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.
Hardcover, 368 pages
Expected publication: October 8th 2013 by Disney-Hyperion
Source: Publisher for an honest review
Three and a half stars: A solid, time traveling romance.
Bennett has decided that he can't live without Anna. Despite the fact that they have a few big obstacles in their relationship, namely the fact that they are separated by seventeen years in time, he is determined to see it through. Bennett carefully plans with Anna to travel back in time to be there for important dates in Anna's life, but things unexpectedly go awry when his time traveling abilities start malfunctioning. Now he and Anna are facing a big, impossible decision. Is it time to let go and move on?
What I Liked:
- I enjoyed getting to know Bennett this time around through his own eyes. He wasn't exactly always likable in the first book, especially when he was struggling with trying to avoid Anna. This time around, I got to see what made him tick, and I liked seeing Anna through his eyes. Bennett begins to show growth as he starts experimenting with his unique gift in order to help others instead of using his time travel for selfish reasons. I loved how he was willing to do what it took to make Anna happy, even if that meant making difficult choices. If you liked Bennett in the first book, I think you will love him in this one.
- The romance is still the shining centerpiece of this book. It is sweet, genuine and fun. I liked watching the two struggle to overcome their obstacles, and I admired their strength and courage. Being separated by seventeen years in time doesn't deter them. This is the type of book you read for the romance alone.
- I liked getting to know Bennett's family and friends better, especially his sister Brooke. I loved how supportive Brooke was and how she encouraged Bennett to follow his heart no matter the cost. Maggie, Bennett's grandma, is back as well, and I always like spending time with her.
- The time travel aspect is once again kept simple without too much of the how and why. There isn't a heavy emphasis on the consequences of tangling with time, either. Although, the time travel element does have a larger role in this one, and I liked that.
- Finally, I enjoyed the satisfying ending. Everything appears to be somewhat wrapped up, and I am content, but yet, there is plenty of wriggle room for the author to come back and write a third book, and I personally hope she does as I still have many unanswered questions.
And The Not So Much:
- While I like the time travel being overly simplified, this time I was a bit frustrated. There were many events in the book that I thought were leading up to a big important discovery as far as Bennett's abilities were concerned, but none of them pan out. There were too many loose ends for me. I wanted to know more of why Bennett was not able to use his gift to continue to do good. I was also expecting to find that when he did use it to divert disaster to see the eventual consequences, but that isn't the case either. I felt as if the author opened lots of doors of possibilities and then slammed them shut before she saw them through.
- Even though I was pleased with the somewhat happily ever after, I was disconcerted to have so many unanswered questions at the end, especially when it comes to the how and why everything works out the way it does. Basically, the story jumps from point A to point B with no discussion of what happened in between. The reader is left to infer and make their own decisions. I wanted it all spelled out for me. How was it possible? Furthermore, I had several nagging questions as far as what happened with Justin and Emma, Bennett's family and more. I just felt like there were too many loose ends.
- My best advice when reading this one is to suspend all thoughts of the book being realistic and just go with it. Enjoy the romance and forget all the plot holes and nagging questions. Let the romance sweep you away.
- It bothered me that Bennett never decided to look Anna up in his time, especially after she sent him the letter in the first book. I wanted to know more about Anna in 2012 as it is brought up in the first book, but never revisited. Why?
Time After Time was an enjoyable sequel that brings you the other side of the story. I liked that this book was told through Bennet's point of view as I enjoyed spending time in his head and understanding a bit more about him. Once again, the romance is the star of this book, just let it flow and don't worry too much about the how and why, otherwise the story looses a bit of its magic. This is a book suited for those who love sweet romance and simple time travel. If you are a fan of the first book, I am certain you will enjoy this one.
"I need to not miss anyone and for no one to miss me."
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.