"Time travel treat for the Fall"
"The Colors of Autumn" by Carol Finch
Julia Harper is a very modern woman. She is in Bugtussle,
Texas painting a mural for the annual fall festival. For
kicks, she decides to paint herself into the mural, and
finds herself catapulted back in time to 1880 Bugtussle...
and the life of Win Calloway. Win is the man her very heart
desires, but can she overcome her fears from her modern
life to stay with him forever?
This was a cute story with a unique method of time travel
being used. The attraction between Win and Julia is
immediate, much to the dismay of Trudy Fletcher, the
token "spoiled rich girl" character, who wants Win for
herself. Julia's performances as the actress everyone
mistook her for, are exciting, turning the town on its ear,
and adding some truly lively moments to the story.
"Autumn Lover" by Kathryn Fox Leigh Hunter has a high
profile career in television production. Suddenly one day
it hits her that she takes no joy in life anymore. She
purchases a holiday pumpkin and when she holds it, she
finds herself transported back to 1899 and in to the life
of Matthew Sutton. Leigh is in the body of Matthew's mail-
order bride and falling in love with her new husband. Can
she remain happy in the past?
This was a good story, in spite of the rather lame type of
time travel method used. However, Ms. Fox took a tried and
true plot and made it her own. Leigh's doubts and fears are
portrayed vividly, as is the love Matthew has for his
bride. One will fall in love with Matthew and hope for the
happy ending he deserves.
"An Autumn Bouquet" by Linda Madl Jennifer Hollis is the
public relations manager for the historic Apple Grove House
and is there for her wedding, hoping the publicity will
help prevent it from being destroyed for a theme park. Her
fiancé has left her at the altar however and as she tries
to figure out what to do, she is sent back in time at the
flash of a camera. Now she finds herself in 1861 and saying
her vows to Union officer Captain Bennett Vance. Jen can't
help but fall in love with the dashing soldier, but can't
stop the guilt she feels over abandoning Apple Grove House
when it needed her in the future. Now to decide, should she
stay or should she return home? And, whatever will she do
This was probably the favorite story of this reviewer, in
this book. It was a lovely story, even in spite of the
sometimes violent background of the Civil War. There is
plenty of passion between the characters, and Jen's dilemma
just adds to it. But this is one story that reminds the
reader that fate often finds a way all of its own, to make
a person's dreams come true.
All in all, this was a delightful volume of stories which
take place during one of the best times of the year... the
chill air and beautiful scents and sounds of yet another
Timeless Autumn. It is definitely a worthy read, which will
help to keep one warm at night during this delightful time
of year where summer and winter meet and clash.
© Kelley A Hartsell, 2002. All rights reserved.
Courtesy Love Romances
Posted January 25, 2002
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted November 19, 2006