The classic, Three Men In A Boat (to say nothing of the dog) is the inspiration for this mildly funny book. The classic is better, being written in a past era, rather than about a past era. This book is a work of gentle wit and slow story telling, which seems to match the pace of a slow boat ride up a lazy river. At times the central love story seems contrived, and the time travel is not well plotted.... arbitrary jumping around instead of clever construction. I like the book, but it does not jump out and bite you. A good read for slow days.