Rating: 2 stars out of 5
Lou is married, in the closet, and facing bankruptcy in Carmel, California. It’s Christmas Eve and he must sell his house to pay his debts while he tries to cope with the mysterious voice in his head telling him it’s time to go home. He has no idea what that means, but he’s pretty sure the voice is a symptom of stress. His wife has left him for her longtime lover and when he goes to his favorite bar on Christmas Eve, all he’s hoping for is a friendly face to help him forget his problems.
About Time is a mix-match short story. The premise was interesting, even the pickup scene at the bar seemed promising. But in the end, this wasn’t enough to carry the book.
I had a hard trying to connect with Lou to begin with. I like his hesitation and enjoyed George persistence.
In the end, it lacks a cohesive plot with relatable characters. The fantasy part has no explanation for many details, including what changes after Lou’s return home. In the end, it was disappointing.
The cover by Written Ink Designs has some elements from the story, buy it felt too juvenile.
ebook, 100 pages
Published: October 9, 2019, by JMS Books
Edition Language: English