Thursday, July 23, 2015

Blog Tour/Review: Another Time for Love by Lynne Larson

Another Time for Love, by Lynne Larson
2015, 176p, Clean LDS Romance/Time Travel
My Rating=3.5 Stars
Source: Received a copy from the publisher for an honest review

Salt Lake County, Present Day
Sam Carroll is living life in the fast lane--sleek cars, nice clothes, and lovely ladies have replaced the gospel values he grew up with, and he's going nowhere fast. But when a serious car accident brings his fun to a screeching halt, Sam is left comatose, aware only of his older brother reading aloud from the hundred-year-old journal of an LDS bishop, Moroni Chadester. As Sam drifts in and out of consciousness, the words begin to take root in his mind . . .

Alpine, Utah, 1915
Standing on a dusty mountain road, Sam is bewildered. The cars are different. The clothes are different. Where and when is he? The answer comes from an impossible source: Bishop Moroni Chadester. Hurtled back in time by forces he can't understand, Sam finds his memories of modern existence quickly fading as he becomes immersed in a new life and a romance with the town beauty, Laney Williams. But as the pair becomes entangled in a murder mystery, the thrill of courtship is replaced by terror as fate conspires to bring the couple into the path of a killer. Little do they realize that the clock is ticking on more than their lives Sam can't stay in the past forever. As danger looms ever closer, Sam must fight to save Laney. But can their love stand the test of time?

Sam Carroll is 25 years old, lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, and enjoys life in the fast lane. When he gets in a car accident and is in a coma, his brother reads to him from an old journal. Pretty soon Sam finds himself back in time learning life lessons that might change the course of his life.

I love this cover and the summary and was excited to read it! I was surprised to find myself putting it down and not anxious to pick it back up. It starts out with Sam's accident and we're told the kind of life he lived before. When he went back in time, he seemed to accept everything pretty easily and got the deep lessons right away. I wish we had seen more of what he was like before and that he would have struggled more to come to terms with what was happening. He received great advice (which I loved!) and took it to heart right away and that didn't seem realistic to me. But then, he traveled through time, right? 

There's lots that I loved about this book, too! Sam had a supportive family who visited him and cared for him and let him know they loved him, despite his past behavior. The majority of the book happened in the past and I always enjoy reading about life prior to our modern-day conveniences and technology. There were lots of great townspeople and a murder mystery to solve. He witnessed firsthand how a community worked together to help those in need and the sacrifices they were willing to make to ease the burdens of others. Sam met a beautiful girl, Laney, who stole his heart and helped him become a better man. He also learned a lot from her brother, Joey. Sam became friends with John, who treated him like a brother and helped him through his initial awkward phase. 

I wasn't quite sure how this was going to end and liked what happened. I wish there had been a little more but feel content in knowing the direction it was headed. This is LDS fiction so there is some religious talk and it's a huge part of the character's lives. There is also some mild non-graphic violence. It's a clean, sweet historical romance, with mystery and time travel all in one!

About the Author

Lynne Larson is an award-winning teacher and writer with a special interest in western history, particularly as It relates to women. Several of her stories, essays, and articles have appeared in regional magazines, as well as in Latter-day Saint publications.

Her novel, In the Shadow of an Angel, grew from her great regard for the pioneers who put the statue of Moroni on the temple long ago, never realizing the changes that would come as the golden figure watched over their Zion for the next one hundred years. Nor could those early builders fully imagine the generations coming after them, for whom the statue would be a beacon and a guide, millions of people, each with a life to live and a story to tell, and all connected by the angel on the spire.

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Unknown said...

It sounds super cute!

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