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Ripples Through Time

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  174 ratings  ·  60 reviews
Winner of the 2015 Literary Classics Award for Inspirational/Visionary YA!

BOOK DESCRIPTION: A novel about overcoming our own weaknesses when it doesn't feel like there is anything left to live for, Ripples through Time tells the story of Calvin Greenwood. A family man in his eighties, Calvin is alone for the first time in over sixty years. His wife, Emily, recently pass

Kindle Edition, 200 pages
Published August 2nd 2015 by LC Publishing
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Bill Ward
Feb 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy reading a story about a family's history because it is something to which we can all relate. The different generations, their love, pain and other emotions are shared by all of us. The author starts by introducing us to an old man, who has recently lost his wife and is feeling lonely. As he looks back on life we then meet the rest of the family and through their voices gain a different insight to events and characters. By the end of the book we understand how this family functions.
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Lincoln Cole
Aug 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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 stor
Chantal Gadoury
Jan 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was a great book! I'm completely blown away by how amazing this novel was. I received this novel in a free review swap, and this was . . amazing. I recently lost my Father myself, and Calvin's grief really reminded me of my family's own grief. That feeling of wishing for the person back, or wishing you could see them again - I felt I could really, truly relate to him. I loved seeing the shifts of time, and seeing the past and present - it's exactly how . . grief/life is. You often live in y ...more
Galit  Balli
Feb 22, 2016 rated it really liked it



Plot/Story: This is the story of an old man who grieves over his wife and wishes to join her. The struggles of being alone and the feeling of loss were too much for him. But when Edward enters his life to see how he is, they both started to talk and memories came up and feeling of not only lost but struggle, forgiveness and regret.

Characters: Calvin is an old man, who grieves over his dead wife and think of really ending his own life. His thoughts, memories, and feeling were all abo
Literary Classics Book Awards & Reviews
Calvin is near the end of his life... at least that's how he would have things. His bride of nearly 60 years, Mellie, has just passed away and he plans to end things so they can be reunited. When Calvin's friend, Edward, checks in to make sure he's alright, the widower starts to recall the events of his past. The landscape of his life is portrayed through the eyes of those who have shaped his world. Sometimes joyous, some times melancholy, but always genuine; these revealing vignettes impart the ...more
Eustacia Tan
Dec 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars, rounding up to 5

Before I get into the book review, I need to do a huge huge disclaimer (which I will repeat at the end of the book). Not only did I get a free copy of this book, I also know the author AND I mega respect him as an author AND he really helped me with The Nutcracker King (in terms of copy-editing). So yes, I have a bias, although I really did enjoy the story.

Ripples Through Time is literary fiction, which as far as I understand, means you spend a lot of time with the cha
Mark Kasniak
Dec 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Lincoln Cole really knocked it out of the park with this one. Absolutely loved this story! Ripples Through Time follows an eighty-four year old man named Calvin as he reminisces and discusses his life story of the past fifty years with his wife and kids. Calvin's wife Emily has recently passed and he's really struggling with the grief, thinking about ending it all. Parts of the story are told through memories of the 1950's - present day and parts of the story Calvin struggles to remember at all. ...more
J.A. Kerr
Sep 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Written in the first person, the author drew me into the story quickly and held my attention with his descriptive language and endearing characters. We are introduced to Calvin...a man at the end of his life's journey. Cole's writing is fresh. "Familiarity makes a cruel mistress," is a wonderful play on familiarity breeds contempt. This is the story of the Greenwood Family and told through the eyes of each member. Calvin, Emily, their children and friends. Well defined characters I grew attached ...more
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
*I want to start by first stating that I was originally gifted this book for what I thought was my honest review. I originally gave it two stars but was encouraged by the gifter to either give it a higher rating or take it down. This felt intellectually dishonest so I purchased my own copy to be able to post my original review which is below.

I've just now realized while I'm reviewing this book that Ripples Through Time is so appropriately named. There's not much depth here at all. The book barel
Nov 17, 2015 rated it it was ok
All of us have stories but too many people reach the end of life without ever getting to share theirs. Children and grandchildren may think they know their elders, having heard the old stories repeated multiple times but they've only scratched the surface and need to ask better questions.

