Book Review - When Time fails

When Time Fails (Silverman Saga Book 2) - Marilyn Cohen de Villiers

I was so pleased to have the opportunity to be one of the first to read and review this book. I have a warm, fuzzy feeling inside, knowing that I was involved in voting for this front cover, so already felt an attachment towards this book before reading it.

When Time Fails is set in South Africa during the Apartheid era and beyond, as things began to change. Although this wasn’t the main focus of the story, having this subject run alongside the main storyline, did make it quite emotive and real feeling. Apartheid is something I was aware of, but hadn’t thought much about, so being given an idea of what it must have been like to live in South Africa during that period was eye opening for me.

I read a lot of books with secrets, but this was slightly different, as you know the secret from the very beginning, so the focus is much more on what Annamari will do with that secret. What extent will she go to in order to keep her secret from others? What happens when circumstances threaten to unravel her secret? Will she ever fully reveal her secret? What will be the consequences of any of those nearest and dearest to her finding out her secret? These are the questions you will ask yourself as you read this novel.

Throughout the story I found myself feeling sorry for Annamari, and hoping that somehow she would be able to avoid revealing her secret. Quite near the end of this book my anxiety was so high I could feel myself holding my breath.

I highly recommend this to readers who enjoy family sagas and cultural books. The story covers a few decades, but I felt it moved at just the right pace for me.

Although this is book 2 in the Silverman Saga series, it can be read as a standalone novel. I have not read the first book, and do not feel like I have missed out on anything by not having read the first.

I would like to thank the author for a copy of this book, via THE Book Club (TBC) on Facebook, in exchange for an honest review, and wish her great success with this book.