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The 10th book in the best-selling Chronicles of St Mary's series, which follows a group of tea-soaked disaster magnets as they hurtle their way around History. If you love Jasper Fforde or Ben Aaronovitch, you won't be able to resist Jodi Taylor.  

You can't change History. History doesn't like it. There are always consequences.  

Max is no stranger to taking matters into her own hands. Especially when she's had A Brilliant Idea. Yes, it will mean breaking a few rules, but - as Max always says - they're not her rules. Seconded to the Time Police to join in the hunt for the renegade Clive Ronan, Max is a long way from St Mary's. But life in the future does have its plus points - although not for long.  

A problem with the Time Map reveals chaos in the 16th century and the wrong Tudor queen on the throne. History has gone rogue, there's a St Mary's team right in the firing line and Max must step up.  

You know what they say. Hope for the best. But plan for the worst.

©2019 Jodi Taylor (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

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Stunning and heartbreaking. Just the amount of calculating creativity I’ve come to love from this author. And the performance is .. breathtaking and heartfelt.

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Edge of seat stuff

Loved it, fun and suspenseful and I couldn’t predict any of the story line. Brilliant

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They've done it again.......!

It's been too long (not that time matters of course) but it's been worth the wait. Everything we have come to expect and hope for - and then some. Just wonderful.

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  • Richard S. Swol
  • 01-05-2019

Max sets in motion a plan to capture Ronin

I love these books. They are a joy to experience. This was no exception to that statement. A bit more upbeat than the last book, it still packs an emotional punch. There are schemes, more schemes inside of those, double crosses, and tea. (and a giant tea pot) All mixed in with Max's trademark wit and style. As always, my biggest complaint is that the fun was over too soon. Already waiting on the next volume, long may they run. I strongly recommend this book. However, you would be best served by reading them in order to get the best appreciation the story.

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  • IreneMBBT
  • 26-04-2019

Well done installment in the saga of St Mary’s

Best enjoyed if you’ve followed the series from the beginning. If you haven’t, you’ll get an idea of what the series is about. Maxwell obtains Dr Bairstow‘s approval for a secret, convoluted plan to capture Ronin with the assistance of the head of the Time Police. Cue the expected twists and surprising results. And humor. Loved the scream and drop. Ramm does a great job of narration. She has the right voice for this book and series.

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  • Andre L. Gray
  • 04-05-2019

ZARA RAMM!!!!

I really don't know what is the best regarding this series. Is it Zara Ramm's narration or the story? It's both but Zara breathes life into the stories!! This one was one of my favorites! I was clapping my hands as if I were at the movies when it ended!!!

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  • Linda
  • 01-05-2019

Dr. Maxwell and Dr. Bairstow Save St. Mary's--AGAI

I love these books and the audible version makes it terrific. Zara Ramm is Maxwell and she makes the characters ‘jump’ to life. This is a very clever series with time travel (never use the term at St. Mary’s) taking the characters back and forth along the time line while chasing bad guys. Sometimes the Time Police, the monitors of protecting the timeline, get carried away with their own self worth but Maxwell and Dr. Baristow put them in their place. This book is told by Maxwell while she has concocted a scheme to catch Rowan once and for all. She and Leon have different assignments to protect their son and to capture the criminal, Rowan. There is a pod that looks like a tea pot and two teenagers involved. It is a good Book 10 and I loved it BUT I’m ready for the next adventure in Book 11. Get the audible and the kindle versions so you can go back and forth. The narrator, Zara Ramm, is terrific.

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  • pinkzebra
  • 29-04-2019

Is St Mary’s taking applications?

Love this series! Ms Taylor has done it again with Hope for the Best. Zara Ramm’s portrayal of Max is perfect! She really bring the St Mary’s crew to life.

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  • Kamela
  • 28-04-2019

Brilliant!

I don't know how she does it but Jodi Taylor has done it again. Phenomenal story...what a ride! Perfect narration, yet again, by Zara Ramm...flawless.

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  • Colonelswife
  • 27-04-2019

Another wonderful rollercoaster ride !

This is the 10th St Mary’s book- and it is as good as the rest . So much fun ! You can’t go wrong with any of Jodi Taylor’s books ! And soon another series will be out in the same world as St Mary’s - about the Time Police .

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  • Sandy
  • 19-09-2020

Max Does It Again

Just when you think St. Mary's has done it all, a whopping great story appears.

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  • Erin Jorgensen
  • 30-12-2019

Amazing, as usual.

Zara Ramm brings the life to the tale, and Jodi has once again brought us a story to keep us on the edge of our seats for the next chapter! I CANNOT WAIT for the next one to be released! #fanforlife

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-10-2020

Each is better than the last!

Absolutely incredible. Intelligent and nail biting right up to the end! Zara Ramm's spectacular reading of Jodi Taylor's fantastic stories are a thing to behold. Every word is gripping. Every character well developed yet allowed to grow. Perfection. Just perfection.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-04-2019

The best story yet.

Out of all the chronicles of St Mary's books, this one had me on the edge of my seat, it is so fast paced. I loved it. You do need to listen to all these books in order.

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  • Arcticangel.
  • 28-04-2019

My favourite books.

I lo ved this book, as I have loved all the rest of this series. This characters are 3dimensional,and you really care what happens to them. Another wonderful and absorbing read.

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  • Sheryl Mason
  • 26-04-2019

Rollercoaster anyone?

To be honest, I was going to stop buying these after Jodi Taylor murdered my favourite character … but I can't stop. As one Amazon customer said "they're like catnip" and they are. You just can't stop. Jodi Taylor's writing style is lazily informative, provoking and emotive. The history research is impeccable and the characters are lovable (well, the ones who are supposed to be are anyway). This one was not quite the emotional ride that previous books have been but as far as action goes the rollercoaster is running on greased rails. Zara Ramm has invented yet ANOTHER new voice for Dr Bairstow (personally I liked the first one) but otherwise she narrates these books wonderfully.

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  • Iain Crockett
  • 20-11-2019

time travelling deja vu

these books are great fun. They are easy to read/ listen to. zara Ram' narration is superb as always. The premise is always the same which, in a way, is quite comforting. Go back in time, get into trouble, get saved in the nick of time. There is a definite formula to the story lines but the mix of historical fact, supposition and outright fantasy have an easy equilibrium. can't wait for the next installment.

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  • Lee
  • 07-05-2019

Brilliant as always

I loved this book as much as all of the other books in the series. I didn’t want it to end. Zara does a tremendous job and really brings the book alive

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  • Carl Spaul
  • 06-05-2019

Oh My God 😮

Another fantastic story. I wanted it to go on forever. I'll have to start from the very beginning again! 😁

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  • Miss T. S. Prescott
  • 05-05-2019

One of her best!

An excellent jolly down time's highway , this book is a fantastic return to he best storytelling. In spite of minimal input from the entire St Mary's crew, this book is an enjoyable yarn. There are enough twists to please the most jaded of palates and once again the story is doubly enhanced by the excellent narrator.

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  • Ron
  • 05-05-2019

Top notch - Max is Back!

Excellent time travelling escapades from Jodi Taylor, one of the better books of the series, though they are all good, if you've reached book 10 you know what your in for, if not where have you been, and start catching up

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  • Jon
  • 28-04-2019

Dangerous times for Max

Kept me hooked from start to finish. Another roller-coaster ride up and down history's highway. Thanks to Jodi and Zara for accomplished storytelling and performing.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-11-2019

Such fun!

I love, love, love both the writing and the narration. Can’t wait for the next one in the series!

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