On Trial: The Crossing Hour (Part 1 The Arrival ) by Quoleena Sbrocca

Posted December 28, 2014 by Virginia in Reviews / 0 Comments

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The Crossing Hour Book Cover The Crossing Hour
The Crossing Hour #1
Quoleena Sbrocca
Historical Fiction
Quoleena Sbrocca
December 11, 2014

Warning: This article may contain spoilers.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The author has never asked me for, or tried to influence me for a positive review, nor have I promised one.

My Impressions:

For decades Stanley Graf had searched for proof of natural time travel. He finally developed a theory based on his research, that the occurrence of the Perseids meteors and perigee moon phenomena. He calculated that a simultaneous occurrence of the two could create a combustive reaction with earth’s magnetism and gravitational pull, generating an invisible, planetary black hole, a gateway through which time travel could exist. He concluded that time travel was a natural occurrence that happen approximately every four years.

In August of the year 2010 he and his son Thomas discovered a gateway in an invisible planetary black hole in northern Delaware. The time travel had already occurred so Stanley knew they had to wait for another four years for another occurrence.

Only his son, his son wife, and his two grandchildren know of the existence of time travel. Thomas dies 2 years after the discovery from prostrate cancer and Stanley falls ill. When the next gateway is schedule to occur it is left to his 28-year-old granddaughter, Leigh, a psychology doctorate graduate, to await the latest black hole event. Leigh camps out at the site for days awaiting the occurrence.

The time traveler turns out to be 28-year-old runaway slave, Harriet Tubman. When Harriet awakens after coming through the portal she is disoriented, scared and has no idea where she is. Harriet runs out of the woods and onto the highway where a Man stops his car and offers her a lift. She refuses so he calls a cab for her and tells the driver to take her to the hospital. Leigh put into practice everything she knew about Stanley’s theory and years of research. She follows the time traveler Harriet to the hospital and befriends her. With the aid of her brother, Stan, an FBI agent in D.C. She gets ID made for Harriet and pretends that Harriet is mentally ill and is her charge. She gets her released into her care and takes her to the camper. She needs to take her to see her brother Stan and his dad Stanley. Harriet is overwhelmed by the size and quality of the camper. She goes to lie down in the soft bed and immediately falls asleep.

I enjoyed this first part of the book can’t wait to read the others.


The plot was a bit complicated at first but after the first two chapters was easier to follow.


The Characters were interesting but I felt that there could have been a bit more background information on them.

Simple and easy to follow.

About the Author:

Quoleena Sbrocca earned an MFA in Photography with an emphasis in Documentary, from the Academy of Art University, San Francisco. She was a dance major for my undergraduate studies and earned a BA in Liberal Arts and Sciences, from San Diego State University.

Although she always enjoyed creative writing, she never took any formal classes in the subject. She never liked the idea of having to create a story based on an assigned topic, so she never enrolled in a class in college or grad school. She always wanted to write a novel, and now that she’s working toward publishing her first, she has uncovered a new passion. It was always churning just beneath the surface; she just needed characters and a plot to bring it to life.

The Verdict:

Highly Recommended

Rating Report
Overall: 4.3

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