First Time: The Legend of Garison Fitch

This title is definitely a departure from the more Christian romance style of novel I’ve been reviewing a lot this past year on the blog.  And, I’m enjoying the switch up in reading material this month. 

First Time: The Legend of Garison Fitch is what I’d consider to be a bit on the science fiction end of things.  Specifically, it fits into that somewhat perplexing genre of time travel.  However, there is the weaving of Christianity and faith woven into the story as well.


About the Book

First Time"What if history didn’t happen that way … the first time?"

Garison Fitch was one of the most revered scientists in the Soviet Americas until he left fame behind to work on a secret project in his log cabin in the mountains of Marx.

But something went wrong. Instead of traveling interdimentionally, Garison has traveled through time … twice.

Now, he’s in something called "The United States of America" and a woman he’s never met before is calling herself his wife. It it a hoax? Or, has he somehow changed history?

If so, can he return the world to what he believes is "normal", or must he live in this strange world he created?

About the Author

Samuel Ben White (“Sam” to his friends) is the author of the national newspaper comic strip “Tuttle’s” (found at and the on-line comic book “Burt & the I.L.S.” (found at He is married and has two sons. He serves his community as both a minister at a small church and a chaplain with hospice. In addition to his time travel stories, Sam has also written and published detective novels, a western, three fantasy novels and four works of Christian fiction.


My Thoughts on the Book


Like any good time travel story, this one may seem a little bit confusing at first.  There are a few story lines being flipped back and forth ~ that of Garison Fitch’s travels as well as the Fitch family history chronicling the travels of Darius Fitch (grandson of Garison Fitch) at a time when the United States was a young country.  As the shifts are clearly labeled, it isn’t too bad compared to some novels I’ve read that go all over and leave you very confused.  And, after a while the shifts did not bother me at all.

All of this is written in context of Garison’s modern day wife in what can best be described as an ‘alternate reality’ as all that Garison knew from his youth is changed.  She had found him trying to put things down on paper, but needing help organizing it all. 

Along with the whole time travel theme and the idea of how one person’s actions can have an effect upon the future, there are also a few ‘love stories’.  Darius is smitten with a young Cherokee girl that he meets when exploring the western country for General Washington.  And, Garison’s initial trip through time has him meeting a young girl who invokes feelings in him he never expected.  He finally finds an idyllic life in the late 1700s, but ends up being whisked forward in time to the time he left, only it isn’t the world he knew and a woman named Heather who claims to be his wife is there to greet him.

This has been an enjoyable book for me and I’ll be seriously considering reading the other 2 titles in the series as well.

First Time: The Legend of Garison Fitch is available in paperback ($17 on Amazon) or in electronic format, including Kindle for $2.99.

Don’t forget to visit the First Time Book Blast post and enter for your chance to win $50 (Amazon or even cash) before December 16, 2012. What a perfect thing to win during the holidays!  And, you can see what other reviewers have to say about this title at the First Time Blog Tour Page.


Disclaimer ~ We were sent an electronic copy of the title mentioned in this post to facilitate this review. No monetary compensation occurred and all opinions are our own.

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A Catholic mom to four boys, Laura has been homeschooling since 2005. Currently, one son is in school while the others are at home. When not 'working', she is enjoying life up in Alaska.


  1. Sounds like an interesting book!
    Michelle recently posted..Duracell Batteries: Trust Your PowerMy Profile

  2. Thanks for the kind review and for participating in this blog tour. And, BTW, you picked up on something that was never supposed to be a mystery. Several people who have visited with me about the book never picked up on the fact that it’s Heather telling this story.

    Hope you’ll read and enjoy the other two books as well!
    Samuel Ben White recently posted..Blog Tour for December 12, 2012My Profile

  3. I may have to give this one a try I normally don’t read to much time travel cause they are a bit confusing like you said but you made this one sound good.


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