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 every closer, Sam mush fight to save Laney. but can their love stand the test of time?
As I reflect on life, I've come to realize that you never know what will happen to change the path you're on. Sam is living the life of a playboy, much to his parents' dismay. Fun times, casual dating, and fast cars are more important to him than anything else--until an accident puts him into a coma.
Sam's brother reads to him from a journal while he's in the coma and Sam suddenly finds himself transported to 1915--100 years earlier. I loved the events that took place to lead him to important realizations about himself and life.
The book mostly takes place in the past and I enjoyed the characters and the simpler way of life. I really got a feel for the way things were back then and the relationships that people had with friends, family, and townspeople. There is a tight sense of community and many families suffered from trials and hard times and all banded together to support one another. I don't live too far away from where the book takes place and it's fun to picture how things looked 100 years ago.
I couldn't image how the story would wrap up and I was satisfied with the way it all played out. I would've loved an epilogue, but it is still a fun story.
Content: clean romance (kissing); no language; mild religious elements (characters are religious and there are one or two instances where it really plays a part, but most of it is in the background); mild violence (murders). Nothing is graphic, but detailed just enough to give the reader of what's going on. Clean!
*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*
Sam gets in a car accident and is comatose. His brother reads to him from a journal from long ago. Sam finds himself living in the world from the journal as his own world begins to fade. We experience the world of 1915 through Sam's eyes.
I really enjoyed the characters in this book and I could easily picture the story playing out in my mind like a movie. The book moved along slowly and even though this book is on the shorter side, it took me awhile to get through it. It didn't grip and hold my attention like I would've liked. But, like I said, there were many enjoyable parts to this book. The ending was the best bit for me.
This book is gentle in nature and clean. It has a sweet romance.
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.