I thought this was a really great concept, one that I have seen similarly employed in other books. I like the juxtaposition of past and present, and the idea that everyone has a past/future counterpart. It makes me wonder what it would be like to live in the past. I actually enjoyed the "past" parts of the book more than the present. I felt like the storyworld was more vivid, and the rich details made it seem more real. Similarly, I was much more interested in the stories of the past characters. I felt like the transitions between the scenes of the past and present were smooth, and one never wondered who we were seeing, Caroline or Danielle
While I did like Danielle as a character, I felt like the modern portions of her story were not as well developed, and therefore a little less realistic. She meets a man, and boom they are in love, meeting each others' families and such. I mean, sure, I guess that could happen so quickly, but I could not help but feel like the relationship seemed to lack enough substance to ignite so quickly. In direct contract, I thought the relationship between Robert and Caroline in the past seemed to have an incredible amount of depth. Similarly, I found myself wanting to learn Ben's version of the whole story.
I found the ending to be pretty surprising, with the last sentence being a bit of a twist. This, coupled with what appears to be some unfinished business with other characters, leads me to believe there will be a sequel to this eventually. All in all, a quick, engaging read, perfect for a little vacation reading. I think fans of romance novels, particularly historical romance, will enjoy this unique book.
I received a review copy courtesy of the author.
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