I don’t really know how to stop time.. though that could be handy especially with trying to catch up on my never-ending TBR pile. but anyways, this actually refers to a book that I recently finished and it was quite the page turner! Before I go further, I would like to note that I generously received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for a honest review. Any thoughts are completely my own.
This book was one of my most anticipated books for 2018 and I was not disappointed with the hype. Not to mention that cover is awesome and fits in so well with what the book is about!
It’s a story about a man by the name of Tom Hazard who looks to be just under fourtey years old but is in fact four hundred thirty nine years old and was born in France. He is one of several people who age very slowly and has the potential to live to nine hundred. He was born in an era where people were very superstitious and someone being accused of witchcraft was alas a very popular thing especially in smaller towns.
This book is an account of the adventures, memories, love, heartache and friendships he has made over the years though it has hardly been an easy time for him and recently has had severe headaches as well as wondering what he should really be doing with his life. He has been under the thumb so to speak of Hendrich, the leader of a group of people known as the Albatross, who pretty much runs things like the mafia since the late 1800’s and is also quite the paranoid nine hundred year old man.
All Tom really wants is to live a normal life, find his daughter who he’s been trying to find for the last four hundred years or so, get rid of the headaches and stop having to move around every eight years due to the fact that he ages so slowly. When he decides to settle in London as a History teacher, he adopts an Akita named Abraham and finds himself drawn to the French teacher Camille though he tries hard to resist because he thinks it’s for her own protection.
Just when Tom thinks he’s close to finding out where his daughter is, Hendrich sends him to Australia for a week in the hopes of convincing an old friend called Omai, whom he met in Tahiti back in the 1700s, of his to get out of the lime light. Reluctant to go but also wanting to see his old friend, Tom soon realizes that not everything is so easily cut and dry. He’s just about at the end of what he can deal with but Omai refuses to fall in line just because someone wants to and Tom realizes that there’s much more to life than living under the thumb of Hendrich who always seems to have a hidden agenda.
Things are about to get even more complicated when Hendrich shows up in Australia, Tom will soon realize what really matters and he just may well get out alive and maybe just maybe find love again.
Full of mystery, a travel through time, humor, a touch of heartbreak and the power of true friends, it was such a pleasure to read this book. I’m so glad that I was given the chance to read it early and I couldn’t seem to put it down. I highly recommend this book to those who enjoy getting a glimpse into the past and quirky characters.
I am pretty sure this is a standalone book but I can’t help but hope that there could be a continuation with this series. The way it ended was wonderful but I enjoyed the book so much that I want more! I would love to see what other memories Tom would like to revisit and how he’s doing in life now that some things have been resolved!
Well that wraps up my bookish ramblings. I would love to talk more about the book but I don’t want to give away any spoilers because that wouldn’t be very fun. So I hope you have enjoyed my thoughts on the book and maybe give it a try. It reminded me a bit of The Time Traveler’s Wife though the ending wasn’t as sad but it was still similar in the fact that both main characters had a unique condition, both had to deal with people who were mean at times and both loved women who were regular humans.
Thank you so much for dropping by and please feel free to drop in again. I will be back soon with more bookish thoughts so until then, happy reading!