Time travel is a popular genre that dates back to literature from almost 200 years ago. Hundreds of mediums use it as a plot device, from H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine to the popular film Back to the Future. Renee Collins’ novel Until We Meet Again uses the element of time travel, but in a unique way.

Cassandra is a rebellious teenager who is dreading spending the summer on the Massachusetts shore with her family. Though they rent a historic old estate, Cassandra is more interested in taking risks with some of the local troublemakers. Then one night, out on the estate’s private beach, she meets an intriguing stranger, Lawrence. Through multiple meetings, the two soon discover they are living in different years, him in 1925, her in 2015, and can somehow see each other only on the beach. Their friendship soon develops into love, but living in different times makes their relationship complicated. Through her research, Cassandra soon learns the awful truth about Lawrence’s fate, and is determined to do something about it.

The story is written in first person and alternate perspectives, with Cassandra and Lawrence each narrating certain chapters. This added some historic depth, as you can see the contrast in how people spoke, acted and dressed in the different eras. Cassandra considers Lawrence’s time to be “simpler” than hers, anticipating how much will go on throughout the rest of the twentieth century.

The interesting part about this novel is how it seems to fall under multiple genres. While the plot definitely has romance, there’s some science fiction with the time travel aspect. The 1920s scenes also adds history to the mix, with references to speakeasys, flappers and more. I admire Collins for doing the research on the lifestyle and being able to write dialogue consistent with that time period.

I would definitely recommend this novel for anyone who enjoys a summer love story with some sci-fi and history mixed in.