Sharon V. (Chicago, IL)
Until the Next Time
This fresh and original perspective on reincarnation follows 21-year Sean Corrigan to Ireland on a journey to learn more about his Uncle Michael while searching for his soul mate. While told in a clever voice that paints a colorful and rich portrait of Irish history, culture and ideals, the dual storyline felt redundant and the characters difficult to differentiate.
The intense prologue about one man's obsession sets the reader’s expectations high. Unfortunately, the plot becomes bogged down in too many moral lessons and loses sight of its goal somewhere around Page 100.
Carol T. (Ankeny, Iowa)
Time Travel with a twist
Nice time travel and interesting premise, but the device of using the same names in different generations (Sean Michael, Michael Sean) makes the reader work harder than necessary early on. The more the reader has to work, the more likely he or she will put the book down without finishing it.
Marion H. (Los Angeles, CA)
You are Yourself and More as Well
If you are willing to invest in reading 200 pages before significant plot development begins, learning little about most of the characters in these first 200 pages, and/or are open to the intriguing possibilities of karma and reincarnation, then you will be nearly unable to put this book down until you have read the last 200 pages. While the novel was an exciting ride, I was very moved by the themes - I am still reflecting on the power of belief in karma and multiple lifetimes. The narrative flowed smoothly and the dialog was realistic, making the reading of the first 200 pages at least manageable. Although, ironically, I cannot say that I liked any of the characters, their stories of love and loss resonated with me and I find myself wanting to share the novel with my friends.
Dianne S. (Green Valley, AZ)
Until The Next Time
I thought Until The Next Time was a good read. The book a lot of characters in several time periods that but the way that it was written it was fairly easy to follow once ou got the jist of it. I did get a little confused near the end, but the author brought it all together nicely.
I also thought the author did a good job of presenting the political & relgious struggle that Ireland has been going through for years.
Readers of history, fantasy & romance would really enjoy this book.
Karen R. (Locust Grove, VA)
Just ok for me
I looked forward to read this book which for the most part takes place in Ireland, a place I recently visited for the first time. I enjoyed the bits that give us a perspective of Ireland's heritage. But I thought the story was confusing and uneven. Maybe I just don't do well with chapters that intertwine past/present and time travel. It was hard for me to keep the characters straight, to remember who was who. I didn't find myself caring about any of the characters. This book was compared to the writing style of The Time Traveler's Wife. That book also was confusing for me, I couldn't get thru it initially. But after seeing the movie, I went back to the book and really enjoyed it. Perhaps that is what I need in this case!
Dorothy M. (Maynard, MA)
Suspense, Love, History, Mysticism - it has it all
Kevin Fox uses the story of the Corrigan family to explore the "troubles" in Ireland, the mysticism of Celtic stories, the links between the past and the present and the promise of enduring love. Told in alternate chapters between the past and the present, it follows Sean as he returns to Ireland to learn the truth about an uncle that he never knew he had and who may have been a murderer and a terrorist or simply an innocent victim.