Come Back to Me

Revell. (Waters of Time, Bk. 1). Jun. 2021. 352p. ISBN 9780800740047. $29.99; pap.ISBN 9780800738433. $15.99. CF
When Marian receives a call informing her that her father is in a coma, she races to London. She and her father had spoken on the phone only the day before, when they discussed a cure for Marian’s sister’s cancer. Marian had approached the topic scientifically, while her father had wanted to seek cures from the Tree of Life and a saint’s holy water. When Marian gets to London, she delves into her father’s notes with the help of Harrison, a family friend, and realizes that her father has discovered a way to bridge gaps in time by splitting his body between two realities using the holy water. Marian’s experiments with the technique take her to 1381 England. She must figure out how to return to the present—that is, if she wants to return, since she’s met the man of her dreams in 1381. The book’s only jarring note is an Asian driver named Bojing, a two-dimensional character who seems to serve no purpose; he’s the only person of color mentioned.
VERDICT Hedlund (An Uncertain Choice) uses time travel, biblical knowledge, and history to create a thriller that will appeal to fans of Dan Brown’s The da Vinci Code. Recommended for libraries where Christian speculative fiction is popular, since this novel might not appeal to Hedlund’s usual readers.
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