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Windows in Time

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3.85  ·  Rating details ·  387 ratings  ·  63 reviews
Fate added injury to insult when Jonah Sellers's live-in boyfriend left him: while moving out his ex's belongings, Jonah fell down the stairs and broke his leg. Now his house is a prison, and he's working from home while his sister checks up on him. The only diversion in Jonah's routine is catching the odd glimpse of a man in the apartment across the way taking off his clo ...more
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Published August 10th 2009 by Dreamspinner Press (first published July 1st 2009)
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Jenre
Aug 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Windows in Time was one of those books which languished for months in my TBR pile. Why? I have no idea other than I had so many other commitments that it just kept getting pushed further and further down the pile. I'm embarrassed about this no end, because it turned out to be a pretty terrific character based book.


The book follows two different story lines. It opens with Jonah, who is recovering from a broken leg after falling down the stairs to his apartment. He's bored and restless and general
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Ami
Aug 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
Housebond after he broke his leg, Jonah Seller discovers that there is something very intriguing happens through his apartment window, as he sees an image of a handsome man in the process of stripping. But the image appears and disappears and it makes Jonah wonders. When his young and attractive nurse, Liam, shares his interest, Jonah is involved in ghost hunt and a possibility of a new relationship.

There are two stories happening in this story; one in present time between Jonah and Liam and the
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mlady_rebecca
This was a really cool book. I love the interweaving of the two stories, with Jonah and Liam in the present, and Buck and Oliver in the past. We not only get Buck and Oliver's tale from their perspective, but we get a peak at what history says about the two men who disappeared, with the mysterious Minna, on the same day back in the 1950's.

After reading a bunch of present day m/m romance books, it was interesting to see a gay couple portrayed in the 1950's.
Wren
Sep 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
I loved that there were two stories tied together (two for the price of one!). I enjoyed all the characters. I thought Aedin did a good job of building up the mystery and suspense, and the reason for Liam's reluctance really hadn't occurred to me so that was a cool surprise. Intelligent and witty writing. Loved it!
Kassa
Aug 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
As a fan of the author’s short stories, I had some trepidation if the excellence of previous work can be extended into longer novels. It’s not always a smooth and positive transition but Aedin has delivered a wonderfully engrossing tale of two sets of lovers. Clever with a bit of homage to the Hitchcock’s classic “Rear View Window,” the interesting take on the concept allows this great book to stand on its own. Emotional and sensual without any explicit sex, this is a classic romance story that ...more
Saritza
I don't even know where to start on this review because there's so much I want to say and so much I want to divulge but this is one of those books that you go back to and say, "holy shit, it's like I was there!"

Summary: Fate added injury to insult when Jonah Sellers’s live-in boyfriend left him: while moving out his ex’s belongings, Jonah fell down the stairs and broke his leg. Now his house is a prison, and he's working from home while his sister checks up on him. The only diversion in Jonah’s
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Kathy
Sep 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This book has, to my embarrassment, been sitting in my TBR for a couple, or perhaps even more, months. And now I'm kicking myself because this story is out-and-out fabulous and a book that I would have already re-read.
Windows in Time is a story so rich in detail, characters, scenes... just everything, that you would always discover another nugget of gold, another delicious tidbit of knowledge, something that would make a re-read almost as fresh as the first time. Of course this would probably w
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Heller
Oct 21, 2012 rated it liked it
This book had an interesting structure to it, there are two parallel stories: one in the present day and one in 1957.

Present day we have Jonah Seller, a writer, who has a severely broken leg that he got after a fall when he and his live in lover broke up. Liam Brooks is a nurse who works for Jonah's sister and he's checking up on the injured man while the sister is out of town.

In the past we have another writer, Buck Addison and Oliver Caldwell, the wealthy son of an industrialist family who l
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SueM
After falling down the stairs in his apartment building and and breaking his leg, sheer impracticality confines Jonah to his apartment while his leg heals. Little does he know that the broken leg will lead him to solving a 50 year old mystery as well as finally finding love.

