Jan B. (Tetonia, ID)
Reincarnation, Irish Style
This is an unusual storyline. It is a love story that takes place during "the troubles" of the 60's-70's. Yet it also spans through several lifetimes for many of the characters, as they recognize each other from past lives. I laughed, I was horrified, and I was mad at the American protagonists for their inflexible intellect. The idea of reincarnation as a given for this Irish crowd created a very interesting twist as the author used the past events as a way of looking at the present and the friendships and interactions between the different characters.
The story was pretty compelling, and what stands out for me is how much was done for the love of each other and for their country. There were so many twists and turns in the action in both the present and the past, I had to keep reading to keep it all together in my head. It left me really hoping that the two main characters would find each other in this lifetime.
David S. (San Diego, CA)
Too Much Slang
An intriguing story line linking the history and troubles of the Irish people with reincarnation -- kept my interest but was also a frustrating read given the overuse of Irish slang that stilted the flow of the book and degraded the intelligence and wisdom of the Irish people.
Sarah B. (Streamwood, IL)
Not what was expected
I was looking forward to something akin to the Time Travelers Wife. This wasn't it. It took me a long time to get into this, and when I did I got confused with characters, and the accents. I felt it had promise that it just didn't live up to.
Betty B. (Irving, TX)
Until the Next Time
After reading about a third of Next Time, I was so lost I returned to the beginning and read with a pen in hand. I made notes of all the various relationships and that did help me follow the story in both time periods. This book has all the elements that I usually like. I just had difficulty connecting it all. Had it been told more straight-forwardly, I would have enjoyed it more.
Eloise F. (Poway, CA)
Not what I expected.
The Irish invited no sympathy: they were consistently argumentative, unpleasant, and dishonest. The Americans’ patience in the face of bizarre adventures wasn’t believable. The love story was shallow. It was too hard to read: too many names, characters and time periods, and the Irish accents were difficult (contrast Diana Gabaldon’s quite readable Scottish accents). If you are looking for time travel or historical fiction, look elsewhere. A reader more familiar with Irish history and the personality of the Irish might enjoy it more.
Cynthia C. (Peekskill, NY)
Disappointing time-travel novel
Comparisons to The Time Traveler's Wife made me anxious to read this novel. Unfortunately, I had a hard time getting into this story and was hard-pressed to finish it. I found switching between characters & time periods confusing and really didn't care for any of the characters. I thought the premise was good, but the execution was not.
Ann O. (Kansas City, MO)
Not one of my favorites about "time travel"!
I really wanted to love this book and requested it because a review said it was in the same category as Time and Again and The Time Traveler's Wife, two books I loved and read more than once. How mistaken that reviewer was! It was nothing like those two classics. Keeping track of the two main characters (Sean and Michael) what they were all about and what they wanted to do as well as understanding the language was a struggle. I had to keep flipping back to find out who was the subject of the chapter I was reading. I had such high hopes for this book and am disappointed that it wasn't what I expected.