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Genres: Historical Romance, Time Travel Romance
Published by Timeless Scribes Publishing
Released on February 11, 2020
Source: Book Tour Provided
A lonely antique seller is given a chain of pearls for her Flapper costume and told that they are magic and will take her to true love. Little did she know that on Halloween night, this would come true and take her all the way back to Havenport of 1928 with Prohibition, Speak Easies, bandits, and a handsome reporter. I love time travel stories and the Roaring Twenties to this was an easy choice to pick this one up and try a new to me author and series.
Time After Time is part of a multi-author multi-genre Havenport universe, but is also the sixth entry in this individual series, Witches of Havenport. As far I could tell from jumping in with this book, it is the companion story to the one immediately preceding it, Tricking the Beast. I could sense who had been former couples in the series, but only the couple from Tricking the Beast had immediate bearing on the story. I suspect it would have been best to have read it first, but that didn’t forestall me from appreciating this one quite easily.
Time After Time is the name of Sophia Segarra’s antique shop on Main Street in Havenport. She loves her shop and living in the small town where she has her friends that help with the loss of family since her parents’ died. One day, she accepts a string of faux pearls for a trade and enjoys the little story of the pearls being magic and taking her to true love. At the very least, they will complete her authentic Flapper outfit for the Halloween party. Then events get fantastical as she lands in the past and must figure out how to cope while fighting an attraction with a man who wants her secrets.
In Havenport of 1928, Liam O’Connell is a crime reporter for the Havenport Herald and is hot on the trail of the Main Street Bandits though the trail is getting as cold as his search for his missing brother who disappeared a few years back. He doesn’t believe Keenan ran off with anyone’s wife or any of the other fantastic tales explaining his disappearance, but he knows Keenan was different when he came back from the war and was never happy or settled. But now, he rescues a beautiful woman from a mugging on the beach. Sophia is disoriented and confused- and he is pretty sure the lovely dame is lying, but about what? Not that this stops him from falling for her.
Time After Time is magical and heartwarming. I felt the romance of the story over and above all else between Sophia and Liam. She struggles with lying to this man who is everything she could have ever wanted and he senses there is a lot behind her lies and wants her trust. Back in the present, Keenan, Liam’s missing brother and Reina the witch he has fallen for along with their whole extended family know that a lot is riding on Sophia and Liam finding a way to be together and Sophia staying in the past.
This is a story that doesn’t agonize a lot over the time travel aspect other than Sophia not knowing if and how to tell Liam and how he will react. The conflict is there, but it’s mild compared to other events unfolding in the story that gets quite suspenseful.
I loved the focus on the characters even the secondary ones and just enough detail so I could imagine the settings. It was an easy and quick read that was utterly satisfying as a result.
All in all, I was captivated and finished this one swiftly with a smile on my face even as I added the series and world of Havenport to my reading list to get all the backlist. Those who love uncomplicated and low-angst time travel stories should definitely give this one a look.
My thanks to Caffeinated PR Services for providing the book in exchange for an honest review.
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