Many people have no one to hand stories down to. As peers die there are fewer people with shared memories. Without the retelling, memories fade.

Any long lived life is filled with many story-worthy experiences,
Saleh Radaideh
Jan 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Ripples Through Time is such an emotion-provoking book. The emotions of sadness, sorrow, joy and even laughter stirred up in me. The narrator is an old man who has encounters with his family spanning through a lifetime of experience. There are many humorous lines in the story which really made me laugh aloud. For example, “The one thing I’ve learned, is that all children pop out the same.” The old man, the narrator, is very evident to have a rich experience in life and knows pretty much everythi ...more
Aug 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Complicated Family History

In the course of this book, I learned about the various members of the Greenwood family through their individual narratives.

The story begins at the end and moves through different points in time, providing the perspectives of the father, mother, children, and friends. Each adds a new bit of information and insight. Calvin, Emily, and the others are all fascinating and flawed. They argue and hurt each other and survive difficult times. Through it all is a kind of deep a
C.M. Krishack
Feb 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Calvin is an elderly man who is struggling with the loss of his wife Mellie. Since she passed all he could think about was ending his life and joining her. He is then visited by his neighboring friend, Edward who was contacted by his daughter Bethany out of worry and concern for her father’s wellbeing. Throughout the book remnants of Calvin’s past come into play as he remembers his life with Mellie. The story of his life unfolds as you learn more about his past and his intricate relationships. T ...more
Dave Bench
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful, well-crafted story about love, loss, and longing. The story consists of numerous memories of lives intertwined from just after WWII to the present day. A man struggling to deal with the passing of his wife of many years thinks to end his own life feeling that he is no longer needed. The story of his life, that of his wife, and his children play out in each chapter written from the first person point of view. We view first hand the choices they make and how those choices affect those ...more
Amie O'Brien
Nov 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was beautifully crafted and read incredibly smooth. Seriously, the prose was flawless. I read it over the course of about a week. I always looked forward to winding down the night with it. (It was probably the second best book I read all year. "Me Before You" being the triumphant champion.) Typically, I don't really care for books where the narrator jumps ship from character to character. In most experiences, I find myself withdrawn from those as I never can get enough attached to the ...more
Rachel Tetley
Jan 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Ripples Through Time is the story of 83 year old Calvin Greenwood who has just lost his wife Emily. After being checked on by a neighbour when his daughter is worried about his state of mind, he is forced to re-evaluate his life through re-visiting his experiences over the years. A heart-warming story of hope and forgiveness which takes the reader on a journey of discovery. This book has it all, love, loss and the chance to find peace, delivered through a beautifully crafted plot, believable cha ...more
Jan 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this touching story. Ripples Through Time takes you on a journey with Calvin, an elderly man, as he reminisces about his life. You can literally feel his sorrow as Calvin recalls various scenes of his life, in the midst of struggling to deal with the death of his wife.

Lincoln Cole has a great writing style. The story was beautifully crafted, and so it kept my attention as it unfolded.

Great job, Lincoln! Looking forward to reading more of your books. Highly recommended!
Aug 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Very easy to read and filled with a lot of deep meaning. I really enjoyed the book and it kept me guessing about what was going to happen.

I truly enjoyed the book and recommend it to anyone interested!

There are a few big surprises in the book that I never saw coming, and they just blew me away. It's a book about forgiveness and dealing with personal issues, but I don't want to spoil it for anyone.
Marian Thornley
Dec 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I very much enjoyed this voyage through a family. We saw family life through the eyes of mum, dad, their three children and then finally the brother-in-law of the daughter. As each one was added to the narrative, depth was added until we were eventually able to see for ourselves the lies, deceits, resentments that lay beneath the surface. The book is authentic and well written and I would recommend it.
Emily Ross
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

