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The Town Time Forgot

by Lisa Colodny


The Town Time Forgot – starts in modern day New York City, as U.S. Marshal Devon McKenzie and NYC Detective Chris Gates are transporting a well-known prisoner along the interstate. The two have never gotten along and are squabbling as usual when their prisoner is forcefully removed from their custody. Their vehicle is wrecked and the officers are injured. This all happens on a night when the Aurora Borealis is at its brightest. Devon and Chris spend the next three days surviving in an isolated wilderness area. When they come upon a farmer, they discover they’ve been transported back in time to 1869 Nebraska. Devon and Chris are assumed to be a married couple, so they play along until they can figure out how to get back to their own time. Three months pass and the two fall in love, but will they spend the rest of their lives in the past – or will they make it home – with their romance intact? Travel back with them to The Town Time Forgot

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Book Club Questions

  1. How was your reading experience? Were you engaged immediately, or did it take you a while to "get into it"?
  2. Describe the main characters (Gates & McKenzie, Edith, Gabriel, Benjamin).
    • Describe the dynamics between them.
    • How has their past shaped their lives?
    • Do they remind you of people you know?
  3. 3. Were the actions of the main characters in line with what you’d expect in real life? Were they believable?
  4. Discuss the plot:
    • Was the plot engaging—do you find the story interesting?
    • Is this a plot-driven book—a fast-paced page-turner?
    • Does the plot unfold slowly with a focus on character?
    • Were you surprised by complications, twists & turns?
  5. What main ideas—themes—does the author explore? (Consider the title, often a clue to a theme.) Does the author use symbols to reinforce the main ideas?
  6. What passages strike you as insightful, even profound? Perhaps a bit of dialog that's funny or poignant or that encapsulates a character? Maybe there's a particular comment that states the book's thematic concerns?
  7. Is the ending satisfying? If so, why? If not, why not...and how would you change it?
  8. If you could ask the author a question, what would you ask? Have you read other books by the same author? If so how does this book compare. If not, does this book inspire you to read others?
  9. Has this novel changed your perspective? Have you learned something new or been exposed to different ideas about people or a certain part of the world?
  10. What did you not like about the story or the characters?