A blend of paranormal, science fiction and love story

Time After Time: A Novel

By: Lisa Grunwald

Rating: 4 of 5

I was intrigued by the short blurb I read about this story. I was, for some unknown reasons, expecting a time travel book and instead, the book is a mix between ghost story and science fiction with a very long romance. While it wasn’t what I expected, it was still a good read.

My only problem with books set in the fairly recent past, as this one is, it’s easy to spot anachronisms and those can be distracting.

Once I was able to get over those small issues, I was able to enjoy the love story and the innovative idea behind it. I also appreciated the author explaining (in the follow-on notes) how it mirrored, to a degree, the relationship she has with her husband. I can relate to that as, due to illness, my world has become smaller than most others experience.

In this story, Joe, who works as a leverman, discovers a young woman in the middle of Grand Central station. She is somewhat disoriented and he tries to take care of her. Shortly thereafter, she disappears.

The story takes you from the time when the young woman, Nora, is getting ready to leave to France in the period following World War I and continues through decades. I won’t tell you where it leaves off as that would be a spoiler.

Enough to say that it was an ending that I didn’t expect but which made complete sense. I actually wanted to know more about what came next, so that is a good way for a book to end.

I was provided a digital advance reader copy of this book by the publisher via Netgalley.

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