Maddox's life changed the day she read her real birthdate: May 17, 1820. Not 1990, like she’d been told all along. Sure, there had been clues: her mother's old-fashioned style, the fact that her parents refuse to talk about her grandparents, but she never could have guessed they were actually from the past. And if that wasn't enough, now she has to go back in time to live for good. She has descendants living now, and if she doesn't go back their lives will never be.
Once she figures out how to go back in time, she struggles with the impending change her life is about to take, and her relationship with shy, unassuming Henry Yancey: the man she is supposed to marry. But if the decision to go back isn't hard enough, she soon finds out there is someone who will stop at nothing to keep her from going back, and he's running out of time. Will Maddie fall for Henry, and will she be able to make it back in time before the portal closes?
Katie Andrews Potter's first book takes you on a journey through the life of Maddox in Going Over Home. From childhood she knew there was a secret in her family, and she continued to try every so often to get her parents to trust her and her sisters with the secret. As Maddie goes to college, the story slowly unravels until she is in the middle of her family's secret. When she meets her room-mate who is an avid genealogist, the two become fast friends who start looking into Maddie's family. As she investigates further, she realizes that her life is about to change forever.
Potter did a fantastic job weaving this story to keep her readers guessing at what will happen next. The social history embedded throughout the story have you hoping that Maddie will do what is right, and yet not ruin her life, as it was meant to be. As a genealogist you can see that Potter has an understanding of the process and records needed to uncover the mystery that encompassed Maddies life. The details within the story show that Potter has spent plenty of time in researching family history.
I would recommend this book for a quick read and look forward to what Potter has on the horizon.