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The Timekeeper’s Son, a moving father-son tale, explores middle-aged grief and youthful yearnings, the price of hidden disabilities and wounds, and the claims and limits of community.

In the small town of Milledge, Georgia, aspiring teenage filmmaker Josh Lovejoy hits a jogger while driving late at night. But this is not just any jogger: the victim is prominent
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Paperback, 408 pages
Published October 2016 by Deeds Publishing
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Linda Zagon
Oct 05, 2016 rated it really liked it


I would like to thank NetGalley and Deeds Publishing for an ARC of "The TImekeeper's Son" by Sara Baker. Wow!! This is an intriguing and complex novel dealing with modern day complications of family interactions during adverse times,poor decisions and consequences. In my opinion Sara Baker explores the need to be accepted, peer pressure at all ages, loneliness, self-worth and discovery and growth of the characters.. I do not want to give away any spoilers or repeat what is on the jacket cover, s
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Janet
I love this character-driven novel set in Georgia. Baker explores how one mistake has repercussions that have the potential not only to shatter a family but to reverberate throughout a town. How can we heal ourselves and each other in times of turmoil. and what silver linings can we find once we are able to look past our own grief?
David Foss
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
A moving and serious novel about mistakes, losses, forgiveness, and healing. Sound like a thousand others? That's only because the themes are universal and eternal. It's what Baker does with them that makes this book unique and worth reading. She begins by placing the characters in a carefully depicted setting (a small town in Georgia) and then introduces a shocking event that links people in the town who would otherwise never have met. Although this kind of plot device can seem forced or contri ...more
Kate
May 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Timekeeper's Son explores the fragility of a family that has slowly unraveled over time. I really liked Josh, who we know has challenges but is really stronger and more resilient than his father who uses anger and withdrawal to "be strong." In fact, Josh keeps on with school and community service while his father hides and his mom unravels. I liked Mom's infatuation with the art teacher and how she gets her mojo back through rediscovering her love of painting—finding something that is "hers" ...more
Liana
Nov 04, 2016 rated it liked it
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This is actually closer to 3.5 stars. I enjoyed this book a lot. The plot is nothing special, centering around an aspiring filmmaker teenager who gets involved into a car accident and his parents' seperation. However, the writing is gripping, some kind of magical. The characters are so real and very much human, so realistically drawn you can almost feel them taking shape. They are deeply flawed, they fuck up and they make mistakes; not everything turns out okay, but that's how life is. They are ...more
Cat
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Gripping tale of how our unintended actions influence our lives and how we are forever affected by them. Poor Josh, life really dealt him a harsh hand- learning disabled, poor home life, harsh father, and now a car accident involving a prominent member of his community. So sad to read at first. I think most of us have defining moments in our lives that influence the remainder of our lives. This book does offer closure in the end. It's well written and I thought the characters were well developed ...more
Maureen
Dec 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this.
Teri Ames
Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For me, this novel is about forgiveness, both forgiving ourselves and forgiving the people we love; but, it has enough depth that others will likely take away different messages. Like all of us, the characters are flawed, making poor choices and learning to live with the consequences. Baker develops them with a richness of detail that makes them feel real enough that you understand them and come to like them, despite their flaws. What stands out most about this novel is Baker's poetic voice that ...more
LeeAnn
Mar 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Thoughtful and with richly developed characters, this novel will draw you in to the lives of normal folks living normal lives until a tragedy changes the shapes of their futures.
Megan
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sara Baker's first novel is at once a telling tale about relationships; exploring the often gaping gulf between men and women and children and parents. But while telling the tale, we are unwittingly embarking on an "edge of your seat" ride with one of the main characters. There are themes of love, loss, and best of all, forgiveness. The reader experiences Josh's aching journey of growing up. How refreshing too, to have characters such as Hal and Helen, struggling with the "how-to's" of parenthoo ...more
Deirdre
Dec 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Well-written, moving, scenes of almost unbearable intensity. The author had done a great job of presenting the different ways men and women think, their different perspectives and interpretations of the same situation. It is amazing that any of us stay together, we women and men are such different creatures! And yet, as the book so poignantly shows us, we ultimately work through and love and need one another. So, too, are there differences in thinking between parents and teens. Though adults are ...more
Megan
Feb 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great read!

I'm from the South so I automatically was drawn to the locale of the book. Baker provides us with a great ride AND read. I felt for the characters and somehow even felt like I knew them. I was on the edge of my seat toward the end.
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Thank you NetGalley and Deeds Publishing for the moving novel The Timekeeper's Son, by Sara Baker. This was an unexpected read for me. Illustrating the power of support, acknowledgement and kindness to each other, and to family members. The thirst of it within us, as well as the grave results with the lack of such things provided. About passions and dreams for a bright future. A story of an unfortunate circumstance and the ripple effects of it. The struggle of a teenager boy and of middle aged p ...more
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