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Title: Ripples Through Time
Author: Lincoln Cole
Publisher: Published July 28th 2017 by Lincoln Cole (first published August 2nd 2015)
ISBN: 9781945862045
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Calvin Greenwood is a family man in his eighties. He is alone for the first time in over sixty years: his wife, Emily, just passed away and he isn't taking her loss well. He doesn't remember how to be alone, and he isn't sure if he can forgive himself for the mistakes he made while she was alive. Edward White is a long time family friend who knows something is wrong with Ca Calvin Greenwood is a family man in his eighties. He is alone for the first time in over sixty years: his wife, Emily, just passed away and he isn't taking her loss well. He doesn't remember how to be alone, and he isn't sure if he can forgive himself for the mistakes he made while she was alive. Edward White is a long time family friend who knows something is wrong with Calvin. He comes to check on him during his time of need and make sure he isn't planning to do anything reckless. Edward understands just how dangerous things are for someone struggling the way Calvin is, and he hopes talking to him can settle things back down. He just hopes he isn't too late to help. Help, however, isn't the easiest thing to give, and it can be even more difficult to accept... Love, loss, and forgiveness weave through this human tale of friendship and hope.

30 review for Ripples Through Time

  1. 5 out of 5

    Bill Ward

    I enjoy reading a story about a family's history because it is something to which we can all relate. The different generations, their love, pain and other emotions are shared by all of us. The author starts by introducing us to an old man, who has recently lost his wife and is feeling lonely. As he looks back on life we then meet the rest of the family and through their voices gain a different insight to events and characters. By the end of the book we understand how this family functions. This i I enjoy reading a story about a family's history because it is something to which we can all relate. The different generations, their love, pain and other emotions are shared by all of us. The author starts by introducing us to an old man, who has recently lost his wife and is feeling lonely. As he looks back on life we then meet the rest of the family and through their voices gain a different insight to events and characters. By the end of the book we understand how this family functions. This is a well written story, which takes a realistic look at family life. It will appeal to anyone who enjoys a heartwarming and thoughtful read.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lincoln Cole

