MINI REVIEW: Where Time Stands Still by N.S. Perkins

It’s a mini review! I’m clearing out my review queue of all the books I can’t seem to convince myself to finish, for one reason or another. That doesn’t mean these are negative reviews, it simply means that something isn’t compelling me to keep reading at the moment. Maybe I’ll go back to them another day, maybe I won’t!

DNF Details:

How far did I get? 120 pages, which is 38% of the way in.

Why did I stop? It’s not a quality issue, it’s just really heavy! Both characters have health problems on their mind, their connection is quiet and based on the health problems, and it’s just a lot. I also have an idea of where it’s leading, and things won’t be getting lighter anytime soon.

Was I enjoying it initially? Yes, I was! I liked the initial meet cute and the chemistry between these two strangers. I liked the quiet vibes, and I liked the style of this new-to-me author.

Would I finish this? I would, but I’d have to be in the right mood! Sometimes I can handle heavy, and sometimes it’s just too much. I attempted to read this around the holidays (it’s about a tree farm, after all!), but it really wasn’t the vibe I was going for during such a festive season. You know what I mean? So I would absolutely try again, or – more likely – try something else by the author the next time.

Who would I recommend this to? I’d say that this straddles the line between women’s fiction and romance, it sort of hits that sweet spot of quiet and contemplative reads with a love story front and center. It’s not super seasonal, so you could read it year-round too. So this would be for a reader who doesn’t mind the heaviness and wants that kind of vibe.



Twenty-six-year-old Wren Lawson knows she will soon forget who she is. With early familial Alzheimer’s disease written in her genes, it’s a fact she’s wrapped her whole life around; to indulge in friends or romance is a risk for everyone around her—one she’s not keen on taking. Throwing herself into her work as a lawyer is the only thing she can do.

Aaron Scott-Perez was happy with his quiet life in Boston, but when a doctor’s mistake leaves his father unable to run his Christmas tree farm, Aaron has no choice but to move back to the small Vermont town he used to call home. He never saw himself managing the business, but since it is so dear to his father, Aaron has given up everything to do it. To get his father the justice he deserves, he hires none other than Wren. She’s emotionally blunted and secretive, but her kindness and competency provide something his family hasn’t felt for a long time: hope. So much so that Aaron starts to think the life he didn’t want might not be so bad when she’s around.

Yet Wren cannot let him in, too haunted by her future. 

As the two get closer and the lines become blurred, Wren and Aaron find themselves at a crossroads. But their attraction is unyielding, and together they must decide what risks are worth taking, and if love is better to lose than to never have at all.


About the Author:

N.S. Perkins is an Amazon bestselling author of contemporary romances full of heart and emotion. She lives the best of both worlds, being a part-time romance author and full-time medical student. When she’s not writing or studying, N.S. loves to try new restaurants, dream about the next beach she’ll be visiting, and creep the cutest dogs in the parks around her house. She lives in Montreal with her partner.

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