Only In Time (A Mystique Antiques Novella)
by Kelli McCracken
Time doesn't always mend a broken heart.
Jonah McCabe made a horrible mistake six years ago that cost him his chance at happiness. Then fate interceded.
A last minute favor has him coming face to face with his past. Every beautiful inch of it. Her laughter still echoed in his mind. As did the pain in her voice the day she left.
Can he make things right in a race against the clock, or will time continue to work against him?
(Amazon product description)
Most of us have that person in our past that could have been The One if only X had happened. In our introspective moments we might even find ourselves daydreaming about the possibility of a second chance. Most of the time though, when we meet our What-If person we find they have gained 50 lbs., developed an alcohol problem and have been living in their mother’s basement since their last divorce. Not pretty.
I think this is why Only In Time appealed to me so much. It’s the fantasy-made-true of two people who botched their first attempt to come together and are given a second chance six years later. Time has changed both Jonah and Ally, but in this case, change is a good thing. As young adults with their future opportunities spread out before them, they both felt a relationship with each other would hold the other one back. But when they meet again, the both have had the opportunity to grow into the adults they are meant to be. It really is a beautiful idea.
I also love the concept of this Mystique Antiques series. The books are based on the idea that the objects sold in this one antique shop in Savannah, GA are enchanted to find their owners. In this case, Ally is gifted a watch which helps her to see the truth of her past with Jonah. The magical elements are light--not an elaborate paranormal world--which is just right for a novella length story.
Overall, I give Only In Time...
Plot - 4 1/2 bookmarks
Character Development - 5 bookmarks
Writing & Formatting - 4 1/2 bookmarks (The writing was well edited. There were a few odd space breaks in the formatting. Not annoying really, just several of them. I had no problem reading right through them.)
Dream Cast (otherwise known as who I pictured while reading) - Kit Harrington (Jonah- mostly because I would love to see him rock a guitar), Diana Argon (Ally)