Hello bookworms! It is finally time for my tour stop for the #UltimateBlogTour of A Different Time by Michael K. Hill, which is being hosted by the amazing Dave at The Write Reads! Check out this incredible list of bloggers.
A Different Time
Author: Michael K. Hill
Publication Date: 02 July 2019
Genre: New Adult Fiction – Romance/Sci-Fi
Publisher: Tangent Press
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.
Coming in at only 200 pages, this heartbreakingly beautiful story left me a gushing puddle of tears.
At the age of 16, Lindsey was forced to relocate to California from Hawaii following her parents divorce with her mom. Her mom quickly remarried as a means for financial stability, but Lindsey’s stepdad just rubs her the wrong way. Now, its 1989 and 19 year old Lindsey has graduated high school, but she’s no closer in figuring out what she’s going to do. Lindsey’s mom wants her to go to college and study accounting wince her she considers Lindsey’s artwork a childish hobby. The strained family dynamic environment coupled with no friends and no clue what to do in the future, Lindsey is lonely and just wants someone to talk to. One night, Lindsey decides that she’s going to make a video diary.
It’s 2017, and Keith’s life just seems to be passing him by. He lives in a small apartment in Hoboken and works for a manufacturing company that is anything but his dream job. Keith lost both of his parents in a car crash, and he’s never recovered. He spends his days desperately trying to finish his X-Men comics collection that was originally started by his dad. Following one of his flea market trips, Keith comes across a homemade VHS-C. He decides to watch it, and discovers tape Lindsey. What he doesn’t expect is that they are able to talk to each other through the tapes. Now Keith is on a mission to find the other tapes in order to find Lindsey and have a chance at happiness.
The story unfolds from the different POVs on Lindsey and Keith and the lengths that each of them must go through in order to continue seeing each other (even if 30 years apart). This is a fas-paced, race against time. My heart was pounding for Keith because I desperately wanted him to find Lindsey to get their happily ever after.
I loved both Lindsey’s and Keith’s character. I definitely think that this story highlights the struggles of being young and uninspired until you finally have that conversation with someone that ignites that spark of passion inside you. Both of them have their flaws, and neither tries to make excuses for it.
Overall, I can’t recommend this book enough. This book has romance, time travel, comic references, and 80’s references. This is one of those books that keeps you on the edge of the page wondering if time will in fact run out, and just when you think you figured this one out, that ending will come at you like a freight train.
Thank you to Dave from The Write Reads for my blog invitation as well as providing an ebook for review. This did not influence my review. All opinions are my own.