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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
What is time? Is it just a mere illusion of events and lives past, present and future? Does it exist outside of our realm of comprehension? Is there a place where there is no time? Ask a time traveler and you might learn the answer. Jen and her friend, Caroline, are time travelers. Jen is a cautious time traveler, but Caroline likes to take risks. When she invites Jen to join her at a special time traveler’s spa to embark on an adventure beyond anyone’s wildest expectations, Jen was not her usual cautious self. She followed along and found herself in a place between and beyond time. It was both beautiful and weird and very frightening, especially when Caroline deserts Jen to fend for herself and the weird just becomes totally bizarre. That’s when Leopold appears. A member of a famous time traveling family, Leopold knows what this place is. He warns Jen, but, when Caroline suddenly reappears, neither he nor Jen can warn her, and Caroline succumbs to the temptations of eternal knowledge.
Jennifer Moreland’s short story, Leaving Traces: Between Time and the Stars, is an interesting fantasy tale that reaches far beyond the realms of probability and takes the reader along on a ride to a bizarre place much like Alice’s Wonderland. The story is told in first person, as if it really were a memoir, Jen’s memories when she is totally removed from time itself and finds herself in a place that is timeless and without any comprehensible illusion of time or reality. The story moves along quickly and is well structured with a compelling plot, believable characters, and unusual settings. Good descriptions. Overall, an interesting read; very thought provoking.