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Time and Again (Time and Again: Hornblower-Stone #1-2)

3.75  ·  Rating Details  ·  6,909 Ratings  ·  195 Reviews
A New York Times BestsellerNora Roberts enchants readers with two unique tales about passion so powerful it transcends time. Stranded in the present, 23rd-century time traveler Caleb Hornblower is more concerned about leaving behind beguilingly innocent Liberty Stone in "Time Was." In "Times Change," his cynical brother, Jacob, follows him into the past and is captivated b ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 505 pages
Published April 1st 2006 by Silhouette Books (first published 2002)
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Mary Lynn HR I found it in the shelves at my local Salvation Army Store. Copyright in my copy is 2006 - combined "Time Was" and "Times Change" (original copyright…moreI found it in the shelves at my local Salvation Army Store. Copyright in my copy is 2006 - combined "Time Was" and "Times Change" (original copyright '89 & '90).(less)
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I made a deal with a friend this summer.
This friend read a good amount of romance novels, and much to my chagrin I forgot myself and said something offhandedly disparaging- which was promptly answered with 'Have you ever read one?'
To which I had to say 'No.'
So she suggested that I do so, and then tell her what I thought.
And. Um... I found this one at the library book sale and paid fifty cents for it. And I thought... hmm, time travel, could be good...
Read it pencil in hand, marking it up like a
Jun 09, 2012 Casey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read the first half of the book then skimmed the rest. It was a predictable sleezy romance novel, plain and simple. The thing that bothered me most was the fact that Cal was not even LIKABLE. He was a self centered jerk who showed no true care to Libby's feelings but only to his own desires, and that just sickened me. I'm reading this and thinking, "Okay, so I have this male character who is-of course-oooh so handsome (as is his brother, OF shallow and not realistic but anyhow) and ...more
Jan 29, 2008 Kathrynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Time-Travel Romance
There are two short stories in this book, but they are so similar I was...bored reading the second story. It seemed to me the same story started over, but with different characters.

The first story is with Caleb and Liberty. It was neat. It's a sci/fi (him), timewarp caused time-travel read. I enjoyed it.

The second story is with Caleb's brother and Libertie's sister (Sunny). He's searching for his brother who went missing...Naturally, Caleb and Liberty are out of town while Sunny is staying at th
Jan 25, 2015 Becky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I started reading this book and realized I had read these two stories already. I don't usually read books regarding time travel, but these were so very well done. Fun to see how she described the differences in the times, the people and how they lived in these two different time jumps. The romance was so sweet, it made me tear up at times. Two great reads by Nora Roberts
Aug 24, 2014 Tina rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
Well, I'm a little late posting this review since I finished it about a week ago (and I usually like to post reviews right away). This book has been on my TBR pile for quite some time... well before 2014 rolled around, so I'm glad I finally got to it! I really enjoy time travel novels, though I haven't read many of them yet, and this one didn't disappoint. Time and Again has two novels in it: Time Was and Times Change. Time Was is about Caleb and Libby, how they met, how he ended up in her time. ...more
Kathy Davie
Aug 24, 2013 Kathy Davie rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, sci-fi, homey
Two full-length stories about time travel and two brothers and two sisters (Time and Again: Hornblower-Stone #1-2)

My Take
Time Was and Times Change are both soft romances, but with a twist of time travel tossed in. They're sweet with no great dramas and very predictable.

The Stories
Time Was finds Libby Stone, cultural anthropologist, rescuing Caleb Hornblower when his ship crashes. It's a shy scholar versus the intrepid sky pilot as they each try to understand the other.

It is cute that this man
May 13, 2014 Bar rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I usually find Nora Robert's books to be enjoyable, but I honestly found this one horrible. I don't think it could have been published if it wasn't for the fact that Nora was already an established writer. There were just so many things that irritated me about this novel - maybe it was because when I bought it I had no idea it was Harlequin Romance, or because I didn't read the second part yet, but in my opinion, it was bad. Here's why:

Plot: The plot wasn't well executed. In fact, it seemed almo
Georgia Rose
Oct 18, 2015 Georgia Rose rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I rarely listen to audio books, I don’t seem to be able to fit them successfully into my life at the moment but I should do it more often as there’s something very soothing about being read to. Luke Daniels does an excellent job and it was a recommendation to listen to him that led me to this book in the first place. His voices of each character were spot on and consistent throughout.

Jacob Hornblower goes back in time to find his brother, Caleb, who in Time Was - Time and Again Book 1 fell in lo
Jan 30, 2015 Rexanne rated it really liked it
The plots of the two separate novels in this omnibus certainly intrigued me.
As a lover of time travel romance books and a sucker for books with pretty covers, I wasn't able to resist picking it up, haha.

Time Was tells the story of Caleb and Libby, a man from the future and a woman of the present, respectively.

I found their story a bit slow but it made up in the plot-twisty ending.

Time Change tells the story of JT and Sunny, the brother and sister of Caleb and Libby respectively.

