Review: Time After Time by Emma Kaye

Posted February 19, 2020 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 8 Comments


I received this book for free from Book Tour Provided in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Time After Time by Emma Kaye
Time After Time

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Series: Witches of Havenport #6
Genres: Historical Romance, Time Travel Romance
Published by Timeless Scribes Publishing
Released on February 11, 2020
Format: eARC
Source: Book Tour Provided
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The Delight

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.

Challenges Met

New Release #15
Literary Pickers #29 dual narration
Historical Fiction #16
Books N Tunes #7 Eva Cassidy’s Time After Time
Romance BINGO #15 time travel


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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Carole Rae
1 year ago

I need a good heartwarming book soon. Listening to a WWII one that is so sad.

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

I know exactly what you mean. I’ve sobbed through some WWII fiction. Yes, this would be a good mellow palette cleanser for you, Carole. 🙂

Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

I love time travel stories, and appreciate that this was low angst and had fabulous characters. I’m glad that you enjoyed it 🙂 Wonderful Review Sophia!

Sophia Rose
1 year ago

Once in a while, a soft and gentle story is just the thing. Thanks, Lindy!

Kimberly @ CaffeinatedPR

Thank you Sophia.

Sophia Rose
1 year ago

This was a comfy pleasure, Kimberly! 🙂

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

I love time travel to Sophia and enjoyed this. I also read Always with the sisters and think you’d like that one.

Sophia Rose
1 year ago

When I read through the blurbs on the blitz post, I thought I’d like most of them. I do have a soft spot for family-oriented romances. 🙂