    HILARY HAWKES, READER'S FAVORITE 5 STAR REVIEW Ripples Through Time is Lincoln Cole’s story of elderly Calvin Greenwood as, recently bereaved of his wife Emily and feeling he has no more to live for, he looks back over his life from childhood, through growing up years, marriage, parenthood and into older age. His friend Edward listens to the reminiscing - and the story is presented from the perspectives of the different characters, family members, others, Edward himself, as well as Calvin. A stor HILARY HAWKES, READER'S FAVORITE 5 STAR REVIEW Ripples Through Time is Lincoln Cole’s story of elderly Calvin Greenwood as, recently bereaved of his wife Emily and feeling he has no more to live for, he looks back over his life from childhood, through growing up years, marriage, parenthood and into older age. His friend Edward listens to the reminiscing - and the story is presented from the perspectives of the different characters, family members, others, Edward himself, as well as Calvin. A story of memories, relationships, mistakes, hopes, challenges and forgiveness emerges as the intricacies of his life are explained, and the connections between the people in Calvin’s life are revealed. I found Ripples Through Time a thought-provoking and gripping story. I loved the characters – well-defined, believable – and the way the author reveals their backgrounds, stories, and what links them all to Calvin’s current situation. Lincoln Cole’s writing is of a high standard and the book is carefully plotted, moving along at a nice pace with a good amount of intrigue and suspense-building as it goes. I like the way it is told from the perspectives of different characters, and at different times in the past. The examination of grief, regret, forgiveness, aging, and euthanasia is sensitively and empathetically done, leaving the reader with much to ponder. At the same time this is not a sad story, but a realistic look at one man’s life with humor, friendships, and hope. The book looks at all the complexities of life and how all the different situations, our different relationships, reactions, mistakes, and decisions add up to make us who we are. It is the story of how Calvin realizes what matters most in life and his hope for forgiveness and peace. Recommended. - HILARY HAWKES, READER'S FAVORITE LITERARY CLASSICS, SEAL OF APPROVAL Calvin is near the end of his life... at least that's how he would have things. His bride of nearly 60 years, Mellie, has just passed away and he plans to end things so they can be reunited. When Calvin's friend, Edward, checks in to make sure he's alright, the widower starts to recall the events of his past. The landscape of his life is portrayed through the eyes of those who have shaped his world. Sometimes joyous, some times melancholy, but always genuine; these revealing vignettes impart the many facets of one man's time upon earth. Author Lincoln Cole's natural style offers a refreshingly honest look at life and humanity. His novel, Ripples Through Time, is a study of the imperfections of family and those we choose to love, despite their flaws and failings. Ripples Through Time is highly recommended and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval. - L.J. BRYANT, LITERARY CLASSICS TRACY FISHER, READER'S FAVORITE 5 STAR REVIEW In a lovely and thought provoking new book by author Lincoln Cole, Ripples Through Time is a book that will stay with readers long after they have finished the final page. Follow the story of Calvin Greenwood, an 83-year-old man who has lost his wife and the love of his life, Mellie. Calvin's grief is overwhelming and he can't imagine going on much longer without her, nor does he want to. A good friend of the family, Edward, comes to visit Calvin at his most vulnerable time, and realizes that his friend is considering euthanasia, ending it all in the hope of somehow being reunited with his beloved wife. Will Edward be able to convince Calvin that life is worth living after Mellie? I loved Ripples in Time. Loved. It. How's that for a review? Author Lincoln Cole has done an absolutely wonderful job in creating characters that his readers will connect with, relate to, and care about. His use of the voices of several narrators is both unique and effective in that it allows readers to feel as if they truly know the thoughts of the characters and can get to know them in-depth. The book provides an opportunity to think deeply about issues including the treatment of the elderly, grief, and euthanasia. Any reader who has an interest in these social issues, or who simply enjoys a great read should absolutely pick up this book. I highly recommend Ripples Through Time, and am looking forward to reading more from the very promising author, Lincoln Cole, as soon as possible! - TRACY FISHER, READER'S FAVORITE WRITERSHIP PODCAST ...a really nice, subtle introduction to Calvin’s state of mind and to what’s just happened/is about to happen. Great place to start this story. We get deep into his POV and are able to infer a lot of what’s going on. Love the back and forth on the emotions, feels very true to life. Love the older protagonist and his voice. While this prose isn’t as poetic as some literary fiction, the story does suit the genre and more importantly, the language is in service to this character and this story. The first person POV and present tense work well in this opening. You revealed so much about Calvin and Bethany with just a few words, even though she never appears in the scene. - LESLIE AND ALYSSA, WRITERSHIP PODCAST JANELLE FILA, READER'S FAVORITE 5 STAR REVIEW Ripples Through Time by Lincoln Cole is a story about Calvin Greenwood, a man in his eighties who is alone for the first time in over sixty years. He is not dealing well with the death of his wife, Emily, and is seriously considering ending his own life in order to be reunited with his deceased wife, the love of his life. Luckily, at this time, a family friend named Edward comes back into Calvin's life. Realizing the danger and despair Calvin is in, Edward spends time talking to his friend and trying to understand the motivations Calvin has to even consider doing what many people would consider unthinkable. But for Calvin, it is the only thing that makes sense in his otherwise lonesome life. Ripples through Time is a beautiful story that tackles the hard subjects of aging, life after death, loneliness, forgiveness, friendship, and a person's right to choose whether or not to live or die. It is a wonderfully written story with vibrant, interesting characters and deep, meaningful conversations that will stick with readers long after the pages have stopped turning. Readers interested in social issues will especially be interested in this story, as well as readers who are dealing with aging or loss. People will understand this story and relate to Calvin because he is so well written and really encompasses the emotions that make so many of us tick. He struggles with the same issues that many readers face, which makes for an interesting and engaging story. - JANELLE FILA, READER'S FAVORITE

  3. 4 out of 5

    Chantal Gadoury

    This was a great book! I'm completely blown away by how amazing this novel was. I received this novel in a free review swap, and this was . . amazing. I recently lost my Father myself, and Calvin's grief really reminded me of my family's own grief. That feeling of wishing for the person back, or wishing you could see them again - I felt I could really, truly relate to him. I loved seeing the shifts of time, and seeing the past and present - it's exactly how . . grief/life is. You often live in y This was a great book! I'm completely blown away by how amazing this novel was. I received this novel in a free review swap, and this was . . amazing. I recently lost my Father myself, and Calvin's grief really reminded me of my family's own grief. That feeling of wishing for the person back, or wishing you could see them again - I felt I could really, truly relate to him. I loved seeing the shifts of time, and seeing the past and present - it's exactly how . . grief/life is. You often live in your memories. Without getting too emotional, in all - I loved this book. I can't wait to start the next one. The flow of the writing was perfect, and the entire story kept my attention - I was left turning pages into the night, completely transfixed on Calvin and his story. Highly recommended! Just do it - don't even think about it. You'll regret not buying this book!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Galit Balli

