Seventeen-year-old Cass is so bored. Her parents have rented a house in a tony Massachusetts community for the summer, and garden parties with snobby grown-ups are torture. One evening, Cass escapes to the beach behind her parents’ house, and she’s surprised to meet a mysterious, handsome young man. But Lawrence Foster claims that he’s attending his 18th birthday party—in Cass’ house. She angrily interprets this as old-money arrogance, and it takes a few more beach encounters before they realize the truth: Lawrence is living almost 100 years in the past, in 1925. The breach in the time continuum only exists on that stretch of beach, allowing Cass and Lawrence to fall luxuriously in love without entering each other’s lives. Or so it seems at first.
Lawrence’s preoccupation with Cass alters his behavior, invoking a butterfly effect of changed history. Readers will likely be several steps ahead of Lawrence and Cass’ familiar story, but the sweet romance will have them hoping against hope that love will find a way.
Diane Colson is the Library Director at City College in Gainesville, Florida.