To be honest,
Kim Dreke
Oct 11, 2012 Kim Dreke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. Loved the concept, loved the characters.......but
I would have liked more....Any followups?????
Marge Ungriano
Sep 13, 2015 Marge Ungriano rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anything that made that made u teary eyed or cried deserves a five.
Apr 16, 2010 Kathryn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Nora Roberts! I read all of her books.
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Aug 16, 2013 Nicole rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Time and Again is actually two of Nora's early books, Time Was and Times Change, that were published in the late 80's when she wrote for Silhouette. The first book tells the story of Caleb Hornblower, I man who accidentally enters a time warp while flying a cargo ship in 2250 and is transported 300 years into the past. He lands in the Pacific northwest and meets Liberty Stone who introduces him to the past. The second book is the story of J.T. Hornblower, Caleb's brother, who intentionally trave ...more
Feb 05, 2012 Vanesa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Time And Again was a romance book that was about Cal Hornblower and Jacob Hornblower (J.T) Two brothers that without planning it they end up falling in love while time traveling. Libby stone , and Sunbeam stone, two sisters that fall in love with the Hornblower brothers. Cal accidentally his ship got consumed by a blackhole making crashed into earth 23 centuries back. beautifully Libby sees the accident and manages to help him. Cabin the place they feel in love and at the end Cal stays with her ...more
Oct 22, 2008 Cyrisse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romance readers
Recommended to Cyrisse by: n/a
Shelves: nora-roberts
Time Was
Once when there were only a handful of time travel books they were primarily thought of as science fiction titles with somewhat complicated theories on how time travel was possible. Authors included names like Madeline L'Engle, Alan Brennert, Jack Finney and the gradaddy of them all H.G. Wells. In the last number of years, though, many romance writers and other authors have also enjoyed dabbling in this genre. Today Nora Roberts writing under the pseudonym JD Robb is also well known for
Mar 14, 2008 Bridget rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
I thought this was going to be corny, but I thought I'd try it anyways. I was pleasantly suprised when it was not only well written, but believable, it's amazing in it's detail! I really enjoyed the time travel aspect in both stories. Basicly a man from the future accidently comes in contact with an uncharted worm hole in space it gets whipped back into our time. Crashes in the mountains where a woman who is living at a cabin up there finds him, nurses him back to health. They fall in love. He d ...more
Dec 21, 2014 Viccy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
These two stories were written in 1989 and 1990 and show it. Nora Roberts has grown as an author. But, no one can fault her entertainment value. Keeping it simple to avoid any SF conundrums, both heroes (from the 23rd century) demonstrate proficiency with their instrument panels with not great detail involved. This is a good thing when one is not an SF author. No sticky details involved. But, as always, the love stories shine. And, isn't that really all one wants when reading a Nora Roberts' boo ...more
Apr 02, 2010 Georgia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I began reading this book around the same time I began reading Nora Roberts Going Home. I only started reading this because Going Home was such a great book. Going Home is still my favorite book by Nora Roberts but this one isn't far behind. It has time traveling and love all in one! The thing I like about some of her books is that it is either different books in 1 with the same story line or two books that connect but are different. Time and Again is two books that connect but are different. On ...more
Aug 21, 2015 Paraphrodite rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened, 2015
3.5 stars

The hook for me with these books is Nora Roberts writing Time Travel!

When you ignore all the implausibilities - and you have to with any sort of time travel romances - these were quite readable. I liked that Libby and Cal's quieter romance in "Time Was" made a good contrast to Sunny and J.T.'s more confrontational one in "Times Change".

It was severely lacking in plot (which is unusual as most of her books that I've read have had plenty of plot). I LOVED the futuristic world she built (Mars dust illness, got rid of the need for toothpaste, living on different planets, etc). LOVED it. But she didn't give as many details of it as I would have liked. If she wrote one based in the far future I would love to read it.
Mar 08, 2014 Annamarie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I came across this book in 2004(actually, two books, as it wasn't combined in one volume then) on an exchange shelf at a hotel in Road Town, Tortola. I thought, "What the heck?" I love time travel stories, and this was a perfect, perfect beach read. I had never read anything by Nora Roberts before. It was a delight.
This was two books in one. Both stories were related just two new characters that are related to the characters in the first story. These stories are about time travel. The first story is about a man who is from the future who flies into a black hole that sends him crashing a couple of hundred years into the past. He crashes on a mountain where there happens to be a beautiful woman that nurses him back to good health and then they get involved. He knows he has to tell her that he is from the fut ...more
Renee Cioffi
Oct 10, 2014 Renee Cioffi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved, loved, loved, loved these stories! Nora Roberts is an amazing author. I found myself rereading them over and over again. Even after I was done, these stories stuck with me for a while. I'd certainly read it again, and I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a sweet, adorable read.
L.A. Zoe
Of course Nora is a master of romance, but these were early novels. Also, she tried to combine science fiction with the romance, bringing two men from the future (brothers) to meet and fall in love with two sisters in the present. One brother romancing one sister in each novel. It's a fun experiment, but assumes people several hundred years in the future will speak present-day English. And the spaceships the two men operate . . . she tries to make that element both credible and dramatic, but fai ...more
Jan 29, 2016 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
This was my first Nora Roberts book and I liked it a lot. The second story isn't completely necessary but I can appreciate family relationships added to romance novels. I think it gives them a bit more of a connection to the readers.
Apr 12, 2015 Elisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i didnt think nora could pull this kinda genre off but wow she really did!!! eventho the scifi and the future not really stand out, but the romance is really cute and funny!
Feb 10, 2014 Sonja rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the BEST Nora Roberts books I've read in a long time...
Time Travel & Romance --- it just doesn't get any better than this!
Kerry Kenney
Nov 15, 2015 Kerry Kenney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Time travel romance happily including two stories in one, an easy read. Fun book. My friend lent it to me, wouldn't want to buy it but glad to read it as a beach book.
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Nora Roberts was born in Silver Spring, Maryland. She began writing when a blizzard in February 1979 kept her in her hilltop home with a three and six year old for nearly a week of canceled kindergarten and dwindling chocolate supplies.

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Time and Again: Hornblower-Stone (2 books)
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