"A good time travel anthology"
"Beyond the Call" by Sandra Davidson
Amanda Davis was a modern woman. She was a doctor who gave
up practicing medicine in the wake of a life-altering
tragedy. She joined her sister's archeological expedition
at the Shiloh Battlefield and found a ghost. Kenneth
Campbell was a Confederate Officer, who had been killed at
Shiloh. Amanda uncovers his grave, quite by accident, and
finds the minie ball responsible for taking his life.
Suddenly, she finds herself thrust back in time, sent to
rescue Ken and his daughter, Emily, from death. Amanda
comes to realize she will sacrifice everything for the love
This is an intriguing tale by Ms. Davidson, using a
slightly different method of time-travel in this story. The
addition of a ghost or two adds dimension. Add a nasty
villain and everything is here. The characters are loveable
and the villain despicable. This is a pleasurable read and
one can't help loving Amanda and Ken.
"Chances Are" by Lisa Plumley
Haley Madison is a genealogist researching the Chance
family for a client. She is touring the old homestead of
Matt Chance and picks up an antique perfume bottle. A wish
and a prayer...and a dab of perfume later, Haley finds her
self face to face with Matt Chance himself. She has been
transported back in time to 1895. Finally, Haley has a
chance to experience the love of a family that she has
always longed for. Matt and his children, Rebecca and
Jacob, are everything she has ever desired and she takes it
upon herself to return happiness and laughter to Matt's
family. Now Haley has to decide... should she stay with
Matt's family or return to her own time?
Another good story for this collection. Ms. Plumley uses
just the right blend or seriousness, humor, and sensual
attraction, between her characters. Haley is convinced no
one can ever love her and Matt thinks everyone he loves
will leave him. One will become endeared to Matt and Haley,
and the children, from the moment they meet; and the reader
will be cheering them on to a happy ending from the moment
a more than slightly befuddled Haley meets an equally
"Come the Spring" by Cynthia Thomason
Joanna Archer is an interior decorator. A spur of the
moment decision leads her to a garage sale where she finds
an antique photo album. Perusing the book, she comes across
a picture of Clayton Hardesty and is immediately attracted
to him. Another sudden decision has her flying from Ft.
Lauderdale to Atlanta to return the album to the remaining
members of the Hardesty family. While crossing a ravine to
get to the old Hardesty homestead, she is hurtled 100 years
into the past and comes face to face with the man himself!
Now she has to make a choice whether to remain with this
family she has grown to love or to return to her own time
Yet another interesting tale to round out this collection.
Ms. Thomason's plot mechanism for travelling through time
is unique, but it works. The chemistry between Clayton and
Joanna is immediate and long term, in spite of Clayton's
refusal to believe Joanna's story. Lila, Clayton's
grandmother was a delightful addition. Definitely a good
story to read.
This collection was a fascinating one. An interesting
common thread between the three stories is the fact that
all three heroines lack a family and desire one. Amanda in
Beyond the Call and Haley in Chances Are are both orphans,
though Amanda does have her sister. Joanna in Come the
Spring is an only child of a single mother, who died many
years ago. All three want nothing more than a family to
love them. Make the season a TIMELESS SPRING by reading
© Kelley A. Hartsell, 2001. All rights reserved.
Courtesy Love Romances
Posted October 22, 2001
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted November 19, 2006