Matthew Winters is in trouble. Everything he’s worked so hard to achieve, is gone. One snowy Christmas Eve in 1932, he’s offered a second chance. He meets Henry, the proprietor of a thrift store. It isn’t your typical thrift store. The wares Henry purveys are magical. He returns home to confess everything to his beautiful wife, Anna. He convinces her that they can start anew, and use the timepiece Henry gives him to travel through time. “Don’t ever let it stop ticking,” Henry warns. In this mystical tale that marries time travel, romance and psychological horror, journey with the Winters across many decades to see what happens when you let love lead the way. A grotesquely beautiful love story that will test the hands of time. (Taken from Goodreads).
Barbara Avon: About the Author
I’m a wife, daughter, sister and aunt, living in Ontario, Canada and pursuing my dreams. Being able to share my creativity with the world is a dream come true. Being the hopeless (hopeful!) romantic that I am, my characters are fashioned to epitomize that kind of love that we all seek. Remember to always pay it forward and help our fellow man. Love Deep, Always.
Multi-genre Author. (Taken from Goodreads).
First, I have to say I adore the time periods chosen for this book. The way of life, the language, the way people lived, and the picture the author paints are divine.
I loved that each chapter begins with a quote from Matthew Winter’s Journal. It just sets the tone for what is to come and gives us a glimpse inside of his mind. I was pulled in from the first page of the book with the amazing imagery and scene setting. I was immediately in the story of what the characters were experiencing. I felt the emotions that they felt and it really allowed me to dive into the story being told and shut out the world around me.
I’m enthralled with Matthew and Anna’s story and the trajectory of what moves them forward. The relationship he has with his wife is incredibly sweet and complicated. His connection with Henry throws a wrench into his plans but the entire story was so engaging.
As far as the characters go, I love how endearing Matthew is and devoted to his wife despite events thrust upon them. Anna has a bit of sass that I find entertaining at times. I also found her character to be relatable in terms of her emotions and the way she deals with situations that arise. Henry was mysterious and otherworldly and something about him drew me into his interesting worldview.
I found the affects of the time travel were explained perfectly and it kept me with them on their journey. The times of strife were all the more important and the people they encountered all the more interesting. The emotions explained by the author are done so eloquently and with such intention, that we are wrapped up in their story right up to the end.