Title: The Time Travel Trailer
Author: Karen Musser Nortman
Genre: Time Travel, Coming of Age, Young Adult, Science Fiction
Published by: CreateSpace independent Publishing Platform
Published Date: November 7, 2014
Narrated by: Valerie Gilbert
Length: 6 hours, 14 minutes
Release Date: February 23, 2016
Published by: Karen Nortman
A 1937 vintage camper trailer half hidden in weeds catches Lynne McBriar’s eye when she is visiting an elderly friend, Ben. Ben eagerly sells it to her and she just as eagerly embarks on a restoration. But after each remodel, sleeping in the trailer lands Lynne and her daughter Dinah in a previous decade – exciting, yet frightening. Glimpses of their home town and ancestors 50 or 60 years earlier is exciting and also offers some clues to the mystery of Ben’s lost love. But when Dinah makes a trip on her own, separating herself from her mother by decades, Lynne has never known such fear. It is a trip that may upset the future if Lynne and her estranged husband can’t team up to bring their daughter back.
©2014 Karen Musser Nortman (P)2016 Karen Musser Nortman
My Thoughts: What a fun young adult listen! It held the usual of a teenager’s life in modern times in a small town, but mixed with time travel it was both entertaining and educational. We learn just how society and culture condition how we respond to events.
Dinah is the typical fourteen-year-old—curious and a bit snappy when things don’t go her way and very sarcastic when she’s ticked off. She isn’t happy about her mom and dad’s separation. Nor is she happy about how much time her mom spends with her career.
Lynne, Dinah’s mom, feels the gap between her daughter and herself. She knows part of it is because of the separation from Dinah’s dad, but it’s also what happens to teenagers as they experience the pangs of growing up, coming to terms with who they are.
When her mom buys a trailer from one of the neighbors and starts stripping away the many coats of paint, changes of flooring, etc., she gets involved in the transformation. Lynne decides the trailer may bring her daughter and her closer by taking some weekends for camping. And if not, it would make a great work office. But reader, this is not just a trailer, but one with secrets. Would you be willing to sleep in a trailer and wake up somewhere else not knowing if you could return home again? Lynne and Dinah had very adventurous souls and it was a pleasure to join them as they discovered that which came before them!
Usually my time travel book reads go back to the highlands or medieval times. This one is recent history, which makes it enticingly readable. We come to understand how events shaped people’s lives during the late 1930’s through 1960’s. The author had to have done some thorough research to get the ever changing dialog slang and clothing correct during these periods.
Narrator Valerie Gilbert does what she does best. Her voice has a smooth charm about it and she’s able to handle different accents fluidly. She’s outstanding with sarcasm and bored dialogue. For this listen, she’s perfect! I loved how absolutely authentic Dinah’s sarcasm and annoyance with life shone through Ms. Gilbert’s voice.
I liked this book so much, I want to read the second in the series, Trailer on the Fly.
About the Author: Visit her website at http://www.karenmussernortman.com
Karen Musser Nortman, after previous incarnations as a secondary social studies teacher (22 years) and a test developer (18 years), returned to her childhood dream of writing a novel. Bats and Bones, a cozy mystery, came out of numerous ’round the campfire’ discussions, making up answers to questions raised by the peephole glimpses one gets into the lives of fellow campers. Where did those people disappear to for the last two days? What kinds of bones are in this fire pit? Why is that woman wearing heels to the shower house?
Karen and her husband Butch originally tent camped when their children were young and switched to a travel trailer when sleeping on the ground lost its romantic adventure. They take frequent weekend jaunts with friends to parks in Iowa and surrounding states, plus occasional longer trips. Entertainment on these trips has ranged from geocaching and hiking/biking to barbecue contests, balloon fests, and buck skinners’ rendezvous. Frannie and Larry will no doubt check out some of these options on their future adventures.
Karen has three children and eight grandchildren. She also loves reading, gardening, and knitting, and can recite the 99 counties of Iowa in alphabetical order.