A Miracle Through Time
by Patti Shenberger and Nancy Fraser
Miracle Johnson stood on the dock, bidding her deceased father one last farewell. The remains of the River Maiden loomed mockingly in front of her. She held his prized silver dollar tight in her fist and wished she knew exactly what had happened to him.
Come back, my Miracle.
She heard the mysterious voice from her dreams calling to her, echoing all around as she felt herself being pulled into the murky depths of the Mississippi.
Her world went black and her next lucid moments found her first, in a stranger's arms and later, in his bed. The devastatingly handsome man sounded eerily like the dream voice from before, and looked suspiciously like Matthew McCade. The one person she wouldn't ever want to come face to face with. The man she blamed for her father's death.
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A Miracle Through Time is a haunting, but hopeful, romance. In spite of the eerie quality of the start, this story immediately features action (and unexpected action at that!). A quirky bit of time travel drops Miri Johnson in a place and time she can hardly believe. Her travel is revealing - not only about her own history, but about other members of her family. Her venture allows her a very different perspective on some of her father's decisions, but perhaps more importantly, introduces her to the love of her life. The paradox of time, however, might steal away as much as she has gained. Her relationship with Matt McCade is predictable, but so seemingly impossible, it adds enormously to the level of intrigue in this work.
The actual gateway to another world is not especially original, nor believable. The setting -- along the Mississippi, is exceedingly well done, as is the Paddle Wheeler 'The River Maiden' which has a huge impact on the storyline. Historical details, like mention of the ladies clothing, food choices, and other activities seem well researched. These, and certain parallels between the times, like recalling using a big floor-model sewing machine while doing some hand-sewing add enormously to the sense that we are reading about an historical place and time.
This is a lively, fun read, overall.
Review by Snapdragon