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Tima Smith, author
Twenty years is a long time to hold on to lost love. It’s also a long time to carry a grudge. When Christopher and Lily run into each other twenty years later, the one thing they can agree on is that they still ‘click.’ Christopher might call it a cosmic anomaly that occurs barely once in a hundred million years. Lily knows that for whatever reason they’ve been given a second chance. What they both discover is that this ‘second chance’ is nothing either of them could have possibly imagined.
Plot/Idea: 4 out of 10
Originality: 7 out of 10
Prose: 5 out of 10
Character/Execution: 7 out of 10
Overall: 5.75 out of 10

Assessment:

In this novel and surprisingly romantic second-chance-at-love story between 43-year-old Lily and Christopher, the 59-year-old love of her life, both characters become better, more confident people as a result of their relationship. Unfortunately, the author does a better job at characterization than she does at storytelling. Some unclear and/or clunky transitions in time  disrupt the narrative flow. A bigger problem—strongly foreshadowed by the hero becoming narrator—and a likely turn-off to readers, is the untraditional, uneasy and overly long separation between the couple that occurs in the final third.

Date Submitted: July 09, 2016

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