What if you could go back in time to save the person you love the most? When his father dies in a tragic climbing accident, Charlie discovers a well-hidden family secret which turns his life upside down and threatens to destroy his sense of self as well as his relationship with his girlfriend, Brooke. Although deep down Charlie always suspected his family wasn't what it seemed, the truth of his adoption compels him to search for his birth mother. In the quest to find her, he realizes traveling to the past for the truth he seeks will jeopardize his relationship with the person he cherishes most in the world. Brooke almost lost everything traveling back in time to save her brother. Will Charlie make the same mistake?
'Tin Men' by Amalie Jahn is the second in her Clay Lion series. The story revolves around Charlie, who learns of his adoption after his father dies. Not knowing what to make of his life, and trying to decipher the truth from the lies he has grown up with, he struggles with who he is and what to do next. By his side are his girlfriend, Brooke, and his sister, Melody, as well as his mom and Brooke's parents. While he tries to figure out the truth about his father's death and how his biological mother fits into it all, he uncovers truths that make him wonder what more there might be that he hasn't yet found.
In his attempts to discover more about himself, he finds the need to use the one trip back in time that everyone is allowed. The problem is that nothing can be changed, or else dire consequences will come into play. Guided by his sister's insistence and his own dogged determination to learn about his past, he goes against Brooke's wishes and not only goes back into the past, but finds himself making changes that he didn't even realize were happening. Of course this throws things off course in ways he could have never imagined, causing a cycle of events to transpire that turn his world even more upside down than he thought it already was.
A gripping story that will take readers on a trip into the past and make them question their own decisions and how life can seemingly turn out differently with one small change, 'Tin Men' is yet another wonderfully written story from Amalie Jahn. The first in this series, 'The Clay Lion,' sets the stage for 'Tin Men'. Both novels teach the ever-important lesson of learning to know one's limits. In 'Tin Men,' Charlie is so focused on how to make things better for himself that he doesn't always consider the consequences of his actions, which can sometimes have unnecessarily harsh consequences if one doesn't watch out. The story teaches how the power of truth-finding can sometimes weigh more on one's character than he intends, providing hope and love when only honesty was expected.
A Satisfying Sequel
Tin Men is the fitting, highly satisfying sequel to The Clay Lion. The story follows Charlie Johnson who we meet in book one as Brooke Wallace’s star-crossed love interest.
Secrets have surrounded Charlie’s upbringing, and he has always felt something isn’t quite right with his family. Through the years, snippets of overheard conversations have planted the seed of doubt in the back of his mind, making him insecure in some aspects of his life.
When his father dies unexpectedly, a quick survey of the dead man’s belongings, confirms Charlie’s suspicions. The life-altering revelation that he is adopted sends him on a quest to find out the details about his biological parents. However, the answers he discovers only serve to raise more questions, and the crucial revelation proves impossible to uncover. There is no one in the present willing to help him, so the past inevitably beckons him, becoming an itch he has to scratch, even when using his government-sanctioned time travel trip puts him at risk of inadvertently altering or possibly destroying his current life. But the obsession is momentous, and no risk seems big enough to someone who feels lost and without an identity. Charlie thinks he will never be whole unless he satisfies his craving for answers. Little does he know what he’s so stubbornly willing to risk is far more precious than his murky past.
Tin Men is another excellent book by talented author Amalie Jahn. She weaves an intricate story with well-rounded characters and compelling challenges to test them. As in book one, the time travel element is an important piece, but not the most important of all. Instead, Jahn gives us characters that feel real and we can root for. The premise adheres to the same conventions of book 1, although this one has an element of mystery as a bonus. Definitely worth reading.