The story follows events in two timelines - the present time and 50 years earlier - and the switch between the two times is handled well by the author. While I liked the two MC's from the present, I loved the two MC's from th
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FloJ
Aug 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This is two stories running in parallel with interconnections of a ghostly nature. It serves as a useful illustration of the McCarthy era and compares those times with now. (I had to check whether Saran Wrap was around in 1957, and yes it was, invented in 1953!) It is hot in a discreet way (if that makes any sense at all) by which I mean there is not much graphic sex but the implications are fantastic and it was a great story all round. Don't worry, it is not one of those ones where there is han ...more
Karen
Jun 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-mm
What a well done and enjoyable mystery. Windows in Time is actually 2 stories running side by side, one set it current time and one happening 50 years earlier. However, they also overlap each other. At first I found the flipping back and forth from the present to the past to be a little disconcerting but there really was no other way for this story to be told, so once I adjusted to the storyflow it was a nonissue for me as my mind just went with the flow and enjoyed the story being presented to ...more
Kelly H. (Maybedog)
4.5 stars rounded up

Get ready to cry. Within a few chapters, I was already getting stressed and worried, and by the end, I was bawling my head off. I don't like to cry when I read. I read for pleasure, for escape from that which makes me cry, but I still thought this was a great book. It's not one I'll read again, but I do recommend it.

It helps that the book is really funny in parts, particularly the pieces that occur in the present. For example, I loved the opening:
It was a dark and stormy nig
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Bijan
Reading this book has been a unique experience for me. It's taken me out of my comfort zone, but at the same it's amused me and made me love the story and the main characters.

As you already know, this book intertwines two different stories. Although they seem unrelated at first sight, they are becoming more and more related as you read page after page. Without spoiling anything, I should add the fact that one story is dark, while the other is lovely and humorous. It's a really interesting combin
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LutaWolf
Jun 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This story read like watching Cold Case. I loved the series so this was a joy for me. It was very emotionally poignant, sucking me in. I could mentally see myself in that era, wanting what other’s said I couldn’t have and not having the heart to let it go. At first I couldn’t make the connection with Liam and Jonah but that was a point the author was making. The connection with Oliver and Buck was fast in furious because it had to be. In that time there was no stopping to get to know each other, ...more
Serena Yates
Oct 05, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: gay
I liked the way the two stories, one from the past, and one from the present day, were interwoven.

The characters were great, very vivid and real. Jonah was funny in his role as suffering reconvalescent. Liam was adorbale, if somewhat inexplicably hesitant. I didn't get as close to them and their motivations as I did to Buck and Oliver. Which is probably why the ending of their story hit me harder than it should have. I kept hoping for a different outcome.

While the mystery element added a bit of
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Snowtulip
Aug 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, m-m, par-rom
How much do I love Buck and Oliver! Their story kept me absolutely fan girl fawning over their old Hollywood love story. This is the second ghost related book where the ghost pair has me so much more enraptured than the living couple. Although, I really do love Jonah and Liam as well.

The author did a great job of bringing out the personalities of all these characters and had me completely riveted to understanding how the mystery of Buck and Oliver ends, even when you know there won't be an HEA f
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Yvonne
Apr 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Yvonne by: Pushubuu
4.5 stars For the GBQ3 challenged recommended by PUshubuu. This one is a little homage to Hitchcock's Rear Window. Jonah is injured and basically housebound & passes the time looking out the window at his neighbor. One day he spies an interesting sight... This one also features two couples leading somewhat parallel lives; one in 1957 & the other 2007. The 1957 couple is more fleshed out than the more current one. There is a feeling of tension reading their stories as you know there's on ...more
Karen
Apr 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Karen by: Kim
This was a very enjoyable read. The author deftly alternates two parallel plotlines--one contemporary and the other taking place in the 1950s--which come together by the end of the book. Likable characters, each with nicely delineated characteristics. The secrecy of being gay in the 1950s is effectively contrasted with the more open acceptance of the modern-day world. Without getting specific, this book incorporates some interesting plot elements that don't occur often in m/m fiction.
Geoffrey
Feb 03, 2010 rated it liked it
Its two stories running at the same time. One in 1957 and one today.

