Publication Date: November 3, 2015
Page Count: 336
Published by: Sourcebooks Fire
Source: eArc received from publisher in exchange for an honest review
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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 really enjoyed reading this book. It was quick and entertaining with a plot that was easy to follow. The combination of romance and mystery worked well, and I enjoyed the time travel aspect.
Lawrence was dreamy and romantic and perfect and all that, but he tried too hard to be deep and meaningful. Or rather, the author tried to make him too deep and meaningful, if you know what I mean. I can't even say that he was all that interesting because all he had going for him was his poetry. I suppose he could be called the perfect "book boyfriend." This might make me a bit shallow, but I still found myself liking him. Go figure.
Cassandra was something else. I actually thought she was a moody little brat. I hate to say that about her, but she was selfish and immature and more concerned with herself than anything or anyone else. I tried to like her, really I did, but I felt there was zero development in her character, so it didn't seem as if the events in the story had changed her at all.
This book was beautifully written, but I'm sad about the ending. Yes, it was satisfactory, but it didn't exactly make me happy. It actually left me feeling a bit down. And I know it had to do with that pesky little 100 year difference in time. While I really liked this book overall, there were some parts that were better than others. I liked the paranormal aspect of how 1925 Lawrence was able to exist in 2015. The mob added a dangerous element to Lawrence and Cassandra's idyllic summer romance. And the secret meetings on the beach brought a bit of excitement to their relationship.
If I'm being truthful, this book had a bit too much fluff, and not enough substance. I can live with that though, especially for the escapism that reading offers me. So in the end I enjoyed this book tremendously, and it was just what I needed to read at this time.