Review: Until We Meet Again

Until We Meet Again
Until We Meet Again by Renee Collins
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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.

Until We Meet Again is a magical story about a once-in-a-lifetime connection between Cassandra and Lawrence, who live in two different eras. Cassandra is living in the current era – she is on holiday with her family at their summer house, a place where she feels supremely bored until she meets Lawrence. Lawrence is a poet at heart, but his family has demanded of him to comply to their wishes and become a lawyer and marry as arranged. Their meeting sets off a butterfly effect, one that makes her wary to keep continuing their meeting. But when she discovers that he is murdered not soon after in the past, both try to find a way to prevent that from happening. The plot is heavily romance-driven, and the time travel itself isn’t entirely explained. What I gathered was that time is circular, and fate can be changed.

The opening of the novel and the first half were promising. Their meeting was also cute, and while it did not come as insta-love, there was the fact that it was barely a month for them. The second half drags on with their romance, while there are more developments that could be pushing the plot further. I get, it’s a romance first, but at one point of time, it got boring. It didn’t help that secondary characters all but disappear until towards the end, when things pick up. The ending, how should I say, is kind of expected, but it is sad nonetheless. The writing was promising, and I loved the set up on both times. There was a minor inaccuracy – Lawrence wouldn’t have been swimming shirtless, even for a private beach as swimwear for men in the twenties did have a long shirt. But otherwise, since most events do take place at the beach, the rest of the world kinda is pushed to the sidelines. Even so, it was an interesting story.

Received a free galley from Sourcebooks Fire via Netgalley; this does not influence my opinions or the review.

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