Dreamspinner Press, Lori Toland, Small Gems

Small Gems – Worth the Wait by Lori Toland

Fifteen years is a long time to wait for the continuum of time to catch up to you, and only in the imaginations of authors who will bend the laws of physics and play into the fantasy of being able to manipulate clocks and calendars, to move forwards or backwards to influence the future or change the past, is it possible to make that journey along with the travelers, in the space of moments.

Henry Wallens is a man of science, a brilliant man who has invented a self-renewing source of clean energy, but in doing so has also stumbled upon a way to deviate the linear flow of time. In other words, Harry has invented a device that makes time travel possible.

The notion of manipulating time isn’t a new one. H.G. Wells was dreaming about it nearly 120 years ago when he wrote the novel Time Machine. And what is nearly universal is that at one time or another, there are few of us who haven’t wished to change something in the past or to go back and relive an exceptionally brilliant moment or to travel to the future to satisfy a curious nature. It’s arguably one of the most tempting fantasies in fiction, maybe because it’s entirely unattainable in reality.

After a particularly disturbing nightmare leaves him shaken, Henry knows exactly when he wants to return to and what he wants to try to accomplish while he’s there, though he quickly discovers that the wanting and the trying are far easier than the succeeding, as he spends time with his teenage self, posing as his Uncle Tommy, and realizes that although he was a painfully lonely young man, to attempt to alter that part of his life would surely have a negative impact upon all his adult accomplishments in the field of science.

Henry also discovers that seeing someone from a man’s perspective gives him a whole new appreciation for what had escaped him as a teenage boy. The law of attraction is proven through less than scientific methods when Henry comes in contact with his high school science teacher, Ryan. The proof that like does indeed attract like is discovered through more impassioned means than the cold logic of hypotheses and clinical experimentation, as Henry finds himself wishing for more of that elusive and unattainable gift of time, but regardless of how attracted Henry is to Ryan, staying in the past is an impossible desire.

Fifteen years is a long time to wait but can also seem to pass in the blink of an eye.

Worth the Wait is well worth the reading. Beyond rooting for Henry and Ryan to find their happy ending, this is a story that had me participating right along in the fantasy—where would I go and what would I do, if I had the chance? Would I be able to resist the temptation to alter events beyond the point of my mere presence alone? After some serious consideration, it’s probably best I’m forced to stay right where I am.

Buy Worth the Wait HERE.


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