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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Another Time Another Place by T. Sue VerSteeg

Another Time Another Place by T. Sue VerSteeg
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Historical; Fantasy
Length: Full (184 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Hibiscus

Tessa Garrett has had less than an interesting life. Forgotten and abandoned as a child, her life consisted of foster homes and self-reliance. Her only escape from reality was her dreams; dreams of a castle she thought only existed in her mind until she woke up within its walls in the thirteenth century.

Eric Bartholomew Hadley had found no time for love, unless it became necessary to lure the opposite sex into his bedchamber. As future lord of his castle, Eric will honor his father's last request and marry a shrew. Knowing the loveless union will provide his castle with a lady and hopefully an heir, he reluctantly agrees to the upcoming nuptials until he discovers Tessa in his courtyard.

Can true love overcome all odds and bridge the gap of eight centuries?

Bouncing from foster home to foster home, having a cheating boy friend and having a backstabbing best girlfriend can all combine to really bring a person down. Tessa Garrett’s lifelong dream of a castle helps her on a journey that spans centuries and makes her dreams come true.

I liked the character of Tessa Garrett. So many bad things have happened to her in her short life that I just wanted to hug her and tell her everything would be alright. Tessa has always dreamed of a castle and I wished, like Cinderella, her dreams would one day come true. Her “best friend” Libby finds Tessa’s castle and buys her a ticket to visit it. Unfortunately, this is out of guilt for sleeping with Tessa’s boyfriend.

I love how Tessa was transported to thirteenth century Hadley Castle. It meshed seamlessly with the action in the story. When Tessa awakes she believes she is dreaming, after all, Lord Eric Bartholomew Hadley looks exactly like her cheating boyfriend Scott and he is betrothed to Gretchen. Gretchen is a shrew who connived her way to becoming the future Lady Hadley and causes difficulties for Tessa.

There are many minor characters that enrich to this wonderful tale and help move the storyline along. Some of my favorites were Gretchen’s brother, Joseph of Brookshire, who is nothing like his sister and Matilda, Tessa’s maid, who made me smile.

Another Time Another Place originally came out in 2006 in paperback and I am glad it was reissued as an eBook. It gave me the opportunity to enjoy this story of finding one’s true home even if it is eight hundred years in the past. Another Time Another Place really is a dream come true.