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BOOK REVIEW - A Different Time by Michael K Hill


What the back says...


In 1989 she spoke to the love of her life.

In 2019 he answered


Keith Nolan falls in love with a remarkable young woman from the past, talking to him on a home video she recorded. To keep their conversation going, he must find more of her tapes - while forces work against them both - and time is running out.


The first thing that struck me about this book was how it reminded me of a more up to date version of the movie 'The Lake House' (if you haven't seen it, please do, even if it's just for Keanu Reeves)! A Different Time is a beautiful story of two people falling in love in two different times - a very clever concept.


This was a very easy book to read, there wasn't a whole array of characters that you had to learn or remember. The added bonus being the main characters were both likeable - both slightly damaged in their own way which just made them even easier to relate to. The plot moved at a steady pace - there were no clunky bits - with the author telling the story from both points of view. He managed a perfect balance of seeing things from both perspectives whilst dealing with two different decades. There were also some great light hearted bits to ease the tension, the author definitely has a skill for creating that fine line between light and shade of a plot. My only slight issue I had with the plot was how quickly both Keith and Lindsay accepted the fact they could speak with each other, even though they were in different decades. They seemed to accept this unusual quirk very quickly and didn't really spend too much time figuring out why it had happened. Maybe it's just my overthinking brain but I'm pretty sure I would have been a bit more curious as to what was going on.


All the way through you are rooting for these two to work it out, hoping for some very clever twist to make sure they got their happy ending. Without giving too much away and releasing any spoilers, it was definitely not the ending you wish for. There is a heartbreaking climax to the story but also one that makes a lot of sense, there wasn't really anywhere else it could have gone and the sadness of this leaps out of the pages. You must have one very stony heart if you don't catch even the slightest feels by time you reach the closing pages.


As we head into Autumn, this is the perfect read to spend an evening with. This is one of those unputdownable books that, once finished, you want to hear more. I guarantee after you have read the last page you will definitely want more. I highly recommend this book and am so pleased to have been a part of the last WriteReads blog tour!



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