Calling Anna and Bennett’s romance long distance is an understatement: she’s from 1995 Chicago and he’s a time traveler from 2012 San Francisco. The two of them never should have met, but they did. They fell in love, even though they knew they shouldn’t. And they found a way to stay together, against all odds.
It’s not a perfect arrangement, though, with Bennett unable to stay in the past for more than brief visits, skipping out on big chunks of his present in order to be with Anna in hers. They each are confident that they’ll find a way to make things work…until Bennett witnesses a single event he never should have seen (and certainly never expected to). Will the decisions he makes from that point on cement a future he doesn’t want?
Told from Bennett’s point of view, Time After Time will satisfy readers looking for a fresh, exciting, and beautifully-written love story, both those who are eager to find out what’s next for Time Between Us’s Anna and Bennett and those discovering their story for the first time.
Description taken from Goodreads.
Okay, so call me clueless but I didn’t know that this was the second book in a duology by this author until now. Right now. Just as I looked the book up on Goodreads to get a blurb and a page count and all those wonderful details.
That would’ve been nice to know before I started reading this book. I guess I’ll go read TIME BETWEEN US, the first book in this series, and–if my feelings have changed–I’ll edit this review. But until then, my opinion goes as follows.
*takes a deep breath*
This book did not work for me. Fundamentally, yes, it did. There were so many lessons in this story. Lessons about not messing with time, living in the present, reconciling with fate, brotherly/sisterly relationships and recognizing all the good things around you. Of course, there are also themes of going behind your parent’s backs for love, but you know. It all gets lost with time, right?
This book had a great storyline. There were so many things going for it. The beginning is very slow, but after I skimmed a few pages I started to become a little more interested. I think my problem with the beginning was that it is not enough to have a hook about going back in time and being a time traveler. Yes, we gathered that from the blurb already–please go on. Except it doesn’t go on. It keeps on talking about being in a bookshop when it should be drawing me in, making me want more.
After I got through the beginning, there was the middle. At this point, I believed that the story was going in a good direction. I liked the way that Bennett and Anna tried to make things work, the way that their relationship is tested and ultimately, they have to face each other and really–the distance that separates them. I thought that maybe, in the end, the author would let the characters go. Bennett would learn to live with Anna and still bring her happiness the way that several authors have done before. The distance between them is simply too much. I’m not saying I was disappointed by the lack of a sad, sappy ending–I was disappointed by the lack of an ending. An ending is not just the answer to the question asked in the beginning, it’s so much more than that, and for me–this book was just the answer.
It also felt incredibly rushed and anticlimatic.
Overall, there were a lot of things that I LOVED. I loved the relationship between Bennett and his sister, the history told in this story and the things that Bennett ultimately comes to realize. I’m happy with what happens in the end, even if the execution of it was a little messy to me. I do believe that this will definitely be a great book for fans of contemporary, and I will like it after I read the feels that I’m warned to look out for in book one. All in all, it wasn’t bad. It was just kind of meh for me in many parts of the story where the plot slowed a little bit. I did enjoy it though, and I would recommend it for someone looking for a mellow story that has feels and time traveling and a little bit of romance. 3 stars.
pg count for the hardback: 368
Series: Time Between Us #2