Solace, by Therin Knite

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Corina Marion has a father problem—namely that her Red Cross doctor of a dad has finally returned home from sixteen years of war … as a body in a box to be buried. Her mother is devastated, her friends shocked and saddened, her hometown in mourning at the loss of its local hero. And Corina, indifferent to the man she never met, is trapped in the middle of an emotional onslaught she isn’t prepared to handle. But when a strange old man confronts Corina at her father’s funeral, he offers her an impossible opportunity: the chance to know the late Luther Marion. And in a moment of uncertainty, Corina makes a choice with consequences she can barely fathom. A choice that sends her twenty-five years into the past. To the heyday of her father’s hometown. Right on the cusp of the harrowing events that will shape his life…and his death. And in order to return to her damaged home, supportive friends, and uncertain future, Corina will have to fight tooth and nail alongside the man she’s resented her entire life. Because if she doesn’t help fix the past she’s inadvertently changed with her presence, Luther Marion may not live long enough to become a hero at all.

I’ll always request a Therin Knite book on NetGalley, because everything of hers that I’ve read, I’ve enjoyed. Solace is probably my favorite book by Ms. Knite. I’m a sucker for time travel, and the underlying themes of abandonment, redemption, and understanding I’m sure will resonate with more than just me.

Therin has a knack for great covers and excellent eBook formatting. I’ve seen both covers for Solace, but they seemed a little lacking. I had a particular set of expectations based on the cover, and I feel that the cover doesn’t accurately represent the depth of the story.

As usual, Therin writes a compelling female protagonist that has agency. Agency is when a protagonist doesn’t just allow the story to happen to them, but takes charge, and moves forward sometimes favorable, and sometimes disastrous consequences. At all times, I felt a human connection to Corina. Her actions, good and bad, were rooted in the human condition.

As a parent, and as a son, there were many feels in this story, and I recommend it to anyone who wants a parable told through the view of a sci-fi adventure through time.

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Therin Knite is a 23-year-old recent college graduate who occasionally writes speculative fiction and has the odd delusion of literary stardom. Knite lives in a humble little place known as the Middle of Nowhere, VA, where she spends most of her days reading books and writing what may possibly qualify as books. Knite is a graduate of the College of William and Mary and holds a BBA in Finance and English. In August 2014, Knite began working as an underwriting analyst at a large insurance company, where she intends to stay for the foreseeable future. Knite, who’s been writing seriously for eight years, is an avid book reviewer, blogger, and the sort of person who spends far too much time imagining epic sci-fi battles in her head. Knite intends to publish 3 to 4 novels per year, ever year, until she runs out of ideas…which is highly unlikely, so she’ll probably be writing forever.

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About Mark Gardner

Mark Gardner lives in northern Arizona with his wife, three children and a pair of spoiled dogs. Mark holds a degree in Computer Systems and Applications and is currently attending Northern Arizona University. View all posts by Mark Gardner

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