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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

A Train Through Time

A Train Through Time by Bess McBride
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary, Historical, Paranormal
Length: Full
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 4.5 Books
Review by Orange Blossom

College teacher Ellie Standish thinks she’s on a sleek modern train heading to a conference on women’s studies in Seattle, but she awakens from a night’s doze to find herself on a bizarre historical train full of late Victorian era re-enactors who refuse to come out of character. When the leader of the group—one handsome, green-eyed Robert Chamberlain—finally convinces her the date is indeed 1901, a skeptical Ellie decries any eccentric theories of time travel and presumes she is smack dab in the middle of a very interesting historical dream. She turns the directorial reins of her dream over to one smitten and willing Robert, only to realize that dreams cannot last forever. Someday she must wake up to reality, though Ellie no longer has any idea what reality is. She only knows that Robert must play an important part in her future. But how can he...if he’s only a figment of her imagination or worse yet...a man who belongs to an era long past?

Time Travel Romance—that was all that was necessary to get me to read this book. Little did I know what a treat I was in for.

A Train Through Time is told mostly through the eyes of the heroine, Ellie Standish, a modern girl thrown into the past and into the life of Robert Chamberlain and his charming green eyes. Even though she is familiar with this time frame, it is all still a new experience for Ellie. It was fun to watch her attempt to navigate through late-Victorian America complete with corsets, carriages, and polite conversation. But is it all an elaborate dream as Ellie believes or has she truly traveled through time?

A completely engaging story, A Train Through Time sucked me right away. I wanted to know what Ellie would say or do next and how it would all come together. Robert is the epitome of an American gentleman at the turn of the century. He finds Ellie interesting and in no time at all she has stolen his heart. You won’t want to miss this sweet, time travel romance filled with just enough sexual tension to make your heart skip a beat. Congrats to you, Ms. McBride! This is one I will be recommending to friends.