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Summary

Ten insane days. One miraculous opportunity to re-write the past.

"If you lived through the 1980s and love time-travel novels, you'll struggle to find a more addictive read than Pearson's latest gem." (Joanna James)

In May 1987, Jackie Benton received a heartbreaking phone call from her boyfriend, Sean Hardy, bringing an end to their five-year relationship. He’d fallen for a fellow student at Exeter University.

Sean and Jackie would never see each other again.

Thirty-three years later, Sean returns to his home town. There, he inadvertently discovers what became of Jackie Benton.

That discovery instigates a series of events, culminating in a miraculous journey back in time - only days before a catastrophic event in 1988 destroyed Jackie’s life. Unbelievably, Sean has been gifted a chance to befriend his first love and steer her away from certain tragedy.

However, Sean faces one major obstacle - Jackie is an angsty youth, and he’s old enough to be her father. Then, there’s the challenge of keeping his true identity a secret while navigating life in '80s Britain.

With time against him, can Sean connect with his one-time love and make amends for the pain his younger self caused, or will the same tragic history repeat itself?

©2020 Keith Pearson (P)2021 Keith Pearson

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He does it again

Keith Pearson has yet to write a book that I've failed to finish. His character development is brilliant and the story's are spot on. He hits that nostalgic cord with me especially on this book as I've also collected all the now albums until 86 that is, the cars the shops, sweets etc he really has done his homework. Keep it up for an indy author he is putting lots of others to shame.

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What if you could go back to your teenage years but as an adult- and do it all again. This is a tale of time travel.... the choice's we make and what happens when we have a chance to make things right. At first i did think some of the 80’s references were a bit trite and overdone. I found myself thinking, just how many 80’s products can you place in one paragraph? Not great literature, but definitely light relief. If you didn’t live through the 80’s I doubt you will find this particularly interesting, but for those of us who were “there”, this is an enjoyable romp through our history.

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Great story

Really enjoyed this book.
A really great story and concept.
Would like to see a sequel .

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A clever plot and enjoyable listen

I am an 80’s child so I loved the nostalgia of the main character travelling back in time. The characters were likeable (except the obvious).

It was a nice comfortable listen and I was looking forward to what the ending would be.

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Enjoy all Pearson books.

Another good book by Keith, not his best, but still worth reading. Certainly recommended. enjoy.

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Easy enjoyable listening

I love time travel books so it’s not hard to please me in that regard! It was a nice story that kept me interested, although a little slow at times. Wasn’t keen on how Jackie was narrated, made her sound like an immature young lass. Not keen on the ending but that’s personal preference! I’d have made a different decision if I was her.

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loved it

I couldn't put this down. if you have a nostalgia for the 1980s and like a 'first love' story then this is for you. I loved it.

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  • TC
  • 17-12-21

My third book by Keith A Pearson

Another great story Keith, thoroughly enjoyed. I do love time travel novels. Loved the narration, accent and all. Thank you.

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compulsive, great characters,

second one i've read from the author and just as enjoyable. only criticism is I saw several key plot points coming a mile off, but was still satisfying and the time travel element worked well.

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Sad to say I was disappointed with this book. I don't normally whinge about the reader but the accents really grated. I should have stopped immediately but hoped the story would make up for it. It didn't.

I found the time travel element implausible (if time travel can ever be plausible 😃). It was almost incidental to the story. The back drop took 10 chapters and could have been reduced by half. The same was true of many other parts of the story - far too wordy. The time place (1980s) was extremely well researched - almost to obsession but that almost became the reason for the story.

The central theme of the story was good and all the characters believable but I thought the ending could have been handled differently.

Sorry to knock an author's hard work and I certainly wouldn't say don't read it but it didn't ring my bells.

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  • 30-05-22

Sub-par story with many recycled elements

I'm writing this review without spoilers, and it was a disappointment compared to Pearson's past work. We know he loves the 80s, so some 80s pop culture and political references are expected. what feels lazy, however, are the same elements of what happens when someone goes back in time, that is betting on sports to get spending money complaining about technology that is no longer available, complaining about the economy and "Thatcher's Britain". Sean, the protagonist is not an especially sympathetic character. I found it hard to care whether he was successful or not in his other story arcs. his continuing reference to his time travel as "Coma Land", just wasn't very believable. production was also weak, with frequent, very obvious voice-over corrections usually at different volume or tone. The narrator doesn't do the story any favors though as you just don't feel the intensity in scenes. that should be more "in the moment". it feels as if the narrator is retelling the story from 10 years ago, there's just no emotional weight to the intense experiences he's describing. I'm still a Pearson fan, but I'll need to be more careful in the future before I buy any more audio books of his.

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  • Joy
  • 15-09-21

Really fun time travel

This was an easy, enjoyable listen. Loved the characers. The narrator did a great job with individualizing each voice - He was fantastic!