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When Joe Murphy’s wife, Linda, spies an ad for a “beautiful 3-story Victorian house in need of some TLC,” the couple jumps at the chance for their dream home. Renovating it will allow them to indulge their passion for antiques and to get closer to an era they believe was a better time. Privately, Joe hopes that the project will also fill the void that has opened within theWhen Joe Murphy’s wife, Linda, spies an ad for a “beautiful 3-story Victorian house in need of some TLC,” the couple jumps at the chance for their dream home. Renovating it will allow them to indulge their passion for antiques and to get closer to an era they believe was a better time. Privately, Joe hopes that the project will also fill the void that has opened within their family life. They embark upon a grueling three-year renovation to restore the house to its former splendor, and everything seems perfect…until the morning Joe awakes to find a horse-drawn milk cart in his driveway and his family inexplicably transported back to the year 1909. Suddenly the Murphys’ dream for a simpler time becomes a shocking reality, one in which they will struggle to adapt to turn-of-the-century Iowa while seeking a way to return home. Completely Restored is a unique page-turner of a novel, filled with historical figures and events that help to teach a modern family about the simple joys of life....

Title : Completely Restored
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ISBN : 9781439255957
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Number of Pages : 222 Pages
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Completely Restored Reviews

  • Katherine
    2019-02-22 08:40

    There were parts of this book I liked but overall the writing seemed rushed. Too many events and facts were crammed into too few pages without sufficient development of individual events, introduced elements (the door and key for example), or the characters (who come across a little too full of their own wit and a bit cardboard). Intriguing concept, just okay execution.

  • Bethany
    2019-03-22 03:48

    Strange book. I think I need a moratorium on the free kindle section....

  • Todd Fonseca
    2019-03-15 04:55

    After years of putting their blood, sweat, and tears into renovating a Victorian era home in small town Iowa, Joe and Linda Murphy, along with their two children, celebrate the final touch of their restoration – hanging the original front door. Kept for years in the basement, the door needs professional help to bring it back to it’s former glory. Fortunately, Joe finds a local craftsman able to complete the work. The same night the door is hung, a thunderstorm moves through the area. The next morning, when the Murphys awaken, they find themselves transported back in time to the year 1909.Robert Kerr’s Completely Restored, starts as a very unassuming book. I read the opening pages and was immediately engaged by the characters but was unprepared for how engrossed and special the story would be for me. I suppose what appealed to me was how the story enfolded so effortlessly and the magic of going to what would have initial appeared to be a simpler time and less complicated life. After multiple failed attempts to return to their own time, the Murphys resign themselves to finding ways to adapt to life in 1909. Because very little technology such as televisions and such do not yet exist, the sense of community and family really starts to grow for the Murphys. They spend time with their neighbors sharing lemonade and cookies on the front porch; they spend time with the kids playing family games and sharing their days experiences; they make friends with locals and find hard but rewarding work; they become a closer and loving family.But Kerr is careful not to turn this into a simple romantic view of the past by interjecting a number of plot arcs which also convey how different the rule of law, child protection, and the limitations of medicine were one hundred years ago. I encourage readers to pick a copy. The book evokes a feeling of nostalgia and desire for simpler times while at the same time making one appreciate the things they have today.

