Mystery, romance, time travel, and danger…this one has it all.
Cassandra would rather be home alone in Ohio or gallivanting around Europe with her best friend, but she’s stuck in a snooty beach town in Massachusetts on a family vacation. It’s not that she doesn’t love her family; it’s just that there’s absolutely nothing and no one she wants to relate to here. Until she steps onto the private beach attached to their rented house and meets Lawrence, that is. Handsome, courtly, interested in her, and generating an immediate attraction, Lawrence comes from a different world—quite literally: the past. Living in the same house but separated by almost 100 years, Cass and Lawrence fall head over heels for each other, even if they can’t see each other except on their isolated stretch of beach. With access to the Internet, Cass looks into Lawrence’s life only to discover that in his time, he is due to be murdered in a matter of days. Alternating narration between her protagonists, Collins gives her characters voices that evoke their respective times, Cass’ modern, slightly snarky voice contrasting with Lawrence’s formal cadences. Their present-tense accounts present an interesting, often amusing intersection of the Roaring ’20s and the 21st century.
Suspenseful, poignant, and romantic: well worth the read. (Fantasy. 12-18)