Jules just looked at him for several long seconds. "That might be truly the most offensive thing you've ever said to me."
I enjoyed this clean sort of fantasy romance that involves some time travel. I received this book for free and I voluntarily chose to review it. I've given it a 4.5* rating. This gal has had a bummer of a day trying to get home for Christmas. Anything that could go wrong, probably did. If you like time travel books, then you'll probably enjoy this one. So things probably work out the way they should. Nice ending.
After discovering why magic died out in 1951, governments all over the world are trying to bring it back to their own advantage. Not to be left behind, the American government gets together a rag tag bunch of people to work on the problem. They succeed but find out that manipulating time isn't as easy as they thought...
This book was just fun. Yes, it has obvious flaws (in detail as much as in pc) but looking past those it is just a fun romp through history with lots of interesting characters. Not to be taken seriously.
The past is obdurate.
The past harmonizes with itself.
I saw the mini-series based on this book before reading/listening to the book, so I was spoiled on much of the major developments. Still I enjoyed this book--probably not any less than I would have unspoiled. (I can't know for sure since I can't go back in time and read the book before watching the show!)
In 2011, Jake Epping is a high-school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine. He is living a fairly ordinary, orderly life until Al Templeton, proprietor of Al's Diner, introduces him to a seeming impossibility. The pantry of the diner has a portal to one specific day in the past: Tuesday, September 9, 1958. Al has Jake experience this phenomenon for himself rather than try to convince him that it's true. Al has been visiting the past regularly for years, for varying time spans. His visits account for his alarmingly fast aging, since no matter how long the stay in the past, only two minutes will have passed in the "present" time frame upon returning. Changes made in that past affect the future (or present, depending on one's perspective); however all those changes are erased if that portal to the past is used again. Al explains this as a "reset."
The extended visits to the past have taken their toll on Al's health. He is dying of lung cancer and urges Jake to take up a mission Al had attempted and failed to complete: go back to 1958 and stay in the past long enough to prevent John F. Kennedy's assassination on November 22, 1963. Jake, divorced and childless, doesn't feel particularly tethered to 2011. But can he really prevent the assassination? If he fails, he's five years older with nothing to show for it.
The two lines at the beginning of this review are lines our narrator repeats often during his mission to change the past. It does not want to be changed. Can you blame it?
While I was listening to and reading this book (I also got the hard cover from the library), I also watched to first two seasons of Twelve Monkeys. I seem to be overdosing on time travel lately. I guess I love this stuff. If you do, too? Read this book!
This is the 4th book in the True North series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. However, to avoid spoilers and have complete understanding of this amazing series, I recommend reading these in order.
Zara & Dave make a memory and then plan to never see one another again. This is of course, before the surprises that seem to keep coming. Good thing Zara has her family for support.
Dave misses Vermont and cannot wait to get back. He had hoped to find Zara if he ever went there again. Fate intervenes, and the rest as they say is history.
I have to warn you - I cried almost the entire book. Please get your tissues ready. Stunningly beautiful, this story has so much power to move you and your emotions. Each encounter of these characters seem so real to me. Very touching, and thought provoking, I was excited to see it be the next part of the True North series. I give this story a 5/5 Kitty's Paws UP!
***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review.