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I wasn’t sure what to expect from this alternate history of J.F. Kennedy’s assassination, so I went into it without any pre conceptions. I am a UK resident and as such don’t have as much knowledge or emotional ties to the Kennedy killing, so I read this story with a relatively open mind. What I didn’t expect was to be reading a sort of romance novel between older people. Yes, hooray, a love story that shows passion and affection between a couple in their twilight years. I think Olivia and Bill’s story more than the conspiracy theory, is what kept me reading on.
I don’t really know that much about the subject matter, so on occasions I was a little baffled by some of the theories. I didn’t really get an idea of the scale of the event, and how the nation was emotionally scarred by it. But having read the book, I was more aware of the sadness and grief of a nation. For me it was the love story that took centre stage to the conspiracy theory. However, I did like the ‘What if” scenario as it kept me intrigued.
A slight niggle were the chapter headings/statements; they felt a little bit too preachy. Almost steering me to read the chapter in a certain way, so influencing how I reacted to the events that occurred. Also there was a bit of repetition in dialogue and narrative. All very minor things that didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the story.
The narrative voice is engaging and believable, which is a huge plus for me. Without that, the rest of the narrative and plausibility of the plotline would have been lost, so I applaud Elizabeth Horton-Newton for her writing skill.
I think this book is a great read and would appeal to readers on many levels. Highly recommended.