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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Tripping Through Time by Mary M. Ricksen

Tripping Through Time by Mary M. Ricksen
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary, Historical, Paranormal (time travel)
Length: Full (324 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 3 books
Reviewed by Camellia

In the waters of Lake Champlain there is magic, and a Celtic Ring with a mystic spell proves that love is truly timeless.

For years Keealyn McCalley has been under her father's commanding thumb. After a young child dies in her arms, Keealyn leaves nursing school despite his disapproval. She ends up staying at a camp on Lake Champlain, in Vermont.

Depressed and overwhelmed she takes her first drink and before she knows it she is stoned. Hungover and not thinking clearly she jumps into the lake. Her misguided act leads her to find an ancient Celtic ring with a spell on it. Putting it on sends her back to the year 1869. Found on the shore by Ryan Wolf, she is immediately attracted to his misty green eyes, hard body, and compassionate nature.

She must learn to trust him not to abuse her, save her heart, and teach her the powerful healing power of unconditional love.

So different from what I expected! Transported from 1969 to 1869, but still in Vermont near Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains, Keealyn McCalley meets Ryan O’Hartigan Wolf, a widower with two daughters.

Keealyn, who is eighteen and a recent dropout from nursing school, has been abused physically and verbally by her highly respected diplomat father. She has low self-esteem and a deep-seated mistrust of all men, even a man like Ryan who seems so wonderfully good.

The secondary characters add new insight into life and conditions of the 1800’s in northeastern America. They represent many ethnic groups with their unique cultures and ways of making a living during this point in history.

Tripping Through Time is primarily a "told" story that has some discrepancies and errors, much like the stories I heard from my grandmother as we worked together on daily tasks and were interrupted from time to time. Descriptions and side trips about families and history take the reader out of the main story but all of these show how different things were in 1869 compared to 1969 and what a tremendous adjustment Keealyn had to make to build a life there.

I wasn’t able to connect with the characters as I usually do but Tuatha De Danann and the Celtic ring linger in my imagination.