Until We Meet Again by Renee Collins
ISBN: 9781492621164 (hardcover)
ISBN: 9781492621171 (ebook)
ASIN: B0108GOL2I (Kindle edition)
Publication date: November 3, 2015
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
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.
Cassandra has a loving family and all of the tech gadgets any teen could want at her disposal – computer, smartphone, and internet access, as well as the beauty of the Massachusetts shore for the summer. Despite all this, she raises the teen battle cry “I’m bored” because there’s nothing for her to do in this town except spend time with her family and on a private beach. All of that changes when she meets and befriends Lawrence in Renee Collin’s Until We Meet Again.
Cassandra loves her family, but she craves more from her summer than being stranded in a small coastal town in Massachusetts with them. Her best friend is spending the summer in Paris and Cassandra is envious (who isn’t). She doesn’t really fit in with the local teens as she doesn’t have much in common with them in terms of interests. Her mother, stepfather, and younger brother are quite content to spend their days together lounging around the house and enjoying family time. Fortunately for Cassandra, she runs into a wonderful young man on the beach. Unfortunately for Cassandra, Lawrence is from 1925, not 2015 and they can only be together on the beach. Meeting Lawrence is fortuitous for Cassandra until a tragedy occurs in Lawrence’s life in 1925 and has an impact on people in 2015. Scared and wanting to learn more about Lawrence and 1925, Cassandra spends hours in the local library and discovers that Lawrence is to be murdered in a few days. In a race to beat-the-clock, Cassandra and Lawrence both try to learn as much as possible to reverse Lawrence’s fate.
I found Until We Meet Again to be a fast-paced and enjoyable read. The first few pages of the story were a little slow, as the author provides the setup and creates the back stories for both Lawrence and Cassandra. The story is told in alternating voices, Cassandra in 2015 and Lawrence in 1925. Cassandra and Lawrence get to spend one month together, and there’s quite a lot of action crammed into that month (no, I won’t tell you any more about what happens. . . read the book!). Until We Meet Again is classified as a young adult story, and although there is some teen angst and drama, this is also a story about family, star-cross lovers, and second chances. If you enjoy romance stories with a slight fantasy twist, then you’ll definitely want to add Until We Meet Again to your TBR list.
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