An engaging romantic debut cheerfully bends the rules to unite soul mates Kate and Julian, separated merely by an ocean, a world war and a century.
Pivoting on a time-slip even more unlikely than most, Williams’ full-throated love story demands absolute suspension of disbelief for maximum enjoyment. Operating in both 1916 and 2007, it introduces a couple who cross the time/space continuum to find—and protect—their other halves. Kate Wilson, an investment analyst in modern Manhattan, can’t believe her luck when blond, rich, honorable, single, athletic, British hedge-fund wizard Julian Laurence falls for her. But Kate doesn’t yet understand her destiny. She is also seen in alternate chapters visiting Amiens in France during the Great War, searching for iconic war poet Capt. Julian Ashford in an effort to change the course of history. Mysteries abound, and Williams dodges explanations for too long, opting instead for an excess of conversations about trust and commitment which drain suspense and create a sagging, stalled middle section. When answers finally come, they arrive in a rush of derring-do and credulity-stretching chicken-and-egg explanation.
Williams’ terrific premise proves impossible to sustain, but with her gift for humor, snappy dialogue and swooning romance, there’s plenty to enjoy and the promise of more enjoyable escapism to come in future work.