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A Matter of Time by [Debenham, Graham]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 404 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1492817775
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FXAH4CO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,286 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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You have to feel a kind of affection for this book. The word 'charming' comes to mind. A present-day tube train guard gets drawn back into the days of the second world war, and from then on moves back and forth between past and present as the story unfolds. He begins to realise he will have to make a choice about when to live out his life, and the story neatly ties together his decision and its implications.

Yet there's something missing: a sense of tension, or any kind of personal angst. Both in the present and in the past, everyone is unremittingly NICE. There's a bit of evocation of the camaraderie of wartime London, suggesting that in some ways things were even nicer then than they became in subsequent years, but this is not developed very far. The story simply runs its benign course, and you read it out of curiosity as to how things will develop, rather than with any real sense of urgency. Some reviewers talk about its 'feel-good' quality, but can you really have a feel-good experience if there's little or no feel-bad content to offset it?

In fact the whole thing is told from an almost childlike perspective. There's an odd lack of knowingness among the characters, who mostly seem to talk to each other in amiable, respectful tones. The leading lady's father, for instance, is referred to as 'the Colonel', not just by the characters themselves, but also by the author. Yes, the story acknowledges modern mores such as living together, and there are even moments of danger; yet despite this, there's a sense that it depicts an innocent world where nothing really nasty is going to happen.

That said, one thing the book does unexpectedly well is evoke the magic of falling in love more or less at first sight.
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A very clever mix, using time travel,of historical (World War 11) and modern with an enduring love story. Nicely described and with good characterization. There are no bad guys so if you want an antagonistic story look elsewhere. It may lack action and real thrills but nevertheless a good tale. One let down was the too simplistic ending which seemed a bit rushed.
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I wasn't sure about this book, I don't know why, I just expected it for some reason to be one of those where you read a few pages and just give up. I'm pleased to say I was wrong. I loved it right from the start. I loved the time travel plot set in the London Underground and the blitz in the second world war. I would highly recommend this to anyone who is interested in that period of history or time travel adventures.
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Reminiscent of 'Goodnight Sweetheart' but without the complicated personalities and characters. Pleasing in its simplicity and style and it was a good read, easy to pick up and put down and pick up again without loss of the plot.
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This was the first novel by Graham Debenham I've read and thoroughly enjoyed it. Time travel novels are a favourite of mine and this one was excellent. For those who enjoyed the tv programme Goodnight Sweetheart, you will see a similarity. Mr Debenham's writing style is almost old fashion, his characters are always very polite to each other, which in 1941 fitted well but were less believable in 1998.

If I have one criticism, it is this. If you are going to bring a young lady from 1941 to see the sights of 1998, you most certainly should not take them to a McDonalds!
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When I saw this book I was, to say the least, intrigued, however I found the story, indeed the premise, to be nicely put together making for a good read....even if it is in the 'what if?' category. Excellent!!
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This book almost seems like it was written just for me. The reason? Well, apart from the fact that I've been obsessed with Time Travel my whole life, and also have a big fascination with the Second World War (because of my Grandad) I have also always felt that I was born in the wrong era (Just like Eddie) . And I am also a big Beatles Fan (Eddie saves John Lennon, just like I would of done)

However, to cap it off I am also a Train Operator on the Northern line and based at Golders Green. Just like Eddie.

Have you ever wished that you could write a story about one of the biggest dreams/Fantasies in your head? It's almost exactly that dream. And somebody else has written it for me. For me, the perfect Time Travel Story.
I will never feel the same way about going into Tooting Broadway Sidings again. May even close my eyes for a minute and cross my fingers....
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Without making any attempt to explain how, the author transports a humble transport guard into 1941, and a pleasant tale unfolds. It's not exciting or terribly deep, but it's likeable.
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