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Space Hopper (Hardback)

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This is a story about taking a leap of faith And believing the unbelievable

They say those we love never truly leave us, and I've found that to be true.

But not in the way you might expect. In fact, none of this is what you'd expect.

I've been visiting my mother who died when I was eight.

And I'm talking about flesh and blood, tea-and-biscuits-on-the-table visiting here.

Right now, you probably think I'm going mad. Let me explain...

Although Faye is happy with her life, the loss of her mother as a child weighs on her mind even more now that she is a mother herself. So she is amazed when, in an extraordinary turn of events, she finds herself back in her childhood home in the 1970s. Faced with the chance to finally seek answers to her questions - but away from her own family - how much is she willing to give up for another moment with her mother?

For fans of The Time Traveler's Wife comes an original and heartwarming story about bittersweet memories, how the past shapes the future, and a love so strong it makes you do things that are slightly bonkers.

Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd Publication Date: 01/02/2021 ISBN-13: 9781471188664  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Helen Fisher spent her early life in America, but grew up mainly in Suffolk where she now lives with her two children. She studied Psychology at Westminster University and Ergonomics at UCL and worked as a senior evaluator in research at the RNIB. She is now a full-time author.Space Hopper is her first novel. She is currently working on her second novel.

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“Space Hopper” is written by Helen Fisher and is a remarkable time travelling story with some wonderful philosophical moments, focusing on female relationships, family and the power of faith. ‘Although Faye is happy with her life, the loss of her mother as a child weighs on her mind even more now that she is a mother herself. So she is amazed when, in an extraordinary turn of events, she finds herself back in her childhood home in the 1970’s. Faced with the chance to finally seek answers to her questions. how much is she willing to give up for another moment with her mother?’ Being of an age myself that I can remember the 1970’s and relating to the decade as Faye mentions, I instantly formed a connection to the story. I liked Faye and understood her reluctance to tell her clergy husband what she had discovered. It was always going to be a situation where she was thought as crazy. Her blind from birth friend, Louis was a fabulous character and I enjoyed reading how their friendship developed from just friends into a more trustful and believing partnership. Faye’s dilemma to return to her childhood was also understandably an issue. Any science fiction follower will know that the world’s timeline shouldn’t be tampered with and that one ripple in the timeline of the past or future, can create massive time altering waves. I thought I had everything all worked out as to how it would all conclude but no, a couple of curveballs totally threw me off. You certainly need a leap of faith to read “Space Hopper” but it was a fun, poignant and thought provoking story but above all makes you realise you need to cherish the special moments and relationships in your life and rethink your belief in faith. I would advise going into this emotionally gripping story with an open mind, who knows what the universe holds and where we could find ourselves one day?

- 09/02/2021
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Completely original and a very different read. Faye has a happy marriage and loves her family, but as her daughters approach the age she was when her own mother died, she thinks about her more. When a strange quirk of fate returns her to the seventies to meet her mum, there is so much she wants - and needs - to know, but what about her own children; will being in the past mean she can't also be in the present? Which family is more important to Faye, and can she make that decision? There is no doubt that this is an excellent debut. It's different, it's quirky and it's well-written. However, it's not one for me - it's not the book I thought it was! I fell for the pre-publication day hype; described as 'general fiction' and with no mention of time travel, I honestly thought it would be one I would like. However, time travel / time slip / magic realism/fantasy just leave me cold. Had I realised what the book was about, I wouldn't have requested it, so there are no surprises that it was a struggle for me to read. My imagination just doesn't work with this genre but it is a good debut and I'm sure the author will go on to write more novels. Sadly, I have to give this one 3.5*.

- 04/02/2021
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