June 30, 2018

#ReadByTheSea18 #BookReview: But Not Forever by Jan VonSchleh

Reviewed By: Jessica P. 
Publisher: She Writes Press
Recommended Age: Young Adult 
Genre: Fiction

About the Book:

Could she be everything you aren’t, but somehow―still be you?

It’s the year 2015 and Sonnet McKay is the daughter of a globe-trotting diplomat, home for the summer from her exotic life. Everything would be perfect if not for her stunning sister, whose bright star has left her in the shadows. In 1895, Emma Sweetwine is trapped in a Victorian mansion, dreaming of wings to fly her far from her mother, who gives her love to her sons, leaving nothing for her daughter. Fate puts them in the same house at the same moment, 120 years apart, and the identical fifteen-year-olds are switched in time. In their new worlds, Sonnet falls in love with a boy, Emma falls in love with a life, and astonishing family secrets are revealed. Torn, both girls want to still go home— but can either one give up what they now have?

But Not Forever is an enchanting story of love and longing, and the heart’s ultimate quest to find where it belongs.


About the Author:
Jan Von Schleh is a third-generation Seattleite who has lived and worked around the world in fascinating places including Zimbabwe, Nicaragua, Democratic Republic of Congo, Turkmenistan, and the Kingdom of Bahrain. When she’s not writing, she likes to explore ancient buildings wherever she can find them and wonder about the stories they would tell―if only they could talk. She is sure that whatever those stories are, they most probably have to do with love.

Noteworthy experiences while reading this book: Interesting way to do a time travel story. 
Do I Recommend this book? Maybe: I would say try it. 

Notes and Opinions: The first thing that I want to talk in this book is that there was a light romance but it was overshadowed by the bigger plot of the story. I really enjoyed this as most young adult novels toss the love story in your face.  My issue with this one was that it was a little far fetched that people just went with the story that set in the late 1800s.  That was a little off putting and just didn't feel real at all.  But if you can get past that this was a very good story for the most part. 

The story itself of two girls swithed in time was pretty good parts of it were kind of slow and others just felt confusing. I think with a little tweeking this could be a great book but for this reader it fell a little flat.  I really loved the conept but it just didn't work out in parts for me.  I didn mesh with the characters and the overall plot/story was al ittle meh. 

Go Into This One Knowing: Far fetched and a little meh. 

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