I am an impulse book buyer!
I saw JL Merrow's name and auto-bought it! Some writers just do that to me. I don't expect to love everything but I trust those few writers not to insult me.
Imagine my surprise, I don't like time-travel and I avoid sad stories but as expected Merrow hooked me and wouldn't let me go until long after the last page. Ted Ennis is a sad, broken man on the edge. He barely exists in his own little world. Strange things happen and he meets Jem. I loved Jem right away. I saw Jem though Ennis' eyes. It was lovely.
I prepared myself for the predictable ending most time-travel stories have that I dislike so much. Instead I was very pleased with the ending, not at all miffed with the shortness of the story. I keep seeing the possibilities of their lives together even now.
Long life the impulse