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.
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published November 3rd 2015 by Sourcebooks Fire
Two and a half stars: A time travel romance that falters with some plot holes.
Cassandra flops down on her bed after her recent grounding. Her summer has been a complete bust. She was dragged away from her friends to spend the summer in a Massachusetts coastal town. Cass is surrounded by rich, phony people, and she hates every minute of it. She is forced to attend yet another boring rich people party, but thankfully, she is able to escape to the beach. As she sits quietly watching the moon rise, Cass notices she isn't alone. A handsome, young man is also out for a stroll. He and Cass start chatting and a friendship is born, but there is something different about Lawrence. When Cass and Lawrence learn the truth, they are shocked How is Cass from 2015 able to meet Lawrence from 1925 on the beach?
What I Liked:
- I am always drawn to a good time travel story, and once the time travel element was unveiled in this book, I was hooked. I liked that the time travel aspect was simple and straight forward without complications. Basically, Cass and Lawrence occupy the same house in different eras, and they can somehow meet on the beach. There is no explanation as to how and why the two can meet, it just is, and sometimes simplicity is the best.
- I liked the mystery surrounding Lawrence. I was certainly surprised at the turn of events, especially when it came to unmasking the villain. This is a murder mystery if you will with mafia, crime bosses and betrayal.
- I was surprised by Fay. She comes across as a girl who is used to getting her way because of her sexy good looks. She is always throwing herself at Lawrence, and I didn't like that. However, as the book progresses, there is more to Fay than meets the eye, and I was glad to learn the truth about her, and I appreciated her actions at the end.
- I liked that Cass has two supportive parents. Her mother and stepfather are present throughout, and they play important parts in the story. No absentee parenting. I especially liked how Cass' mother came through for her at the end.
- I was pleasantly surprised by the ending. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I ended up liking the way it clicked into place.
And The Not So Much:
- There were a few too many plot holes for me. For instance, it took a little too long for Lawrence and Cass to realize something was off about the other. I didn't get why Lawrence didn't seem confused when Cass was yelling at him about cell phones and such, not to mention her attire. Then I couldn't figure out why as soon as Cass learned the truth about Lawrence that she wasn't looking him up on the internet. She decides to go to the library and look through micro film? What curious teenager wouldn't have whipped out her phone immediately and done an internet search? What was the deal with Brandon? That whole thing felt thrown in and didn't go anywhere. There were several more little niggles like these that just didn't work for me.
- Even though I liked the simplicity of the whole time travel thing, it didn't make sense that all of sudden other people could appear on the same beach. At first, only Cass and Lawrence could show up on the beach, but then other people were able to get there too. I didn't get that at all.
- I had a hard time with both Cass and Lawrence's characters and their romance. Cass starts out the book as a spoiled, indulged teenager behaving badly. I didn't like her at all, thankfully, she gets better. Lawrence is sweet and swoony and a poet, but he just felt too good to be true. Their romance moves incredibly fast and it is on the insta love side. I am sure others will love it, but for me, it was a bit cheesy.
- The first few chapters were rough. It opens with Cass brooding and getting into trouble. I couldn't stand Cass early on, and I was tempted to set the book aside. Thankfully, once the whole time travel element is introduced the book gets much better.
- Even though I liked the end, I was left wanting a bit more explanation about Lawrence.
Until We Meet Again is an interesting time travel book that faltered with some problems with the whole time travel plot. I also didn't feel the romance, and I struggled with the main characters. I did, for the most part, like the simplicity of the time travel and I was pleasantly surprised by the ending. This is a book I am sure many will enjoy, but for me, it was a bit of a miss.
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.