Review of ‘This time’ by S.W. Andersen.

Artist Elena Jake has been having dreams about the same woman for years and no one in real life could ever live to her expectations. Convinced that she might be real and somewhere to be found, she asks her grandmother using her Native American roots to search for her. Dr. Tess Kenner is a neuropsychologist who helps patients with severe mental problems, some of them unexplainable. She believes in science and is wary of anything spiritual but when a chain of inexplicable events shows her the path to something that transcends her lifetime, she has the choice to ignore the strong force that calls for her or to believe the unbelievable.

This is a paranormal novel with the main premise that two soulmates from a previous lifetime can find each other in the next. I’m not a fan of the genre and I’m quite a disbeliever in afterlife so please read my review considering this.

The book is written on a timeline that starts in the 1950s but mainly focuses on 2017 and 2018. As the time goes back and forth a lot, I got lost a few times even though the author states the dates at the beginning of some chapters. Written in third person from the point of view of both Elena and Tess (with a few sections told from the pov of secondary characters), it is easy to get into the story and cheer for their reunion. Their encounter is very satisfying but short for my taste, as the mains are separated for most of the book. The main characters are well-rounded, very convincing in their struggle to understand what’s going on and to search for each other. The secondary characters support the plot perfectly, specially Elena’s grandmother and her best friend. All in all, the story is engaging, romantic and entertaining if you let yourself being taken to a fantasy world.

Overall, an entertaining read if you are a paranormal fan and if you don’t mind that the mains are separated most of the story. 3.5 stars.

ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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