Thursday, September 19, 2013

ARC Review: Time After Time by Tamara Ireland Stone

Goodreads summary:

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.

My review:

What a well-written sequel.  If you read and enjoyed Time Between Us, then Time After Time is a must-read for sure.  It's a great continuation, and yet wraps up the story nicely.  I do think I like Time Between Us a little more, but I'm still blown away by what a wonderful sequel this was.

The plot and characters are what really make me love this book.  Both Bennett and Anna are fantastic characters, both on their own and as a couple.  It's hard for an author to pull this off, but Stone does it perfectly.  There's a good mixture of both romance and character development, which made me very happy. :)  However, I do have to say that, while I loved reading from Bennett's POV, it did seem a little unrealistic at times.  He's always such a nice guy, which I LOVED, but at the same time it didn't seem exactly realistic.

Oh, boy.  The plot pretty much left me incoherent.  How does Stone write stories that are so heartbreaking?  Seriously, they just hit you right in the heart and leave you in a sad emotional state.  Bennett is trying to use his ability to travel in time to help save others in this story, and...well...there are consequences, let's just leave it at that.  The storyline definitely kept me turning the pages.

And the romance.  *swoons*  The love story between Bennett and Anna is one of my favorites!  I love how there's no desperate, dramatic, "If I can't be with you I'm going to die!" moments.  Instead, their romance is refreshingly real.  They both do everything in their power to be together, but they also realize they have a life aside from each other.  Even though they're very much in love, they're still sensible.  So yay for a sweet, realistic romance!

And the ending.  Remember how I said Stone's stories make me totally emotional?  Yeah.  Time After Time definitely did.  I'm so glad I read this!  This is a must read for fans of beautifully written, poignant romance and time travel.  (P.S. I just saw that the author has a new book coming out in 2015 called Every Last Word.  Go look it up on Goodreads.  I can't wait!)

* Thanks to Netgalley for sending me a free copy in exchange for an honest review!

My rating:  4.5 out of 5 stars

~ Kaitlyn

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