I have paused work on my second book to make time for reading. The first book of 2017 was The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin. You can get 50% off The Forgetting Time here. I haven’t heard much about this book, I’m unsure how I came across it. It has stunning reviews on the cover so I’m assuming there is endorsement for it somewhere! This is what I thought.
The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin is a quick, pleasurable and easy read for all ages. It explores everything from love to motherhood to the intricate connections of reincarnation. It begins with a woman who has long since put romance behind her. Her holiday fling gave her a child, shifting her identity. She became selfless and loving and understanding of her strange, smelly son even when his oddities intensify. Noah speaks of being a different boy in a different home. He has night terrors and strong fears that his mother can’t understand. What intrigued me most was his knowledge on things he’d never come across.
Protagonist, Janie, eventually meets a professor who studies reincarnation. His cases are typically in Asia, due to their openness and general acceptance of reincarnation as a religion. This American case is a little more complicated. People are skeptical, understandably. For someone to be reincarnated, someone has to be lost which is always going to be a touchy subject. The characters have to be sure that their facts are right…
The setting and description of this book is the right amount, though the character-building of Janie and son leave some to be desired. I didn’t connect with them as much as I did Denise. Guskin’s portrayal and perspective of Denise gave me a real insight into motherly love and heartache of losing a child. I really felt for her and wanted the mystery to be solved. The clash of stories was surprising, tense but wonderful and well-written. Guskin made room in the plot for the errors of characters which made the solution even more believable. I cried multiple times towards the end of the book, especially. There is so much feeling behind this novel, it’s so heartfelt that you can’t help but feel it too! Every single character has a sadness within them that is beautifully described.
What I particularly liked about The Forgetting Time is that it was well-rounded. Sharon Guskin, though writing of literal crime at times, gave every side of the story. No one in this book was inherently bad. Every single character had emotional depth to them and a unique background and upbringing. Even though it is a book about reincarnation, which some might call fantasy, it’s also about what connects us as people which I’m always interested in.
The Forgetting Time is a book I think most people would enjoy. It’s quick, it’s easy, it’s well planned and beautifully written. I hope to read more of Sharon Guskin in the future.
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