    Rating 4 Review Plot/Story: This is the story of an old man who grieves over his wife and wishes to join her. The struggles of being alone and the feeling of loss were too much for him. But when Edward enters his life to see how he is, they both started to talk and memories came up and feeling of not only lost but struggle, forgiveness and regret. Characters: Calvin is an old man, who grieves over his dead wife and think of really ending his own life. His thoughts, memories, and feeling were all abo Rating 4 Review Plot/Story: This is the story of an old man who grieves over his wife and wishes to join her. The struggles of being alone and the feeling of loss were too much for him. But when Edward enters his life to see how he is, they both started to talk and memories came up and feeling of not only lost but struggle, forgiveness and regret. Characters: Calvin is an old man, who grieves over his dead wife and think of really ending his own life. His thoughts, memories, and feeling were all about his wife, the life they shared together and how much he misses her and needs her. It was both heartbreaking and amazing to get to know Calvin. Edward enters Calvin’s life with the hope he is not too late to save him they start to talk as memories came to them. I really loved Calvin and I think that there’s more to be told about his life. Edward was a wonderful character as well, but I had a really hard time connecting to him. Writing: This is a well-written story and I loved the author’s writing style. The author wrote all those difficult feeling so beautifully, that you cannot stand from the side and not feel as well. Cole the author did a wonderful job writing this story. Beginning: The beginning of the story was a bit hard for me, but I still enjoyed reading and simply fell in love with Calvin and his struggle were very real to me. All his memories of the wife he lost made the story real and painful for me and it made the book worth reading. Ending: The story ended well, but I really wanted to know more about Calvin and I still do, lol. Cover Art: The cover art is beautiful. Blurb: The blurb was to the point. It was short and said just what I needed in order to pick this book. Other Stuff Opening Line: “The damned doorbell is ringing.” Highlights: I loved the characters so much and the struggle was so real and so true, that made me just want to know what will happen and what will the characters decide to do. Lowlights: I have to say that at first I struggled with this book. The first time I’ve read it, I couldn’t go beyond the 60% so I put it aside and started reading again after things got a bit calmer in my life and I’m happy I did. I don’t know why I couldn’t connect at first but the only thing that pops into my head is that the first part was a bit too slow for me. Final Thoughts: Even though the subject of the book is dark and hard to deal with, I really enjoyed reading the book. There are a lot of feels in this book. Original review will be at: The Reading Bud

  5. 4 out of 5

    Literary Classics Book Awards & Reviews

    Calvin is near the end of his life... at least that's how he would have things. His bride of nearly 60 years, Mellie, has just passed away and he plans to end things so they can be reunited. When Calvin's friend, Edward, checks in to make sure he's alright, the widower starts to recall the events of his past. The landscape of his life is portrayed through the eyes of those who have shaped his world. Sometimes joyous, some times melancholy, but always genuine; these revealing vignettes impart the Calvin is near the end of his life... at least that's how he would have things. His bride of nearly 60 years, Mellie, has just passed away and he plans to end things so they can be reunited. When Calvin's friend, Edward, checks in to make sure he's alright, the widower starts to recall the events of his past. The landscape of his life is portrayed through the eyes of those who have shaped his world. Sometimes joyous, some times melancholy, but always genuine; these revealing vignettes impart the many facets of one man's time upon earth. Author Lincoln Cole's natural style offers a refreshingly honest look at life and humanity. His novel, Ripples Through Time, is a study of the imperfections of family and those we choose to love, despite their flaws and failings. Ripples Through Time is highly recommended and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Eustacia Tan

    4.5 stars, rounding up to 5 Before I get into the book review, I need to do a huge huge disclaimer (which I will repeat at the end of the book). Not only did I get a free copy of this book, I also know the author AND I mega respect him as an author AND he really helped me with The Nutcracker King (in terms of copy-editing). So yes, I have a bias, although I really did enjoy the story. Ripples Through Time is literary fiction, which as far as I understand, means you spend a lot of time with the cha 4.5 stars, rounding up to 5 Before I get into the book review, I need to do a huge huge disclaimer (which I will repeat at the end of the book). Not only did I get a free copy of this book, I also know the author AND I mega respect him as an author AND he really helped me with The Nutcracker King (in terms of copy-editing). So yes, I have a bias, although I really did enjoy the story. Ripples Through Time is literary fiction, which as far as I understand, means you spend a lot of time with the characters. In fact, not much happens in the book - One old man (Calvin) wants to kill himself, and his son-in-law's brother (Edward), in an attempt to stop him, starts a conversation and they go down memory lane. The story isn't told in chronological order, and in fact, we get only bits and pieces of their lives. But what lives they have - I want to read long, thick novels about them. Actually, I want each character to have their own book. I think one reason why I liked the book is because Calvin is a character that is incredibly likeable. He's this grumpy old man with a kind heart. That's not to say he's a saint, because he's not and he's made a lot of mistakes (Mellie, his wife, isn't a saint either, although in the middle of the book, she's seen as something very close to one). But he's tried his whole life, and you have to admire the way he wants to go out, even if you disagree with it (as I do). The only thing that bugged me was that in one of the later chapters, Edward gets rather...what's the word, moralistic? I'm the type that's sensitive to messages in fiction, so characters going on about why they believe certain things, or how others believe is something that pulls me out of the story. But it's only one chapter, and I think it's because Edward is the whiny philosophical type anyway. We don't get that much time in his head, but that's my impression of him. Good man, just whiny. Overall, this was an awesome story, and I believe I would say that even if I didn't know Lincoln. It's pretty different from the stuff that I've been reading lately, and I really welcomed the chance to slow down and get into the lives of these characters. And I still want a second book. There are still many questions about the characters that I want answered. Disclaimer (the second): I received this book free from the author, though no review request was made. I also happen to know the author personally, but I don't benefit from anything if he gets more sales. This review was first posted at Inside the mind of a Bibliophile

