Saturday, December 3, 2011

Review: Cobwebs of Time by Tessa Jones

Cobwebs of Time by Tessa Jones

Publisher: Rutledge Books 
Pages: 708 
Format: hardback 
Buy the Book: Amazon 

Goodreads:  Laura enters college in 1969, a sheltered young woman in love with her high school boyfriend, determined to change the world by becoming a teacher. Her first day, she meets Brad Malone and is magnetically drawn to him despite his reputation for breaking hearts. Cobwebs of Time is a sweeping novel of their lifelong love affair, set against the social upheaval of the seventies and the economic boom and bust of the eighties.

Kritters Thoughts:  A book that I have had in my possession for YEARS, maybe 8 or 9 years because it was a gift from my mom while I was in college as this book is set on my small campus of Elon University.  I finally sat down with this chunkster over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend and completely devoured it.  With hints of a sweet love story, mixed in with soap operaness with a few characters being a bit on the promiscous side, but in the end this book hit home because of the setting.  

Centered around a college freshman who ends up being a woman who has found and lost love, but through it all is always striving for the best for herself and those around her.  I fell in love with Laura from the beginning because she reminded me of myself as a naive young woman entering college and having the world all in front of me.    

Separated in three parts, but within each part a few of the characters take on the position of narrator and guide the story ahead from their perspectives.  I liked the change in first person from character to character because you saw the relationships through both who are in it - I thoroughly enjoyed getting into the male characters minds and seeing how they react to situations.  The reader was able to follow these characters from their college days to adulthood and it was interesting to see where each character would end up - in some instances I was quite surprised.

The biggest reason that this book made one of my favorites of recently is because it started where I went to school and in some parts ended close to where I live now - Alexandria, VA.  How often has the setting of a book made the book for you?  

I do have to warn, if you are going to pick up this one, it did have quite a few sexy times, if that is not in your usual reading, I would potentially skip this one.

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

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