Title: Time and Tide
Author: E.M. Lindsey
Release Date: July 21, 2015
Page Count: 201
Reviewed by: Brooklyn
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
”Sometimes the universe is chaos, and sometimes it’s kind. If we are meant to be together, we shall be.”
It’s 1897, and fresh from Oxford University, William Owens returns to Maryland to find his entire life planned for him. His law practice, his home, and his wife. Unable to stand up to his mother, William resigns himself to living the life she’s chosen for him, until one day the Universe chooses a different path for him.
Literally stumbling into his life, the blind writer, Theodore Renard, changes everything. Confronted with a life he desires, and the love of his life, William must find the courage to stand up to his mother and take his life into his own hands. But none of that comes without a price. Facing heartache and tragedy, William must learn to navigate through the chaos of time and the tide.
I’m usually not a fan of historical, but something about this book got my attention. Maybe it was that William was struggling under the weight of his mother’s control. The idea that he was drowning in a life that he didn’t want, but with seemingly no way out of it.
This story brought out serious frustrations in me. William’s mother is a controlling person, and I kept getting so angry with her and how she was treating Will. Then again, I got frustrated with Will, allowing his mother to do what she did, but at the same time understanding how he could feel like there was no other way.
I hate reading m/m books where the lovers are forced to keep their relationship secret. Maybe that’s part of why I shy away from historicals. This book was no exception. Will and Teddy’s life was pretty much one big secret. And I hated that for them.
This is a first novel for E.M. Lindsey and I think she did a really good job capturing the struggle of an “inappropriate” and secret relationship in the time period she did. Although the overall plot involved Will’s struggle to overcome his mother’s control and live his own life, the secretive nature of their relationship was a large part of that life he was determined to live. But I do have to be honest, and say, this novel could have used more proofreading.