Review: A Gift of Time (Tassamara #3) by Sarah Wynde

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Synopsis:

She thought she could see everything. Time is proving her wrong.

Ten years ago, Natalya’s ability to remember the future cost her the life she wanted when her vision of her fiancé’s death tore them apart. Ever since, she’s considered her precognition more of a curse than a gift. How can she live in the present when the future looms so large?

But when the night she’s long dreaded finally arrives, Natalya’s vision and reality diverge. She and her ex, Colin, are drawn into a web of the unexplained, led by a mysterious little girl. Who is Kenzi? And where did she come from? The little girl might be the reason Fate has spared Colin’s life, but could she also bring Natalya and Colin together again?

With Colin, Kenzi, her family, the townspeople of Tassamara, and a set of circumstances that nobody could foresee, Natalya must solve the puzzle of a lifetime. Her discovery that her gift is not the only one at work will change the lives of everyone around her as time becomes precious in a most unexpected way… and the clock is ticking.

 

What Rhea Thought:

Sarah Wynde has a way with prose that’s almost poetic in its flow. She’s an amazing storyteller and there’s absolutely no two ways about that. I read A Gift of Time without any foreknowledge of the Tassamara series. Heck, I didn’t even know of the Tassamara series before I started reading this book. So from what I gather, you can read any book of this series in any order and it wouldn’t matter.

Coming to the story itself: A Gift of Time is not a unique concept. There have been so many books with a psychic protagonists and the resulting chaos. But Miss Wynde writes so beautifully, that only 20% into the book and I had let go of all my prior beliefs and had been catapulted into this beautiful town and its lovely people.

Natalya can see the future. She’s never wrong in her predictions and the people around her have accepted her visions as concrete apparitions of the future. Colin, her ex boyfriend, however—while not skeptic—refuses to let her premonitions control their life together. And when Natalya sees a future where Colin dies, he lets her go, refusing to put up with her almost obsession of trying to keep him alive. Of course it’s only later in the book that it is revealed that he does so for completely selfless reasons—that he’s accepted his future but refuses to let it destroy her own. But by the way that he interacted with her throughout the book, I knew this all along.

That only made me love him more.

And then the day comes when the future that she had seen for Colin actually comes true. Except, he’s not really dead. Not really.

Instead they find a little girl who refuses to speak, hiding in the forests and Natalya takes her home until they find out about her. She names her Kenzi for something to call her and the little girl is a strong survivor. She’s brilliant and she’s gifted.

I won’t go too much into depth regarding what Natalya discovers about Kenzi lest I destroy the book for you but there is one thing—all characters in this book are flawed and real and that’s what makes them so relatable. In spite of the supernatural powers that they have, you can just imagine them as your friends, your neighbors.

When I was about 70% into the story, I couldn’t put it down and just had to read it until the end. The villain—even without possession of any special powers—is terrifying and when Kenzi and Natalya are trapped with him, I found myself genuinely terrified for them.

And Colin tries to search for them with the frantic desperation that only a man in love could summon.

Other than that, there’s too less I can say without majorly stepping into spoiler territory, so I’ll leave you with this: This book has it all. Romance, drama, action, suspense. There’s supernatural drama without becoming supernaturally melodramatic. Absolutely amazing writing and Miss Wynde has definitely gained a fan here 🙂

 

Final Verdict: It’s a wonderfully thought-provoking read and I’d suggest it to everyone who appreciates a good book. ★★★★

 

About the Author:

 

Sarah Wynde graduated from Wesleyan University with a degree in English, which she actually managed to put to use by becoming an editor. She’s worked on magazines, websites, and books, including ten years spent as a senior acquisitions editor with Pearson. Eventually, her love of writing pushed her into independent publishing. She likes to think of the stories she writes as unexpected fiction—bending, blending, and occasionally breaking genres.

 

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