Until Next Time follows angels Emily and Matt as they are sent on assignment to Earth to mend the lives of the souls they embody. The story telling starts with the end, as Matt and Emily hate to love each other with the weary hearts of those who have seen tragedy and loss. The story then takes us into their first Earthly assignment as Liz and Daniel, 1890’s Irish teens whose friendship just can’t seem to find their niche. While Emily and Matt only retain certain memories of their heavenly lives, as Liz and Daniel sleep Emily and Matt are once again in heaven, recounting everything to their superiors; Saints John, Matthew, Mark, and Luke. Yes, those saints.
Confused yet? Yeah, count me in. I still don’t think I fully grasp the essential premise. It came across strongly that Matt/Daniel loved, almost desperately, Emily/Liz. However, Emily/Liz’s feelings were much more fleeting and shallow. Neither girl seemed to feel much remorse for leaving behind the love of their lives, or gratitude for the males who consistently kept them out of harm’s way. There were strange scene shifts where large events were only marginally explained after said event. I was left scrambling flipping between pages to make sure I had not missed one. There were some odd heavenly scenes where the stress of the Earthly lives at stake seemed to have no influence on Emily, as she jokes around with the saints and engages in an awful lot of horseplay with men who are supposed to be wise elderly leaders of everything in existence.
The premise that love conquers all and soul mates will find each other, on earth and in heaven, speaks volumes to the romantic nature of Until Next Time. The heaven setting descriptions were stunning, and not to sound redundant, heavenly. Gold gates, white fluffy clouds, sweet happy old men, the whole nine yards. That being said, the attempt seemed sophomoric due to the bouncing around of character shifts and settings. I believe readers will think highly of Matt and Daniel, while having an aversion toward Emily and Liz. If only the female leads were as high of caliber as the males of Until Next Time. Nevertheless, the book rings with the message of never-ending hope.
How does a girl choose between the one who steals her heart and the one who owns her soul?
Matt and Emily were created for a specific job. Raised and trained as the ultimate angel/warrior team, they are sent down to save, defend, judge and forgive, depending on the 'life' they've been assigned. What they don't realize is that the power of human emotions, such as love, anger, passion and fear can take over even the best of souls, causing them to make mistakes and follow paths that lead to confusion and heartache.
When the reason for their training is finally revealed, the angel/warrior team find themselves thrust into a world they know nothing about. Matt takes over the life of Daniel, a young man with a great deal of baggage. Emily becomes Liz, a girl living in a remote village who relies on nothing more than her own strength to survive. A violent storm erupts one night, and framed in the window of Liz's establishment is a frightening face. Let in by the soul of a Good Samaritan, the two visitors bring with them a past full of secrets that could literally change an angel's path and a warrior's plans.
From murder to redemption, this angel/warrior team must find a way to keep the faith they have in each other in a world that's ripping them apart.