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mark Kasniak

    Lincoln Cole really knocked it out of the park with this one. Absolutely loved this story! Ripples Through Time follows an eighty-four year old man named Calvin as he reminisces and discusses his life story of the past fifty years with his wife and kids. Calvin's wife Emily has recently passed and he's really struggling with the grief, thinking about ending it all. Parts of the story are told through memories of the 1950's - present day and parts of the story Calvin struggles to remember at all. Lincoln Cole really knocked it out of the park with this one. Absolutely loved this story! Ripples Through Time follows an eighty-four year old man named Calvin as he reminisces and discusses his life story of the past fifty years with his wife and kids. Calvin's wife Emily has recently passed and he's really struggling with the grief, thinking about ending it all. Parts of the story are told through memories of the 1950's - present day and parts of the story Calvin struggles to remember at all. Lincoln Cole did a fantastic job of keeping the reader's attention by shuffling the narration at times from first person to a traditional narrator, and even at times, letting different characters take over whole chapters allowing them to give their point of view of how the story unfolded. The flow is steady and engaging and the writing was consistent and easy to follow from the first word to the last. Lincoln wrote a winner here with Ripples Through Time.

  8. 5 out of 5

    J.A. Kerr

    Written in the first person, the author drew me into the story quickly and held my attention with his descriptive language and endearing characters. We are introduced to Calvin...a man at the end of his life's journey. Cole's writing is fresh. "Familiarity makes a cruel mistress," is a wonderful play on familiarity breeds contempt. This is the story of the Greenwood Family and told through the eyes of each member. Calvin, Emily, their children and friends. Well defined characters I grew attached Written in the first person, the author drew me into the story quickly and held my attention with his descriptive language and endearing characters. We are introduced to Calvin...a man at the end of his life's journey. Cole's writing is fresh. "Familiarity makes a cruel mistress," is a wonderful play on familiarity breeds contempt. This is the story of the Greenwood Family and told through the eyes of each member. Calvin, Emily, their children and friends. Well defined characters I grew attached too as each shared their thoughts on family life. Although there is conflict, there is love and this is what gets them through often difficult times. I cried at the end. This was a wonderful tale, superbly written and brought to life by Cole. Thoroughly recommend!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie

    *I want to start by first stating that I was originally gifted this book for what I thought was my honest review. I originally gave it two stars but was encouraged by the gifter to either give it a higher rating or take it down. This felt intellectually dishonest so I purchased my own copy to be able to post my original review which is below. I've just now realized while I'm reviewing this book that Ripples Through Time is so appropriately named. There's not much depth here at all. The book barel *I want to start by first stating that I was originally gifted this book for what I thought was my honest review. I originally gave it two stars but was encouraged by the gifter to either give it a higher rating or take it down. This felt intellectually dishonest so I purchased my own copy to be able to post my original review which is below. I've just now realized while I'm reviewing this book that Ripples Through Time is so appropriately named. There's not much depth here at all. The book barely scratches the surface of the tensions in the plot. The plot was frustrating. It's told in vignettes, either first person or third person limited, from viewpoints of different family members at different times in history. That in and of itself is fine but the juicy plot bits are mentioned in passing by the characters instead of actually being a part of the narrative (view spoiler)[ For example, I wanted to see the fight between Ricky and Emily, not hear Ricky talk about it 20 years later (hide spoiler)] I don't want to read about two people talking about a specific instance in the past in a book that incorporates the past in the narrative! The author relied heavily on internal thoughts of characters and very clunky dialogue to tell this story. This caused a lot of meandering and odd, irrelevant tangents. Two instances that come to mind are Jason's thoughts about his writing process and Edward's weird break to muse on technology and how the new generation doesn't know how things work (as if most older people know how the circuitry of a mobile phone works!) There's also a lot of cliches as to how old people act or think. I get it; the character is old. You don't have to remind me every few pages with an old-person stereotype. For the plot to be so superficial, there's so much redundancy! During the courtship of Calvin and Emily, I thought I had hit the back button by mistake because these sentences were at the top of the page, two pages apart: He'd asked a few out, had fun. But there was just something different about Emily. He'd dated several girls, even kissed a few. Some had been friends, others he'd only met a few time before they dated. But none of them, ever, had make him feel like Emily did. Also, two redundant sentences in the same paragraph: Calvin was the bedrock of the family from the time I knew him until now. He worked sixty hour weeks and spent the rest of his time at the track with his horses. He was the foundation on which his family was built. This book has so much it wants to do and it constantly bogged itself down with drivel-speak and left out the parts that would have made the characters relateable or even likeable. The plot finally picked up at the 80% mark. The last 20% of the book was a solid 3 stars at least. I was considering giving the whole book a 3 star rating but even with a good ending, I still had to read 80% of a lackluster novel to get to it. With all said and done. I didn't hate this story. The story is sound and has the potential to be interesting. Edward's view is compelling and I'm glad it ended the way that it did. Also, I learned something new about newborn foal hooves--yuck! You can bet I'm sharing that bit of information with others!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Snickerdoodle

