I enjoyed parts of “Until Next Time” – but at the end of it – wasn’t completely sure what type of book I’d just read. At times it felt like a romance, at times a treatise on religion & spirituality, and much of the time it was a political statement about the violent situation in Northern Ireland.As the subject danced around, so did the writing style. The book begins in the point of view of a young man named Sean. His voice comes across as belligerent, skeptical and far younger than one might expect. The style is choppy and sometimes seems very juvenile. As the book continues, though, he sometimes has thoughts that seem FAR more mature than he is. This voice is introspective, worldly and very wise – and although the events of the story try to lay the groundwork for that change – it feels off. He starts out the book with a variety of curses and complaints, and sounding like an aimless but angry teenager, but then less than halfway through, (and before any major changes) comes across sounding completely different.“But even in that moment – even as I thought about telling her how deeply I cared for her – some part of me knew it wouldn’t last. It wasn’t that I regretted what happened, and I knew that I could probably spend years getting to know her, loving every moment. She was beautiful on every level, and I knew she would always challenge me. But it would never be complete. It would never feel as if I couldn’t breathe without her next to me. It would always feel like she were standing in for someone else. Who that was, I didn’t know yet, but I knew she was still out there somewhere, even in those first few moments with Anne.”This is about a young woman who he just met…1-2 days before?The one part of the book that will stay with me was the perspective on the Irish – ways of life and loving and fighting. Part Irish myself, I appreciated phrases like; “Smiling women and singing children had perpetual tears in their eyes, as did the angry and defiant young men. The Irish character that I’d seen and never understood my whole life was suddenly on the surface and visible here, tears and laughter so intertwined they were inseparable.”That is beautifully written, and was more of the book similar to that; I would have enjoyed it more. But this mix of politics, romance, spirituality and violence just didn’t capture me as much as I’d hoped.