chick lit | contemporary | historical fiction | LGBTQIA | new adult | romance
Summary: When Diego Delgado closed his eyes it was 2020. When he awoke, he was one-hundred years in the past. Thrust into the dawn of the Jazz Age with no money and nowhere to go, Diego encounters a veritable bouquet of acquaintances including a kind-hearted factory owner, a free-spirited flapper, a worldly-wise mystic, and a strong-willed heir named Thomas Greely. Diego, desperate to return to the future and reunite with his young daughter, must blend in with the roaring twenties lifestyle while searching for answers. But distractions are all around him, especially Thomas who is both beautiful and charismatic, and Diego must grapple with the reality that even if he succeeds in returning home, half of his heart will stay behind.
Trigger Warning: Racial slurs, internalized homophobia
Hullo everyone! I’ve been lucky enough to join another book tour organized by Booktamins. This book caught my attention the moment I laid my eyes on the cover, it went directly to my TBR even before I joined the book tour. So thanks again Booktamins for letting me join the book tour for this amazing book.
As always, I will jump up to my review saying that this book was way better than I expected. By the end of the book my eyes were sucking the words out of my screen in anticipation of what would happen and if ou characters would have a happy ending. Sad to say not everyone does, but that is for your to find out later on this post. Maybe.
What I loved the most about the book were the characters, I love a character driven plot with great set up. And For the Lost Time has many characters, real and relatable characters in a set up that I honestly loved. But of course, there are three that stand out and it’s our boys (yes, I will refer to them as my boys).
Beginning with the main character Diego Delgado, our handsome time traveler. He was my favorite and the one I felt more connected to because of how he struggled with his desire to go back to his beloved daughter Molly and his guilt of enjoying his time with Thomas. At the beginning of the book we see him after he has somewhat accomodated to his predicament and is closed up to other people, and his only motivation is going back to his time. I found his struggles with the time to be real and believable, he was able to remember many facts about the time to defend himself, while also saying stuff like “the bee’s knees”.
“She’s… uh, the bee’s knees.”
The girls snorted.
“The bee’s knees. What, you guys don’t say that?”
“We do now.”
Next is our golden boy, Thomas Greely. I will admit that I didn’t like him at first, but wow did he win my heart. I thought he was annoying at first, but then he grew up on him and he charmed me quite fast. We learned pretty fast that he was born in China an adopted by a couple of globethrotters. He deals with the abandonment and neglect of his parents, his outgoing and devil-may-care personality a result of it. It was hard sometimes seeing him deal with his issues, specially because most of it are things that many people struggle with to this date. Thankfully, he has Henry in his life, who has acted like the father figure that he deserved.
And Henry. Oh, Henry. I feel so bad for him, his past is tragic and sad. Burdened with nightmares that are mostly memories, he is certainly the one with the most horrible past. We learn that he is also homosexual, and his family’s way to handle it was the worst way possible, making him go through procedures to cure his “illness”. He has a son in Thomas and their relationship was very sweet.
Diego and Thomas’s relationship was so good. It had that push and pull, the banter, the charm and connection. It became really sweet, both of them were very supportive of each other. Their love was one that surpassed time, and it was beautiful.
Also, special mention to Clementine, a pioneer of feminism in the 20’s who also dealt with the expectation of her family and her peers to take the role of a lady, when all she wanted was to be independent. A flawed character with insecurities that was very relatable.
The theme of time travel was well handled, at the beginning I thought it was just a trope added to the book to make the story seem different but boy was I wrong. The theme takes sporadic importance throughout the book but it really kicks in by the end, when we get the big reveal. If you pay attention you will understand some of it before, but even then I’m sure you are in for a suprise with where the book goes. The anomaly is given a very reasonable explanation (y’know, for a romance book, so don’t expect scientific or magic lingo).
The one thing I was not fond of, was the amount of times the author mentions the character’s attractiveness. At some point it felt like that was all there was to their appearance, like I could just imagine a tall handsome man with a tattoo and bam, that’s Diego; or a pretty Asian guy and there goes Thomas. It’s great to acknowledge it, specially when we are on the perspective of the other character, but it gets tiresome if it’s mention everytime a physical aspect was mentioned.
But did that stopped me from enjoying the hell of this book? No, I freaking loved it and you all should read For the Lost Time to understand why.
About the Author
Heather Blair is the author of new adult romance novels including “Lucid Dreaming” and
“Wide Awake.” She was born and raised in Vermont and has spent much of her adult life in
New York and Los Angeles. She currently resides in Connecticut with her two cats.