An emotional, urban fantasy that reads like a slice-of-life deep dive into a guy’s recovery from trauma and tragedy, you won’t be able to put down this “time-travel” book.

About the Book

Troubled ex-journalist Luke Seymour discovers an untapped talent for time travel after being recruited to rescue the stricken leader of The Nostalgia Club, an eccentric band of time travellers who meet in the back room of an Edinburgh pub. As he hones his skills and learns the stories of the Club’s members, Luke delves deeper and deeper into his own past – where the terrible mistake which scarred his life is waiting…

My Thoughts

While this is absolutely a book about time travel, if you’re looking for an action-packed, fantasy adventure, look elsewhere. This is not the book you’re looking for. And yes, I did use my Jedi voice for that. Instead, this is packed full of gut-wrenching, emotional scenes that test your tear ducts and tissue supplies one after another.

The quirky group dubbed “The Nostalgia Club,” helps our main character Luke explore his newly discovered ability to time travel. They meet each week to travel back in time along their own timelines and visit past memories – hence their clever name. But do they want something more from Luke? And how did they even know he had these abilities he didn’t himself?

As we explore these mysteries and unravel Luke’s painful and traumatic past, we find a man longing to change his worst decisions. Something I think we can all relate to. And it really makes you wonder what you would do if you could go back in time and change things, even if they were very small instances. Or, even, who you would visit.

This book continues the tradition of exploring the good and bad sides of time travel, something that has long fascinated us as a people. While it’s something that doesn’t seem likely to be cracked anytime soon, we continue to explore the ethical, legal, and literal issues that would plague us if it was developed.

I am so grateful to the author and Love Books Tours for including me in this tour. I look forward to reading more by this author. I enjoyed the book immensely. The historical and modern pieces were fused seamlessly, the characters all had distinct voices and stories, and the twists were surprising and heartbreaking – which is appropriate for this situation.

Who’s It For?

If you’re a fan of time travel books and movies, such as “The Time Traveler’s Wife,” “Doctor Who,” or even the “Bill and Ted” series, you might enjoy this. If you enjoy slice-of-life stories, you may also enjoy this one. Because of the time travel format, individual stories and flashbacks featured prominently throughout the story giving it a very slice-of-life feel at times.

Content Warnings: Violence, Adult Situations, Adult Language, War References, Drug Abuse, Alcohol Abuse, Infidelity, Child Loss, Medical Trauma

Question of the Day

Do you have a favorite time travel book or show?

Answer of the Day

I loved the Bill and Ted movies until I saw Doctor Who in 2006, I think. I didn’t see it until David Tennant was the doctor. And, you never forget your first doctor.

About the Author

Paul Carnahan is a former national newspaper journalist-turned-writer who lives and works in Central Scotland. ‘How Soon Is Now?’ is his first novel – a second, ‘End of a Century’ will follow later this year.