Book: A Witch In Time
Author: Constance Sayers
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Historical
Publication Date: 8th October 2020
My Rating: 🌕🌕🌕
Date Finished: 31st March 2022
A Star-Crossed Love...
In 1895, sixteen year old Juliet begins a passionate, doomed romance with a married artist.
In 1932, aspiring actress Nora escapes New York for the bright lights of Hollywood and a new chance at love.
In 1970, Californian musician Sandra's secret love affair threatens to tear her band apart.
And in 2012, Helen is starting to remember the vivid details of lives that never belonged to her.
Bound to her lover in 1895, and trapped by his side ever since, Helen has lived through multiple lifetimes, under different names, never escaping her tragic endings. Only this time, she might finally have the power to break the cycle...
I'll be brutally honest and say that I probably wouldn't have picked this book up if not for my favourite book store offer of 3 for £5. I needed one more book to fulfil the offer and I picked this. BUT I'm glad I did choose this one because once I started it, I was pulled in and didn't want to put it down.
It starts with Helen having a blind date with an art dealer her friends have set her up with, only Luke Varner knows things about her and before long Helen is having dreams of a young girl in 1890's France, a girl whose face she recognises as closely resembling her own. Only when she wakes up she feels like she's lived that life and Luke is the only one with answers.
So, yeah, this pulled me in quite quickly. I was intrigued by Luke and what had happened in her previous life and just why she was being reborn every 30/40 years. It was a great mystery and a rather sad tale at times as we see some of the abuse that she suffered in each lifetime.
I think Juliet's tale - the origins of the whole mess, really - drew me in more than the others. I did feel sorry for Nora. Sandra was just meh. She didn't add anything to the story for me other than she was the only reincarnation that realised the curse could be broken, she just didn't know how. Then comes Helen; she figures out what must be done.
Luke had grown on me quite a lot by the end in his devotion to helping Juliet/Nora/Sandra/Helen figure out what was happening etc. but I didn't really feel their romance. I don't think we saw enough of them together in each lifestyle/era to get the great love affair that was supposed to be happening.
And then the ending. *sigh* I'm not one that can imagine my book characters' HEA's without it being written down and this was left rather open to interpretation.
I also think the demon side of this wasn't delved into deep enough. The higher level demons name gets mentioned fairly often towards the end but he never makes an appearance - which I found a little disappointing. I like a good urban fantasy/paranormal romance book and this was very tame compared to what it could have been.
I don't think I'll be reading any more books by this author.