"A true test of love throughout a lifetime"
I must admit, as an avid reader of romance, and professing
to love time travel, I didn't quite know what to think when
my boyfriend gave me a copy of a mainstream novel that was
a "Today Show Book Club" recommended novel. Brain
translation: recommended by Oprah or Good Morning America.
If the entirety of America is reading this book, it can't
really be that much of a romance, or can it?
Much to my surprise, THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE is a rare gem
that draws you into the life of Clare and Henry. Except
rather than reading like a movie, it is more like a
documentary. Clare meets Henry when she is six (and he is
much older) but when Henry meets her for the first time, he
is 28 (and at the time, Clare is 20). The days are all date
stamped and give you the ages of our leading couple and an
outline of the events that transpired on the date. Quite
frequently you get information from both of their
perspectives. Time expands and contracts and Henry travels
forward and backward in time, some times causing him to
While some reviewers found her writing style to lack in
details and would have liked more information about the
secondary characters, I really thought her ingenious. There
are so many small details that are easy to overlook but
make you go "huh?" that later on in the story make sense. I
felt Clare and Henry were solid characters as well as very
believable. Just like I felt the information provided about
the secondary characters was enough to make them solid and
believable as our couples' best friends, but their lives
don't overshadow and take over the story; they become more
real because they have their own reality rather than are
attached by strings to the main characters.
I am amazed with Clare. How many women can honestly say
they have loved the man they will marry/did marry
essentially their whole life? Having Henry pop in and out
of her life, it was more like she fell in love with her
childhood imaginary best friend...except he wasn't
imaginary, he just hadn't met her yet. Then, the patience
she has with Henry is amazing, because he can't control the
time travel and quite frequently time travels when
stressed...let your imagination fill in the blanks here!
Henry is a true and tragic romantic hero. Someone
surrounded with an enormous secret (that miraculously few
know about), whose life is constantly in danger (time
traveling naked into the middle of a blizzard, or how-a-
bout a back alley anyone?). He is devoted to Clare, and
yet, he cannot prevent the time traveling. At the same time
he still wants to have a normal marriage, job and life in
general. I have to admit, I am amazed with his self control
to not abuse his time travel abilities in regards to
knowing the future.
While Clare and Henry are in deeply in love, their lives
are not glossed over and their emotions are so real and
raw. The story had me laughing so hard and then crying at
the end. But, the key is if you can travel through time,
has the story really ended?
THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE is such a good book and one you
won't want to miss.
Reviewed by Cynthia Eckert
Posted March 16, 2005
Reviewed by Cynthia Eckert
Posted November 22, 2006