    All of us have stories but too many people reach the end of life without ever getting to share theirs. Children and grandchildren may think they know their elders, having heard the old stories repeated multiple times but they've only scratched the surface and need to ask better questions. Many people have no one to hand stories down to. As peers die there are fewer people with shared memories. Without the retelling, memories fade. Any long lived life is filled with many story-worthy experiences, All of us have stories but too many people reach the end of life without ever getting to share theirs. Children and grandchildren may think they know their elders, having heard the old stories repeated multiple times but they've only scratched the surface and need to ask better questions. Many people have no one to hand stories down to. As peers die there are fewer people with shared memories. Without the retelling, memories fade. Any long lived life is filled with many story-worthy experiences, some of them life changing but all of them end up being the building blocks of one particular life. The elder himself may not think his stories remarkable enough to retell, may not know how to tell them in an interesting way. An author has the ability to wheedle out details and craft them into a story you feel present in. In the telling, so much gets sorted through, memories uncovered, events seen more clearly, issues resolved, old perspectives might be reconsidered through the lens of time. It's invaluable for the teller but also for the listener. Imagine all the stories in a person's life ... not just a 'once-upon-a-time' fairy tale or a bit of nostalgia for the good ol' days ... but the bits of wisdom gleaned, lessons learned within each particular life ... the mapping out of one persons journey, the choices made that created ripples of consequences, that affected future choices; ripples that affected not only his life but the lives of those he touched even briefly. They say when an old person dies, a library is lost. It's wonderful when something gets saved. Ripples Through Time turned out to be a series of short stories connected by a conversation between Calvin and an old family friend. They were primarily about family members and their recollections of certain important events in their lives. Most of the stories were good enough on their own but it would've had more impact to the book as a whole if they'd all contained a strong common thread connecting them to Calvin or a particular theme. The characters were there in all, but it lacked focus, as if the stories had been written separately and later combined to create a book. I would've enjoyed this book more if it had been edited properly. A reader shouldn't be distracted from the story by errors or discrepancies ... things that might have been caught by someone other than the reader. A good editor should weed out unnecessary sentences, point out when the author has gone off on unrelated tangents, note where important information was missing and then ask for clarification. The point of all that is to keep the reader engaged. I received this as an e-book from LibraryThing's Member Giveaway program. The title and premise of the book intrigued me. The author has some skill but in this case I think the help of an editor would've made this book considerably better."

  11. 4 out of 5

    Saleh Radaideh

    Ripples Through Time is such an emotion-provoking book. The emotions of sadness, sorrow, joy and even laughter stirred up in me. The narrator is an old man who has encounters with his family spanning through a lifetime of experience. There are many humorous lines in the story which really made me laugh aloud. For example, “The one thing I’ve learned, is that all children pop out the same.” The old man, the narrator, is very evident to have a rich experience in life and knows pretty much everythi Ripples Through Time is such an emotion-provoking book. The emotions of sadness, sorrow, joy and even laughter stirred up in me. The narrator is an old man who has encounters with his family spanning through a lifetime of experience. There are many humorous lines in the story which really made me laugh aloud. For example, “The one thing I’ve learned, is that all children pop out the same.” The old man, the narrator, is very evident to have a rich experience in life and knows pretty much everything that his younger family members already know. He quit smoking for quite some time because his daughter was sick, but got back to it because life was stressing. All smokers can relate. There’s another part in the story which I really, really loved. When a little girl, a family member of the narrator, was looking out the window, the narrator thought she was having an aesthetic experience. He wondered what kind of mysteries of beauty lay in her mind as she was intricately exploring all nature beyond the window. After a short pause the girls says that the window is dirty and someone should clean it. Again, I laughed. But besides the laughter and humor, the story is very touching and heart felt. It’s a vast story, and the characters fill it with unexpected laughs and cries, and go on heartily through the adventures of life. It is so down to earth, and anyone who has lived this life can relate to the vibrancy of human experience portrayed in this book. The story is very easy to read, and can be easily followed. That is what I loved about it. The characters are very dynamic and lovable. They made the story one not easy to be forgotten. I especially loved Edward and Emily. The experiences they go through are instigating to the heart, their attitudes are deeply interesting, and their presence can be felt through the words of this book. I look forward to reading from this author.