I was surprised by the cross-dressing, but it was integral to the story. It started out light and fluffy and got dark by the end. There wasn't a lot of explicit sex and a couple fade aways .... All in all, I liked it and would probably recommend it to others.
thelastaerie
Feb 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
There are two romance interwined together in this story. It's a nice twist of a story clearly inspired by Rear Window. I thoroughly enjoyed the book, but I wish the main character's romance is as engrossing and fleshed out as the old one that he "witnessed" through his window.
Juniper
Nov 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, paranormal, m-m
Very Hitchcock. A lovely romance, not too suspenseful a mystery - moves between 2 stories - but kept my interest due to the well-balanced and engaging characterisation. No explicit sex, but still sensual.
Would give 4 if possible.
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MLE
May 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm, kindle-archive
Really enjoyed the characters, and the love stories set 5o years apart.
Riina Y.T.
O-M-G! TEARJERKER alert! T______T
Preeti
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
5 Stars

I LOVED it. A hot handsome guy in suspenders stripping for you every week... infront of your window....no less!!!!...*sigh*...AND a Tall, Dark nurse delivering your groceries and cooking dinner for u.....what more one could ask for??
um...so what if that strip tease is by a GHOST (>_<)...Bbbutt believe me...that sexy nurse is totally human... just crazy for ghost things...swear!!!!

It tells us two beautifully interwoven tales one in present about Jonah and Liam and another in pas
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Lada
Mar 21, 2017 added it
No rating because I skimmed most of the past chapters. I only continued because I wanted to know what had happened in the past, but then the ghost revealed them all, so the MCs didn't really solve the mystery. The MCs were kind of interchangeable, and I didn't care about their romance.
Emily Moore
Jonah Sellers is stuck inside his house, a prisoner thanks to a broken leg. To add insult to injury, Jonah was hurt tripping over his ex-boyfriend's stuff while the man moved out of their apartment. Due to his serious lack of mobility, Jonah’s sister Stephanie has been stopping by frequently to bring him groceries and check in on him. When his sister goes on vacation with her family, she hires a nurse to look in on Jonah while she’s away. The last person Jonah expected is Liam Brooks, who is you ...more
Octobercountry
Apr 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
I've been quite drawn to ghost stories and time-slip tales ever since I was quite young, but I haven't found very many gay-themed books in this vein. So, it was a given that I'd be intrigued by this story, and I have to say that for the most part I was quite pleased with the tale.

The bulk of the novel alternates between the stories of two pairs of men, with chapters set in the late 1950's interspersed with those set in the present day. (Only toward the end of the book does the focus shift entire
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Juxian
Aug 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
A lovely book; I really liked it a lot. Well, I LOVED some parts of it, and others - not so much.
I loved Buck and Oliver's story, I can't even describe how much. They both were such darling characters, and it was breathtakingly beautiful when they had their good times. I actually loved them so much that for a while I refused to think about (view spoiler)
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Tam
Apr 28, 2010 rated it liked it
After breaking his leg falling down the stairs, Jonah needs help so is sister arranges for a nurse she works with to help him out while she’s out of town. Nurse Liam turns out to be a hot younger guy. Meanwhile Jonah discovers a ghost in the window across from his apartment and the two of them go about figuring out who he is. The book then splits off with one chapter in present day with Liam and Jonah and one chapter about Buck and Oliver (the ghost and his lover). They are set 50 years ago, whe ...more
Bea
Apr 18, 2014 rated it liked it
No sé muy bien que decir sobre este libro. Me ha gustado mucho y al mismo tiempo no ha terminado de convencerme.
Para empezar yo esperaba una historia, la de la pareja principal investigando al fantasma; no esperaba dos historias mezcladas y, sobre todo, no esperaba que la mayor parte del libro fuese "la otra historia". Esto no me gustó demasiado, sobre todo sabiendo como iba a terminar (poco misterio, si se ve a su fantasma obviamente murieron) No me gustan los dramas, soy demasiado sensible :P
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