Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Wishing You Would Read This Rare Gem: Wishing You Were Here by Catherine Chant

Wishing You Were Here 
by Catherine Chant

Published December 1, 2012 by Catherine Chant
Ebook - at Amazon
4.8 stars (rounded to 5 on my Goodreads list)

She's out of place.

He's out of time.In 1956, Joey Tempo was the biggest sensation to hit Memphis since Elvis Presley. Within twelve months he was gone--killed in a transatlantic plane crash. Half a century later, Callie Reinard is headed for college and her dream career in radio broadcasting. When she discovers Joey’s iconic first album, she’s mysteriously drawn to his tragic story. A profound desire to change his fate invokes a mystical force that sends her back to 1957 to “make things right.”

What Callie doesn’t expect is her meddling to make everything worse…much worse. Joey may be glad to be alive, but not everyone welcomes her presence. Especially not Joey’s glamorous fiancée, who has her own plans for his future. Every second Callie spends in the past she’s altering much more than Joey’s fate. She’s changing the lives of everyone around her. And she’s growing closer to Joey by the minute. If Callie can’t find a way back to her own time soon, she may lose more than a college education and the career she’s always wanted. She may lose her heart to a boy she can’t have.

I picked up my iPad at 1pm yesterday and read through my son's nap. At the bus stop picking up my daughter and waiting at the pharmacy on my other son's medicine my eyes were glued to the pages. Reluctantly, I put it down when I had to stop to make kids dinner, change diapers, fill sippy cups, review homework, give said medicine and tuck them in for the night. Then I read non stop till 12:30am. And I am sitting here writing my review now instead of getting much needed sleep because it was Just. That. Good.

You all know I am a sucker for time travel novels. This one was superb. It was back and forth time continuum craziness. Chant wrapped me up tighter than a newborn in a swaddle with her fascinating take on what could happen if you went back in time and actually TRIED to change history. Think about it... everything hinges on just one moment. Life. Death. Success. Failure. Wealth. Poverty. What would you do if you had the chance to go back in time and help someone? Would you try or be afraid you'd make it worse? Or would you be confident you'd be assisting them?

Oooh.. it is like spaghetti noodles all wrapped up in my brain.. what a yummy mess to think about! Now let's throw in an undeniable connection to a guy who's looks could get him arrested for public disruption he's that gorgeous and you have yourself one hot mess!

The one reason I didn't give it 5 stars was a little pet peeve of mine. I noticed in several spots throughout the book a lack of sentence variation, specifically the opening. A couple pages in particular had about 75% of the sentences starting with her. That bothered me a bit and tripped up my reading flow. However, that did not dampen my enthusiasm for the storyline.

My other little annoyance was at the idea that staying home and raising kids instead of a job is not fulfilling. My Mom was raised at that time, graduating and getting married in 1958. I went to school, got my degree and worked for some years but stopped when I had my kids to be home for them. I don't think either one of us has regretted it and I know others who would agree. Maybe I'm oversensitive about the whole idea and reading too much into it, but that was my gut reaction.

With those two items aside, I thrilled to the vortex Chant sucked me into. By the halfway point in the book, I was mumbling to anyone near me asking a question. They know if I am that into it, they need to just walk away. Joey and Callie's characters were captivating. The last half of the book and the last 30 pages had me whipped. Not just by his development but how everything came together. It had a few smiling moments, a handful of utter tear jerker scenes and a completely satisfied reader by the end.

Well done Catherine Chant. I would love to see this continue into a series as there are some unanswered questions such as how did she get that ability? Who else has it and do they know each other? Could any of her future children be able to time travel as well?

Buckle up readers, this is one YA, romance time travel novel that will throw you for a loop and leave you breathless!