In Once Again, by Amy Durham we meet sixteen year old Layla Bradford. Her parents recently purchased String City, a guitar store, and moved the family from Nashville to Sky Cove, Maine. On her first day at Sky Cove Senior High, Layla meets Lucas Ellis, one of the cutest, and nicest, boys at school. After Lucas stands up to some other students in Layla’s defense, they become friends, and Layla tries not to get her hopes up for more. Soon, they discover that there may be a connection between them that goes back over a hundred years, and that someone from the past may be out to get them.
Once Again is a young adult novel written in first person, which is perfect for this book. The love story between Layla and Lucas builds appropriately, faster than normal due to the history between them, but not so fast as to be unbelievable. My only complaint was that it was not very difficult to figure out who among their classmates was a figure from their past. I enjoyed this book thoroughly and I am looking forward to reading the second book in this series.
Reincarnation sucks! Unless it comes with a cute guy. That’s what sixteen year-old Layla Bradford discovers when she moves to Sky Cove, Maine, a small-town she thought was ordinary, but turns out to be an episode of “Cold Case” on steroids.
Layla doesn’t want to fit in; she wants to blend in and stay out of the spotlight. But the spotlight is where she winds up when she catches the eye of school cross-country star and all-around-nice-guy Lucas Ellis. She quickly learns there’s more at stake than high school reputations when she and Lucas discover they are the reincarnations of a young married couple from the mid-1800s who suffered a horrible tragedy at the hands of a madman who was never brought to justice. After a series of frightening visions show Layla and Lucas glimpses of their past-lives, they realize that the villain of their previous existence has also been reincarnated, in the form of a fellow high school student who targets them with teenage pranks that soon turn dangerous. As they grow closer, will Layla and Lucas be able to uncover the truth in time to stop the same tragedy from unfolding once again?