Written by: Renee Collins
Published by: Sourcebooks
Release date: November 3rd 2015
Genres: Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi, Young Adult
Source: BookExpo America 2015
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They exist in two different centuries, but their love defies time
Cassandra craves drama and adventure, so the last thing she wants is to spend her summer marooned with her mother and stepfather in a snooty Massachusetts shore town. But when a dreamy stranger shows up on their private beach claiming it's his own—and that the year is 1925—she is swept into a mystery a hundred years in the making.
As she searches for answers in the present, Cassandra discovers a truth that puts their growing love—and Lawrence's life—into jeopardy. Desperate to save him, Cassandra must find a way to change history… or risk losing Lawrence forever.
I find myself in a bit of an odd predicament with this book. If you’ve read any of my reviews, you know they tend to be long-ish, but I just… I really don’t have that much to say about this one? 😱 I know, I know, holy crap Nikki is keeping it under 500 words, what’s going on?! Basically I just… Well, I quite enjoyed it, I had a couple issues, and… that’s that. But you probably want a bit more than that.😉 So here you go:
First off, I loved the romance. It was a bit insta-love-ish, but I have nothing against insta-love as a concept — it can work for me, provided it doesn’t feel forced or ridiculously unbelievable. In this case, it worked — present-day Cassandra and 1920s Lawrence had really great chemistry. They were both realistic characters, but the charming Lawrence was my favorite — what can I say, those 1920s guys… 😍 The pacing of their relationship did stretch the bounds of believability for me a little, but not in a bad way. I went into this book wanting a romance, and that’s what I got. It was sweet, and full of feels, and I definitely shipped it, so that aspect worked really well for me.
I thought the non-romantic plot was… pretty good? If anything, this was the part that felt a little forced to me. The book definitely needed something to up the tension and add some complications to our timey-wimey romance, and the plot certainly did that. The excitement mostly happened in Lawrence’s 1920s timeline — there was murder, mystery, crime bosses, secrets, betrayal… which kept me turning the pages even though certain aspects felt a little “sensational” in a slightly unbelievable way, for me. But I wasn’t in it for the plot, so those were issues that I easily brushed off.
But in the end, some things weren’t developed or tied up the way I was hoping… That’s not to say the story doesn’t have a solid ending (so many contemporary romances have really loosely-tied endings — this one is solid), but… gah, spoilers! I would’ve liked a little more development in some aspects of the story; I’ll put it that way.
The good, though: This book ended up really bringing the feels at the end, and you know a book has succeeded at something when you find yourself getting teary-eyed.
Overall, I think this is a great single-sitting type book. I read 3/4ths of it during a long drive, which was perfect. It was paced well, it didn’t have any unnecessary filler, the romance was wonderful, and the plot was entertaining. It’s a very solid standalone.
I think at the end of the day, though, while I really did enjoy it… I was a little bit underwhelmed, simply because it didn’t blow me away — but then again, it did succeed at bringing the feels and telling an engaging, romantic story. So I’d definitely recommend it if you’re in the mood for a star-crossed romance.
I’m really torn over how to rate this one, though, so… I’m gonna have to do one of these things:
Somewhere betweenand ;)