The past isn’t over, it’s an opening. The future isn’t hidden, it’s a trap.
If she ever wants to see him again, she’ll have to take the risk.
Fall into this “Funny, Romantic & Harrowing” (Publishers Weekly Starred Review) dystopian love story and prepare to encounter a finicky time machine, a mysterious seashell, and a very clever dog (some sex, some swearing, some violence, but no vampires and absolutely NO ditzes!)
When offered a one-way trip to the past, Isabel sacrifices everything for a chance to change the rapidly deteriorating present–and see her murdered lover one last time. When she arrives twenty years in the past, buck naked and mortally wounded, she has 24 hours to convince a stunned but enraptured nineteen-year-old to change their future. Definitely easier said than done, as success means losing him to a brainy, smart-mouthed bombshell (her younger self), and that’s a heart breaker, save the world or not.
This offbeat tale is about falling madly in love when one is too cynical for such things, letting go of pessimism when it’s the last life jacket on a sinking ship, and racing against the clock when one doesn’t have the proper footwear. It’s a coming-of-age story for old fogeys, a how-to-make-love guide for diehard celibates, and a laugh-out-loud tragedy with a hopeful twist.
I’d like to thank TheWriteReads for having me on the tour for this book. I would never have discovered it otherwise. Crossing in time is a great Sci fi romance, smart, funny, and faster paced than an F1 car. The two main characters are Diego and Isabel. One (Diego) is a likable hero who does everything he can for Isabel, but through circumstances beyond his control is ripped away from her. He disappears about 2/3rds of the way through the book but (minor spoiler) you can rest assured we have not seen the last of him in this series I think. The other (Isabel) well, and this is probably just my opinion, is a bit whiny, a bit irritating generally likes to be right and blames Diego for everything that went wrong in their lives. Her heart is in the right place she is just damaged.
If that is how the author intended to write her then it is quite genius as when she (again minor spoiler) travels through time it is with the intention of teaching a younger Diego all the things he needs to do differently to be able to make their relationship work. After a few chapters where she is admonishing him she comes to a realization that is is actually she who needs to change and give him a fair chance. My one criticism is that this realisation is a bit softer than it should have been.
There are several very powerful and occasional graphic moments throughout and and ending that unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately for the authors sales) leaves you hanging.
Overall I think its an excellent book and a 4.5 star read from me.