But Not Forever

A Novel

“Satisfying romance, a good comeuppance, and a plan that comes together all add up to a great read. A time-travel story that entertains with distinct characters, well-observed details, and an exciting finish.”
Kirkus Reviews

Could she be everything you aren’t, but somehow—still be you?

It’s the year 2015 and Sonnet McKay is the smarty-pants daughter of a globe-trotting diplomat, home for the summer from her exotic life. Everything would be perfect if not for her stunning sister, whose bright star has always left her in the shadows. In 1895, passionate Emma Sweetwine is trapped in a Victorian mansion, dreaming of wings to fly her far beyond her lonesome mountain home. As the mistreated daughter of the richest man in town, she lives with the heartbreaking knowledge that her mother loves her brothers but doesn’t love her.

In the same house at the same moment, 120 years apart, fierce storms attack and the identical fifteen-year-olds are mysteriously switched in time. As both girls struggle to adapt to this sudden change, destiny intervenes—Sonnet falls in love with a boy and Emma falls in love with a life—and in both their new worlds, astonishing family secrets are discovered. Torn, both girls find themselves wanting to go home yet reluctant to give up what they now have.

But Not Forever is an enchanting story of love and longing, and the heart’s ultimate quest to find where it belongs.

Author: Jan Von Schleh

Publication Date: June 12, 2018

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“Satisfying romance, a good comeuppance, and a plan that comes together all add up to a great read. A time-travel story that entertains with distinct characters, well-observed details, and an exciting finish.”
Kirkus Reviews

“I stayed up well past my bedtime, devouring this charming, vividly imagined time-travel story. Jan Von Schleh plumbs the drama of her twin heroines’ dilemma with evocative period details, a cast of fully realized characters, and lots and lots of heart.”
—Pam McGaffin, author of The Leaving Year

“Outstanding. I hadn’t intended to stay up late, but, honestly your story is just so good, I had to finish it.”
—Sam Morton, author of Jericho Road

“From the heart-thumping opening lines of But Not Forever, one begins a thrilling journey from 2015 to 1895 and back again. Set in an abandoned mansion in the romantically named place, Monte Cristo, Jan Von Schleh has a beautiful, fresh style that deftly straddles the two eras.”
—Rohini Sunderam writing as Zohra Saeed, author of Desert Flower

About the Author

Jan Von Schleh is a third-generation Seattleite who has lived and worked around the world in fascinating places including Zimbabwe, Nicaragua, Democratic Republic of Congo, Turkmenistan, and the Kingdom of Bahrain. When she’s not writing, she likes to explore ancient buildings wherever she can find them and wonder about the stories they would tell—if only they could talk. She is sure that whatever those stories are, they most probably have to do with love.

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