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"Edgy Debut, Liberally Sprinkled with Humor"

New Years Eve, Corby Hillhouse and Laura Bennett, two lonely souls, simultaneously made a wish on the same bright star. They were not yet aware that they were the answer to the other's dream. Only one small thing stood between them and their happily ever after. The wishes were made a hundred years apart!

Oklahoma Territory 1898 - Corby Hillhouse had been twice widowed, but never truly in love. Both marriages had come to grief. The first had given him an powerful enemy bent on revenge, the second a daughter he was too afraid to love. Both deaths weighed heavily on his soul; he held himself personally responsible. Though lonely Corby was not alone. However being in the bosom of his large, happy, family didn't help much on occasions like this. At the stroke of midnight with little hope for success, Corby makes a desperate plea to the heavens for a woman his love won't kill.

New York City 1998 - Laura Bennett has had a rough time of it as well. Her break-up with the handsome Jake Hillhouse had set her on a downward spiral that had nearly claimed her life. The twin brother of her best friend had been the man of her dreams, until he had found the man of his own dreams. The hardest part was the he still loved her, as he always had and always will, as his closest friend. Though she'd known that it had been an experiment for him, that didn't stop the pain. Hollywood parties and life in the fast lane had, for a while. Grandfather Alex had rescued her from the hospital and helped her pull her life back together. Now he was suddenly gone as well. Alone and grieving, she had been flipping through the television channels searching for something other than revelers and happy couples. Coming across the Disney channel she flippantly takes the advice of Jiminy Cricket and makes her own wish on a star, hoping for a brand new life the following morning.

The first morning of the new year brings a call from Galen Hillhouse, Jakes twin, and Laura's best friend. Galen had recently returned to the U.S. and her Choctaw roots. She had inherited a big old Victorian House, built by her great grandfather, Jason, with his own hands. The caretaker had let it run down and Galen now needs Laura's expertise to restore the old house to its former glory. Laura is uncertain, as Jake is bound to turn up at some point, but when she looks at the century old photos in the Hillhouse family album one of the twins' ancestors catches her eye. Sheriff Corby Hillhouse, Jason's cousin, bears some resemblance to Jake, but there is something more. There is a sadness in his eyes that Laura recognizes as a kindred spirit.

Unable to get Corby out of her mind, Laura heads for Warburton, Oklahoma to help Galen with the house. For some reason she feels immediately at home there. Even Jake's arrival doesn't ruffle her. Several months have passed when Laura, home alone, falls through a rotted balcony, chasing after an antique brass knob. She awakens briefly bruised and batter and looking into the eyes of Corby Hillhouse. Had Laura just died and gone to heaven?

Though Corby doesn't know her name, she knows his, and her kiss makes him feel as if he's known her all his life. Where did this lovely mysterious woman come from and would she be the answer to his prayer.

What makes this romance work is the fact that the hero and heroine are not perfect. Both have made mistakes that make them tentative, and that they need to find forgiveness for. Laura is able to take Corby and face value and love him inspite of his flaws. It takes Corby a bit longer but his heart always knows what his head has difficultly accepting. Thrown into the mix, is a liberal sprinkling of humor as Laura tends to be a bit accident prone. Her unexpected appearances and disappearances have Hillhouses in two centuries wondering if she's not quite sane, and there are the complications of a spurned mistress and a sadistic ex- father-in-law. But all's well that ends well, and Timeless Wish certainly did. As Jake and Galen celebrate New Year 1999, one is left wondering what their wishes will be. As for this reader, she would wish for a sequel. Highly recommended.

Reviewed for original release: Jove (Time Passages)/April 1, 1999 - ISBN #0515124990
Copyright 1999

Reviewed by Leslie Tramposch
Posted August 9, 2001

SUMMARY

WINNER of 1999 NJRW Golden Leaf Award for Best First Book

At the stroke of midnight on December 31, 1898, Sheriff Corby Hillhouse makes this heartfelt wish: "Please send me a woman my love won't kill..."

Although Corby doesn't realize it, his wish is granted in the form of Laura Bennett, the 20th century woman who falls back in time. Like Corby, Laura harbors many regrets, but when she's hired as nanny to Corby's motherless daughter she finds the happiness she'd been searching for.

However, before Laura can enjoy her new life she has to get past Corby's suspicious nature, his spiteful ex-lover, and the man who wants both Corby and his daughter dead.

Publisher's Note: This book has been previously published under the same title. It has been edited for publication through Cerridwen Press.

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Timeless Wish
(Hillhouse Family: Book 3)
by Barbara Sheridan

Cerridwen Press
May 1, 2006
Available: May 31, 2006
ISBN #1419906488
EAN #9781419906480
320 pages
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