Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Anything - Review by Kelsey G.

By: Michael Baron

About the book:
With Anything Michael Baron again draws readers into a world of deep emotion, compelling relationships, and heartfelt humor, and this time he adds a touch of fantasy. Ken and Melissa are at the dawn of a magnificent life together. A passionate romance has led them to the doorstep of marriage. While searching for the perfect wedding present for Melissa, Ken stumbles into a mysterious shop. There, he is given an extraordinary opportunity- to look in on Melissa when she was a girl. Ken has always wished he could have known Melissa from the day she was born and this seems like an incredible blessing. Until he discovers a terrible secret ion Melissa's past, one so awful she has found it impossible to mention to him.

Now Ken has another extraordinary opportunity. He can go back in time and change the horrible event that has left an indelible mark on Melissa. HE can free her of this burden - but doing so could change things so completely that they might never meet. Ken has repeatedly told Melissa he would do anything for her. But would he truly do anything?

Review by Kelsey G.

I'm going to just deal with the creepiness factor right up front. Yes. It is kind of skin-crawley for a grown man's fervent wish to be witnessing his wife's childhood. There is a strange moment where grown man Ken kisses three year old Melissa, his future lover and fiancee, on the cheek after a tricycle accident. However, this book is not intended to be creepy, and when Ken says he feels "diminished" by not knowing Melissa for the first thirty years of his life, the reader is meant to suspend their disbelief and just say "aw". If you can do that, this book becomes a fantastically entertaining escapade through time travel, romance, and the consequences of good intentions. The writing is fresh and true and feels more like a conversation with the author than actual prose. I recommend this book to anyone who can set aside their preconceptions and the jaded effect reality has on us and enjoy a tale of true, rare love and how much it changes us.

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