Patrick Walsh kept making all of the wrong choices. However, he gets the chance at redemption in an odd way. He’s given the opportunity to go back in time and fix two other men’s lives in the attempt to correct his own.
French Caribbean in 1790 ~ Patrice Beaumont is considered the “kindest” of slave owners. While talking about the need to abolish slavery, he never does anything about it. Is being “the best of the worst” his only legacy?
New York City in 1863 ~ Patrick Allen is a large Irish immigrant who learns to make a living in the boxing ring. When out of the ring, he doesn’t pick fights or pick sides. However, during the Draft Riots, he sees a lynch mob about to beat up two black men. Is Patrick willing to choose sides this time and stand up for what’s right? Or will he walk away like he always does?
This book was different and unique. I honestly couldn’t put it down until I’d reached the last page. Patrick Walsh is a man many of us could relate to. It’s always easier to walk away and stay uninvolved than it is to step in and do what is right. Watching as he goes through each of these lives is amazing. The amount of research that had to have gone into this book is mind-blowing. You get an accurate picture of these major points in history and feel like you’re right there with the character. I felt each life could have been its own book because each part was so rich and well-developed. When each time period ended, it was sad in a way. I wanted the story to continue because I got so involved with the way the tale was spun.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction. It was absolutely terrific.
One thing I found you have to watch out for is this. When I originally read this amazing book, there was an odd typo that kept appearing in my copy. I contacted the author regarding it and he was positive it wasn’t there, so I looked again. You know what? He was right! For some reason, my first copy of the Kindle book had flaws introduced into it somehow. When I re-loaded it and looked again, those errors were gone. As this was in a span of 2 days, I can only say that it was a flaw in the digital rendering of the Kindle app itself as the file hadn’t changed any.
Available through the Kindle Unlimited program at the time this review was written.