  • Gary Tenuta
    2019-03-12 03:06

    Charming! Witty! Intelligent! A Mystery with History! Fit For The Twilight Zone!I'm a big fan of the TV series, This Old House, a show in which old houses are restored and made fit for modern living. If I had the money and the time I would love to buy and restore an old Victorian home. But if I ever do--and I find out that the previous owners had replaced the original front door with a new one and stored the original door down in the basement--I'll think twice about removing the newer door reinstalling the original one. Why? Because doing so just might open the door (pardon the pun) to the kind of mystery that befalls the Murphy family in Robert Kerr's novel, Completely Restored. While it was a delight to read I'm not so sure I'd actually be up for such an adventure. Imagine this:It's summer, 2009. You've finally finished restoring the old Victorian fixer-upper you purchased two years ago--including that last step: reinstalling the original front door. The entire restoration has been a huge, life-consuming project. You go to sleep that night thinking, "Ah, it's done! Now we can just sit back and enjoy the fruits of our labor and life can finally get back to normal." You wake up in the morning, stumble down the stairs to retrieve the morning paper. You step outside, still a bit groggy, bend over to pick up the paper and in the back of your mind you seem to think you're hearing the faint sound of horse's hooves on pavement. But, of course, that's silly so you ignore it. A good cup of hot coffee will wake you up as soon as you get back into the house. Then comes the sound of horses hooves again. You look up. A horse-drawn milk wagon approaches."Morning!" the driver says. "How many today?""How many what?" you ask, thinking it must be some sort of a practical joke."How many bottles of milk?" he answers."None! We switched to soy!" you reply with satisfaction, knowing you got the last word in this practical joke.The driver shrugs you off with a curious look and continues on down the street. You pick up the paper and start to walk back into the house when you stop. Wait. What? It suddenly dawns on you that something else is wrong. You turn toward the street. All the trees are smaller, much smaller, than they were yesterday. A couple more horse-drawn vehicles rattle on down the street. A vacant lot now sits where the school building should be. You glance down at the newspaper you're still holding in your hand. You stare at the date. It's 1909.And thus, it begins. The Murphy family (Mom, Dad, two daughters, one of the daughters is a teenager, a son, and a dog) find themselves inexplicably locked into an era they can barely imagine. How did it happen? How can they get back to their own time? Or can they? And equally perplexing is the question of "why?". Is there some ultimate purpose behind this mystery? Or is it merely some weird accident of nature? What's going on here?Enter Silas Fischer, the kindly old doctor who lives next door. I loved this character. He reminds me very much of the character, Dr. Archibald "Moonlight" Graham, played by Burt Lancaster in the great baseball movie, Field of Dreams (Widescreen Collector's Edition). Is it just coincidence that both "Field of Dreams" and Completely Restored are set in Iowa? Is it just a coincidence that Dr. Fischer loves to bet on baseball games? In any case, it turns out that Dr. Fischer just might be the key to the question of why this is all happening to the Murphys.As the story unfolds, the Murphys (and you, the reader) are introduced to life in the early part of the 20th century. Oh, what a difference a hundred years can make. No video games. No shopping malls. No TV! Oh my! What's a teenager to do? And of course, when just the mention of any of these things slips out once in a while it can raise eyebrows. It can also result in a bit of comic relief as when Dr. Silas Fischer questions Mr. and Mrs. Murphy about some things that just don't seem to add up. How is it that they just seemed to show up one day, out of the blue?--------------------------------------------------------------------"Joe, what's your deal? Are you grifters? Did you just come here looking for some free room? I don't get it! I mean you have a very nice family and, well, to tell the truth, I can't think of a thing either of you have ever done or said to make me not trust you. But it just doesn't add up. And the things Sammy says that make no sense...""Silas," I interjected, "she's a five year old! They don't always make sense!""Things like what?" Linda asked."Well, like the other day, when I was reading her one of her books and she said she was tired and wanted to go upstairs and watch TV. Who the hell is TV?"--------------------------------------------------------------------As the story of the Murphys strange journey continues to unfold and they begin to settle into this life out-of-time, things begin to turn darker and more mysterious. Linda, the mother, becomes ill. Is she pregnant? And if so, what would be the consequences of a woman from 2009 giving birth to a child in 1909? And what will Dr. Fischer's role be in this situation? In fact, what is the role of Dr. Fishcer in this entire predicament in which the Murphys now find themselves?As the year 1909 passes into the year 1910 the Murphys still have no answers. Then, one day, up in the attic of their home, Mr. Murphy discovers a wad of newspaper crammed into a crack between the wood. Part of the headline seems to indicate something about a train wreck that occurs in their town in 1910. The torn paper includes a list of the passengers who were killed in the wreck. The plot thickens and suddenly time is of the essence and the Murphys are confronted with the old question: What happens to the future if you change something in the past?History, mystery and time travel combine to make Completely Restored into a charming, witty, and intelligently crafted tale of "what if...?". I thoroughly enjoyed this book. At just over 200 pages, it's a relatively quick read that moves along at a comfortably brisk pace. If you like time-travel mysteries and if you're a fan of the kind of situation that you can imagine in an episode of The Twilight Zone, then Completely Restored should be right up your alley.------------------------------------------------------------------------------Note: I would rate the book as PG-13 due only to one instance of the "F-word" that appears in an emotional burst of exclamation.Review by Gary Val TenutaAuthor of The Ezekiel Code

