Keith Nolan falls in love with a remarkable young woman from the past, talking to him on a home video she recorded in 1989. To keep their conversation going, he must find more of her tapes—while forces work against them both, and time is running out.
Rating: 3/5 stars
Publication Date: 2nd July 2019
Page Count: 197 pages
Genre: Romance / Sci-Fi
Today, I am excited to share that I am taking part in my first Book Tour! Organised by The Write Reads (Ultimate Blog Tour), the book I am reviewing is A Different Time by Michael K. Hill. In exchange for an unbiased and honest opinion I was given a free e-copy of Hill’s book.
A Different Time
‘My name is Lindsay,’ she said. ‘I need someone to talk to, and I’ve decided it should be you.’
Do you believe in fate? Do you believe love can find you regardless of time? Well, that is what Hill wants you to put your trust in in his debut novel. Published this past July, A Different Time follows two young adults as they fall in love with each other thirty years apart and through sparing, limited conversation.
In its opening pages, A Different Time introduces us to Keith Nolan. He is a twenty-two-year old sandy-blond, who often spends too much time ‘parked in front of a computer screen.’ Following the deaths of both his parents, as well as a recent break up, he finds comfort in visiting flea markets in the hopes of completing his comic-book collection. And it is during one of these visits that his life changes forever. Whilst searching through some collectibles (‘baseball cards, maps, porcelain figurines, vinyl albums, vintage toys, watches, books, and second-hand clothes’), he stumbles across a VHS-C labelled Tape #3. Oddly, he wants it.
It turns out Tape #3 is a home video, recorded by a nineteen-year-old artist Lindsay Hale. What’s more, the video diary is from 1989. Since graduating the previous June, you’ll learn that she’s felt indecisive about her future and believed recording her goals would help. Miraculously, as she talks and Keith listens, both begin to realise they can converse with one another. But only for as long as the tape will allow. And only if Keith can find more tapes in the present day…
Like many other reviewers, I was drawn in by the mix of romance and sci-fi elements. It felt thoughtful in its execution – questioning the existence of destiny and how our actions can impact the future.
Throughout, A Different Time holds a steady pace, managing to throw in a lot of plot even though its total page count is under two-hundred. It is a sweet, poignant story, with two very relatable and likeable protagonists.
My only critique would be how underdeveloped Keith and Lindsay’s relationship felt – that they fell in love too quickly. But perhaps this is due to myself not being in either of their situations, where both felt isolated due to family issues / strife.
This book is a quirky, well-written read, full of nostalgic vibes. The premise is very interesting, and it is quite easy to push through in a single sitting.
Thank you again to Dave from The Write Reads, and to Michael K. Hill for such an opportunity.
About the author
Michael K. Hill is an internationally published writer. His novel, A Different Time, was published July 2, 2019. He lives in Connecticut with his wife, kids, and 7 rescued animals. He has also written and published a collection of short stories, Anansi and Beyond.
Copies of A Different Time can be found here.
Hill’s Twitter can be found here.
His website can be found here.