Still mourning the loss of her beloved grandmother and shaken by her mysterious, dying request to “find the baby,” Abbi has just arrived at UW Madison for her freshman year. But on her second day, she wakes up to a different world: 1983. That is just the first stop on Abbi’s journey backward through time. Will is a charming college freshman from 1927 who travels forward through time. When Abbi and Will meet in the middle, love adds another complication to their lives. Communicating across time through a buried time capsule, they try to decode the mystery of their travel, find the lost baby, and plead with their champion, a kindly physics professor, to help them find each other again ... even though the professor gets younger each time Abbi meets him. This page-turning story full of romance, twists, and delightful details about campus life then and now will stay with readers long after the book’s satisfying end.
Abbi Thorp is excited to start college at the University of Wisconsin, but she s still carrying the pain of her grandmother s recent death; Abbi has her grandmother s hatbox with her, which is filled with photos and memories, and the fact that she is attending her adventurous grandmother s alma mater also brings comfort. However, Abbi is haunted by some of Grandma s last words (including a request to find the baby ) and a note in the hatbox that expresses hope that Abbi will find the answers that she never could. When Abbi awakens one morning in the year 1983, she s stunned but then meets Professor W.C. Smith, who knows who she is and where she comes from. Thrown into a mystery that may affect her future, Abbi finds a fellow time traveler in the handsome Will. Stanton s (the Jamieson Brothers series) breezy time-jumping romance doesn t break new ground and the conclusion is overly tidy, but Abbi s interactions with family members she has never met are charming, and snapshots of college life in different time periods add interest. Ages 14 up.