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Reviewed by Alex Ndirangu for Readers' Favorite
The 1950s saw a pivotal transformation and boom in the availability of entertainment and luxuries. However, these were not primarily intended for children, which meant youngsters had to find their own forms of entertainment. For 12-year-old Robert Gunkel, most of his fun came in the summer from adventures in the forests of East Texas with his small group of friends, Harry, Joe, and Will. One day, while swimming in a pond near a graveyard with his friends, Bobby noticed a girl in the distance, kneeling at a headstone, head bowed, and letting what seemed like flowers fall from her hands. Compelled to help, Bobby decided to head into the graveyard to talk to the girl. Brenda had endured pain, loss, and heartache. Over the next several years, Bobby and Brenda grow close and confide in each other about their lives. But just before they can become more than friends and confess their love for each other, tragedy strikes, forcing them to leave everyone and everything they know behind. Times... They Are A-Changin' by Richard W. Kelly spans decades and follows the love story of Bobby and Brenda as they navigate the trials of love and life.
Times... They Are A-Changin' is a phenomenal book about belonging together. Filled with suspense, nail-biting twists of events, and with a flawless balance of humor, heart, sweetness, and depth, the narrative grips your attention from the first few minutes of reading. Richard W. Kelly's lush descriptions transport you to the forests of East Texas, and you can visualize young Bobby and his friends playfully splashing in the pond. The narrative is seen through the eyes of Bobby, providing you with a front seat to the events unraveling. I felt deeply connected with the protagonists, and as the young lovers ventured out into the world to build a home together, I couldn't help but cheer at their moments of triumph and growth. Their life together is a journey packed with mysteries and exhilarating adventures. More importantly, however, the life they made together raises profound questions about the complexities of a loving relationship, and the place that love and connections hold in our lives and beyond. Readers who enjoy books that blend the emotional intensity of romance with excitement and tension will find Times... They Are A-Changin' to be a new favorite.