But Not Forever

A Novel

Young Adult - Romance
312 Pages
Reviewed on 05/28/2019
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Author Biography

Writer, traveler, and fan of chocolate croissants, But Not Forever is my debut novel, a sweet time travel story that crosses generations and splits open the boundaries of time.

The setting of this book, the romantically named, Monte Cristo, is a real place - a forgotten ghost town in the Cascade mountains - where my parents took my four brothers and me hiking when we were kids. Like a childhood tattoo, the memory of a spooky forest and long abandoned miners' cabins left its mark on me.

When I'm not writing, you might find me hanging around ancient buildings, wondering about the stories they would tell if only they could talk. I'm pretty sure - whatever those stories are - they most probably have to do with love.

But Not Forever won the 2019 IBPA 2019 Readers Favorite Bronze Award in Preteen Fiction, Benjamin Franklin Silver Medal in Young Adult Fiction and the 2019 Independent Publisher Silver Medal Award in Juvenile/Young Adult Fiction E-Book. But Not Forever is also a 2019 Forward Indie Finalist in Young Adult Fiction, a 2019 National Indie Excellence Finalist in Young Adult Fiction, and was shortlisted for the 2018 Chanticleer Young Adult Fiction Dante Rossetti Book Award.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Cindy Bowles for Readers' Favorite

Emma and Sonnet, two look-alike girls, are suddenly transported into each other’s lives due to identical, ongoing, local mystical storms when each teenage girl enters the same closet space a century apart. Culture and identity shocks initially wreak havoc for them, but as they each move forward in the life of the girl they have replaced, they find faithful friends and visionaries that give them each hope that they can somehow return to those they love in their own lifetimes. However, Emma’s life is especially topsy-turvy for Sonnet, and she seeks sanity and reasoning to solve the mystery behind it for her own survival, as well as for Emma's if she should ever be able to return. Emma, on the other hand, discovers a relationship that she has hungered for her whole life in Sonnet’s very own family circle. What is each girl meant to learn from this unique time travel experience and why did it happen to them? Will they ever be able to find the coordinated, mystical portal again to switch back into their own time or will they have to settle for living out each other’s lives?

In this romantic tale of fantasy, young adult readers, tweens and even adults will become absorbed in the adventure of time travel, and how true friendship and real courage help one to conquer even the most difficult of challenges. Even though they never actually meet, for they cannot share the same time and space, Emma and Sonnet learn to greatly appreciate one another. A mystical tale of teenage time travel that engages and delights the reader. But Not Forever by Jan Von Schleh is an intriguing, imaginative teenage tale with bits of suspense, modern life, history, fantasy, science fiction, mystery, family relationships, and family history all wrapped together—and is highly recommended!