What She Wanted Out of Life

Harmke Buursma
Harmke Buursma Author Interview

Rose Through Time follows a woman who is transported back to the Regency era where she is at the mercy of the handsome owner of the Hawthorne estate. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

I’ve always loved time-travel novels like Outlander, and I grew up reading the books by Jane Austen or other classics like Jane Eyre. Rose Through Time and its ongoing world was my chance to combine the two.

Rose is an intriguing character. What were some driving ideals behind your character’s development?

I wanted a character that was both strong and sensitive. In the beginning of the novel I wanted her to really question who she was and what she wanted out of life; questions that came up because of her break-up and the loss of her grandmother. My goal throughout the story was to see her buck against change when it first arrives but have her grow along the way until she isn’t afraid any longer to accept what she wants and deserves.

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

One of the major themes in Rose Through Time is Loss; From Rose losing her grandmother to the loss of her relationship. This same theme also plays a role with the other characters. John and Beth have lost their parent’s and William deals with the loss of his lover. Other themes that also come up are friendship and love.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

William Through Time, a semi-stand alone in the A Magical Bookshop Novel series, is coming out early 2022. William Through Time follows William Chambers, a recurring character in Rose Through Time, as he deals with the loss of his lover James during the Napoleonic wars. Spurred by a letter from his friend John, William returns to Hawthorne. There he meets Austin, a man who just like his friend’s wife Rose has traveled from the future. William wrestles with feelings of guilt, nightmares about his military service, and strict Regency Era society rules as he becomes more and more intrigued by the strange and modern young man. Will love slip through his hands once more or can he hold on to it?

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What would you do if you traveled through time and landed in the Regency era?


Still grieving, Rose Hart takes on the difficult task of packing up her grandmother’s home. There she stumbles upon a mysterious book with her late grandmother’s name which proves to be the first key in an unraveling mystery that leads her to a strange bookshop and catapults her from her modern day life in the Southwest of the U.S.A to a small town called Westbridge in Regency Era England. 


Suddenly Rose finds herself a stranger in a foreign time and place. A guest at the mercy of the handsome John Easton, the wealthy owner of the Hawthorne estate, and his sister Beth. She meets the scheming Mrs. Ashbrook and befriends John’s friend William, a troubled but charming military man just returned from the war in France. Rose finds herself living the life of adventure she always dreamed of filled with intrigue, danger, and perhaps love. Just one question remains; will she stay or will she go?


Perfect for fans of time-travel and enemies to lovers romance.

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