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Sunday, May 4, 2008

Review: All The Time In The World

All the Time in the World
by K. Bruce Justice

Her life as a teacher was uncomplicated and safe, the way she wanted it, until the death of her parents and return to her home town. Sandra Foster was not expecting to wake up in the turbulent 1970s, amid the storm of unrest over Viet Nam, to meet and fall in love with a Navy flyer who was no different than those fighting today. No different than anyone in the Armed Forces, willing to sacrifice their lives for love of family and country. When he is lost and she returns to the present, she will need to decide if it was a journey, a dream, or perhaps the premonition of a promise to be kept?

“All the Time in the World” is a bit of a mystery: Sandra Foster goes to sleep in present-day Georgia and wakes up driving a car in 1972 South Florida. Though the story never really explores what she’s doing there, she does take the time-jump in stride and even manages to fall in love with handsome Jim Hamilton, a Navy pilot who leaves for Vietnam soon after they meet.

This is a cute, quick read with two appealing main characters. I wasn’t sure why it was important that Sandra had to travel back three decades to fall in love, but that fact didn’t keep me from enjoying the romance. Both settings are well described, and the few minor characters we meet are realistic and likable as well.

Readers will enjoy this tale of two lonely souls who meet and fall in love, only to be torn apart by war. In that respect, this story is timeless: people wait and pray for their lovers to return from the front no matter what the decade. “All the Time in the World” is a powerful reminder of the fragility of life and the power of love, especially in the face of danger and death.

Review by Dandelion