Date: June, 2002
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Notes: Some explicit material and language. Sensitive subject
Reviewer Nancy Mehl is the author of Graven
Images"and Sinner's Song.
Grant is tired of the abuse. Her father, Matthew, has held her family
in a prison of terror for as long as she can remember. One night,
after a particularly violent episode, she escapes from her house
and drives away into the darkness. She is seeking safety--somewhere
that will provide protection. But she ends up in a place she never
planned to go: the past.
1987 life turns into 1965 and she’s smack dab in the middle
of her parent’s teenage years--with a chance to see how her
father turned into a brute and her mother turned into someone who
allows him to hurt her.
being rescued from the remains of a car wreck, Amanda meets Neil,
a teacher at the local high school, as well as another traveler
from the future. Neil has been sent back also, but now the question
is why? Why have they been catapulted backward into time? Have their
paths crossed for a reason? And what can Amanda learn that can change
her life and that of her father? Her meeting with Matthew takes
a wild turn when she meets him as an abused and frightened young
man who evokes feelings in her that she never dreamed she could
experience for her father. Time and emotions are turned upside down
in this sensitive and captivating tale that exposes the underbelly
of familial abuse.
James has presented an unlikely but intriguing story that won’t
go exactly where you think it will--or even where you might want
it to go. But you’ll be glad you took the ride. His thoughtful
presentation of the issues of abuse will stay with you long after
you put this book down.