- Paperback: 294 pages
- Publisher: Robin Storey; 1 edition (July 23, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0987536672
- ISBN-13: 978-0987536679
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
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A Time For Penance Paperback – July 23, 2017
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Now widowed, Eva heeds to the “love em’ & leave ‘em” mantra with her endless strings of one-night stands. Still plagued by the haunting visions of Charlie, twenty years later, she wonders if there might be something more to them than just guilt.
Story had a compelling start, but then soon began to contain lagging intervals, especially where the religion was concerned. I guess, as the title suggest, this was Eva’s “time for penance”—a confession of sins and self-punishment. And, with that, she begins by confessing her sin of murder to a priest, which introduces a monologue of how it all began, starting with Eva’s first meeting with Charlie, outlining their rocky marriage, and concluding with her decision to kill him. It was basically a confession.
But rather than go straight to penance, what if you’d have the option to undo your sin—to “enact your penance by travelling back to the past?” If Eva were to go back twenty years, would she still murder Charlie?
The book definitely had an interesting premise (I just love time travel stories,) but I couldn’t get past the constant lag. It just felt like the story took forever to pick up. Okay, is she going to kill him again or not?
Plot was slow and full of uninteresting characters. I really just wanted to get to the best part; however, it was fascinating how Eva managed to miss Charlie’s loving ways from the past and also hate him for what he was about to do in the future.
Still, overall, the writing was pretty good, the pace was kind of slow, and the plot was rather mediocre.
At times very disturbing and dirty, the author does a magnificent job of sucking the reader into the story. The main character's grim journey becomes your own, her missteps leading you further down a spiral staircase to potential ruin. From the moment I started reading this book, I could not put it down......
That said, I think I'll go watch a Disney movie now.
*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
While not claiming to admire the main character in the book, I admire the author for keeping her real and creating her with the mindset of what a lot of women really are.
The only editing I found distracting was they couldn't make up their mind how to spell the secretary Annelise's name. It was different in three different places. Spellcheck! Word nerds like me notice this and it throws me off the story.
Again, EXCELLENT new storyline!
I received the book for free through Reading Deals, in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!