By: Therin Knite
Narrated by: Julia Knippen
GoodReads Summary: Corina Marion has a father problem—namely that her Red Cross doctor of a dad has finally returned home from sixteen years of war…
…as a body in a box to be buried.
Her mother is devastated, her friends shocked and saddened, her hometown in mourning at the loss of its local hero. And Corina, indifferent to the man she never met, is trapped in the middle of an emotional onslaught she isn’t prepared to handle.
But when a strange old man confronts Corina at her father’s funeral, he offers her an impossible opportunity: the chance to know the late Luther Marion. And in a moment of uncertainty, Corina makes a choice with consequences she can barely fathom.
A choice that sends her twenty-five years into the past. To the heyday of her father’s hometown. Right on the cusp of the harrowing events that will shape his life…and his death.
And in order to return to her damaged home, supportive friends, and uncertain future, Corina will have to fight tooth and nail alongside the man she’s resented her entire life. Because if she doesn’t help fix the past she’s inadvertently changed with her presence, Luther Marion may not live long enough to become a hero at all.
(I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.)
Nothing pleases me more than receiving a free copy of a book that I enjoy. Sometimes it’s hard to write these reviews and stay pleasant. Sometimes it’s hard not to be the grammar Nazi, the critical editor, the disappointed reader/listener. (Especially since I go into these types of books without expectation other than for what I’ve read in the summary.)
Usually, it’s a toss up. Sometimes I end up not liking the genre at all. Sometimes I discover a new favorite (author, narrator, series). The second, well, those are what I am honestly looking for when I volunteer to review.
This one was honestly a surprise. I liked it so much, I’ve listened to it twice.
And cried both times.
Sure, it’s time travel. But not like any sci-fi time travel you’d expect.
Sure, it’s emotional…a roller coaster, really. (And I do not say that often.)
Sure, it’s a teenage daughter with a smidgen of angst and a whole lot of anger toward an absent father.
It’s all those things all wrapped up in a neat package of something different.
Don’t go reading other reviews. Avoid spoilers at all costs.
Listen to Julia Knippen take you on this wild ride and sound just like you’d expect Corina to sound, every nuance, every snarky remark, every bit of understanding she gains on her unexpected path.
Understand the parallels between Corina’s world and our own. Maybe, just maybe, gain some insight about yourself.
Do not pass this up.