This book was absolutely beautiful. It was romantic, it was thoughtful, and it was completely original. The writing flowed so well, and the words just wrapped you in the story and created a sweet time-travel romance that will make your heart flutter. Once I started this book, I couldn’t put it down – I had to find out what happened between Cassandra and Lawrence.
Cassandra is a teenage girl who is stuck spending her summer in an snobbish Massachusetts town, away from her friends. She isn’t exactly pleased at this arrangement, but she loves her mom, step-dad, and little brother, so she plans on at least doing what she can to make the summer tolerable – even if that means spending most of the time in their rented beach house. One night, she goes down to their private beach to watch the moon, she stumbles across a boy her age. Not having seen anyone else down there before, and since it’s a private beach, she isn’t sure who this mysterious stranger could be, especially since he is claiming that it is his private beach. They spend a few minutes talking, and then Cassandra goes back up into her house.
Lawrence is a very misunderstood boy who just wants to be a writer, but his uncle pushes him to become a lawyer and get into a good school. He is also set to be dating and potentially marry a girl he doesn’t love like he should, because that is what his uncle expects of him. He spends a lot of time on his private beach, swimming in the ocean. One evening, he comes across a strange girl on the beach, and the two of them share a few minutes talking.
Over the next few weeks, the two of them run into each other frequently at the beach, and eventually they discover something impossible – Lawrence is from the year 1925 (and he lived in that same house years ago), and Cassandra is from the year 2015. 90 years apart, the two of them discover feelings for each other, and spend the summer wrapped up in a sweet, happy romance. However, when they realize that they cannot be together off the beach, it becomes difficult for the two of them to figure out how they can possibly ever be together, even though they are in love. When doing research, Cassandra comes upon something absolutely horrifying about something that had happened to Lawrence, and wants to do everything she possibly can to stop it from happening.
Aside from the cover, which is utterly stunning, the story itself is a beautifully written love story that spans across an entire century. The character development is amazing – Cassandra is somewhat self-absorbed and is only focused on how awful of a summer it will be, but by the end of the book she opens herself up to love. Lawrence, afraid to tell his uncle that he wants to plan his life out for himself (and not go to law school or marry the girl that has been chosen for him), eventually decides that enough is enough, and he wants to create his own life for himself instead of living a life already decided for him.
This is such a romantic story, full of interesting twists, and what I loved best about it is that it isn’t some impossible-to-understand time travel story. It’s kind of simplistic, which adds even more to its beauty. It’s a book that you won’t want to stop reading until the very last page, which will in turn leave you wanting more (and with a pile of tissues next to you).
Note: I received an ARC copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.