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Friday, May 29, 2009

A Wish In Time by Laurel A. Bradley

A Wish In Time by Laurel A. Bradley
Publisher: iUniverse, Inc.
Genre: Historical/contemporary; Sci-Fi/fantasy
Length: Full (177 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Lavender

In eighteenth century Scotland, Magda McClellan, eight months pregnant, is granted one wish from Auld Annie, a wise woman accused of witchcraft. But Magda declines her wish because she is perfectly happy; besides, she doesn't believe in witches. Little does she know how that refusal will change her life forever.

In twenty-first century New York, Maggie McDonald and her husband desperately want to have a child. While they wait for a procedure at a fertility clinic, a Scottish nurse named Annie promises to grant them a baby if it is their wish. When Maggie awakens, she finds herself round with child in eighteenth century Scotland and panic sets in.

Meanwhile, Magda has also been catapulted through time. She wakes up in a hospital bed in New York, but she's not pregnant anymore. When she goes home with a man who claims to be her husband, she searches for clues to the identity of Maggie McDonald, whose body she now inhabits. Why has Magda been transported to this strange place and time? And why is she no longer pregnant?

As the two women become familiar with their new worlds, they find themselves on emotional paths of self-discovery. Join Maggie and Magda on their spellbinding journey as they attempt to return to their past lives, before it's too late.
The first thing I thought when I finished the last page of this book, was, “What a great story.” Eternal love exists. Read this book, and you’ll be a believer.

Magda and Davy live in eighteenth century Scotland and are expecting a baby. Their contemporary, American counterparts, Maggie and David, have been trying to conceive for seven years. Auld Annie, a witch, enters the scene, and things are never the same for either couple.

Maggie awakens in old Scotland, very pregnant, and Magda is in for quite a fright, finding herself three hundred years in her future. What lays ahead for both ladies and their surprised husbands make for an adventurous, entertaining tale filled with soul-searching.

The time-travel/paranormal aspect of this story was woven into it as beautifully as if it were tapestry. Both women’s awakening in their new worlds and their struggles were realistic and convincing. Their husbands would make a romantic sigh with the confirmation that true love exists.

This novel was fun with wonderful Scottish dialect that flavored the story without being overwhelming. The urgency of both Magda and Maggie in their search for understanding, their running into serious complications, and wondering how things could ever be resolved to make them happy, kept me turning pages. So much happens to them in their “new” worlds. Interesting questions arise: Do they even want to go back to their own times and what will happen if they do, knowing they did things neither could ever forget. One warning: this story is written with a continual shifting of viewpoint from character to character. However, the author did this so skillfully that she achieved both breadth and depth of the story.

I highly recommend this story, a wonderful, character-driven, romantic and magical tale, and will look for more work by Laurel A. Bradley!