How many of us have wished at some time or other we could go back in time and change an action or a decision or just take back something that was said? But it is what it is. There is no rewind, reboot, delete key or any other trick to change the past, right? Lynne McBriar can. She bought a 1937 camper that turned out to be a time portal. And when she meets a young woman who suffers from serious depression over the loss of a close friend 10 years earlier, she has the power to do something about it. And there is no reason not to use that power. Right?
©2016 Karen Musser Nortman (P)2016 Karen Musser Nortman
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time-travel, relationships, travel-trailer, mystery
Read on October 11, 2016
Excellent quickie good for an afternoon of reading. Well written without being syrupy. Real problems with interesting solutions, and I always did love a good time travel book!
Valerie Gilbert shines in this performance.
"Lovely book about relationships"
"A mystery meets time travel? Gimme that!" was basically what I thought when I discovered this book. I also discovered that more than a mystery, it is a book about relationships - with friends, husbands and daughters. It passes Bechdel test easily :) (that's the one you pass when in your work of fiction you have two women talking about something else than a man).
There's a depressed customer, a group of quirky women having a weekend off and, of course, danger and strife! The story flows well and the narrator, Valerie Gilbert, does a great job.
It's just lovely. You'll enjoy it.
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"Travel Waaaaay Back to…the early 2000s"
Gee, but that Karen Nortman sure seems like a swell person. Take a brief gander at her online bio and witness a pleasant, grandmotherly type, who enjoys nothing better than spoiling her grandkids, knitting stuff for family and friends, growing healthy vegetables in her garden—and, yes, doing a whole lot of camping, some of it in RVs. I defy anyone to read about her and come away with anything other than the notion that at some point during one of her cozy outings with husband Butch, the idea for this book must have struck her in some form resembling the following internal monologue:
“Hmm…I do believe a unique premise is starting to form in my writer’s noggin. What if…what if tomorrow, when I open the door and step out of this old camper, what if I look around and suddenly find myself BACK IN TIME!”
What if, indeed, Mrs. Norton, what if, indeed…. It just makes sense! Sure, she could have gone with a flashy DeLorean, she could have chosen an implausibly spacious phone booth, or she could have gone all out with a modern naval warship, but all of those have been done before. Nobody, so far as I am aware, ever has time-hopped in the comfort and homespun style afforded by a well-stocked, American-built camper. Brilliant!
Perhaps unsurprisingly, this series isn’t the first of Norton’s to feature trailers. “The Long, Wrong Trailer” is about a couple who spend their retirement traveling around in an RV and encountering mysteries. And then there’s the “Camping Can Be Murder” series, also about retirees camping and, well, solving mysteries. This information only serves to reinforce my belief that Mrs. Nortman might just be America’s foremost expert on solving mysteries while camping.
I am happy to report that she’s not too bad with time travel, either, as it turns out. I have been a fan of the genre for quite some time and have a special fondness for time-loop tales and time-travel paradoxes, and I was pleased that Nortman does not avoid the latter in this book; in fact, she delivers a rather thoughtful take on the kind of alternative realities that presumably would result when one tinkers around with timelines. Norton's heroine in this tale is a compassionate soul, always trying to do the right thing by others, which is what leads her into tinkering with the past in the first place. Readers are left to judge for themselves whether or not the results obtained are worth all of the trouble altering the past tends to cause, but the real question seems to be, “If it’s a matter of life and death and you have the power to change it, what choice is there, really?”
Finally, one very positive aspect of Norton’s writing that is worth mentioning is the solidarity she creates between her female characters. Atypically, one might assume, these women are more concerned with enduring friendship than with fleeting romance. No shirtless hunks parade about, taking center stage, leaving distress and broken hearts in their wake. Male characters, when they are present, are ancillary at best and suspect at worst. This is not to cast the book as dismissive to its male characters; they do have their parts to play, and the story itself is not gender-exclusive although female readers probably will prefer it more so than men. What impressed me is the novel's unapologetic celebration of the lifetime bonds that women form with one another. These women have much more to talk about than men, which, it might be added, easily catapults it past female stereotypes, measured by standard devices such as the Bechdel Test.
