Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme that highlights books soon to be released, the ones we’re excited about but haven’t read yet. It’s hosted by Wishful Endings, and was formerly hosted by Breaking the Spine. Y’all can check out all of this week’s Can’t-Wait Wednesday posts here.
Title: Before Time Runs Out
Series: Charles & Company Romance, #1
Author: Amy Matayo
Genre: Romance, Time Travel
Publication Date: March 9, 2021
Publisher: LongMill Press
Graduate student Bree Sanders is failing the one class she needs to get her degree. So when her professor gives her an ultimatum—ace her dissertation or risk having to repeat her final semester—she knows she has to pull out all the stops. After scrambling for an idea, she decides to create her own Ghost Club, a club that blames ghosts for unsolved crimes, the same type of club originally founded two centuries ago by Charles Dickens.
What she doesn’t expect is to find an original copy of one of Dickens’ early works, or to be transplanted into Dickens’s actual ghost club meeting, circa 1870, the instant she picks it up.
When Bree shows up in nineteenth-century England wearing cut-offs and an old t-shirt, her only option is to hide. The Cambridge of 1870 won’t look kindly on a woman dressed like her. So, when Theodore Keyes finds her tucked behind a bookcase at the Trinity College library and immediately demands to know where she came from, she knows he doesn’t belong here either. Turns out she’s right; the same book caused him to time-travel from 1947 almost three months ago and he’s been stuck in England since.
Together, the two vow to work side-by-side in their search for the lost book that will take them home. But as their feelings for one another deepen, Theo and Bree are caught between a desire to return to the lives they each left behind, and the knowledge that if they find the book, they won’t be able to leave together.
In the end, they each must decide which sacrifice is worth making—the one that will cost them their hearts, or the one that could cost them their very existence.
If you followed my previous blog, you may have heard me mention Amy Matayo before. (You can see what I thought of her book, The Waves, here.) I’ve never considered myself a huge romance reader. But Ms. Matayo writes books that are more than “just” romance. Her characters are wonderfully drawn, and there’s always some adventure, some tension, and in this case, time travel! I can’t wait to get my hands on this one, and since it’s coming out March 9, huzzah, I don’t have to wait for long.
If it sounds like your cup of tea, you can preorder Before Time Runs Out here (affiliate link).