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All This Time

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  23 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Syrian-American, Lydia Fadoul, has spent a year waiting for her fiance’ to return from war in Iraq, only to discover that he is broken by trauma and the devastating effects of PTSD. Just when he finally agrees to seek help, he takes his own life and leaves behind a story of murder, betrayal, and mystery. In her second, contemporary fiction novel since Budapest, Tiffani Bur ...more
Paperback, 146 pages
Published March 2015 by Booktrope
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May 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All This Time is a very touching story that follows Lydia Fadoul on her quest for answers behind her fiance Thomas' suicide upon returning home from his tour in Iraq.

Author Tiffani Burnett-Velez weaves a riveting and emotional tale that easily draws the reader into Lydia's quest for answers behind the mystery surrounding Thomas' actions while in Iraq that ultimately led to his traumatic spiral downwards from the effects of PTSD and tragic suicide. The story takes the reader on a thrilling rolle
Annie McDonnell
May 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Stunning! Exhilarating! Vibrant! I was privileged to read this book on Memorial Day weekend, and it was quite fitting.
Tiffani Burnett-Velez reaches right in to the core of all of the mangled emotions that stir inside both; the Service Members and the families that await their return, as our US military serves time in battle over in Iraq and Afghanistan. I read this story with my mouth agape, I bet you will, too.
Lydia Fadoul is laying her Marine (ex..) fiancé, Thomas to rest after he has commit
Eleanor Sapia
Mar 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Superbly written and very touching
By Eleanor Parker Sapia on April 29, 2015
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All This Time by Tiffani Burnett-Velez is a superbly written and very touching contemporary story of Syrian-born, Lydia Fadoul, who is searching for answers into her husband Thomas’ suicide after his return from war in Iraq. This is the second novella I’ve read by Burnett-Velez, and I was not disappointed. Here again is the author’s clear, bold, and beautifully-descriptive writing style t
Apr 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Lydia’s whole life had been lived behind the lens of Syria, until the day she met Thomas Miller, who for good or bad introduced her to everything else.

Lydia our protagonist didn’t think she would be attending the funeral of her fiancé Thomas Miller a marine that was taken away from her because of war. What else did the war cost? Miller is now being charged with the murder of two other marines. Lydia with the help of Marcus a journalist who is a former marine himself is seeking the truth of what
Katy Sauer
Apr 18, 2015 rated it liked it
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The various cultures brought through in this book drew me in very quickly. In the first few pages I started feeling for Lydia. After getting more and more information my heart really broke for her. In the same way though, I felt for the various difficulties that each character was going through. Because some of these events in the book could so realistically be happening in the world, it’s a book that got me thinking which I really enjo
Sara Beary
Apr 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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This book was so incredibly touching. Throughout enormous hardships Lydia stands by her fiancee's memory as she searches for the truth.

I love that this book deals with some harsh realities. The fact that if you happen to be the same race as a small group that has caused atrocities, you will be judged even blamed for their actions. That our military has and will cover up things that don't paint them in the best of lights. Life is a spec
May 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
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All This Time is an emotionally engaging story of Lydia's journey to understand why her fiance took his own life after returning from a deployment to Iraq. It explores lots of difficult topics such as mental health, suicide, murder and racism.

The type of racism against anyone who appears to be of middle eastern descent described in this novella is prolific. I wish more people could understand that not all Muslims are terrorists and not all people of middle eastern descent are Muslims. There is
Claire - The Coffeeholic Bookworm
Heart-breaking, intense, bewildering and moving. Those are the emotions that I've struggled to contain while reading All This Time. Imagine the pain of coming to your fiance's funeral instead of marching down the aisle. Imagine the shock of knowing the unpleasant truth that came with the war. Lydia had to deal and accept everything thrown into her face, including the discrimination she had to endure, just because she was part-Syrian. If I were in Lydia's shoes, I might have broken down.

Tena Jackson
Mar 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"All This Time" is a roller coaster ride of adventure and emotion. The detail with which the characters and scenes are described provide an intricate picture, almost movie-like.You'll want to turn off your cell phone and find a comfortable spot to absorb the author's rich storytelling style. I could not put this book down.
Apr 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
All This Time is not the sort of book I usually read. It's more about war and the politics that goes along with it. I enjoyed the book but doubt I'll ever reread it. There were a couple of plot points that I could've done without but it didn't derail the story for me.

*I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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A page-turning examination of the devastating effects of war and prejudice
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Tiffani Burnett-Velez has been a freelance since 1996. Her non - fiction work has appeared in magazines and newspapers in the US and Europe, including Pennsylvania Magazine, Country Discoveries, St . Anthony Messenger,, Yahoo! News, and many more online and in print publications.

Her first novel, Budapest, was featured in the New York Book Festival and the 4 2nd Annual Conference of Jew
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“she acknowledges Thomas only by bending down and scraping a handful of dirt into her hands, her fingernails filling with the cold moist earth and making them brown at the edges. And then she tosses it onto his coffin, where bits and pieces of torn grass and weeds have mixed with the tender soil and are sliding in a small pile down the sides of the domed casket.” 2 likes
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