Synopses & Reviews
What if the first day of your relationship was the only day you had?
Seventeen-year-old Sara is a seeker. She's always on the lookout for the perfect moment to capture with her ever-present camera, especially on her first trip to New York City.
Sam is a finder. He has a knack for finding what other people can't, whether it's a first-edition book or the last two tickets to a sold-out Broadway show. In New York, there is always something interesting to find.
When Sam and Sara cross paths, neither one of them is prepared for what they will find out about each other—and about themselves. Forming an unlikely partnership in search of an elusive work of art, they're racing against time to set things right for everyone. Did fate bring their talents together for a reason, or will this one day be both a hello and a good-bye?
"In a time when copycats abound, Mangum has created a unique story with interesting characters and an intriguing plot. And because Hourglass centers on relationships, fantastical elements feel believable rather than, well, fantastical."-Deseret News
“Give yourself time to read them because once you begin, you won’t be able to stop!”—Holly Newton, Meridian Magazine
"The Hourglass Door has everything: a heroine who is genuine, strong, and lovable; an interesting and compelling love story; gorgeous language, fast pacing, and an intricate and exciting plot. For readers who have been waiting for the next book to sweep them off their feet-this is it."—Ally Condie, New York Times bestselling author
Benjamin Franklin Gold Medal Teen Fiction
"A tense and believable romance. Sam and Sara’s searching, thoughtful conversations form the heart of this story about letting go of the past and gaining the freedom to become an artist."—Publishers Weekly
"Teens who appreciate more romantic fiction will love the instant spark Sam and Sara feel toward each other as well as the rewarding ending. . . . The subtlety and liveliness she brings to her characters, as well as the lovely themes about relationships make for a sensitive young-adult novel."—ForeWord Reviews
"[A] sweet and bubbly romance...[it] is beyond adorable! An enchanting book."—Ally Condie, author of the New York Times bestselling Matched trilogy
"Mangum's book flowed smoothly and effortlessly and led me through a tale I'll not soon forget."---teensreadtoo.com, 5-star rating, Gold Star Award
His past. Her future. Can love bring them together in time?
Abby's senior year of high school is going according to plan: good friends, cute boyfriend, and college applications in the mail. But when Dante Alexander, foreign-exchange student from Italy, steps into her life, he turns it upside down. He's mysterious, and interesting, and unlike anyone she's ever met before. Abby can't deny the growing attraction she feels for him. Nor can she deny the unusual things that seem to happen when Dante is around. Soon Abby finds herself drawn into a mystery whose roots reach into sixteenth-century Florence, and she uncovers a dangerous truth that threatens not only her future but the lives of those she loves.
The only way to rescue the future is to alter the past.
When Abby stepped through the hourglass door, leaving her beloved Dante blind and bleeding on the other side, it was in full faith that she could find a way to repair the damage to the river of time and restore him—as well as her family. It was a desperate chance that seemed worth taking.
But Zo had other plans.
Now Abby is trapped in a full-fledged battle for her own mind and life and heart. Even worse, Zo's evil intent reaches beyond simple revenge against her and Dante. The whole world is in danger of collapsing unless Abby can summon her courage and undertake a journey that will lead her beyond the origins of the hourglass door.
About the Author
Lisa Mangum has worked with books ever since elementary school, when she volunteered at the school library during recess. She worked in a bookstore while attending the University of Utah, graduating with honors with a degree in English. In addition to her writing career she works as a book publishing professional.