Synopsis from Goodreads:
She has died countless times before, and she is not going to let it happen again.
Abbie Harper dies just before her eighteenth birthday. It has happened before, more times than she can remember — and always at the hands of the same man. Her dreams are plagued with past lives, cut short.
But this latest dream feels different. Her past life as Penelope Broadhurst — an English pastor’s daughter in 1806 — keeps bleeding into her present life in ways both sinister and familiar. As Penelope meets and falls in love with the dashing Heath Lockwood, so too does Abbie meet the brothers Marcus and Rem Knight. One wants to love her; the other to kill her.
Time is running out for Penelope, but as Abbie mourns her inability to change the past, she chases the slim chance to save her future. To survive, she must solve the puzzle of an ancient love story…and Penelope just might be able to help.
3 out of 5.
I love a story within a story, and in Time After Time we get a really good one. Abbie has lived a countless number of lives, and she relives them all when she dreams. All of her past lives have come to a terrible end, always at seventeen, which Abbie is now.
Her latest dream is of Penelope Broadhurt and Heath lockwood, a couple living in 1806. I really enjoyed their story and found myself eagerly awaiting the next chapter with them in it, which thankfully was pretty much half the book. I kind of wish the whole book was just their story.
Marcus – an exact, more modern, Heath Lockwood look-a-like – moves in next door and Abbie doesn’t understand how he stepped out of her dreams. There is a undeniable spark between them, and Marcus starts chipping away at the walls Abbie has built around herself. Abbie tries to push Marcus away, but he is very persistent, maybe a little too persistent, and to me he came across as pushy.
I just couldn’t get into these two, not like I did with Penelope and Heath. I really wanted to, but I couldn’t. I wasn’t very interested in Abbie’s story at all, and it wasn’t until the arrival of bad boy Rem that I found myself really interested in Abbie’s story, unfortunately it wasn’t until around the last quarter of the book that he actually arrives. It’s toward the end the mystery of her tragic past lives unravel and we finally got our questions answered.
Overall, Time After Time was a good time travel story with a great romantic historical story weaved into it. It has a nice little mystery that propels you to keep reading, with a killer ending.
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