"An intriguing time travel futuristic romance"
The pandemic plague devastated the world especially women;
few females remain available and the competition for them
can be fierce. Most men choose a seemingly easier route to
finding a wife. They transport someone from the past
through the work of artists like the painter Conlean.
In 2005 Philadelphia, research geneticist Jordan studies
fertility. However, her work abruptly ends when Conlean's
portrait of her pulls her into his time period. She rejects
the notion of becoming a fixture on her host's keeper shelf
as a consort to Conlean's sire would be, but also finds
herself attracted to the artist who brought her through
time. Still she wants to go back home as being a prized
pampered possession grows tedious and not allowed any risk
or work is too difficult on her active mind. Although she
feels she belongs in 2005, she also find Conlean's arms
feel better than anyone or thing she ever felt before.
PORTRAIT OF A BRIDE is an intriguing time travel futuristic
romance that paints an interesting future of a world in
which the scarcity of females has led the gender to become
a valuable commodity. The story line contains a triangle of
sorts, but what makes the tale work is the displaced
Jordan. She feels hyperactive in this realm that reminds
her more of the Dark Ages than her time or how she
envisioned the distant future. Science fiction romance
readers will appreciate this fine tale that hopefully will
have more Tracy Fobes' stories occur in this "devastated"
Reviewed by Harriet Klausner
Posted December 28, 2004
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted November 26, 2006
What if there were no daughters, no women, no wives?
What if an artist could capture the femininity, the sensuality, the very spirit of his subjects? An artist so skilled and dedicated that he could paint the sweet curve of a cheek, the fire in a flashing eye, the lush promise of every mans fantasy and bring her to life, transported from another place and time, ready for the marriage bed of wealthy patrons.
What if such a man accepted the honor of creating a consort for his own father, a queen for his people, yet found her irresistible loveliness a temptation too powerful to resist? For this was no pliant, submissive female, but a brilliant scientist, a bold innovator, a daring lover. And her retrieval from modern-day Philadelphia would forever change Blackfell and the Pygmalion who dared to create his ideal . . . Portrait of a Bride.