Review: Of Time And Place – B.R. Freemont
James Lendeman loves his job, even if he finds himself bored with nothing to do, at times. Granted, the world around him is ever-changing. Energy sources are depleting at an alarming rate and prices are rising because of this. Yet he’s determined to help the government find ways to meet customers demands before things get out of hand.
His boss, Kate Hastings, is a formidable woman. She demands his attention whenever something is needed done. She knows James is good at what he does and she’ll do anything to make sure he’s at her beck and call. He’s more than willing to do exactly as she asks of him, but only if it’s reasonable.
Immersed within his own private world, James finds himself attracted to Kate as well as her personal aide. Granted, there are others who also seek his attentions, but he can only go so far when it comes to keeping women happy. While Kate seeks to have him wrapped around her finger, James finds himself leaning toward Jane’s arms. Before he knows it, the two are married and seeking to find a stable footing in hopes of making the relationship work. Unfortunately, that’s easier said than done.
Finding himself in the midst of garnering Kate’s attention and her subtle advances, he soon realizes that there’s a conflict of interest at hand. While he’d like to continue working for her, he knows it’s only a matter of time before things between them reach the boiling point. In his heart, his wife’s happiness is of the utmost importance. In choosing her, he makes a move that will eventually change everything as he knows it, setting off a chain reaction that will leave him wondering as to whether he made the right choice from the get-go.
This was a complex and very thought-provoking story. Granted, some may find it hard to keep track of the dual timelines, but I think the author did a wonderful job in tying everything together. We’re able to glimpse James doubts, his loves, his insecurities, and his way of thinking as he moves about his every day life. He’s got a lot to juggle around, but he does the best he can with what he’s dealt with. A very complex story, it’s wonder definitely worth immersing yourself in.
As the global energy crisis of the 21st century wears on, James Lendeman searches for answers – both for the country and for himself.
Working in the Federal Energy Department for the iconoclastic and enigmatic Kate Hastings, James is at the center of a world of political intrigue and personal conflicts. Unsure of whether he can go along with Kate’s plans for the country (and for him), he is forced to steer his own way through a maze of personal and professional problems.
When we meet James a few years later (through an ingenious weaving of dual timelines), he is in Savannah, working as a contractor for the government and debating the merits of a flirtatious college student who lives in his boarding house.
Nimbly moving forward and backward through James’s personal timeline, Of Time and Place leads its readers on a journey through the twists and turns of life in a kind of historical novel of the future. From a tumultuous romance and marriage to a romantic spring in Florence and the adversities along the way, James finds himself debating both his own life and the feasibility of maintaining a viable US economy in the mid-21st century.
Drawn from very real issues of global import, and playing out in some of the most storied cities in the world, Of Time and Place will leave every reader pondering the future – and the present.
About The Author:
B.R. Freemont was born in New York and has lived in the Savannah area for over a decade. He holds a B.A. from Columbia and an M.A. from New York University. During his business career, Freemont filled a number of management assignments and briefly worked for government entities.
Over the years, his interests have included: astronomy, domestic and foreign travel, dog breed club administration, wine tasting, and avidly reading both fiction and non-fiction.
He is married and has a son and two daughters.
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