An Acceptable Time by Madeleine L'Engle
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
You might try to read this after the fourth Wrinkle in Time book, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, but you should really read this after A House Like a Lotus (the O'Keefe series #3), which takes place chronologically right before An Acceptable Time and is somewhat necessary to understanding who Polly and Zach are. In a House Like a Lotus, Calvin and Meg are about 41 years old and have 7 children, of whom Polly is the oldest (16 years old). Polly goes on a trip to Athens during Spring session or maybe summer, where she meets a total creeper guy, Zachary, who is in his 20s.
An Acceptable Time takes place the following autumn, and it has a similar adventure as in A Swiftly Tilting Planet with the Christian themes of Many Waters. It's a pretty straight adventure story with no personal growth for any of the characters or anything else worth remarking upon. At the end, we are to believe that Zachary might experience personal growth but only after the book is over- we witness none of it.
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