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‘The Clock Of Life’ by Nancy Klann-Moren

So as not to show any spoilers I have not included a synopsis, however, if you want to find out more about the story, just click on the book image, or to read more about both book and author go here.

If you don’t really want to read any major spoilers, then you can tease yourself a little more, by reading the first few lines of the story … here.

Uncle Mook left the porch for the privacy of his room. I figured he had the right idea and went upstairs to mine, too. When I sat on my bed, all I could think about was Mama and how scared or sad she was, like me. Or, maybe she was still plain old mad.

Under a book titled, ‘The Many Faces Of The Civil War’ was a small notebook about the size of the one I sometimes carried in my back pocket. But this one was handmade. The front and back covers were cut from a marbled composition book and held together with a mess of masking tape. I opened it.

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As this was an author invitation to read and review, a complimentary Kindle download of ‘ The Clock Of Life’, was gifted to me by its author, Nancy Klann-Moren.

This will in no way influence any comments I may express about the book, in any blog articles I may post. Any thoughts or comments will be my own personal opinion and I am in no way being monetarily compensated for this, or any other article.


Icon Image For The Teaser Tuesdays MemeTeaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by …

MizB of ‘Should Be Reading’.

Anyone can take part, by just doing the following:

Grab your current read.

Open to a random page.

  1. Share a couple of  “teaser” sentences, from somewhere on that page.
  2. Be careful not to share “spoiler” sentences.
  3. Remember to share the title and author too.
  4. Head on over to ‘should be reading’ and leave a link to your post, so that others can share it and you can share other people’s.

It would be great if you then decided to leave a comment for MizB, as we all like to receive them and are interested in sharing your thoughts.

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    • Hi Naida,

      This is one of those books where there are many profound and heartfelt words and phrases used, by an author who seems to have immersed herself in the lives of her characters and the stories she has created for them.

      The discovery of the notebook, is one of the pivotal turning points in the story and the extracts read aloud from it, are life-changing for its reader.

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by. I hope that you enjoyed your weekend.

  • While your teaser does sound interesting, I’m still not sure this is a book for me. I’m not saying I would dislike it, but I just have so many others that tempt me more.

    I’m currently reading what you teased us with last week, so no need to repeat it here again! 🙂 I’ve barely begun it, but so far it’s good!

    • Hi Kelly,

      I come across plenty of books that I might quite like to read, but have had to restrict myself to adding only the must read titles to my list!

      Let’s face it, I would buy just about everything there was in print, if I had unlimited time to sit and read!

      If you are not too comfortable about the storyline of modern day racial tensions, in small town Southern America, then this probably wouldn’t be a ‘must read’ for you! I do thank you for still taking the time to comment though, it wouldn’t do for us all to like everything the same, would it?

      Hope that your weekend was good and have a fantastic week.

      • Ha! I just realized this is “Teaser Tuesday” rather than “First Lines”! I’m reading St. Bartholomew’s Man by Mary Delorme which you featured in the latter, so I’ll go ahead an include a teaser since you gave us the opening lines before.

        8% into the Kindle version: “The King is tired of them, more like. Not many travelling minstrels will play for him if they can get out of it. Once he decides they’re not good enough, he sends them packing, and lucky if they’re not paid with a flogging. His own men have probably sung everything they can think of, a dozen times over. It’s our turn tonight – I can only hope that his delight in hearing something fresh will impel him to pay for the pleasure. He tends to forget about other folk having to eat.”

        It seems like I remember the review of The Clock of Life on Tracy’s blog mentioning a comparison with To Kill a Mockingbird. Now that’s a book I really enjoyed! (as well as the film version)

        • Hi Kelly,

          I did wonder and assumed you had moved on to ‘St Bartholomew’s Man’, but I wasn’t going to say anything ……

          If ‘The Clock Of Life’ is a reminder of the brutality of modern day racism, then your teaser lines from ‘St Bartholomew’s Man’ are already beginning to indicate the level of barbarous violence and brutality of the Tudor times, under the rule of King Henry VIII.

