Love Me Two Times

A Journey Back to the Late 1960s

Fiction - Historical - Event/Era
438 Pages
Reviewed on 02/15/2014
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Reviewed by Jean Hall for Readers' Favorite

Nostalgia ain't what it used to to be, or so they say. Young Americans in the 1960s experimented with new lifestyles and drugs, and challenged ideas about love, sex, war, and peace. And Patrick Golden was in the middle of it all at bohemian, liberal Berkeley in 1968. But in retirement, Patrick Golden found himself resigned to an existence that only appeared enviable. In Love Me Two Times: A Journey Back to the Late 1960s, Philip Michaels showcases a man's wistful and passionate life. Jim Morrison's sultry lyric pleads "Love me two times, baby -- Love me twice today...." which sets the tone for this intriguing fiction.

Pat, a former lawyer, lives on Belvedere island with his temperamental daughter Susan. He enjoys life there with a Grey Goose martini and an occasional cigar. But he lost the love of his life in the '60s and he is confused and haunted by her memory. He stays at his luxurious home, looking out over the Golden Gate Bridge. After 41 years apart, an unexpected death will bring him face to face with beautiful Morgan.

Philip Michaels takes us on a virtual trip to experience the '60s through the character of Patrick. His disapproving father and Pat's wide range of friends also add context to this character-driven story. The narrative and frequent dialogue flows effortlessly. The rock 'n roll music and freedom of this revolutionary time is like a heady life soundtrack. Love Me Two Times by Philip Michaels is a groovy, heartbreaking, and passionate novel.

Julia Hopkinson

Love Me Two Times: A Journey Back to the Late 1960s by Philip Michaels does exactly what it says and effectively transports the reader to the days of the Vietnam war, The Doors and the Kennedys, and depicts a passionate love affair set against the backdrop of the social and political changes raging across America in the 1960s. Patrick Golden, divorced, retired and weary of life, learns - in the present day - of the death of his university roommate, Charles Comstock, and reminisces about his experiences of studying at Berkeley and Harvard and his relationship with the beautiful and charming Morgan Thackeray. The fictional events, characters, and their lives are cleverly interspersed with links and references to real events and/or people of the time.

Philip Michaels has created a book that will appeal to many people - children of the Sixties, lovers of romance, anyone curious about the heady times depicted - and does a good job of recreating the mood, angst, joy, and despair of this fascinating time. The sections that insert the characters into real Sixties situations and events are the most compelling, but the book sometimes skips a bit too quickly through these parts and then lingers on some sections of stilted dialogue and repetitious exposition. The central story is a good one and you do care about the characters and what happens to them. Love Me Two Times: A Journey Back to the Late 1960s is an enjoyable read for anyone who either lived through the time, watched the events from afar, or has an interest in the period.

Faridah Nassozi

When Patrick accidentally looked at the obituary section of the New York Times, he had no idea how that accidental glance would change his life. The paper announced the death of his dear old friend, Charles. Patrick and Charles went a long way back, especially to the summer of 1968 when Charles invited Patrick to spend the 4th of July at his home. That was when Patrick met Morgan, the love of his life. The two were very much in love and were planning to get married when Morgan, without giving any explanation, broke off the engagement. Now, decades later, Patrick planned to attend his dear friend's funeral, and also have dinner with Morgan. This brought back all the memories of the past and he was both nervous and eager to see Morgan again after all those years. Hopefully, she would finally give him an explanation for what happened.

Love Me Two Times by Philip Michaels is a beautiful love story about two people who met by accident and how that meeting changed their lives forever. Both Patrick and Morgan are adorable characters. I could not help but root for them as they struggled to make their relationship work against all odds, and how the power of their young love was so strong that they believed that they could make it. Philip Michaels used a combination of romance, suspense, and drama, plus a touch of humor to create a moving love story that draws you in as you follow the lives of these two and their friends and family, and the inevitable heartbreak that comes with young love.