This was an emotional rollercoaster of a novel. It really made you feel alongside the main character, who is depressed and lonely after the loss of his wife. Through looking back over his life, via reminiscences, the intricacies of relationships and connections and actions and life are explored and explained. I thought this book was beautiful.
Aug 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a very emotional book touching on a lot of really deep topics. Some parts of it made me very emotional, but overall I thought it was an excellent story. There is a twist in the middle of the book that took me completely by surprise.
Dec 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was in interesting family to read about. I love that the story did seem to "Ripple through Time". The book was well written and exciting for me to read. * I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*
Scott Skipper
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Calvin’s devotion to Emily bordered on codependent. When Emily died, he found no reason to continue living. At eighty-five, or was it eighty-one, he felt no stigma attached to visiting her grave and then joining her in a better place, but first he called his daughter to say goodbye. He said it in less than uncertain terms, which triggered Bethany, not to rush to his side, but to call her brother-in-law to ask him to do a welfare check. Edward liked the much older Calvin and gladly complied. This ...more
Beverly Laude
This was a good book, with lots of characters talking about their pasts. But, it wasn't a great book.

Calvin has just lost his wife after a long battle with Parkinson's and he is ready to join her. He calls his daughter, who sends a friend to visit Calvin and see what is happening. The book is told from various viewpoints, with each character remembering something from their past.

The idea is a good one, but I find that this writing style is hard to follow. The book jumps from person to person and
Susan Auton
Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a big fan of Lincoln Cole's books bit to be honest when I first started reading Ripples Through Time I didn't think I would like it. However, I was wrong and Lincoln Cole didn't fail to capture my interest in the story which left me quite emotional towards the end. It's a story which I dare say resonates with many readers. A story of life, of a family whose paths take different directions but come full circle. The story is about Calvin and Emily , parents to Richard, Bethany and Jason. When ...more
Connie Huddleston
Three disclaimers: I don’t read horror books, but Lincoln’s horror books get rave reviews. I was gifted this book as an audio book. This book centers on one human action which upsets me on a very personal level, and I usually refuse to read books about it.

Not with that out of the way, I listened to "Ripples Through Time" on audio book. The narration was well done and easy to follow and listen to. Lincoln’s book carries you through many years, telling you in bits and pieces the story of a family
Boundless Book Reviews
Calvin is alone for the first time in a long time. He is trying to deal with the passing of his wife. He is struggling with this greatly when his friend Edward comes to his aid. Edward hopes that talking to him will let him know that he will be fine. He knows Calvin is hurting and he hopes to help him before time runs out.

I could tell from the beginning that this was going to be a heart-wrenching tale of loss. It was that, but it was also a story full of hope and friendship. Losing someone so cl
Ann Pratley
Apr 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hmm, what an interesting book to review. The story itself was interesting although not much actually happened in it, but getting to know the many characters was pleasurable enough. What stands out for me was the writing itself. That was more engaging to me than the storyline. It was the first book I've read by this author and would definitely read another, based on his great writing style, although I do not think I'll be reading book 2 of this particular series.

Overall, this is a nice story abo
Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
an 85-year patriarch very slowly tells the story of his life with wife, Emily (“Mellie”) spanning the years from 1946 to “present day.” The story is told from different individual family member perspectives and provides insight into the different individual stories that evolve over the decades—there are some definite surprises; I picked this up just based on the cover; 2015 HARDBACK via Madison County Public Library, Richmond, 189 pgs.; 5 out of 5 stars; finished Jan. 09, 2017/#4
Vicki Scullion
I found the plot of this book to be disjointed and lacking in depth. I had difficulty figuring out whose memories we were hearing and when they took place. Also, although the vignettes were probably meant to connect to each other, I found myself hanging in places. Why did Emily go back to her parents when she was pregnant? What did Calvin do to make her run? I can see from the many reviews that I may be in the minority here, but I honestly can’t recommend reading this book.
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Lincoln Cole is a Columbus based author who enjoys traveling and has visited many different parts of the world, including Australia and Cambodia, but always returns home to his pugamonster puppy, Luther, and family. His love for writing was kindled at an early age through the works of Isaac Asimov and Stephen King and he enjoys telling stories to anyone who will listen.

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