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"fascinating, beautifully written, and suspenseful"

Two women, two men, two periods in history—A Wish in Time by Laurel Bradley brings two couples together in the quest for a child. Maggie wants a child, Magda's birthing time is almost near. Auld Annie, 18th Century witch, offers a wish to reward Magda's kindness. Magda has no need of a wish. She's happy with her life and with her loving husband, Davy. Maggie and David, 21st Century lovers, want a baby and are willing to endure a medical procedure to accomplish it. Inexplicably, Magda and Maggie are switched, thrust into each other's lives and times.

Each woman struggles to adapt to the century she finds herself in and struggles to keep her own identity. Complicating matters are Davy and David, the husbands, and their growing attraction to the women in their lives. After all, the physical appearance is the familiar one that they've loved for years.

Double complicating the plot, each woman falls in love with the man she's living with. Why were Maggie and Magda switched? To what end? One is still ripe with unborn child, and one is still barren. Finally, Auld Annie makes an appearance in both centuries and the mysteries start to unravel to lead the way for each woman to go home.

A Wish in Time is a love story spanning centuries—love for husband, love for child, love of music and family and home. It asks a host of questions: Do you believe in reincarnation? Does the soul live on over and over in different lives? What sacrifice will you make to have your own child?

The story is simple and complex at the same time. I can't even begin to totally explain the plot or even understand all its nuances. It was fascinating, beautifully written, and suspenseful. Frankly, I had to take a peek at the end to assure myself that what I, as a writer and a reader, need to find in a book was there. I won't tell you what that is, but even knowing the ending, I couldn't put the book down. I'll invite you to read this masterful work and enjoy its journey for yourself. You won't be disappointed.

This is Laurel Bradley's debut novel, and she and iUniverse are to be applauded for giving this book to the world. Laurel, may you create many more worlds like this one—A Wish in Time.

Reviewed by: Jane Leopold Quinn, author

Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted January 14, 2008

SUMMARY

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?

 

A Wish In Time
by Laurel Bradley

iUniverse
February 1, 2007
Available: February 28, 2007
ISBN #0595409482
EAN #9780595409488
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