  12. 5 out of 5

    C.M. Krishack

    Calvin is an elderly man who is struggling with the loss of his wife Mellie. Since she passed all he could think about was ending his life and joining her. He is then visited by his neighboring friend, Edward who was contacted by his daughter Bethany out of worry and concern for her father’s wellbeing. Throughout the book remnants of Calvin’s past come into play as he remembers his life with Mellie. The story of his life unfolds as you learn more about his past and his intricate relationships. T Calvin is an elderly man who is struggling with the loss of his wife Mellie. Since she passed all he could think about was ending his life and joining her. He is then visited by his neighboring friend, Edward who was contacted by his daughter Bethany out of worry and concern for her father’s wellbeing. Throughout the book remnants of Calvin’s past come into play as he remembers his life with Mellie. The story of his life unfolds as you learn more about his past and his intricate relationships. The love that Edward has for his wife is beautifully written and you could feel his loss. Edwards’s unapologetic sense of humor reminded me of my father-in-law. I found the use of multiple narrators truly deepened the story. It made it authentic and bold. I truly enjoyed this book!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Amie O'Brien

    This book was beautifully crafted and read incredibly smooth. Seriously, the prose was flawless. I read it over the course of about a week. I always looked forward to winding down the night with it. (It was probably the second best book I read all year. "Me Before You" being the triumphant champion.) Typically, I don't really care for books where the narrator jumps ship from character to character. In most experiences, I find myself withdrawn from those as I never can get enough attached to the This book was beautifully crafted and read incredibly smooth. Seriously, the prose was flawless. I read it over the course of about a week. I always looked forward to winding down the night with it. (It was probably the second best book I read all year. "Me Before You" being the triumphant champion.) Typically, I don't really care for books where the narrator jumps ship from character to character. In most experiences, I find myself withdrawn from those as I never can get enough attached to the characters and feel like I'm in their skin. But this book holds the exception. It was so well written, I actually enjoyed getting to see the various family members' take on things, their strengths and weaknesses.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    Complicated Family History In the course of this book, I learned about the various members of the Greenwood family through their individual narratives. The story begins at the end and moves through different points in time, providing the perspectives of the father, mother, children, and friends. Each adds a new bit of information and insight. Calvin, Emily, and the others are all fascinating and flawed. They argue and hurt each other and survive difficult times. Through it all is a kind of deep a Complicated Family History In the course of this book, I learned about the various members of the Greenwood family through their individual narratives. The story begins at the end and moves through different points in time, providing the perspectives of the father, mother, children, and friends. Each adds a new bit of information and insight. Calvin, Emily, and the others are all fascinating and flawed. They argue and hurt each other and survive difficult times. Through it all is a kind of deep and unspoken love that becomes evident only when all else is lost. The choice of multiple narrators and multiple times enriches the story. At the end, I felt I knew these people. Beautifully crafted and developed. Highly recommended.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Dave Bench

    A wonderful, well-crafted story about love, loss, and longing. The story consists of numerous memories of lives intertwined from just after WWII to the present day. A man struggling to deal with the passing of his wife of many years thinks to end his own life feeling that he is no longer needed. The story of his life, that of his wife, and his children play out in each chapter written from the first person point of view. We view first hand the choices they make and how those choices affect those A wonderful, well-crafted story about love, loss, and longing. The story consists of numerous memories of lives intertwined from just after WWII to the present day. A man struggling to deal with the passing of his wife of many years thinks to end his own life feeling that he is no longer needed. The story of his life, that of his wife, and his children play out in each chapter written from the first person point of view. We view first hand the choices they make and how those choices affect those around them. The overwhelming theme I found was that even with the best of intentions we seem too often to hurt the ones we love. The hard part is to forgive the hurt and move on without letting our relationships suffer. This is without a doubt one of the best books I have read in some time.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Tetley