  • Marti
    2019-03-06 05:58

    Since this is a time traveling story, it has elements of both fantasy as well as historical fiction. It in some ways reminds those who wish for a return to a better, simpler time to be careful what they wish for. Joe Murphy and his wife Linda had spent the last three years meticulously restoring a Victorian era home. In some ways, this had been a good project but in other ways, it had not helped pair the sense of something that was missing in their lives in either of them nor in their three children. They had lost a baby and had never gotten over the sadness of that great loss. When the last finishing touch, the front door, was done to perfection, the family awoke on a June morning to realize they were no longer in 2009 but rather in 1909. While the adjustment was very difficult, they actually did find some things much better in that earlier time. Fairly soon, they had all made friends, Joe found a job, and the family grew closer to each other without such modern distractions such as TV and cell phones. However, their love affair with the turn of the 20th century Iowa quickly ended when it turned out that Linda was a diabetic during a time prior to the discovery of insulin. This was a nicely done page-turner that did not stoop to "the good old days" cliches. The characters were reasonably well developed and likeable for the most part. THe wife, Linda, didn't really become all that likeable until she got really sick. The children also were a little too geed to be true but all in all it was a pleasant read. If you like fantasies combined with historical fiction, this just might be a book you would like to check into.

  • Chris Urbach
    2019-02-20 02:41

    Completely ridiculous. This was a freebie otherwise I would be demanding my money back. All I can think is that the positive reviewers must be friends or family of the author. This was the dumbest book I have ever read. Terribly written. The main character Joe was so stupid, his narrative of the story sounded like a child wrote it. I could go on and on of poor writing examples but it would take this whole page. Don't waste your time.

  • Darlene
    2019-03-13 01:50

    Good read. Imagine going back in time 100 years. It gives you an appreciation for how far we have come, especially with medical advancements (even for an illness such as diabetes). It also shows how today's family unit has been affected by technological advancements.

  • Kjirstin
    2019-03-04 03:44

    Hmmm. I was really drawn in by the premise of this book -- and I loved that it appeared to be a labor of love for the local history of a piece of small-town Iowa.That being said, I felt the book was poorly executed. It read as a travel guide to turn-of-the-century small-town middle America, with a few obligatory fictional elements tacked on. As a travel manual, it might have worked. As a novel, not really.It was never clear why the restored house was transported back in time, nor why the characters were so worried about being found out or about changing the past. Whole sections of the book pass like this: "Over the next six weeks, we explored the historic town and marveled at how different it was," skimming over events and pulling me out of my immersion in the story. The events we do witness with the characters are disparate and not obviously connected to the story, such as a detailed account of a revival meeting in one chapter, and a detailed account of watching a magician's show in another chapter.I wanted to like this book, I really did--it falls squarely into some of my favorite types of stories, but because the story never lived up to its potential, it just didn't work for me.

  • Agnes (BeaderBubbe)
    2019-03-23 07:00

    I started this book Sept 2 - and finished it Sept 3....definitely a 5 star book you will not put down...Linda, sees an ad for a Victorian house in need of some TLC, and the couple decide to renovate it. They restore the house to its former splendor, and everything seems perfect…until Joe awakes to find his family transported back to the year 1909. While trying to figure out how this happened they are entwined in the lives of these people and while aware of what will happen in the future in that town, try to mix their knowledge and abilities to change the course of history. What they find out will keep you at the edge of your seat....

  • Melinda
    2019-02-26 04:54

    I was unsure about this book - I checked it our for free on the Kindle Lending Library. I have to say I was quite drawn in by the author's writing style and also the intriguing concept behind the book. I don't want to ruin it for you, so I'm not giving anything else away, but if you want a good weekend read, this book's for you. Also, you'll walk away a little stronger on your historical knowledge of early 20th century Americana.

