A Witch in Time

Orbit. Feb. 2020. 448p. ISBN 9780316493598. $26. F
DEBUT Juliet LaCompte is a teenager cursed by her mother, a minor witch, to fall in love with a man who will never love her the same way for eternity. When she dies, she is reborn and the cycle starts again. Traveling to late 19th-century France, 1930s Hollywood, 1970s Southern California, and contemporary Washington, DC, Sayers weaves a complicated tale of romance by introducing more memories of her demon lover in Juliet’s modern reincarnation, Helen. In each new life, she is doomed to repeat the mistakes of her past with a twist: She remembers each life she’s lived, even though she’s not supposed to. Things come to a head when Helen meets her lover again, but this time she only has one month to figure out how to stop the curse. Sayers’s strength lies in her characters; both major and minor players are realistic and fascinating.
VERDICT Sayers weaves deep historical context with rich characterizations to create a melancholic novel, reminiscent of Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Traveler’s Wife and Diana Gabaldon’s “Outlander” series that readers of historical fiction and romance will enjoy.
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