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A romantic love that endured through the ages (4¾ stars),
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This review is from: A Matter of Time (Kindle Edition)
As interest in the Titanic peaks this year - the centennial of the ship's sinking - I've been reading (or rereading) a lot of books on the Titanic, as well as watching numerous Titanic movies and documentaries. Like many people, I'm fascinated by the Titanic, so when author Michael Bowler asked me to review his book "A Matter of Time," I was happy to do so.
"A Matter of Time" was an impressive novel, mingling two of my favorite subjects: the Titanic and time travel. Jamie Collins was a typical college student until he began having nightmares, visions of being on a doomed ship with an evil entity stalking him. Eventually, he came to the horrifying realization that his own destiny was somehow linked to his alter-ego aboard the Titanic, and he made the fateful decision to place himself on the Titanic during the ship's last hours, a decision that would forever change his life.
It was an exciting, suspenseful story that had me reading later at night than I usually do. As farfetched as the storyline was, the author made it work. Could Jamie save the Titanic, and if he could, should he? Those were the questions that plagued Jamie in those final hours of the great ship's first and only voyage. And how would he deal with the evil force that threatened to destroy him? Without giving away any spoilers, I'll just say that Victorian author Bram Stoker played a key part in the story, and I'll let it go at that.
Ultimately, Jamie's fate turned on a child's craving for chocolate ice cream. This changed Jamie's mission on the Titanic in a way that he could have never imagined.
My only negative comments are about the editing. There were a number of spelling and punctuation errors, not enough to be distracting, but the book would have benefitted by a good proofreading. Also, scene changes sometimes occurred with no separation between paragraphs, making it a bit confusing while I mentally shifted gears and figured out whose point of view I was reading. Because of these editing issues, I gave the book 4¾ stars instead of 5 stars.
The bottom line: This was a captivating story, told very well. Ultimately, it was a great romantic love story, showing how true love could endure for decades.