"Multifaceted Time Travel Debut"
A severe storm separates Lt. Carly Callahan from her
squadron, The Jolly Rogers, while attempting to land on the
an aircraft carrier. Engine failure forces her to eject.
Struggling in the turbulent sea, Carly notices two wooden
antique battle ships engage each other. Believing it to be
a reenactment or a scene from a movie, Carly cries for help.
She is rescued by Sir Andrew Spence, who is also under
false illusions. The year is 1821. Andrew has just sunk the
ship carrying the fiancé of the Duke of Westbridge, the man
who had been responsible for the deaths of his family.
Andrew had sworn revenge. He had planned to kidnap the
man's bride for ransom. Though forced to a life of piracy,
Andrew was a good man at heart and had no wish to have the
death of another innocent on his soul.
Though Carly is older and much fairer than he'd thought
Amanda Paxton to be, he cannot swallow the story Carly
wishes him to believe. For her part Carly cannot believe
she's traveled back through time. However the evidence is
rapidly stacking up.
Attraction flares between them, but not even to avenge his
family will he dishonor another man's bride. Andrew begins
to have terrifying recurring dreams in which Carly is once
more drowning, but he is unable to save her. What is odd is
that he always sees a working version of a flying machine
that only exists on paper in his time. What does it all
mean? Will Carly be able to convince Andrew of her true
identity before she is given up to the dreadful duke? Will
Andrew ever be able to admit his love for her? Will she
even be able to stay with him in this time?
There are so many wonderful aspects of this book. Carly and
Andrew are kindred spirits. Both have experienced
abandonment, loneliness, betrayal, and grief. You just want
to cry for them. Yet the tale is fraught with humor as the
two dance around each other. By some miracle they remain
unspoiled by their experiences. They are both strong,
caring, and kind, with a great capacity for love. The
sexual tension is delicious, a nice balance of passion and
romance. And lets not forget the irony and symbolism
throughout that makes the ending believable.
The final plot twist was completely unexpected. It is
impossible to fathom how such a thing could occur,
nevertheless it leaves the reader filled with wonder and
utterly satisfied. It is perhaps one of the sweetest and
most richly deserved happily ever afters I have read many
Copyright © 2000
Reviewed by Leslie Tramposch
Posted August 21, 2001