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Book Review: Another Time, Another Love by Vivian Schurfranz






Title: Another Time, Another Love

Author: Vivian Schurfranz

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Beginning Thoughts:

When I first read this book, I was in Intermediate school. I had found it in the library and, after checking it out once, I had fallen in love with it...until I lost it when I was only half way through (long story). I scoured every library and bookstore I could (this was before our friend the internet) to find it again because I just had to know the rest of the story! Eventually I found a copy, the very copy I read for this review. Anyway, I read it and re-read it I don't know how many times for the rest of my Intermediate School Career and even at least once I moved up to high school, when I decided the book was "too easy" for me and I packed it away. Recently. I found my cherished copy again and was super excited to read it again and see if it stood up to the the enduring memories I had of it from my childhood.


What's it about?

It's Christmas time and Cathy is excited. Well, mostly. She's excited to spend more time with her super busy college boyfriend Mike, and she's excited to visit her Aunt Hannah and Uncle Frank in Princeton. What she's not excited for is her mom's boyfriend, Zack. So when it's time for her to board the plane from Chicago to Princeton in Christmas day, she feels as if no one will miss her at home. After all, her boyfriend canceled more plans with her then he kept and Zack seemed to be worming his way into everyone's affections but hers. So, since everyone seems to have someone or something else to consume their time and their minds, she doubts that her being gone will leave much of a gap.


And then she gets to Princeton where her Aunt Hannah and Uncle Frank pick her up at the air port. They are homey and sweet, with almost a country feel about them. They show her around, and even introduce her to other kids her age. While she adores Susan, a girl who works at Aunt Hannah's antique shop where Cathy's thrilled to get to help at, and Susan's brother Bryan (he's a heart breaker), she finds that her absolute favorite resident of Princeton is not only unlikely, but dead.


Edward is a British solider who lost his life in a battle against non other then George Washington's troops during the Revolutionary War. Now Cath finds herself juggling spending time with her aunt and uncle, building a friendship that she'll value forever with Susan while casually dating Bryan (while trying not to fall for him) all while being whisked off her feet by the ghost of man who lost his life trying to keep her country from breaking away from England. Now she's got to decide, will she break up with Mike for one of her Princeton boys? Will she give up her life to be with Edward? Will she accept Zack? There's just so many questions to answer!


Favorites:


Favorite Characters: I think my favorite character was Hannah. She was sweet, understanding and she had her share of wisdom. Of course, the fact that she had her own shop filled with things she loved didn't hurt my ability to relate to her.


Least Favorite Characters: Cathy. Yep. This is when it starts to be revealed that no, this book did not quit reach the epic-ness that I remembered it being as a child. I disliked the main character. I found her to be spoiled, selfish, self centered and immature. Yes. I know she was a teenager. Yes. I know I need to take that into consideration. I did. And still, I found her to be annoying and inconsiderate. I hated how she was infatuated with whichever boy was in front of her and thought far more about herself then any of them or how hurt she would leave them. I hated that she disliked Zack so much for little to no reason and, in the process, couldn't even get over herself for her mother's sake.


Favorite Part: My favorite parts were when Cathy and Hannah were in the store together. I'm really not sure why, but those parts just made me happy. I'm not even an antiques kind of person and the store made me happy and felt like home to me.


Other Thoughts:

I remember falling in love with the premise of the story before I even cracked the book open. I still like the premise of the book, however, I couldn't help but to question my middle school me's t