Monday, May 25, 2020

Review for If She Had Stayed by Diane Byington

If She Had Stayed

February 17th 2020 by Red Adept Publishing

Sometimes the past is better left alone.

Kaley Kline is thrilled to have landed a job as director of the new Tesla Museum in Colorado Springs. To make the museum successful, she searches for undiscovered works to display. When she finds an old safe that might have been Tesla’s, she’s shocked to find some diary pages supposedly written by the inventor himself.

Kaley initially thinks either that the journal is a fraud or Tesla was experiencing a nervous breakdown when he wrote it. However, if his experiments were real, the world will never be the same. She decides to secretly build Tesla’s time machine and attempt to go back into her own life to change a decision she has always regretted.

She prepares for a trip to the past, not knowing whether she will electrocute herself or travel back to the Boulder of her sophomore year in college. But an old boyfriend might have hidden some secrets from her—secrets that could have her fighting for her life.

My Thoughts…

Kaley finds the journal of Tesla and instantly decides that she can reenact what Tesla did to time travel.    Once she decides where she is going it is full speed ahead.    I felt like the part leading up to the time travel went slow.   There was a lot of information, a lot of details concerning Tesla that I did not follow or understand but it all led up to a great story of Kaley going back to undo a wrong that led to someone she cares for getting hurt.  

Diane Byington told a story that made me stop and think about what I would change it I could time travel.   Would it change my future?  Make my life better?  

If you are looking for a fun book to read If She Had Stayed is a book I’d recommend.    I’ve read both of her books and enjoyed them both.  

** Thank you Red Adept Publishing for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. 

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Diane Byington has been a tenured college professor, yoga teacher, psychotherapist, and executive coach. Also, she raised goats for fiber and once took a job cooking hot dogs for a NASCAR event. She still enjoys spinning and weaving, but she hasn’t eaten a hot dog or watched a car race since. 
Besides reading and writing, Diane loves to hike, kayak, and photograph sunsets. She and her husband divide their time between Boulder, Colorado, and Dunedin, Florida. 
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