Tuesday, January 13, 2015

{Blog Tour: Review} THE SUN, THE MOON, AND MAYBE THE TRAINS by Rodney Jones

ASIN #: B009JJL7P0
File Size: 442 KB
Page Count: 252
Copyright: September 28, 2012
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing

Book Summary:
(Taken from Amazon)

John Bartley’s days are filled with working in the mill or the garden, and he can’t wait to see Zella at the next barn dance. But when he stumbles through a hidden portal in the forest, everything he’s ever known falls behind him.

A hundred and thirty-four years behind, to be exact.

Tess can’t quite believe John’s tale of time travel. Does he really not know what a cell phone is? A car? Indoor plumbing? To convince the girl he’s swiftly falling for that he’s not crazy, John must delve into Tess’s history—his future—and solve the mystery of his hometown’s demise.

But when they learn its fate, each faces a wrenching choice. Save their love or save the past?

Mandy's Review:

John has lost his parents and now lives with his aunt and uncle in a small, somewhat new, town in 1875. The "town" he lives in consists of six to eight houses and a mill. The nearest city where goods can be purchased is about five hours away by wagon. John lives a quiet life and is at an age where it's expected of him to find a girl to marry.

On one of his trips to the city, hauling some of his uncle's product from the mill, John pulls over to the side of the road to give his horses a break. While stopped, he hears a whining sound and thinks it's a hurt dog. As he's searching for the injured dog, John notices an oak tree disappearing right before his eyes. John looks around dumbfounded as he realizes that all the trees have changed. Within a couple minutes, everything returns to normal and John heads home not realizing  he's just taken his first trip into the future.

Tess lives at home with her mom. Her parents divorced a while ago and her dad lives in another town with his new girlfriend. Being that Tess lives in 2009, she has a cell phone, desktop computer, car, and all of the other modern conveniences taken for granted by so many. She's a tad smart-mouthy, quirky, fun, and good-hearted. Her interest in history is pretty much nil ... until her path crosses John's one fateful day.

Confession: I'm a sucker for time-travel stories that have a slight romantic twist to them. They appeal to my girly/fantasy side and this novel did just that. It was easy to read and I kept swiping pages (on my Kindle) most of the night. I liked John and Tess together. Their attempt to teach the other about the future/past was often humorous. There was a twist towards the end that I wasn't expecting. Even though the twist saddened me, this novel did end somewhat happily.

If you want a quick, fun read one night in front of the fire, I'd recommend picking this up.

*An ecopy was provided by the publisher for the purposes of this tour in exchange for an honest review.

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