It’s been a few years since I read Time Between Us, the first in this series. I remembered the gist of the original, and was curious to see how this follow up would answer some of my questions.
This time the story is told from Bennett’s point of view, and you get into more of the consequences of time travel – not only changing the outcome of things, but the physical toll that is taken on Bennett. Of course he still is in love with Anna, and due to the fact that Bennett can’t stay in a different time too long (and he has to think of creative reasons for his absences for his parents), they’ve come up with a calendar of important events that he will spend with Anna. But even this arrangement causes some problems, worse than before.
Of course there’s the moral question about altering events that have already happened, but when it’s two children dying in an apartment fire or a dad and daughter being killed on a family bike ride, how can Bennett not try to fix them? The trouble is that his father seems to think he should be using his special talent for helping people, while his mother never wants him to travel again. And they both have no idea that Bennett has a girlfriend…in 1995. But it’s so hard for Bennett to not be able to have Anna know his family and friends, his San Francisco, his life. How much longer can they sustain a viable relationship, when he’s actually 17 years younger than her anyway? What kind of future could they possibly have?
Let’s be honest here. Yes, this is a fictional story in which literally anything could happen. But readers can’t (and don’t) completely lose that reality-based and critical portion of their brain while reading. I just couldn’t imagine any way in which this relationship would work. What’s Bennett going to do? Keep going back and forth throughout his life? Have a kid or two with someone in another time who won’t ever know his side of the family? Never have a relationship in his own time?
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The writing was on the wall…there were red herrings tossed in, potential relationship-wise, where you thought that perhaps that Anna and Bennett would each find someone in their own time period. There’s somewhat of a selfishness on both of their parts not to look past their feelings for each other and be more realistic. And about those feelings…I just didn’t feel those feelings along with them.
Perhaps, unfortunately, this was a story better left as one book. I don’t think there could have been any kind of resolution that could have been logical, realistic and romantic.
Time After Time by Tamara Ireland Stone was published by Disney Hyperion on October 8, 2013. A free copy of this book was given to Ink and Page in return for an honest review. Big thanks to NetGalley/the Publisher/the Author.
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction Romance