          It only serves to indicate that times never really change, things just run full circle, with the weapons and methods of abuse become supposedly more sophisticated, although they still basically perform the same function with pretty much the same outcome!

          I must be about the only person on the planet not to have read ‘To Kill A Mocking Bird’, although I did buy myself a copy after watching the Mel Gibson film ‘Conspiracy Theory’.

          Thanks for deciding to share your teaser lines, they were excellent and I am looking forward to reading the book for myself.

    • Hi Tenaya,

      Thank you for visiting Fiction Books this week. I love ‘meeting’ new people, so your visits will always be welcome and your comments always appreciated.

      This one is a real ‘coming of age’ story in so many ways, for the young protagonist. It will be interesting to see whether the events life has so far thrown at him, will help him mature into a different person!

      Thanks for taking the time to comment and enjoy the rest of your week.

    • Hi Sandra,

      The little book has remained hidden for over a decade and is a source of great joy and inspiration for its reader, when it eventually comes to light. It’s words are character building and shaping for its reader and help to define the very essence of their character for me, the wider audience.

      Mama is at odds with the world, although coming to terms with her feelings may well herald a change for the better!

      I am thoroughly enjoying ‘The Clock Of Life’ so far and thank you for taking a little time out to share in my enthusiasm for the book.

    • Hi Valentina,

      This is genuinely a thoughtful and well written story, a real coming of age storyline, with some excellent social history comments.

      If you are anything like me, I hop from blog to blog and end up by saying the same thing to most bloggers … “I’m adding this one to my reading list”. Before I know where I am, I have a reading list a mile long and a Kindle full of additional titles, that I can never hope to read!!

      Don’t you just love it?? LOL

    • Hi Sherry,

      Thank you for stopping by Fiction Books today. I love ‘meeting’ new people, so your visits will always be welcome and your comments always appreciated.

      In this instance, the book he had found, held the secrets about a loved one, which had been kept from him for more than a decade. How these secrets will go on to shape his future and destiny, I am eagerly waiting to discover!

      Enjoy the rest of your week.

    • Hi,

      A very thought provoking book to be sure, especially with the discovery of the notebook!

      I am on my way over to check out your own teaser lines for this week, you make them sound intriguing!

    • Hi Kerry,

      Thanks for stopping by Fiction Books this week. I love ‘meeting’ new people, so your visits will always be welcome and your comments always appreciated.

      Everyone who has taken a guess, thinks that this person is female .. I wonder why?

      It won’t be giving any spoilers away to declare that the person speaking is in fact male, in fact, a teenage boy!

      I am so pleased that the author, Nancy Klann-Moren, took the time and trouble to contact me with this book and for writing and submitting the excellent guest blog which accompanied it.


      I shall be blog hopping by your site directly!

    • Hi Ashna,

      You are most welcome and thank you for taking a few moments to comment, it is much appreciated!

    • Hi Monique,

      There are definitely some great discussion points arising from this book, although personally I don’t belong to a book club, so I’ll just stick to voicing my opinions here at Fiction Books.

      So far ‘The Clock Of Life’ has had a few uncomfortable reading moments, which have challenged my perceptions about the way in which people think about, treat and act towards their fellow man.

      I hope, that as I approach the end of the story, there is going to be some closure for the main protagonist, I would hate to see him left in limbo.

      Crime is one of my favourite genres, so I shall look forward to checking out your book this week.

    • Hi Tracy,

      Possibly! It certainly highlights the concept of race issues in todays ‘civilized’ world and shows that if attitudes are changed amongst the young and a change in perceptions can then be wrought upon the elders in a community, then equality really stands a chance.

      I have now finished the book, although after reading your own execellent review, I shall be hard pushed to add comment of much worth to it, in my own thoughts!

      ‘The Clock Of life’ obviously had the same profound effect on both of us!

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