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Reviewed by Hilary Hawkes for Readers' Favorite
Ripples Through Time is Lincoln Cole’s story of elderly Calvin Greenwood as, recently bereaved of his wife Emily and feeling he has no more to live for, he looks back over his life from childhood, through growing up years, marriage, parenthood and into older age. His friend Edward listens to the reminiscing - and the story is presented from the perspectives of the different characters, family members, others, Edward himself, as well as Calvin. A story of memories, relationships, mistakes, hopes, challenges and forgiveness emerges as the intricacies of his life are explained, and the connections between the people in Calvin’s life are revealed.
I found Ripples Through Time a thought-provoking and gripping story. I loved the characters – well-defined, believable – and the way the author reveals their backgrounds, stories, and what links them all to Calvin’s current situation. Lincoln Cole’s writing is of a high standard and the book is carefully plotted, moving along at a nice pace with a good amount of intrigue and suspense-building as it goes. I like the way it is told from the perspectives of different characters, and at different times in the past. The examination of grief, regret, forgiveness, aging, and euthanasia is sensitively and empathetically done, leaving the reader with much to ponder. At the same time this is not a sad story, but a realistic look at one man’s life with humor, friendships, and hope.
The book looks at all the complexities of life and how all the different situations, our different relationships, reactions, mistakes, and decisions add up to make us who we are. It is the story of how Calvin realizes what matters most in life and his hope for forgiveness and peace. Recommended.