pitt finds himself in trouble the moment he arrives in London. His health is badly affected but he gets help from people who are just kind hearted by the sound of it. He tries to return that kindness but because of unforseen circumstances he has to flee.
Great read. I love the twist at the end.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: CarolynP on March 11, 2015 :
I joined Smashwords today because I was given a coupon code for this book at my book club.
What a wonderful story. I found it so easy to read even though it's set in Victorian England. Usually not my area of reading but because I got it free I decided to give it a go as it wasn't too long. I wish it had been longer and am eager to read the unabridged version when it comes out.
The other reviewers have described the story quite well and I'm not going to tell the story here.
I really liked it.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: cassy arditt on March 01, 2015 :
WOW what a wonderful story. Very different from the other books I've read from this author. She writes a great mix.
I don't get the abridged version as it's a full story on its own but after finding out it comes with an alternate ending later I'll definitely pick up a copy of that too.
This young man from Oxford goes to London for a month. He arrives with nothing and has to survive somehow. Another quite emotional story and the end did surprise me, I wasn't expecting that.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Peter Stephan on Feb. 16, 2015 :
This isn't normally my area of reading either.
What a terrific story. I don't know what it is about this author but I enjoy everything she writes, no matter what the subject.
Set in 1851 England it follows the young life of John Pitt for about a month.
He gets into a hell of a situation that couldn't have been avoided. The first part of the story is quite adventurous but the next part is disasterous.
Excellent read.
Highly recommended.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: DanielCarter on Nov. 24, 2014 :
Love the story. Not normally my area of reading but because it was free I decided to pass the time with this story. Glad I did.
I was surprised by the end, definitely an interesting read.
(review of free book)

Review by: John Bull on May 23, 2014 :
I've always loved Victorian times so I had to grab this book. I don't read novels about this period, only non fiction, historical books. This was fun to read.
I think the author has touched on the period but a more 'in depth' would be nice. I look forward like the others to the unabridged publication.
A very good story and again a great twist at the end.
Yes keep those pics coming.
(review of free book)

Review by: Daniel Lockyer on May 20, 2014 :
Great story. I've never really had an interest in this period in time but this author writes in such a way the stories are easy to read which I find a pleasure.
Totally different from her other books and once again a good twist at the end. I agree with Freda Mantor, it sees like it was pretty tough in England during this time.
I feel sorry for this guy, he's well educated but obviously has trouble coping with a destitute life in London. Out of his comfort zone I guess.
I also look forward to the unabridged version.
(review of free book)

Review by: ChrisFrey, Jr on May 19, 2014 :
I've been looking forward to this book but wish the author had released the unabridged version straight up. I guess an alternate ending that will come with the following publication makes it worth the wait.
Very good story as Linda is a good storyteller. No bog down which always makes her books a pleasure to read, especially when you want to relax.
Loved the twist at the end.
Waiting for more...more...MORE......
(review of free book)

Review by: Rachael Martin on May 17, 2014 :
After reading 'A Crack in Time' I was looking forward to 'The Beast Within'. This author never disappoints me with her stories. Easy to read and I was surprised at the content. I really enjoyed the story, especially the 'twist' at the end.
Waiting for more.
(review of free book)

Review by: Harry Kay on May 16, 2014 :
What a fascinating story. I can see how it would have been difficult for a young man under the circumstances the author has thrown him into. His guilt and fear definitely got the better of him at the end. I really enjoyed reading this story and also look forward to the unabridged version. Yes, as Carol has said, keep the pics coming.
(review of free book)

Review by: Trent F on May 15, 2014 :
I must have been out of the loop for awhile to have missed this. Good story and I can see where the 'abridged' came from. Very good story and different from the authors other works. I look forward, like the other reviewers to the unabridged version. Tough times in London during Victorias' reign.
Great pic of John Pitt in prison too.
(review of free book)

Review by: Freda Mantor on May 14, 2014 :
Great short story. Yes it was pretty harsh in London in the mid 19th century and this book brings out those difficulties. Wonderful story throughout and absolutely love the twist at the end. Looking forward to the unabridged version after visiting the authors website to find it will include an alternate ending.
Like Carol, I hope there will be more pictures.
(review of free book)

Review by: Carol Shoar on May 12, 2014 :
After reading A Crack in Time/The Beast Within, I can't wait to read the unabridged version. What a wonderful story. It must have been pretty tough in London in those days. Like the other reviewers I like the way this author puts in a twist somewhere along the line. I was also surprised at the end. A very good story that reminds us of the harsh conditions of the poor in London in 1851.
It was nice to see a picture included of John Pitt and I hope the unabridged publication keeps those pics coming.
Looking forward to more.
(review of free book)

Review by: Lorna Smith on May 10, 2014 :
Wonderful to see an abridged version of this book while waiting for the full length novel. Good story and I was surprised with the ending although this author often does this (twists) which makes her stories a delight to read. Simply written and well put together. It fits the period and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Samantha Kirk on May 09, 2014 :
I was not disappointed with the continued story of A Crack in Time. Even though it's an abridged version I enjoyed it. Linda has a knack of putting twists in her story and the end was quite a surprise. Looking forward to the unabridged version.
Great story about old London.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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