Hello, and welcome to my stop on the WriteReads Ultimate blog tour for A Different Time, by Michael K. Hill.
‘Keith Nolan falls in love with a remarkable young woman from the past, talking to him on a home video she recorded in 1989. To keep their conversation going, he must find more of her tapes – while forces work against them both, and time is running out.’
Firstly, I must thank Dave over at The Write Reads for inviting me to take part in the Ultimate Book Tour for A Different Time – he must have the best organisational skills ever because organising and keeping track of a book tour this huge can’t be easy!
A Different Time is a really sweet novella, with a very interesting concept. It asks you to suspend what you know about reality, and to believe in a love that’s strong enough to transcend the logistics of time.
Keith isn’t doing so well – his girlfriend has broken up with him, he has a job he doesn’t like, with an unforgiving boss. Apart from Aric, his only friend, and his beloved, treasured comic book collection, there is little in his life that brings him much joy.
Lindsay isn’t doing much better. She’s 20, living at home with her hard to please mother, and her creepy, lecherous stepfather Wit. She misses her father, and her old home. The only thing that fulfills her are her sketches and her artwork – which her mother dismisses as a waste of time.
However, when Keith finds an old home movie that Lindsay recorded, at a flea market, it leads him to her – and an impossible love that somehow takes place in both 2019, and 1989..
The two main characters in A Different Time are Keith and Lindsay.
Keith lives in 2019 – alone, lonely, and floundering. He has no real passions to speak of, other than his comics – and later, Lindsay. He is just kind of surviving his way through life – he doesn’t enjoy his job, he has few relationships, and little ambition. However, he changes when he gets to know Lindsay, determined to find more tapes so they can have more time together. He becomes quite the romantic figure, taking drastic action to keep their relationship on track.
Lindsay is trying her best to live an authentic life – in 1989. Her main goal in life is to find a way to be successful with her art – something her mother and awful stepfather scoff at. They think she should settle down and become an accountant. She begins recording video diaries as a way of venting. She encounters Keith through these videos, and helps his to discover his creative side, and teaches him not to be so serious.
Style & Format
A Different Time is told in the third person, past tense.
It is split into chapters, each one alternating between Keith’s timeline and location, and Lindsay’s. Each chapter is headed so it is easy to differentiate between each character, and timeline.
A Different Time really is a lovely story, one that tells of love through the ages, and shows us that true love can overcome even the most impossible of barriers. It will definitely pull at the heartstrings!
About The Author
Beginning as a sketch comedy writer for American television, Michael K. Hill progressed to become an internationally published writer of fiction and non-fiction. His short story anthology, Anansi and Beyond, published in 2017, and his debut novel, A Different Time, is available now.
He lives in Connecticut with his wife, kids, and 7 rescued animals.
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