This is a basic tale of intrigue and love The Time Traveller’s Wife is romance that borders on science fiction and before you think the formula doesn’t work I strongly suggest you read it first because the two aspects have been merged beautifully.
The story starts with Claire waiting for Henry, which is the basic theme in the book. What happens is that her husband, Henry, travels through time. He believes it’s a genetic abnormality and he can’t control it. The novel takes place between 1968 and 2008. Claire and Henry meet as adults. Claire is twenty. Henry has been time travelling since he was five years old, after a visit to a museum that had a profound effect on him. He recalls first travelling through time to visit Claire when she is six and soon gets used to a man popping out of time to see her. She develops an eccentric relationship with the time travelling Henry, which actually doesn’t seem weird or psycho.
Henry leaves his girlfriend, Ingrid, for Claire. Claire is used to Henry’s time travelling and accepts him for what he is and affter meeting each other’s family, they marry.
The couple tries to live as normal a life as they can. Claire is an artist and Henry works in a library. Claire has several miscarriages before the doctors realize they have to suppress her immune system to get her to carry to term. Claire finally gives birth to a girl, Alba, when she is thirty. Soon, they learn that Alba can time travel, too.
What makes this story amazing is the author’s extremely creative take on time travelling, making it a genetic condition, thus not getting into the clichéd time travelling norms.
This has got to be one of the most amazing books I’ve ever read. I was right there with them!
Deserves 5 stars