"a truly moving and thought provoking story"
Kirkinwall, Scotland, 1718. Magda McClellan is eight
months pregnant with her and Davy's first child and she
couldn't be happier with her life. When Auld Annie, an
obscure and wise woman, is accused of witchcraft, Maggie
cannot turn away and helps her. Impressed with the young
woman's generous heart, Annie offers to grant a wish in
return. Being that she is happy, Maggie refuses. But when
strange dreams haunt her, she cannot help but worry that
Annie may indeed have some power over her.
New York, New York, 2002. Maggie McDonald and her husband,
David, are in desperate want of a child. When Maggie goes
in for a procedure, they meet a strange nurse that
promises them a baby, if it is there wish. Maggie finds
herself quite out of her element when she awakens to find
herself pregnant...and not in New York anymore. Who is the
large man that calls her Magda, and more importantly,
where is Magda? Trapped in eighteenth century Scotland,
she will have to figure out how to switch her and Magda
back before it's too late. Meanwhile, Magda must learn to
deal with the hustle and bustle of the twenty-first
century and the heavy heart that comes along with her.
Both desperately search for answers, to their dilemma and
their confused hearts.
A Wish in Time takes one of the most entertaining genres
of romance, the time travel, and combines it with a unique
plot to produce a truly moving and thought provoking
story. It's the typical "we're not in Kansas" feel for
both women, but how they handle their individual dilemmas
is what's interesting. Maggie takes on the then primitive
livelihood of Scotland with spirit and determination as
she puzzles out the mystery of how she came to be there.
Magda, in many ways, has much more to overcome, being
brought up with an entirely different set of ideals when
it comes to hearth and home. Both women will discover new
sides to themselves that they never knew and learn again
what is most important in their lives. I sniffled many a
time over this one and loved the movement between the two
time periods. The author's style changes subtly for each
woman's circumstances, stark and clean for the poor Magda,
then bold and fiery for Maggie, caught as she is in that
tempestuous time period. It brought to mind one of my
favorite authors and I dare say other fans of Barbara
Delinsky will love this wonderful tale of love that spans
Reviewed by Kenda Montgomery
Posted April 23, 2007
In eighteenth-century Scotland, Magda McClellan, eight months pregnant, is granted one wish from Auld Annie, an old woman accused of witchcraft. But Magda declines to use her wish because she is perfectly happy; besides, she doesn’t believe in witches. Little does she know how that refusal will forever change her life.
In twenty-first century New York, Maggie McDonald and her husband desperately want to have a child. While they wait for a procedure at a fertility clinic, a Scottish nurse named Annie promises to grant them a baby…if that’s their wish. When Maggie awakens, she finds herself round with child in the eighteenth century and panics.
Magda has also been catapulted through time, waking up in a hospital bed in New York—and she’s not pregnant anymore. When she goes home with a man who claims to be her husband, she searches for clues to the identity of this Maggie McDonald, whose body she now inhabits. Why is Magda here? And why is she no longer pregnant?
As the two women become familiar with their new worlds, they find themselves on emotional paths of self-discovery—but will they find the way home before it’s too late?