The Time Rift by David Ho and Liwen Ho – Review

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The Time Rift by David Ho and Liwen Ho – Review

The Time Rift

by Liwen Y. Ho, David Ho

Published by 2 Square 2 Be Hip
Publication Date March 21, 2018
Genres: Time Travel, Science Fiction
Setting: California Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 35-60
Written for: Adults, High-School/Young Adult
Pages: 216


Renowned physicist Lance Everett has two great passions: donuts and time travel. The only thing that rivals them is Juliet Bradley, the redheaded beauty who captured his heart at a college football game. After reconnecting with her a decade later, Lance can’t imagine his life being more complete. Even without a time machine, he foresees a happy marriage and a breakthrough in his scientific pursuits.

Until the unthinkable happens.

Now Lance is left searching for answers and questioning what he values the most. A chance encounter with a mysterious man offers him some unexpected solace, as well as the opportunity of a lifetime. But the stakes are higher than he ever imagined. Will he risk it all to gain back what he lost, even if the consequences can never be reversed?

I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.

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“Dr. Everett, if one day you could travel back in time, what time would you go back to and why?”

Dealing with inconsolable grief, Dr. Lance Everett has stopped living. Until approached by a businessman who gives him the opportunity to discover the identity of the person who destroyed his chance at a happy ending. Grasping onto the only hope he feels he has, he enters a world that is not what it seems. . .

This was an interesting book with plenty of time travel discussions, action and suspense. And a touch of romance that was so very sweet. I connected with the characters right away. There were some interesting points about the dangers of a time machine should it fall into the wrong hands. The theories that Lance was working with about what a time machine would actually do was also fascinating and different from what I’ve heard before.

There were a couple of little things that didn’t make sense to me, but they didn’t really take away from my enjoyment of the story. One of the main ones was that when Lance thought that he would never see Juliet again because he didn’t have her phone number or address, he never considered going back to her aunt’s house to find her. And that she didn’t start frequenting the donut shop when she knew he hung out.

The ending hints at more books to follow, but there was a clear and happy resolution .

About David Ho

David H. Ho is an IT guy by trade and the author of The Time Rift, his first novel, co-written with his wife. He lives in California with his family where he spends his free time catching Pokemon with his kids and keeping a 70-gallon saltwater tank alive.

About Liwen Y. Ho

Liwen Ho

Liwen Y. Ho works as a chauffeur and referee by day (AKA being a stay at home mom) and a writer by night. She penned her first children’s picture book, “A Rainbow of Nine Colors” in high school (now available at and has been writing for grown-ups since 2014.

She writes sweet and inspirational romance infused with heart, humor, and a taste of home (her Asian roots). As a former therapist, Liwen enjoys creating realistic characters who find hope and healing through relationships. She lives with her hubby and their two munchkins in California and loves all things pink, family beach trips, and white chocolate macadamia nut ice cream.

She also enjoys writing about real-life matters, such as marriage, parenting and faith because truth can be as strange and entertaining as fiction. Her work has appeared in various online publications, including and, and she is a contributor at

In her pre-author life, she received a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Western Seminary, and she loves makeovers of all kinds, especially those of the heart and mind. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her techie husband and their two children, and blogs about her adventures as a recovering perfectionist at

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