by Richard Matheson (FIC/MAT), who also authored I Am Legend Review by Ms. Bower
This is a bit of a genre departure for me, as Somewhere in Time is part romance, part science fiction (concerning time travel). I was drawn to reading it for several reasons, including that I absolutely love the 1980 film version starring Jane Seymour and Christopher Reeve. Also, I recently visited the magical Mackinac Island, MI, the place where the movie was filmed and where the story has been immortalized.
The Matheson version involves a terminally ill man from 1971 who falls in love with a celebrated actress from 1896. Events in the first half of the book occur in stream of consciousness, diary-like format in 1971; the second-half events transpire in 1896, and they take the more “substantial” narrative form as the protagonist’s life finds fulfillment.
A recommendation from someone who enjoyed both book and film: Read the book before you see the film. The deliberate, changing format of the book version allows the reader to appreciate the growth of the protagonist. It is harder to be a patient reader when one already knows about the “good stuff” to come. And whether or not you partake in either format, do NOT pass on Mackinac Island as a vacation spot, should the opportunity to go there ever present itself.