A lonely, young man risks all to uncover the mysteries of the woman talking to him from the past…
Keith Nolan falls in love with the remarkable young woman from the past, talking to him on a home video she recorded in 1989. But to keep their conversation going, he must find more of her tapes.
There are forces working against them both, and time is running out.
1989. Lindsey is young and alone. Living with her overbearing mother and indifferent stepfather, she yearns for the friends and family she left behind when her parents divorced. Desperate to be understood, she starts a video diary to try and understand the conflict between the artist she wants to be, and the ordered life her mother envisages for her.
2017. Keith is also young and alone. Having lost both his parents in a traffic accident, he spends his days trawling comic book stands and stores searching for the issues he needs to complete the collection left to him by his beloved father. One day, searching amongst the stacks, he comes across an unmarked tape. When he plays it, a young woman is talking to the camera about her life. And when he speaks to her, she speaks back…
The premise of Michael K. Hill’s A Different Time really is a doozy – it ticked all my Doctor Who/time travel/love-across-time-and-space checkboxes! And the book really is a sweet and affecting love story about two lonely young people who connect with each other – with the added complication that they exist in very different time zones.
Told from both Lindsey and Keith’s point of view, A Different Time is a light and engaging read. The plot rattles along, with Keith desperately trying to find more of Lindsey’s tapes so that he can continue their ‘conversation’ even as the impossibility of their situation – and the challenges presented by the gap between their presents – dawns on him.
Lindsey and Keith are both likeable characters and, for the most part, the book focuses upon them rather than dwelling too much on minor details, making it a quick and easy read. There is, admittedly, a bit of insta-love in their relationship but the resulting romance is both sweet and poignant, which made up for the lack of depth in some elements of their characterisation. And both characters are very relatable – young, lonely, and a little bit lost, I really did want them to find each other and to gain something through their surreal experiences.
A Different Time is definitely one of those books that you’re better just to roll with. If you stare too hard at the logistics of the plot, or you’re seeking intense depth, you’re just not going to have as much fun. Because, whilst there are definitely things you can be picky about here, if you accept the book for what it is then you’ll find a warm, heartfelt and poignant tale about love, destiny, and fate. Perfect for providing those easy-to-read, escapist feels!
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