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The Time Keeper- Mitch Alborn


Disclaimer: This book was provided to me free of charge via netgally in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis (from Amazon)

In this stunning new novel, the inventor of the world’s first clock is punished for trying to measure time. He is banished to a cave for centuries and forced to listen to the voices of all who come after him seeking more years for themselves. At last, with his soul nearly broken, Father Time is granted his freedom, along with a mission: a chance to redeem himself by teaching two earthly people the true meaning of time.

He returns to our world – now dominated by the obsession with time he so innocently began – and commences a journey with two unlikely partners: one a teenage girl who is about to give up on life, the other a wealthy old businessman who wants to live forever. To save himself, he must save them both. And stop the world to do so.

Gripping, simply told and filled with deep human truth, this unforgettable story will inspire readers everywhere to reconsider their own notions of time, how they spend it and how precious it truly is.

Review

The Time Keeper has everything you would expect from Mitch Alborn, a bit of sadness, a bit of thoughtfulness, a feel good ending and the ability to move.

At first I wasn’t that keen. It wasn’t bad. I just felt that more could have been made of how ‘Father Time’ invented time. In fact I barely even saw it as him inventing time.

One the more modern side of the story got going however my interest increased. I had a bit of a love hate relationship with the teenage girl. She was naive, and a bit of a drama queen, but I understood her. She seemed like a real teenager (and not the ‘popular’ type girls you so often get in books and films.

I didn’t like the old man at all though. He was so self-centred, even when it came to the ones he supposedly loved.

I think maybe it was good to have a hate element to those two characters however, it made the feel good element better.

What was best however was when Father Time came to our modern world. It was interesting to see the world through his eyes, and it was when the book really got going.

If you’re a fan of Alborn you should enjoy this one, and you may be interested if you are a fan of historical fiction too. If you’re not sure at first it is worth the perseverance.

3.5/5

The Time Keeper is released on 4th September in Hardback and on the Kindle. You can pre-order it on Amazon now:

Hardback (£7.40)

Kindle (£5.99)

Paperback (£6.99)- Date to be announced

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Review of the Year 2009 (Part 1)


The bit at the beginning

Seeing as it’s almost the end of another year I thought it might be nice to have a sort of review of what I’ve read this year. What the best books have been, and the worst, and the most surprising. I’ll probably go on to talk about the books I’d like to read as a result of what I have read.

As I started logging my books from about the beginning of February those are all I will mention. My first review was written in late Febuary so on lists I will highlight books with no reviews in red, books with reviews on this blog will be linked. Those not reviewed on here are reviewed on my thread at The Book Club Forum, if you aren’t a member there (Why not?!) but would like to see a review of something mentioned let me know. I’ll post full reviews for the ‘winners’

So off we go…

General Stats

Books read (45)

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For One More Day- Mitch Alborn


For one more day by mitch albom

Synopsis (from Amazon)

‘Every family is a ghost story …’ As a child, Charley Benetto was told by his father, ‘You can be a mama’s boy or a daddy’s boy, but you can’t be both.’ So he chooses his father, only to see him disappear when Charley is on the verge of adolescence. Decades later, Charley is a broken man. His life has been destroyed by alcohol and regret. He loses his job. He leaves his family. He hits rock bottom after discovering he won’t be invited to his only daughter’s wedding. And he decides to take his own life. Charley makes a midnight ride to his small hometown: his final journey. But as he staggers into his old house, he makes an astonishing discovery. His mother – who died eight years earlier – is there, and welcomes Charley home as if nothing had ever happened. What follows is the one seemingly ordinary day so many of us yearn for: a chance to make good with a lost parent, to explain the family secrets and to seek forgiveness.

Review

Having read and enjoyed 5 People You Meet in Heaven by the same author I had high hopes for this book- enough that I was worried it would never meet up to my expectations. I was not disappointed. This book was beautiful, I think that is the only word for it. Short but sweet, and in a way I think it would have lost some of it’s charm if it was longer- it would have been overly complicated. The narative, despite it’s strange topic was somehow believable and written in a way that you could actually hear Charley talking.  Despite the tough topic of someone you loving dying this story managed to be, maybe not happy, but hopeful. It left me thoughtful and contented.

5/5

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