    Ripples Through Time is the story of 83 year old Calvin Greenwood who has just lost his wife Emily. After being checked on by a neighbour when his daughter is worried about his state of mind, he is forced to re-evaluate his life through re-visiting his experiences over the years. A heart-warming story of hope and forgiveness which takes the reader on a journey of discovery. This book has it all, love, loss and the chance to find peace, delivered through a beautifully crafted plot, believable cha Ripples Through Time is the story of 83 year old Calvin Greenwood who has just lost his wife Emily. After being checked on by a neighbour when his daughter is worried about his state of mind, he is forced to re-evaluate his life through re-visiting his experiences over the years. A heart-warming story of hope and forgiveness which takes the reader on a journey of discovery. This book has it all, love, loss and the chance to find peace, delivered through a beautifully crafted plot, believable characters and lyrical prose. I truly can't recommend it enough and I could completely imagine seeing this as a film alongside the rest of Nicolas Sparks' films.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    Absolutely loved this touching story. Ripples Through Time takes you on a journey with Calvin, an elderly man, as he reminisces about his life. You can literally feel his sorrow as Calvin recalls various scenes of his life, in the midst of struggling to deal with the death of his wife. Lincoln Cole has a great writing style. The story was beautifully crafted, and so it kept my attention as it unfolded. Great job, Lincoln! Looking forward to reading more of your books. Highly recommended!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Emily Ross

    I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This was an emotional rollercoaster of a novel. It really made you feel alongside the main character, who is depressed and lonely after the loss of his wife. Through looking back over his life, via reminiscences, the intricacies of relationships and connections and actions and life are explored and explained. I thought this book was beautiful.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Cruikshank

    Very easy to read and filled with a lot of deep meaning. I really enjoyed the book and it kept me guessing about what was going to happen. I truly enjoyed the book and recommend it to anyone interested! There are a few big surprises in the book that I never saw coming, and they just blew me away. It's a book about forgiveness and dealing with personal issues, but I don't want to spoil it for anyone.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Marian Thornley

    I very much enjoyed this voyage through a family. We saw family life through the eyes of mum, dad, their three children and then finally the brother-in-law of the daughter. As each one was added to the narrative, depth was added until we were eventually able to see for ourselves the lies, deceits, resentments that lay beneath the surface. The book is authentic and well written and I would recommend it.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Aly

    This was in interesting family to read about. I love that the story did seem to "Ripple through Time". The book was well written and exciting for me to read. * I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

  22. 4 out of 5

    Chantalia

    This is a very emotional book touching on a lot of really deep topics. Some parts of it made me very emotional, but overall I thought it was an excellent story. There is a twist in the middle of the book that took me completely by surprise.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Scott Skipper

    Calvin’s devotion to Emily bordered on codependent. When Emily died, he found no reason to continue living. At eighty-five, or was it eighty-one, he felt no stigma attached to visiting her grave and then joining her in a better place, but first he called his daughter to say goodbye. He said it in less than uncertain terms, which triggered Bethany, not to rush to his side, but to call her brother-in-law to ask him to do a welfare check. Edward liked the much older Calvin and gladly complied. This Calvin’s devotion to Emily bordered on codependent. When Emily died, he found no reason to continue living. At eighty-five, or was it eighty-one, he felt no stigma attached to visiting her grave and then joining her in a better place, but first he called his daughter to say goodbye. He said it in less than uncertain terms, which triggered Bethany, not to rush to his side, but to call her brother-in-law to ask him to do a welfare check. Edward liked the much older Calvin and gladly complied. This led him into a desultory visitation through the past and a firm refusal to drive Calvin to the cemetery. The old man’s response was the revelation of Edward’s darkest held secret. Ripples Through Time is the reliving of a lifetime through family vignettes told in the course of one profound morning. The flashbacks are related in random order, in various voices, and from various viewpoints. This, although artfully done, is a challenge to reader to keep in mind who is narrating. The several characters, who tell their stories, sometimes in first person, sometimes in third, are fully developed and not lacking in individuality. If not conventionally written, Lincoln Cole has found a fascinating method to weave his tale. The conflict of threatened suicide contrasted to hopelessness at the end of life is artfully laid onto the pages. Ripples Through Time is a poignant story that probes depths that are resident in every family. It is a book I recommend without reservation for everyone, especially the loyal members of the Rave Review Book Club.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Beverly Laude

    This was a good book, with lots of characters talking about their pasts. But, it wasn't a great book. Calvin has just lost his wife after a long battle with Parkinson's and he is ready to join her. He calls his daughter, who sends a friend to visit Calvin and see what is happening. The book is told from various viewpoints, with each character remembering something from their past. The idea is a good one, but I find that this writing style is hard to follow. The book jumps from person to person and This was a good book, with lots of characters talking about their pasts. But, it wasn't a great book. Calvin has just lost his wife after a long battle with Parkinson's and he is ready to join her. He calls his daughter, who sends a friend to visit Calvin and see what is happening. The book is told from various viewpoints, with each character remembering something from their past. The idea is a good one, but I find that this writing style is hard to follow. The book jumps from person to person and time period to time period. I have never been a big fan of flashbacks in movies or TV shows and I feel the same way about my books. There were some very poignant moments and some thought provoking scenes, but much of the book was just stories told without any real end result. A lot of things were introduced but never really resolved. If you enjoy this type of story, this is a good one to read or listen to. But, be aware of the writing style. Again, I prefer a story to have a beginning, a middle and an end, and this one rambled a lot IMHO. The narrator did a good job, but I did speed up my Kindle to 1.25x in order to listen to it. Otherwise, I think I would have fallen asleep at times.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Susan Auton