  • Rebecca
    2019-03-09 06:59

    A very unique story and one I enjoyed very much! A family pours their heart and soul into renovating and restoring a beautiful Victorian home. One morning they wake to find they've been transported back to the year 1909... one year after their beloved house was originally built. Their town looks much different 100 years ago and they try desperately to find their way back to the present, all the while making friends and eventually deciding 1909 isn't so bad after all.

  • Vicki Scullion
    2019-02-27 01:59

    I thought that the premise of this book was fresh and new. The novel was an interesting combination of time travel paradoxes and historical fiction. The reactions of the modern family were realistic, given that their home "traveled" with them. The plot seemed a bit contrived as the family struggled to find a way to get back to their own time. However, this did not substantially diminish my enjoyment in reading this book. I recommend this book for a quick, fun read.

  • Rebecca Dosick bernzweig
    2019-03-10 08:01

    I very much enjoyed this book. As others have said, it's not the deepest but it had a great hook for me in the time travel of a modern family back to the early 1900's. I think it would be great for teenagers especially, as it could raise a lot of interesting discussion about history from a personal standpoint. How might your own feelings and actions change if you were living in a different time?

  • Nancy
    2019-03-19 07:43

    The storyline in this book was unique and the writing was quite good. Much better than most of the free books I have read on my Kindle. Unfortunately the ending left me cold. I guess I expected a more profound reason as to why this family traveled back in time. Not a bad book, just disappointing.

  • Christine
    2019-03-20 04:50

    A unique book, though a little bit of a cop out in the ending, as the loose ends are so quickly tied up. An interesting tale of a family that finds itself brought back to their own midwestern hometown in the early 1900s.

  • Linda
    2019-02-23 06:50

    A cute little story about a family that is transported back to 1909 and the things that they learn about life in the process. An interesting look into life in the past and the things that we take for granted.

  • Kay
    2019-03-23 07:58

    Unbelievable premise, but I couldn't stop reading! Enjoyed the history.

  • Barbara Cook
    2019-02-21 03:37

    Really enjoyed the book. Different then my usual read.

  • Mary Mathews
    2019-03-12 01:39

    What would you do if you were transported back in time 100 years? How would you cope? That's what happens to this family once they fully restore a Victorian house.

  • Rhonda
    2019-03-05 09:55

    the only good thing I can say about this story is that it was over quickly....

  • Mike
    2019-02-25 01:54

    Book was based on an interesting twist to time travel. A fun read.

  • Glenda
    2019-03-22 03:52

    WOW! good book.

  • Melissa Summers
    2019-02-21 07:53

    Very enjoyable time travel tale.

  • Amanda
    2019-03-05 09:36

    I really liked this book, the travel back in time shows what great advances we've made...and some not so great.

  • Larissa
    2019-03-21 05:36

    kindle book, really enjoyed the book! Hard to put down.

  • Sara Weiss
    2019-03-22 10:04

    Excellent book. It sucks you in and doesn't let go until the very end. The ending left a little to be desired but over all a great read.

  • Luci
    2019-02-22 06:06

    Meh. It had an interesting premise but the execution wasn't there. It read like a first novel and a lot of things just went unexplained.

  • Sue
    2019-02-26 06:45

    A House in ControlI liked the magical effect of a time traveling house. It was a little scary that they could not find a way to return back to 2009.You see, this very nice family was transported back 100 years in their home. We find out how living in 1909 really was, and learn it was not all "simple" or nostalgically perfect. The family learns many things, most of all the value of those they love. If you like a bit of imaginative writing, this is a good book to keep you guessing until the end.

  • Cyndi Behning Barber
    2019-02-20 07:03

    It’s a really great story and an intriguing plot. But it needed a professional editor to make it as good as it deserves to be. It was too rushed and not emotionally fleshed out as well as it should have been.

  • Marjie
    2019-02-24 03:03

    Interesting Good mix of history and current times. Story is more about people, family, friends and their impacts on each other.