Quickie Review: A Question of Time by Joanne Renaud

Publisher: Champagne books
Where did you get this book: e-ARC from author
Release date: Out now

Years later, successful author Celia Cavalotti is still mourning the death of her favorite teacher, who died in a car crash in 1989. But when a car accident of her own hurtles her back in time to the week of his death, she has a chance to change the future.

Finding herself in the 1980s is a shock to the extremely modern Celia– but even more shocking is seeing her dead English teacher, Alan Forrest, alive and well before her very eyes. Alan is far more handsome than she remembers, and she can’t resist the urge to flirt. After all, they have so much in common, like writing and a shared love of science fiction. Celia knows she’s falling in love with him– but can she use this opportunity to prevent his tragic death? What is happening to her? And why can’t she seem to stay in one place and time?

*blurb taken from Amazon*

A Question of time is a short story, and whilst it has a neat premise, this book didn’t work for me. I struggled with this short story and found it confusing trying to understand what was going on with the time travelling.

Firstly, there is too much information dumping that slowed the story down and halted the action. There also wasn’t a lot of tension between the hero and heroine that kept the story exciting. I didn’t understand Celia’s infatuation with Mr Forest when he was her teacher and why she mourned for him for so long. When Celia goes back in time, I was hoping the story would pick up but there wasn’t any conflict in the story and within the interactions between Celia and Alan ‘Mr Forrester’ to drive the story on.

I also got confused in the reveal in the end with the time traveling and I didn’t understand what happened. It didn’t make sense to me, and I was left feeling very confused on what happened with Celia arriving back in time with Alan, and how there was another time shift and it just got too confusing for me; it wasn’t clear as the heroine wasn’t sure what happened. If the heroine wasn’t sure, then not sure how readers will understand. Whilst the ending did pick up, unfortunately, it was too late. Using a time travel plot in a 90 page book doesn’t work as it doesn’t give enough time to go into detail that’s believable.

I give A Question of Time a D.

Comments

  1. says

    Lol, did you never have a crush on a teacher? I did, so I can understand it a little. But it does not sound like a good story, hope your next book is an A.

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