Author: Michael K. Hill
Publisher: Tangent Press
“That’s logic brain talking. You need to block it out while your imagination flows. Otherwise it will tell you how stupid daydreaming is when when there are worries everywhere.”
Keith Nolan falls in love with a remarkable young woman from the past, talking to him on a home video she recorded in 1989. To keep their conversation going, he must find more of her tapes—while forces work against them both, and time is running out.
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Please know, this is not my favourite book genre, nor would I have picked this up without TheWriteReads. However, I’m so glad I did.
This is a beautiful story, written in a way that had me reading into the early hours of the morning desperate for the Hollywood ending. I got even more than that and was left in tears. The first 50 pages had me feeling a little distanced from the story. Due to the simplicity of the writing and my personal struggle with the formatting, however this improved and I was enjoying myself by page 50, I really empathised with Keith, his life was sad, repetitive and desperate for more and he finds it in a videotape, from Lindsay, in 1989.
Lindsay is in a very similar situation, in a part time job, with a mother who is pushing her into an accounting course at college and her creative juices in need of an audience. Shes a free spirit fearing her wings being clipped, so she finds the old family camera and starts trying to find answers through videotaping her angst, a little like youtubers now. Keith, in 2019, finds her tape whilst at a flea market looking for comic books to finish his collection. As he watches the tape, he speaks and Lindsay hears him. From there they start start falling for each over and the course of 5 tapes each 20 minutes long. Each conversation brought something new and it was beautiful to read their love story in under 2 hours of conversation. The love story in this book is precious, Lindsay and Keith complete each other and help each other find their way in their own times.
I guessed the twists and that this was not going to be a happy ending, but it didn’t matter that I spoiled myself. Once I’d figured out that Keith and Lindsay were never going to be together, physically, I didn’t think I would be as emotionally invested however, Michaels writing and ability to create such tension and suspense absolute broke down my emotion barricades and left me in floods! The ending is wonderfully portrayed and I can honestly say this would make an excellent movie.
If you are even kinda considering reading this you must! It is beautiful, with well rounded characters, a love story for the ages and a sad but charming end.
Thank you very much to TheWriteReads, for making this book tour happen and thank you to Michael K Hill for giving me/us the book to review! If you yourself would like to read A Different Time (you should) you can find it here.
“’tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all” – Alfred Lord Tennyson
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