As for the plot and story elements, the novel is interesting enough and dangles its outcome elusively. The mystery presented in the opening chapters is appropriately strange and intriguing, and the narrator very pleasantly delivers the story and does a fine job overall. Perhaps one easy way to describe the content is by contrasting it with the likes of, say, popular author Karen Slaughter, legendary for producing dreadful, fear-inducing torture tales—the polar opposite of what you will find in this family-friendly mystery series. Where Slaughter is all blood and razorblades; Norton is more about family and friends, cookouts and close-calls…and most importantly, camping.
"Entertaining and Enjoyable"
Quick enjoyable short story. While this is an entertaining and enjoyable addition to the series I did not like it as much as the first story. I love time travel stories and I guess I just expect a little more time in my travel. These stories are fun, light, clean easy afternoon listens.
In this story Lynn uses her unique travel trailer to help a young depressed woman. Time-traveling has a ripple effect and things may not always turn out the way you think.
Valerie Gilbert does a good job with the narration. Pleasant voice easy on the ears. Clearly spoken with a smooth even pace.
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"A fun listen!"
What a great and unique idea for a series of books. I love the concept of a time traveling trailer. The character development was great, to the point where the strained marriage was uncomfortably annoying. (perhaps it hit too close to home) An A+ for creativity and very entertaining.
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"Enjoyable time travel mystery"
This was a fun time travel mystery. I haven't read the first book but the story stood on its own, which was nice. Interesting story and fun characters I really enjoyed. I think I'll go back and grab that first book now.
The narrator did a really good job. Great performance.
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"Not as good as the first"
Lynne McBriar and her 1937 vintage “canned ham” camper trailer are back again for another adventure. Unfortunately, this second time around is not nearly as entertaining as the first. Lynne owns a travel agency and helps people plan trips for all occasions. One day an anxious woman comes in to plan a trip to any destination so long as it isn’t the wilderness. It is soon revealed that this woman is suffering from a serious bout of depression due to losing a very close friend in an accident while camping ten years before. It doesn’t take Lynne very long to realize that she might be able to go back and prevent this death with the help of her time traveling trailer. The results, though, are anything but expected…
As with the first novel, the book is more about the characters than actually about time travel, and that’s perfectly fine. Nortman does a great job with developing interesting characters to read about.
This book fell short for me, though. I’m not sure if it’s because I simply enjoyed the first one so much, or if it’s because going back in time a mere ten years isn’t really all that interesting because life ten years ago was pretty much the same as it is now, so the layer of learning a bit of history is missing.
The ending was left in such a way that there will probably be a sequel at some point, and I hope there is because I enjoy these quick books, and I always enjoy time travel.
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Here are some other quick reads:
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Night by Elie Wiesel
The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
"The best way to describe this book is time travel for girls"
This was a fun sassy and interesting book. If you can over look the quirks in time travel in general you will enjoy this book. It is beautifully narrated, and I enjoyed it very much. I was provided this book at no cost to me in exchange for an honest review.
"Great story line"
The book is a great easy read/listen. I did have some issues with the narrators inflections a few times and had to go back for clarification.
"Go back in Time"
This is a easy listening audio book with a light mystery. Nice characters. Yes, I could recommend it to friends.
My favorite "character" is actually the trailer. It conveys Lynn McBriar to her destinations and adventures. I want one!!!
I have to say that the premise of simple time travel as a whole makes the story a favorite escape. Not a lot of science, nor many consequences or for that matter danger, just escapism. Don't we all need more of that?
My overall reaction was that this was just peaceful.
This isn't speculative time travel like HG Wells' Time Machine or a Stephen King epic suspense thriller. The kayaking isn't competing with the river trip in Deliverence. For that matter the characters aren't as complex here as in the works mentioned. That's the point, it's simply a fun listen.And sometimes that's just all I need. I appreciate the opportunity to listen and review itThis audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com
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