Tuesday, July 21, 2015

BLOG TOUR w/ GIVEAWAY: Another Time for Love by Lynne Larson


Salt Lake County, Present Day
Sam Carroll is living life in the fast lane--sleek cars, nice clothes, and lovely ladies have replaced the gospel values he grew up with, and he's going nowhere fast. But when a serious car accident brings his fun to a screeching halt, Sam is left comatose, aware only of his older brother reading aloud from the hundred-year-old journal of an LDS bishop, Moroni Chadester. As Sam drifts in and out of consciousness, the words begin to take root in his mind . . .

Alpine, Utah, 1915
Standing on a dusty mountain road, Sam is bewildered. The cars are different. The clothes are different. Where and when is he? The answer comes from an impossible source: Bishop Moroni Chadester. Hurtled back in time by forces he can't understand, Sam finds his memories of modern existence quickly fading as he becomes immersed in a new life and a romance with the town beauty, Laney Williams. But as the pair becomes entangled in a murder mystery, the thrill of courtship is replaced by terror as fate conspires to bring the couple into the path of a killer. Little do they realize that the clock is ticking on more than their lives Sam can't stay in the past forever. As danger looms ever closer, Sam must fight to save Laney. But can their love stand the test of time?


Lynne Larson is an award-winning teacher and writer with a special interest in western history, particularly as It relates to women. Several of her stories, essays, and articles have appeared in regional magazines, as well as in Latter-day Saint publications.

Her novel, In the Shadow of an Angel, grew from her great regard for the pioneers who put the statue of Moroni on the temple long ago, never realizing the changes that would come as the golden figure watched over their Zion for the next one hundred years. Nor could those early builders fully imagine the generations coming after them, for whom the statue would be a beacon and a guide, millions of people, each with a life to live and a story to tell, and all connected by the angel on the spire.


Time travel romances sometimes have a feeling of inevitability to them just because of the challenges associated with them.  So it takes an special sort of touch to make them believable and enjoyable with that feeling of impossibility associated with them.  Larson has done a nice job here answering the questions associated with Sam's 'visit' to the past.  Having Sam visit the past while in a coma and his brother reads to him from an old journal provides context to the things that Sam experiences and learns.  I enjoyed watching Sam learn that while the pleasures of the world might be fun for the short term, long term they offer very little. Same learns this when he befriends a young man much like himself, simply from an earlier era and a beautiful young lady whose younger brother who is dying.  All of this happens in a small farming community where a shocking murder has really thrown everyone into confusion.  Another Time for Love is a quick read with some thoughtful insights about the power of love and sacrifice and learning that service can provide more long term happiness than any amount of goofing off.


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