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Monday, June 1, 2015

All This Time by Tiffani Burnett-Velez (Book Review)

In association with Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours, Jersey Girl Book Reviews is pleased to host the virtual book tour event for All This Time by Author Tiffani Burnett-Velez!

Book Review

All This Time by Tiffani Burnett-Velez
Publisher: Booktrope
Publication Date: March 12, 2015
Format: Paperback - 146 pages
               Kindle - 1289 KB
               Nook - 375 KB
ISBN: 978-1620157541
BNID: 2940151373708
Genre: Literary Fiction

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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours.

Book Description:

Syrian-American, Lydia Fadoul, has spent a year waiting for her fiance’ to return from war in Iraq, only to discover that he is broken by trauma and the devastating effects of PTSD. Just when he finally agrees to seek help, he takes his own life and leaves behind a story of murder, betrayal, and mystery. In her second, contemporary fiction novel since Budapest, Tiffani Burnett-Velez weaves a fast-paced literary tale about the rumors we believe and the prejudices we create in order to protect our hearts from the truth.

Book Excerpt:

Lydia stays there for several minutes, feeling the love inside her heart seep into the earth and down into his coffin. She pictures it making the grass grow in the spring and feeding the trees, and she feels her tears drying up. Finally, standing to her feet, and dusting herself off, she blows him another kiss and promises to come back again soon. She walks to her car and drives the short distance to her home, passing the Victorian era neighborhoods in which she played and grew up and walked with Thomas the months when their lives intersected at these same corners and points of the city they both loved.

My Book Review:

All This Time is a very touching story that follows Lydia Fadoul on her quest for answers behind her fiance Thomas' suicide upon returning home from his tour in Iraq.

Author Tiffani Burnett-Velez weaves a riveting and emotional tale that easily draws the reader into Lydia's quest for answers behind the mystery surrounding Thomas' actions while in Iraq that ultimately led to his traumatic spiral downwards from the effects of PTSD and tragic suicide. The story takes the reader on a thrilling roller coaster ride that will have them experiencing the gamut of emotions as the tragic tale of mystery, murder, and betrayal unfolds. You can't help but sympathize with Lydia as she stands by the memory of her fiance while shouldering the burden of searching for the truth.

The author weaves a realistic and intense tale that delves into the issues of PTSD, suicide, racism, prejudice, discrimination, murder, and the politics of war. All This Time is a thought provoking story that will make the reader pause and ponder the harsh realities and the tragic cost of war that is placed upon our military service people and their families.


About The Author

Tiffani Burnett-Velez has been a freelance writer since 1996. Her non-fiction work has appeared in Pennsylvania Magazine,, and Yahoo! News. Her first novel, Budapest (LFP 2007) was featured in the New York Book Festival and the 42nd Annual Conference of Jewish Librarians. Her short fiction has appeared in Toe Good Poetry and other online literary magazines. She is also the author of the bestselling Embers of War Series. She frequently writes about women’s issues and history. She lives in eastern Pennsylvania with her family.

Author Website

Virtual Book Tour

Tour Schedule:

May 26 - HeySaid Renee – Review
May 26 - Storm Goddess BookReviews- Novel Spotlight 
May 27 - LivingLife With Joy– Excerpt
May 28 - TheWorld As I See It – Review & Excerpt
May 28 - Chick Lit Plus – Review
May 29 - Curling Up With aGood Book - Review & Excerpt
June 1 - Jersey Girl Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt
June 1 - Book Splurge – Excerpt


  1. Thank you so much for hosting!

  2. Thank you so much for hosting and for such a thoughtful review!


    1. Hi Tiffani! Thank you for the opportunity to host your virtual book tour event. I really enjoyed reading All This Time. :)