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Reviewed by Natasha Jackson for Readers' Favorite
As Time and Again starts, we meet a young man called Hawthorne Jacobs as he’s being beaten to a pulp, presumably by the man who has abducted his sister. From the first few paragraphs the story moves quickly. Next we meet Melanie, a modern woman living a full life in the big city. She spends a few hours at a museum before some force pulls her toward Central Park after nightfall. It is here where she encounters the badly beaten man and takes a keen interest in helping him heal and find his sister. Author Crystal Bennett is adept at showing us just how perfect the timing was for their serendipitous meeting. Although she has a full life, Melanie longs for the companionship she lost when her best friend and childhood love died from leukaemia. Together, as they search for clues of his sister’s whereabouts, things between Melanie and Hawthorne morph into something more than a Good Samaritan relationship.
One of my favorite things about Time and Again was Hawthorne’s chivalrous nature and Melanie’s constantly surprised reaction to him. It is evident that they are from very different worlds, yet their attraction is clear almost from the beginning even if it takes them a while to recognize it. Crystal Bennett created a fantastic character in Melanie’s best friend Suzie, who is less than charmed by Hawthorne. As a modern girl you can understand where Suzie is coming from, but we know more about this handsome man than she does, so all is forgiven.
Time and Again is a truly amazing story that provides a unique twist on this type of romance. Following along as Melanie introduces Hawthorne to the modern world was a treat that touched my heart as well as my funny bone. It’s rare to find one good love story, but this one gives you two love stories in one.