Reviewed by: ?wazithinkin
Genre: Young Adult/ Time Travel/ Paranormal
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“Mia Grace lives in rural Vermont and works as a consumer advocate and educator in New Hampshire. When she’s not hiding away in her writer’s garret, she can be found enjoying her boisterous extended family, her menagerie of dogs, cats, and laying hens, and her perennial flower gardens.”
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“When the past and the present collide…
Hailey Kent knows how she wants to spend the summer before her junior year in high school: hanging out at the pool with Jenna, her BFF; riding her new trail bike on Vermont’s country roads; and flirting with Jenna’s hot older brother, Cody.
Hailey’s plans are shattered when a post-graduation accident puts her brother into a coma. Feeling guilty for not stopping him from going out that night, she seeks solace in exploring an old house and its overgrown gardens.
A mysterious correlation of events propels her back in time to the Vietnam War era, where she realizes she can use her knowledge of one boy’s fate to save his life. But first, Hailey needs to convince him of her sanity.”
Hailey Kent and Jenna Wells are pretty much typical teenaged best friends. Hailey is brooding at the moment because her sixteenth birthday happened to fall on her older brother David’s high school graduation day, so she is not the center of attention. Then a tragic car accident happens and her brother’s life hangs in the balance. The whole Kent family’s life is turned upside down. Hailey is dealing with depression and the pressures of an unknown future.
Jenna, whose brother was driving the car, tries to occupy Hailey’s mind with a distraction that has recently become an obsession of her own. Cleaning up around an old abandoned house that used to belong to her grandmother’s first love. Hailey is not thrilled with this project but goes along with her friend because she has nothing better to occupy her time. She finds herself surprisingly invested in the house’s history and the people who lived there.
The first part of the story is very slow moving and I had a hard time keeping interested in the story, which is mostly a set up for the second half of the book. I liked the characters, and the story is laid out well, they just didn’t draw me in. I have a problem investing myself in sad stories and all the themes in the first half of the book are sad. However, if you hang in there, the pay-off is in the second half of the story. The change is abrupt and it took a while to understand what was going on. Everything has changed, no one is the same as they were in the first half of the book.
It was interesting to see the interconnectedness of our lives and how we can affect the lives of others who are not even close to us. The ripple effect that we can and do cause with our actions and thoughts is a bit mind-boggling. I found it fascinating how Ms. Grace managed to weave this story into such a believable reality. This is a thought provoking book that I ended up enjoying a lot more than I thought I would in the beginning.
I viewed this story as more of a series of paranormal events rather than a science fiction story. Perhaps that is just me, I prefer paranormal to sci-fi.
I noticed no issues with editing or formatting.
Rating: **** Four Starsa Rafflecopter giveaway