Riley’s second Off the Map novel picks up just where Upside Down left off, with Talia Stolfi and Bran Lockhart excited to be living together at the University of Tasmania but anxious about how little time they have together: Talia has a four-month visa to complete her thesis, and Bran is in a one-year honors program. OCD-plagued Talia feels her noisy brain quiet down when Bran is near, but she yearns to do a Peace Corps stint and wants Bran to pursue his Antarctica dream. Snarly Bran has past hurts so raw they cloud his judgment for any solution other than for Talia to be physically at his side, but Talia fears what will happen to them as a couple if they do not pursue their goals. The dual perspectives, short chapters, and internal conversations build to page-turning tension. This engaging middle book is more than just a setup for the finale; readers will wonder who will blink first, hoping that both characters can find ways to follow their individual dreams while still being happy together. Agent: Emily Kim, Prospect Agency. (July)
It was only meant to last the summer . . .
Talia Stolfi has seen more than her share of loss in her twenty-one years. But then fate brought her Bran Lockhart, and her dark world was suddenly and spectacularly illuminated. So if being with Bran means leaving her colorless SoCal life for rugged and wild Australia, then that's what she'll do. But as much as Talia longs to give herself over completely to a new beginning, the fears of her past are still lurking in the shadows.
Bran Lockhart knows that living without the beautiful girl who stole his heart will be torment, so he'll take whatever time with her he can. But even though she has packed up her life in California and is back in his arms for the time being, she can't stay forever. And the remaining time they have together is ticking by way too fast. Though fate seems determined to tear them apart, they won't give up without a fight-because while time may have limits, their love is infinite . . .