I’m gonna preface this review with saying that I have a cold dead heart. Really, I do.
This means that romance in books … is pretty hit or miss for me. And usually, shorter books have it more difficult to win me over because … well, less time to melt the ice around my heart. Less time to make me actually believe the love between them.
So, now after reading this you might think: Well, why did you read this book then?! It’s novella size and about two people falling in love … quite obviously not your thing.
And my answer to that is … NOLY MADE ME DO IT!
After reading her review of A Different Time I just could not say no?
And let me tell you, I’m glad I ventured out into dangerous territory because I really did enjoy it. For the most part.
But let’s start from the beginning, shall we?
Title: A Different Time
Author: Michael K. Hill
Paperback: 196 pages
Published: July 2nd 2019
Synopsis from Goodreads
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.
This is a wonderful little story! I was intrigued by the premise (and by Noly’s review) but even more so after reading the first page, meeting Keith and just … I was hooked. The writing is so effortless and it fits both Keith and Lindsey perfectly.
I was instantly taken by Keith. He is an amazing character, after a few sentences you think you’ve known him forever. Not because he is one huge stereotype or anything, but just … everything about him is so relatable. He struggles to find his purpose, just lives from day to day with his biggest aspiration being to finish the comic books collection he started with his Dad.
Lindsey is in a similar situation. She doesn’t know what she wants to do with her life, just that she doesn’t want what her mom proposes. Just like with Keith, I instantly took a liking to her.
Her passion for art and nature, her doubts and fears about what the future may hold for her.
I loved their first … encounter. I don’t want to say much because, ya know, spoilers, but it was very cute and exactly like I imagine it would go if that would actually happen.
I frequently had a smile on my face while reading this and I was flying through the pages. As I said earlier, the writing is beautiful and perfect for the story. Simple and easy to understand and complementary to the charming simplicity of the story. The paranormal element was integrated flawlessly, just in generel the book merges different genres so easily. While feeling light and breathy and at the same time really making you think.
Even though when you think about it not that much happens, plotwise, I was never bored. Keith and Lindsey both were just so endearing and a joy to read about. Dual perspective always bears the potential for the reader not enjoying one POV as much as the other, but I honestly couldn’t choose if you’d ask me to.
There aren’t many supporting characters, but I really didn’t mind. Keith and Lindsey were enough.
I did have some eyeroll and ‘dude really’ moments though. Mostly with Keith. He was so instantly infatuated with Lindsey, which I could understand to a certain degree, I mean something like that doesn’t happen very often and the excitement is obvious … but it was still a bit too much too quick (dare I say instalove-y?) for me. He was soo focused on her and went completely out there to talk to her, risking his job and friendship. That’s some dedication!
(Still a little weird to me and my frozen heart)
I didn’t have this problem with Lindsey’s POV. She was more cautious with it while still being passionate? Does that make any sense?
But the ending … oh man, that was just perfect. I called it, but still, so satisfying in a bittersweet way! That’s all I’m gonna say.
You’ll have to read the book to find out more, I really recommend it. Even if it’s not your usual genre!
P.S. I think we have established that I’m shallow went it comes to my book covers … and not to state the obvious … but this one is gorgeous?? And it really fits the story!
Author Bio: Michael K Hill
Beginning as a sketch comedy writer for American television, Michael K. Hill progressed to become an internationally published writer of fiction and non-fiction. His short story anthology, Anansi and Beyond, published in 2017, and his debut novel, A Different Time, is available now. He lives in Connecticut with his wife, kids, and 7 rescued animals.
Thanks to Dave @ The Write Reads (The Write Reads on Tour) and Michael K Hill for providing me with an ebook of this wonderful book!
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