My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is a story about time travel. Al Templeton’s diner just so happens to have a little time travel rabbit hole to 1958 in the pantry of his diner. After playing around with it for years, he has decided the only way to fix the world as it is now, is to prevent Oswald from assassinating Kennedy.
Unfortunately, every time you return from the rabbit hole, it’s exactly 2 minutes after you left your time, and if you go back to the past again, it completely resets to exactly where you entered before. He tried to do it himself, but was stricken with lung cancer and had to come back to prepare someone else for the job before his death. He selects Jake Epping, a high school English teacher and a regular customer at his little diner. Somehow Jake is convinced to do the job.
Wow…I just don’t know what to say. Have you ever enjoyed a book so much you just sigh when you finish it because you don’t know how the next book you read will ever measure up to it? That’s how it felt when I was done. I loved this book. I’ve always enjoyed Stephen King, but I think this one is by far my favorite. I always love stories about time travel, and it brings complexities about it you never think about, not to mention the problem with the reset every time you go through the rabbit hole. The romance was sweet and wonderful. The last 200-300 pages, I literally was reading all night long. I could not put the book down wondering if he was going to stop Oswald and what the future would be like if he did succeed. As a diehard romantic, I have to say that the endings does tug at your heartstrings.