    I'm a big fan of Lincoln Cole's books bit to be honest when I first started reading Ripples Through Time I didn't think I would like it. However, I was wrong and Lincoln Cole didn't fail to capture my interest in the story which left me quite emotional towards the end. It's a story which I dare say resonates with many readers. A story of life, of a family whose paths take different directions but come full circle. The story is about Calvin and Emily , parents to Richard, Bethany and Jason. When I'm a big fan of Lincoln Cole's books bit to be honest when I first started reading Ripples Through Time I didn't think I would like it. However, I was wrong and Lincoln Cole didn't fail to capture my interest in the story which left me quite emotional towards the end. It's a story which I dare say resonates with many readers. A story of life, of a family whose paths take different directions but come full circle. The story is about Calvin and Emily , parents to Richard, Bethany and Jason. When Emily dies, Calvin can't see any reason to go on living. Following a phone call to his daughter Bethany, he receives a visit from Edward, Bethany's brother in law, who engaged Calvin in conversations with the aim of reminding him about how precious his life is. It's an interesting 2nd story which I found myself relating to and I can see why Calvin thinks his life is futile. I think that this book will be of interest to a wide range of readers and if, like me, you think this book is not for you, stay with it. You won't regret it.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Boundless Book Reviews

    Calvin is alone for the first time in a long time. He is trying to deal with the passing of his wife. He is struggling with this greatly when his friend Edward comes to his aid. Edward hopes that talking to him will let him know that he will be fine. He knows Calvin is hurting and he hopes to help him before time runs out. I could tell from the beginning that this was going to be a heart-wrenching tale of loss. It was that, but it was also a story full of hope and friendship. Losing someone so cl Calvin is alone for the first time in a long time. He is trying to deal with the passing of his wife. He is struggling with this greatly when his friend Edward comes to his aid. Edward hopes that talking to him will let him know that he will be fine. He knows Calvin is hurting and he hopes to help him before time runs out. I could tell from the beginning that this was going to be a heart-wrenching tale of loss. It was that, but it was also a story full of hope and friendship. Losing someone so close to you is hard, and Calvin is faced with such a difficult time. It had me by the heartstrings. This book had the memories of a life past. The pain, mistakes, and the hope for a better future make this book a hard to put down read. By the ending, I was in tears. This was truly a sad and yet touching book. I enjoyed it. http://www.boundlessbookreviews.com https://www.facebook.com/BBReviews

  27. 4 out of 5

    Connie Huddleston

    Three disclaimers: I don’t read horror books, but Lincoln’s horror books get rave reviews. I was gifted this book as an audio book. This book centers on one human action which upsets me on a very personal level, and I usually refuse to read books about it. Not with that out of the way, I listened to "Ripples Through Time" on audio book. The narration was well done and easy to follow and listen to. Lincoln’s book carries you through many years, telling you in bits and pieces the story of a family Three disclaimers: I don’t read horror books, but Lincoln’s horror books get rave reviews. I was gifted this book as an audio book. This book centers on one human action which upsets me on a very personal level, and I usually refuse to read books about it. Not with that out of the way, I listened to "Ripples Through Time" on audio book. The narration was well done and easy to follow and listen to. Lincoln’s book carries you through many years, telling you in bits and pieces the story of a family. It could have been called “Regrets” as each character seemed to have many, just as we all do. So why three stars, well, I found the story depressing and too much like real life. It is well written, full of rich characters, and believable. Don’t look for a plot; there isn’t one. This is a narrative. If you enjoy this type book, many of you do, then you will find Lincoln’s "Ripples Through Time" an enjoyable read. It isn’t long, but is thought provoking and full of pathos.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Dale

    an 85-year patriarch very slowly tells the story of his life with wife, Emily (“Mellie”) spanning the years from 1946 to “present day.” The story is told from different individual family member perspectives and provides insight into the different individual stories that evolve over the decades—there are some definite surprises; I picked this up just based on the cover; 2015 HARDBACK via Madison County Public Library, Richmond, 189 pgs.; 5 out of 5 stars; finished Jan. 09, 2017/#4

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sandi Hemming

    While this was a very interesting way to explore people within a family and how their interactions have impacted others, I disliked the "soapbox" moments (homosexuality, euthanasia, etc.) and some incidences of "adult language." The narration/voices were well done.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Elaine

    I gave this book 4 stars. It had a different ending than I had anticipated.

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