Book #8 of 2014: The Time Keeper

I was hesitant about this book. I mean, I love Mitch Albom, but when I read the jacket copy for this it just didn’t spark my interest. To be honest, I was more than a little disappointed the first time I picked it up in the store to check it out. I ended up putting it right back on the shelf and wandering over the YA section for something a little more me.

But, when I was at the library last weekend looking for new reading material, this caught my eye and I figured it was at least worth a try. It was short, and Albom never disappoints.

The book travels back and forth between different time periods as it tells the story of three people: Dor, Vincent, and Sarah. As is the case in novels like this one, they are all destined to meet and change each other’s lives forever. Dor (typing that is seriously annoying because my computer swears I really meant to type “For”) is Father Time, locked away in a cave in complete solitude after watching his wife’s dying moments. He is called upon to change the course of Vincent and Sarah’s lives, to make them appreciate the time they’ve been given.

This book wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t my favorite either. It felt a little preachy at times, really harping on the point that we all need to be thankful for whatever time we’re given here on earth because you never know when it will be over. While true, it didn’t sell me. It seemed a bit — I hate to say it — cliche. I mean, the sick old man who is afraid to die and wants to prolong his life? The heartbroken teenager who wants to end hers? And then in swoops Dor to save the day. Trust me, that’s not a spoiler — the ending was obvious from the very first page.

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