Author: Caren J Werlinger
Publisher: *Not Listed
Cover Artist: Patty G Henderson
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 12/16/2013
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, Drama, Lesbian, Lesbian Romance, Romance
Can a house save the lives of the people who live in it? Can an inscription written in a book over sixty years ago change the fates of people not even born when it was written? Beryl Gray is solid and dependable – her partner, Claire, thinks so, her family thinks so, her colleagues think so. She has a long-term relationship and a job she likes as a university librarian. Her life seems settled, content – except nothing is as it seems. Aggie Bishop’s last girlfriend left her three years ago and she hasn’t had a date since. Her life now revolves around work and taking care of her great-aunt Cory who doesn’t want to be taken care of. Aunt Cory still lives in the run-down mansion that the rest of the family wants to sell if they can only get the old lady into a nursing home. Aggie is all that stands between them and her great-aunt. When Beryl finds a book with a romantic inscription dated 1945, the events that follow will change the lives of all three women forever. Spanning decades, this enchanting tale reminds us that some loves never fade and that sometimes, home truly is where the heart lies.
Aggie has a 93 yr old aunt that everyone else in the family wants to have her sent to a home so they can sell the family estate. As it is the aunt has had to sell most of her belongings to cover the taxes. Unknown to Corinne, some of her books have been auctioned off as well as a book that meant the world to her. Aggie moves in with Corinne to help with expenses and to look after her. Beryl lives in DC. She helps a book store owner catalogue and research the old books he has. One day she finds a book with a letter inside. It speaks to love eternal and while reading she begins to feel as if she knows the mysterious Corinne. Beryl has just broken things off with her girlfriend after finding out she was cheating. Beryl is so moved by the love Corinne and Helen have, wanting to know if a love like that could ever exist now. She decides she has to give the book back to Corinne and meet this sensitive lady. What she doesn’t expect to find is the answer to her question.
I can not say enough good things about this book! It is gentle, serene, simple… I had a peaceful calm come over me as I read. Neither Present Time is just good honest writing by a brilliant wordsmith. With lovable, characters that are easy to relate to and an interesting story line it is easy to lose yourself in this story. I devoured it page by page, word by word until I was told in no uncertain terms to come to bed, of course this was at 1:30 in the morning….. pouting the whole way I did as I was bid but I was back to it as soon as I could the next morning.
The novel is defiantly a heart warmer with lots of contented sighs. It is beautiful and emotional, with aww moments and angry moments, sorrow and joy. The many interpersonal relationships between the four women in their separate lives and again when they are together are wonderful, realistic and relevant. The secondary characters were also perfectly portrayed and gave such insight on how and why these women are who they are. This drama just really touched me and words to do justice to it escape me.
There has never been a more perfect ending to any book I’ve ever read. It literally made me cry, mostly from happiness but also because there were so many feelings in the book that there was nothing left in me to give than my tears. I love the book all the more because it made me feel this way.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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