Impatient to meet Kate Forster after corresponding with her two years into the future, Alex Wyler eventually tracks down his 'present-day' Kate at her boyfriend's party but he doesn't mention their exchange of letters to her because she did not 'know' him at that time. Knowing Kate's love of the story Persuasion he is quickly able to build a rapport and - in a touching and intimate scene - they actually kiss.
From what I can remember things end badly as Alex and Kate are discovered by Kate's boyfriend(!) and the young lady who accompanied Alex to the party.
Even so it is surprising that Alex seems to totally give up on pursuing Kate in 'his' time and resumes corresponding with Kate in 'the future' instead. Why was this?